Author of “Cray”

Brent Barker was born in Southern Illinois in the small town of Carmi.  At the age of three, his father was killed in a car accident leaving behind Brent’s mother and three siblings.  His mother remarried after a few years, and moved the family to the Rio Grande Valley in Texas.

After receiving his B.S. from Texas State University, Brent pursued a career as a Professional Landman in the oilfields of South Texas.  His office is the great outdoors.  Brent enjoys meeting with the many different landowners, researching historical deeds that often date back to the Spanish Land Grants.

Brent is an avid outdoorsman.  He loves to hunt and fish.  He holds the rank of 2nd degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do.  He still trains in the martial arts, loves kayaking and hiking.

Brent and his wife Mindy have three children, a son Bram, and daughters Landon and Braely.  One of his greatest pleasures in life is sitting with his wife Mindy, and friends at the many different music venues in the New Braunfels, Texas area.



this book will draw you in as the cover illustrates

By MarkG on September 30, 2013


I met the author on a slow train ride to Dallas from San Marcos before publication. After completing this book I think I understand why he is a kindred spirit in his appreciation of the life, adversity and means of “yesteryear”, hence how I met him on the train instead of a commercial airline. I am not a reader of fiction, rather history and biography of leaders and events in our world. That is until I picked up the book “Cray” and began reading…. Thank goodness I began on a Saturday morning as I could not put it down until I finished it Sunday afternoon. Although this book is fiction, it is filled with researched facts for the period. By the third chapter I was drawn into a vortex of absorption, not just to turn the page and finish, but to experience the lives and places of the characters in a manner that the author is truly gifted. This author has the incredible ability to as some genealogist may describe, “putting flesh on bone” as if he were painting the story in front of you. My only hope is that Mr. Barker will complete his next piece sooner than later. Enjoy!!!!

By Brad B on October 15, 2013

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Great story line. This is one of those books that at 2 in the morning you say to yourself, OK this is the last chapter for the night and then an hour later and 4 more chapters your saying the same thing.