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Bob Mayer's Readers Guide


To His Fiction, Nonfiction, Author's Notes and More


Cool Gus and I welcome you to this Reader’s Guide. We put this together so that you can peruse all my titles, see books in series orders, and have convenient links to the platforms the books are available on.
Books are listed in order in their series with a brief note from me on each book. Connections between books and series are explained, along with links where the books can be found—just click on the appropriate symbol. For the Audible symbol, you’re taken to the Amazon Audible Page, but you can also find those titles directly on Audible.
Several books are free so you can get a feel: Eyes of the Hammer; West Point to Mexico; and Ides of March. For those who like audiobooks, there are free audio short stories. There are also free Time Patrol short stories.
Books that have only Amazon and Audible links are enrolled in Kindle Unlimited and can be borrowed on Amazon. If you’re enrolled in Amazon Prime you can also borrow those books.

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Prepare Now-Survive Now


A Common Sense Handbook for Preparation and Survival


Excerpted key points from my two, more detailed, survival manuals.
Written by a former member of Special Operations and NY Times Bestselling author, this is a handy guide to preparing for possible emergencies and basic survival information.
Key Information Everyone In Your Household Must Know
The First Five Things to Do in an Emergency
First Aid: Breathing
First Aid: Bleeding
First Aid: Free Apps
Water
A Basic Grab-n-Go Bag
High Likelihood Specific Emergencies (power outage, fire, tornado, hurricane, heat wave, earthquake, flood)
Conclusion
Appendix A: SURVIVAL acronym
Appendix B: Free downloadable apps
Appendix C: Items mentioned with links
Appendix D: Links to free Powerpoint Survival Slideshows
Appendix E: All checklists


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Ides of March


'If not, the Fates with traitors do contrive!' Julius Caesar, Act 2, Scene 3.What does it take to change history and destroy our reality? The same date, 15 March, six different years.

44 BC. Caesar heads to the Senate for his date with death, despite the warning about the Ides. But some have another idea for his fate.480 BC: A massive Persian Army is invading Greece. Standing in its way: King Leonidas and 300 Spartans. More than the future of Western Civilization is at stake.493 AD: The First King of Italy, Odoacer, is assassinated by Theodoric, But what if the sword goes the other way?1493 AD: Christopher Columbus returns to Spain after 'discovering' the New World. But he’s bringing back more than just word of his discovery; something that could wipe out mankind.1783 AD: George Washington gives his historic speech in order to prevent a mutiny among his officers. But someone would prefer he didn't. And among his slave is one whose descendant will do write a very important book.1917 AD: The Last Czar, Nicholas II, abdicates. He, and his family, are supposed to be taken prisoner; but the Tsarina has other plans.

The Time Patrol must send an agent back to each day, with just 24 hours for each to defeat the Shadow's plan to disrupt our time-line, creating a time tsunami and wiping our present out.

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Donner Party


Anatomy of Catastrophe


""I wish I could cry, but I cannot. If I could forget the tragedy, perhaps I would know how to cry again." Mary Graves. Survivor, the 'Donner Party'

This is a short, quick read, excerpted from Shit Doesn't Just Happen 1 to give you an idea of how I examine catastrophes, define the causes, and how they can be applied as lessons learned to prevent a similar event in the future.

According to my Rule of Seven, every man-made disaster and catastrophe has at least six Cascade Events leading up to the final event, the catastrophe.

I examine how human error always plays a role. Nothing happens in isolation or as a result of a single event. Thus, by learning from history, we can gain insight into preventing a similar catastrophe in the future. The key to the Donner Party were the numerous tipping points where the group failed to make decisions. Also, most people don't know how many homicides were committed during this event!

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Eyes of the Hammer


A US Special Forces team lead by Green Beret Dave Riley is on a top secret mission to take down drug traffickers in Colombia, but while doing so they are faced with betrayal by their own government.

The team is carrying sterilized weapons and unmarked uniforms and the operation is "off the books."

Of course, nothing is as it seems, especially once the CIA gets involved. Throw in an Israeli mercenary and betrayal, Dave Riley and his team soon find themselves wondering what the real mission is and will they become collateral damage from all the double-dealing going on back in Washington.

