Historical Fiction



Military Officers Association of America


U.S.S. Blandy Association.


Florida Writers Association


Daytona Area Writers


U.S. Naval Institute




Bill  entered the Navy after high school and served as an electronic technician aboard the destroyer Blandy in the Atlantic and Mediterranean Fleets, including deployments to the Caribbean during the years covered in his books.

Love halted his military career in 1964, when he married the former Kathleen Ann Mangold, RN. The marriage has endured, and the military career resumed in 1980 when he received a commission as a Doctor of Optometry. After practicing ten years, the Air Force Surgeon General appointed him Chief of Combat Casualty Care Analysis during the Gulf War. When that crisis ended, he became an Emergency Action Officer and liaison to the CIA, on the staff of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, in the National Military Command Center.

Bill left the Pentagon in 1995 to head the USAF Medical Readiness Training Center in Texas. He retired from active duty in 1997 and later accepted the position of Course Manager, Air Force Security Forces, Officer Training. In this position, he supervised the writing, editing, publication, and implementation of all training materials for Security Forces Officers.

He retired to DeBary, Florida in 2005 and began writing historical fiction.



William E. Dempsey


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Betrayal at Bahia de los Cochinos

A Novel of the Bay of Pigs Invasion




The Navy selects veteran destroyer skipper, Fred Schmidt, for a top-secret mission during the invasion of Cuba by an army of expats at the Bay of Pigs.


The invasion begins. Schmidt calls on Chief Gunner’s Mate Mike Stafford, an old shipmate, along with two others, to go ashore to direct naval gunfire. Disaster strikes immediately when the President orders the withdrawal of American forces.


Abandoned, Stafford and the exile army must fend for themselves. Schmidt attacks a Soviet submarine to draw attention to the situation, while the Stafford trio attempt to evade Cuban forces and escape across the island to the U.S. base at Guantánamo Bay.


A board of inquiry awaits Schmidt, while Stafford and his two men face a firing squad if captured.

Betrayal At Bahia De Los Cochinos



A Novel of the Cuban Missile Crisis



Chief Gunner’s Mate Mike Stafford is back in action as President Kennedy faces Premier Nikita Khrushchev over the installation of Soviet nuclear ballistic missiles in Cuba.


Stafford teams up with Chief Boatswain’s Mate Paul Jones in a series of exploits aboard the destroyer Boyington. The ship’s mission is to find Soviet submarines, enforce the U.S. quarantine of Cuba, and after the Soviets agree to remove the missiles, monitor their departure from the island.


Mike rescues a downed aircraft copilot; becomes a hostage with his inspection team aboard a Soviet transport ship in danger of sinking; and, with Jones’s help, investigates an act of sabotage. Jones searches the dark alleys of Old San Juan, Puerto Rico for a missing crewman.



Deception at San Cristobal

A Novel of the Cuban Missile Crisis



The CIA recruits retired Navy Chief Mike Stafford to determine if Castro has concealed nuclear missiles after Khrushchev agreed to remove all of them from Cuba.


Mike and Agent Félix Molina infiltrate Cuba, and begin the search with the help of friends, María Lopez and Juan Mendoza. After several weeks and many narrow escapes, they complete the mission, including the rescue of María’s cousin, Pedro Lopez, imprisoned by Castro for the past four years. But Mike, Félix, and Pedro’s attempt to escape through Czechoslovakia proves harrowing.


They make it home, but the CIA sends Mike and Félix back to aid the anti-Castro underground by setting up a communications system. They do so, and then attempt to help María and Juan in a risky attempt to escape from Cuba.

Revenge at Dealey Plaza

A Novel of the Kennedy Assassination

Coming November, 2016


CIA agents Mike Stafford and Félix Molina, working in the new Domestic Operations Division, spring into action with the assassination of President Kennedy in Dallas.


Their charge is to determine if any link exists between Castro and Lee Harvey Oswald or Jack Ruby. They frequently call on Miami-based CIA operatives, Juan and Maria Mendoza, for assistance.


In pursuit of truth, they run afoul of several mob organizations determined to halt the investigation by any means, including murder. Their search takes them into the seedy, dark alleys and mob hangouts where everyone’s life has a price tag. From Dallas, to New Orleans, to Tampa, and to Miami, big money, beautiful women, and corruption combine to thwart their efforts.



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