Welcome to my world, which I share with my wife, Cool Gus and Scout, our new rescue dog. I grew up in the Bronx, graduated West Point, served in Special Operations and have written over 70 books across a variety of genres.
I’ve written a lot of books. Need help figuring out where to start or what to read next? Download my free readers guide from your favorite platform (available under books, then nonfiction). Click on cover to get links.
My titles coming out this year will be Area 51: Interstellar (29 April); New York Minute (24 June); Lawyers, Guns and Money (16 Sept) and the next Dave Riley book, Old Soldiers (9 December). New York Minute is a prequel to the Green Berets series. I’m very excited about it and it is live for pre-order.
Also, check out my Freebies page where you can get started on a variety of genres. There are also free audio stories.
There are over 225 free Powerpoint presentations on the free Slideshows page– lots of useful stuff on writing, survival tips, history, etc.
I consult and present workshops on personalized Area Studies for individuals, neighborhoods, organizations and businesses. With everyone facing climate related incidents and growing unrest, this is more important than ever. Click on the window to the right for more information.
First Blood meets Breaking Bad
The last time former Green Beret Will Kane was involved in killing someone it made the cover of LIFE Magazine.
Eight years later he’s getting pushed to the edge of that 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. Star Wars. Studio 54. The Five Families. The city faces bankruptcy and unrest seethes.
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 cratered with death and tragedy, Kane has been working as a ‘fixer’ for a high-priced lawyer since returning to New York in disgrace. But is he really fixing anything?
It begins when he takes a compromising picture as part of the job. As the long hot summer boils, so does Kane as the mob, the CIA, the IRA and other forces are brought to bear on him. What they all seem to have forgotten, and Kane wishes he could, is that he is a highly trained and experienced warrior.
A skilled killer.
What should a good man do when faced with evil that the law can’t touch?
Kane faces threats, betrayal and shadows from his past, and then, on 13 July 1977, the Blackout occurs and Kane explodes.
For fans of the Green Beret series of books, Dave Riley makes an appearance as Will Kane’s 17 year old cousin.
Publishers Weekly reference The Line: “Mayer has crafted a thriller in the tradition of John Grisham’s The Firm.”
Publishers Weekly reference Lost Girts: “Excellent writing and well-drawn, appealing characters help make this another taut, crackling read from Mayer.”
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?
(Please note cover copy not final)
In an uncertain world we know we haven’t done what we should to be prepared for even mild emergencies, but when we start looking into it, we get overwhelmed and put it off for ‘someday’. This is the book that makes ‘someday’ today. A book that will walk you through preparation step by easy step. That provides the key survival information you’ll need in a disaster in one handy place.
It’s full of checklists and links to gear so you can easily see what you should do and what you should have. The book opens with an interactive examination of your specific environment, your potential disasters and then sections are separated into levels of preparation so that you can adjust it to your situation.
Preparation is the key to reducing anxiety and increasing capability.
Stop procrastinating. The first step is to make a decision NOW!
Bob’s Latest Thoughts & Ramblings
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