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A Novel

by Gene Bicknell

From Author and Community Advocate O. Gene Bicknell comes this story of triumph over isolation. HERMIT is the fictional tale of Sgt. Jackson Eagle, U.S. Special Forces Ranger and his struggle dealing with the punishing aspects of his isolation, and victory over it. He discovers heartbreak, adventure and the value of self-reliance. He also learns that we all need relationships with each other for encouragement, refreshment, and growth. He realizes that there is strength in numbers, and we should show compassion to anyone who falls and has no one to help them get back up.

About the Author

Gene Bicknell

Gene Bicknell is a writer, actor, broadcaster, veteran, professor, entrepreneur, pilot, politician, philanthropist, husband, father and grandfather. He built, NPC International which became the world’s largest Pizza Hut franchisee. He has raised considerable funds for dozens of charitable causes and has taught MBA courses and lectured at major universities throughout the US and abroad. Gene founded the O. Gene Bicknell Center for Entrepreneurship, has authored 3 books and produced a number of movies. He owns an entertainment business in Branson, MO. He resides in Englewood Florida, near Tampa. The author proceeds from HERMIT are being donated to the Bicknell Charitable Foundation, which provides charitable funding and support to a variety of children’s charities such as St. Jude’s Hospital, Shriners Hospitals, and others. The foundation is a Christian faith-based organization that also provides funds to providers of pregnancy support, housing, and youth counseling services.


Publication Date
November 2021
Trim Size
5.5 x 8.5
Page Count
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