Bob Mayer is the grandfather of two future leaders of the Resistance Against the Machines, a NY Times Bestselling author, graduate of West Point, former Green Beret and the feeder of Cool Gus. He’s had over 75 books published and sold over 5 million, including the #1 series Time Patrol, The Green Berets, Area 51, and Atlantis. Born in the Bronx, having traveled the world, he now lives peacefully with his wife and his overlord lab.
Born in the Bronx to a garbageman and housewife, I attended West Point, seizing the opportunity to go to college, and earned a BA in Psychology. I went on to serve as an Infantry platoon leader, scout platoon leader and a brigade recon platoon leader in the 1st Cavalry Division. I volunteered, was tested and selected to join Special Forces. The highlight was to command a Green Beret A-Team; best damn soldiers ever (RIP Dave Boltz, team sergeant). I also served as the operations officer for 2nd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) and with Special Operations Command (Special Projects) in Hawaii doing, as Seinfeld says: whatever. In the reserves I taught at the Special Forces Qualification Course of the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School at Fort Bragg for a number of years. I also did a number of Active Duty Special Work assignments in Special Operations. Doing whatever. I began writing while living in Korea where I also earned a Black Belt in Martial Arts (enough to hurt myself). After returning stateside, I earned a Masters Degree in Education. I’ve completed a number of interesting schools/courses such as International Mountain Climbing, Royal Danish Navy Fromandkorpset, Winter Warfare, Dog Feeding, and more.
I have over 75 books published and have hit all the bestseller lists including the NY Times, Publishers Weekly, Wall Street Journal and USA Today. I’ve hit #1 on Amazon overall in paid fiction and repeatedly in science fiction with both my Area 51 and Atlantis series. I hit #2 nationally on Barnes & Noble.com with The Jefferson Allegiance. I’m the only male author on the Romance Writers of America Honor Roll which means, well, whatever, although I am contemplating a sequel to Agnes and the Hitman.
I’ve presented for over a thousand organizations both in the United States and internationally, including keynote presentations, all day workshops, and multi-day seminars. I present not just on writing, but also my Who Dares Wins program which brings the tactics and strategies of Special Forces to the civilian world. Clients have included Ohio State University Nursing Program, Flexco, Grupo Bimbo corporate headquarters in Mexico City, Boston SWAT, the CIA, various Fortune-500 companies, the Royal Danish Navy Frogman Corps, Microsoft, Rotary, IT Teams in Silicon Valley and more.
I’ve taught writing organizations ranging from Maui Writers, to Whidbey Island Writers, to San Diego State University, to the University of Georgia, to the Romance Writers of America National Convention and many others. I’ve also served as a Visiting Writer for NILA MFA program in Creative Writing. I taught writing at the University of Washington in order to experience the academic side of things and that was, well, interesting.
A list of my workshops and bio is available to download in PDF format HERE.
I’ve done interviews for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Sports Illustrated, PBS, NPR, the Discovery Channel, the SyFy channel and local cable shows. I wrote under the pen names Robert Doherty, Greg Donegan, Joe Dalton, and Bob McGuire.
I’m on the Board of Veteran Leaders.
I have two grandsons who I am training to be the leaders of the Resistance Against the Machines. I also serve my English Yellow Lab, Cool Gus. He has his own web site: COOL GUS.
He approves this message with the caveat that I give him a treat. And scratch his belly.
The latest from Bob
It really doesn't. Any man-made disaster usually has seven cascade events, with the seventh being the disaster. At least one of the six previous ones is always human error, if not more. Thus there is a Gift to Failure, if we study it, in order to prevent future,...read more
We hear that all the time. Since I was abducted by aliens, I wrote the Area 51 series to describe the mothership and what they were like and it did rather well. Or write what you want to know? The bottom line is write. For my fifth book, Cut Out, the idea was a...read more
The first thing we did when we were assigned a mission in Special Forces was an Area Study. We examined WHERE the mission would occur in detail. We all need to do an area study of where we live, work, go to school and travel. It is the very first step of preparation,...read more
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