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Mulholland and the St. Francis Dam Failure


Anatomy of Catastrophe


"Quote: During the Los Angeles Coroner's Inquest, William Mulholland said, ""this inquest is a very painful for me to have to attend but it is the occasion of that is painful. The only ones I envy about this whole thing are the ones who are dead."" In later testimony, after responding to a question, he added, ""Whether it is good or bad, don't blame anyone else, you just fasten it on me. If there was an error in human judgment, I was the human, I won't try to fasten it on anyone else."" William Mulholland, chief engineer, Water Department Los Angeles

This is a short, quick read, excerpted from Shit Doesn't Just Happen 2 to give you an idea of how I examine catastrophes, define the causes, and how they can be applied as lessons learned to prevent a similar event in the future.

According to my Rule of Seven, every man-made disaster and catastrophe has at least six Cascade Events leading up to the final event, the catastrophe.

I examine how human error always plays a role. Nothing happens in isolation or as a result of a single event. Thus, by learning from history, we can gain insight into preventing a similar catastrophe in the future. William Mulholland, a self-taught engineer, brought water to Los Angeles, but he also brought a catastrophe in the form of the St. Francis dam which failed, killing hundreds. From the very land the dam was placed on, to its design, to the failure of Mulholland on the very day the dam would collapse when called by the worried dam-keeper, to see the pending catastrophe. And there is a dam designed by Mulholland in exactly the same way, still in Los Angeles.

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West Point to Mexico


Our story starts in 1840, in Benny Havens tavern, just outside post limits of the United States Military Academy. With William Tecumseh Sherman, Rumble, Cord, and Benny Havens’ daughter coming together in a crucible of honor and loyalty. And on post, in the West Point stables, where Ulysses S. Grant and a classmate are preparing to saddle the Hell-Beast, a horse with which Grant would eventually set an academy record, and both make fateful decisions that will change the course of their lives and history.

We follow these men forward to the eve of the Mexican War, tracing their steps at West Point and ranging to a plantation at Natchez on the Mississippi, Major Lee at Arlington, and Charleson, SC. We travel aboard the USS Somers and the US Navy mutiny that led to the founding of the Naval Academy at Annapolis.

We end with Grant and company in New Orleans, preparing to sale to Mexico and war, and Kit Carson and Fremont at Pilot Peak in Utah during his great expedition west.

They swore oaths, both personal and professional. They were fighting for country, for a way of life and for family. Classmates carried more than rifles and sabers into battle. They had friendships, memories, children and wives. They had innocence lost, promises broken and glory found.

Duty, Honor, Country is history told both epic and personal so we can understand what happened, but more importantly feel the heart-wrenching clash of duty, honor, country and loyalty. And realize that sometimes, the people who changed history, weren’t recorded by it. In the vein of HBO’s Rome miniseries, two fictional characters, Rumble and Cord are standing at many of the major crossroads of our history.

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Writers Conference Guide


Getting The Most of Your Time and Money


The Writer’s Conference Guide is designed to helps writers reap the benefits from the time and money invested in a writer's conference in order to obtain optimal results. The strategies laid out are taken from our collective experience as authors, presenters, keynote speakers and publishers. Our goal is to help every writer, published and unpublished, make their conference experiences the best they can be and achieve their career goals.

A writer's conference is a large investment in time and money so it’s certainly worth spending a little of that time and money beforehand to maximize your investment. We cover strategies for:

•How to find and pick the best conferences to meet your needs.
•Tips on how to efficiently plan for the conference.
•How to select the workshops that will benefit you the most.
•How to socialize and mingle with those who can help your career.
•Pitching techniques and tactics so you’ll be prepared for the opportunity to discuss your book.
•Finally, we go over an After Action Review and Follow-up so every conference you attend is a great success.

Checklists are included along with practical tips that will make your conference experience a valuable success.

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Time Patrol Free Audio Shorts (MP3 download)


 Almost all my books are available in audio. My audiobooks are available (click HERE) on Audible. If you are not a member of Audible, you can download one of my books for free and test the program for a month. If you don’t want to participate, you simply cancel your membership. Below are free MP3 downloads.


Sample Time Patrol Missions


Roland’s Mission from Black Tuesday

Eagle’s Mission from Ides of March

Roland’s Mission from D-Day

Roland’s Mission from Independence Day

Doc’s Mission from Nine Eleven