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An epic series in the vein of HBO’s Rome, following two ordinary men through extraordinary times; from West Point, through the Mexican War, and into the Civil War.
Elijah Cord and Lucius Rumble swore oaths, both personal and professional. They were fighting for country, for a way of life and for family. They and their West Point 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 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.
The story starts in 1840, in Benny Havens tavern, just outside post limits of the United States Military Academy. William Tecumseh Sherman, Cord, and Benny Havens’ daughter come together in a crucible of honor and loyalty. On post, in the West Point stables, Ulysses S. Grant and Rumble are preparing to saddle the Hell-Beast, a horse with which Grant would eventually set an academy record. On this day, all 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, meeting Major Robert E. Lee at Arlington, and go to Charleston, 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 Rumble in New Orleans, preparing to sail to Mexico and war, and Cord with Kit Carson and Fremont at Pilot Peak in Utah during his great expedition west.
This is book 1 in the Duty, Honor, Country series. (Formerly titled West Point to Mexico)
“Will leave you spellbound. Mayer’s long suit is detail, giving the reader an in-depth view of the inner workings of the Army and West Point.” Book News
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A stunning tour de force filled with transcendent awe and wonder, Hyperion is a masterwork of science fiction that resonates with excitement and invention, the first volume in a remarkable epic by the multiple-award-winning author of The Hollow Man.
On the world called Hyperion, beyond the reach of galactic law, waits a creature called the Shrike. There are those who worship it. There are those who fear it. And there are those who have vowed to destroy it. In the Valley of the Time Tombs, where huge, brooding structures move backward through time, the Shrike waits for them all.
On the eve of Armageddon, with the entire galaxy at war, seven pilgrims set forth on a final voyage to Hyperion seeking the answers to the unsolved riddles of their lives. Each carries a desperate hope—and a terrible secret. And one may hold the fate of humanity in his hands.
Praise for Dan Simmons and Hyperion
“Dan Simmons has brilliantly conceptualized a future 700 years distant. In sheer scope and complexity it matches, and perhaps even surpasses, those of Isaac Asimov and James Blish.”—The Washington Post Book World
“An unfailingly inventive narrative . . . generously conceived and stylistically sure-handed.”—The New York Times Book Review
“Simmons’s own genius transforms space opera into a new kind of poetry.”—The Denver Post
“An essential part of any science fiction collection.”—Booklist
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The book begins with the battle at Palo Alto at the beginning of the Mexican War, percentage-wise, the bloodiest in U.S. History. While U.S. Grant and Lucius Rumble fight across Mexico, Elijah Cord is with Fremont and Kit Carson in the far west, battling to bring California into the Union.
The book concludes on the eve of the Civil War, with each man taking his place on one side or the other, as West Point classmates prepare to face each other in battle.
The Civil War was a West Point war. As plebes we were required to memorize the fact that in 55 of 60 major battles, West Pointers commanded both sides and in the other five, one side.
This is book II in the Duty, Honor, Country series.
Assembly Magazine (Association of Graduates, West Point): “Bob Mayer has stretched the limits of the military novel. Mayer brings an accurate depiction of military life to this book which greatly enhances its credibility.”
Many millennia ago, humans, including us, were seeded on fifteen worlds by an alien race, the Airlia.
We believe we evolved, but the reality is we were bred as cannon fodder for the Airlia’s interstellar war against the Swarm, a viral race whose only mission appears to be the obliteration of sentient life wherever encountered.
On some worlds humans realized the truth about their origins, uncovered their hidden alien overlords and rebelled. On one world they succeeded, but in the process destroyed their planet. They sent teams to the other worlds to foment uprisings. Our Earth is one. Earth15 is also one of those worlds.
One of those teams, Bren and her mate Marcus, have been leading revolution on Earth15 off and on for thousands of years, slowly eroding the power of the Duo, the Airlia who rule as gods. But today she encounters Arcturus, a man who claims the impossible: he was on the planet before the Airlia.
If this blasphemy is true, what other truths need to be uncovered about the history and origin of mankind and our place among the stars? Who are we?
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‘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? Change events on the same date, 15 March, in six different years. 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.
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.
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 slaves is one whose descendant will 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.
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.
From the #1 bestselling science fiction author of Area 51, Atlantis, and Nightstalkers series.
New York Minute
First Blood meets the Equalizer in New York City in the summer of 1977, culminating during the citywide blackout.
The last time former Green Beret Will Kane killed someone it made the cover of LIFE Magazine. Eight years later he’s getting pushed to the edge of a precipice he vowed never to go over again.
New York City, summer 1977. The Bronx is burning. The twin towers of the new World Trade Center loom over the skyline. Son of Sam has been claiming victims for a year. Star Wars is released. The Yankees are heading toward the World Series with Reggie Jackson vs. Billy Martin. Studio 54 opens. Rupert Murdoch buys the NY Post. The Five Families rule the underworld as the city faces bankruptcy and unrest seethes in the streets.
On the dark streets of a city the rest of the country believes is going down the toilet, Vietnam vet Kane’s life mirrors his hometown.
Carrying a past littered with death and tragedy, Kane has been working as a ‘fixer’ for a high-priced lawyer since returning to the city in disgrace with a dishonorable discharge after following the real life Colonel who became the template for Colonel Kurtz in Apocalypse Now. But is he really fixing anything? As the long hot summer begins to boil, so does Kane as he faces threats and betrayal, and then on 13 July 1977 the Blackout occurs and Kane explodes.
Kane’s journey will continue in Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door and then Walk On The Wild Side
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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. I’ve also included previously unpublished material such as the opening to my next book, New York Minute; a short story featuring characters from the Cellar; a complete Time Patrol mission of one character; a flashback cut from New York Minute; excerpts from my survival book and a complete event from Stuff Doesn’t Just Happen: The Gift of Failure covering the Titanic, and more
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; Duty; and Ides of March.
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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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.
Free Audio Shorts (MP3 download)
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. Some are complete Time Patrol missions. Other are the opening to various books. I also give free Audible download codes for my books to my Facebook A-Team and via my newsletter on a monthly basis, so please join or sign up.
Eyes of the Hammer (Green Berets)
IDES OF MARCH (TIME PATROL)
THE JEFFERSON ALLEGIANCE
West Point to Mexico (Duty, Honor, Country)
Roland’s Mission from Black Tuesday
Roland’s Mission from D-Day
Roland’s Mission from Independence Day
Eagle’s Mission from Ides of March
Survival and Gift Ideas. Click on box to get links
Water is almost always the #1 priority in a disaster or emergency. What is the first thing shipped in? After any flood the water system is almost always contaminated and floods accompany 80% of all natural disasters. While it might seem a mundane gift, it can be a life saver. How many water systems are already compromised? I keep one of these in my Jeep and one in my grab-n-go bag. I also use it when camping– you really can’t trust any water source, no matter how far out in the boonies you go.