Welcome to my world, which I share with my wife and dogs. I grew up in the Bronx, graduated West Point, served in Special Operations and have written over 80 books across a variety of genres.

I’ve written quite a few books. Need help figuring out where to start or what to read next? Download my free readers guide from your favorite platform. Click on the cover to the right to get links.

My latest works are continuations of the 3 million copy selling Area 51 series. I have a new series that’s actually a prequel to my bestselling Green Beret series. The Will Kane books are set in New York City in the last 1970s. The series begins with New York Minute, followed by Lawyers, Guns and Money, then Walk on the Wild Side, Hell of a Town and No Quarter.

I’ve also published two sequels the bestseller, Agnes and the Hitman. Shane and the Hitwoman is followed by Phoebe and the Traitor.

I’ve got several titles in the preparation and survival field. The Green Beret Area Study Workbook is unique, laying out how you would do what we did in Special Forces prior to going into an Area of Operations: evaluating the locale, as well as ourselves, so that we would be prepared. One size does not fit all when it comes to preparation. Then there is the Green Beret Preparation and Survival Guide. I’ve designed these books for every day people, not hardcore preppers.

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.

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Lavender’s Blue
Would it kill you to go home and see your mother?

The last place Liz Danger wants to be is back in her insane home town, Burney, Ohio.  She’s been gone fifteen years and that suits her fine.  But it’s her mother’s birthday, and Burney is on the way to her next ghostwriting gig, and her family heritage of guilt is gnawing at her, so she decides to make one quick stop in her past, and then beat feet back to a guilt-free future.

After eight years as an Army Ranger and six years in the NYPD, Vince Cooper is looking for some peace in his next job. He picks the small, quiet, Burney police force, and everything seems fine for the first six months he’s there.  Right up to the day he pulls Liz Danger over for some missing lug nuts.

The next week finds Liz and Vince dealing with insane relatives (hers), a simple job that’s suddenly complicated (his), thirty-seven t-shirts, great burgers, three-hundred-and-ninety-three teddy bears, a miserable wedding, three one-night stands, murder, and one neurotic dachshund.  As the hits keep coming, the only safe place Liz and Vince have is each other.  And that’s a danger all in its own.

Lavender’s Blue: You can go home again, you just can’t leave.

And we’re now well into working on a new trilogy of books. Think of the movie RED set in the Appalachians where a small community is full of ex-spies and covert operatives. The first is tentatively titled Rocky Start. They’ll feature Rose Malone and Max Reddy in the town of Rocky Start in the midst of the Smoky Mountains. Rose runs Ozzie’s Oddities and Max is through hiking the Appalachian Trail when their paths collide.

Add in a former KGB officer nursing a 30 year old grievance, stolen treasure, hidden cash, a former CIA case officer now running a group of mercenaries, a fueding and armed married couple who run the competing post offices and preparing for a Viking funeral and Rose and Max have their hands full of trouble. And each other.


The following are web and app links that appear in The Green Beret Preparation and Survival Guide.   First are apps, then survival gear. Auto gear. Survival Library. Gladiator and Jeep Links are near the end. Solar is at the end.

For Amazon links, they are affiliate and all profits are donated to the nonprofit Special Operations Warrior Foundation, which educates the children of deceased Special Operators. If you find a link that doesn’t work, or goes to a dead page, please let me know at bob@bobmayer.com

APPS and Web Pages (free unless otherwise noted)

Location Apps Topographic Map.  Gaia with 20% discount


CDC App Center For Disease Control (Apple) (Android) Of limited use, but better to have than not have.



Medical Apps Red Cross First Aid (Apple) (Android)



Medical Apps CPR and Choking (Apple) (Android)



Location Apps Family Locator-GPS Tracker for Android. GPS Tracker for Android.


Location Apps Emergency Alert System for Apple.


Location Apps Road ID eCrumbs App for Apple and Android.


Location Apps Google Earth (Apple) (Android)



Disaster Apps Red Cross Hurricane App (Apple) (Android)



The Wildfire APP: Apple Android



Wildfire Status web page: https://www.esri.com/en-us/disaster-response/disasters/wildfires

Disaster Apps Earthquake Alert for Android. Quake feed for Apple.



Disaster Apps Weatherbug (Apple) (Android)



Disaster Apps Disaster Alert (Apple) (Android)



Disaster Apps FEMA (Apple) (Android)



Miscellaneous Apps Flashlight (Apple) (Android)



Knots 3D ($4.99) (Apple) (Android)



Miscellaneous Apps Wild Edibles ($5.99) (Apple) (Android)



Miscellaneous Apps Scanner Radio (Apple) (Android)



FEMA flood map search to determine this by entering your address:


FEMA safe room guidelines web site: https://www.fema.gov/residential-safe-rooms

List of nuclear power plants: http://www.nrc.gov/reactors/operating/map-power-reactors.html

National Geographic 1:24,000 maps: http://www.natgeomaps.com/trail-maps/pdf-quads

USGS maps: http://nationalmap.gov/ustopo/

Home facts: http://www.homefacts.com/

Red Cross on line First Aid Courses: http://www.redcross.org/take-a-class/first-aid/first-aid-training/first-aid-online



Pre-packaged Grab-n-Go Bag

EVERLIT Earthquake Emergency Kits Survival Kit 72 Hrs 2 Person Bag with supplies for 2 people for 72 hours:    https://amzn.to/2Z2BFRo

Premium Family Emergency Survival Bag/Kit – a basic bag with supplies for 4 people for 72 hours:   https://amzn.to/2HeIaFM


Checklist for building your own Grab-n-Go bag

First aid kit: M2 BASICS 300 Piece:   https://amzn.to/2KDaYKg

Quikclot bandage, First Aid bandage, rolled splint:  https://amzn.to/2VbgcAb

Recon Tourniquet:        https://amzn.to/2Lzt1jt

Water Purification Tablets:   https://amzn.to/2TJ1AYF

RunningSnail Solar Crank NOAA Weather Radio for Emergency:  https://amzn.to/2Hf3JWX

Licorne Solar Charger 36,800 mAh. https://amzn.to/3wN6uJe

Emergency rations—2 packs from the following

Grizzly Gear:  https://amzn.to/2Lzqk1l

ERbar:  https://amzn.to/2SfllW4

DaTrex 3600:  https://amzn.to/2LzqtBV

Poncho:   https://amzn.to/2CxAY5G

Water 6 bottles (500ml) or Datrex Emergency Survival Water Pouches (24 packs of 125ml):  https://amzn.to/2ZdJY88

550/parachute cord:   https://amzn.to/2CxSneD

Compressible water containers:  https://amzn.to/2Lzj1qC

Lifestraw:   https://amzn.to/2V8udyM

Water filter:   https://amzn.to/2V7PIjb

Water purifying tablets:   https://amzn.to/2LAqndh

Sawyer Products Squeeze Water Filter: https://amzn.to/3Cra9Om

Stormproof lighters:  https://amzn.to/2Cv8yt7

Windproof matches:  https://amzn.to/2SkR2x9

Waterproof Lighter USB Plasma with flashlight:  https://amzn.to/3iN2luB

Portable stove and fuel:  https://amzn.to/2Lzj59Q

OdoLand 6 pcs Cookware mess kit and stove:   https://amzn.to/2GxjXh7

Fuel for stove, GasOne Camping Fuel:  https://amzn.to/3lykCgP

Emergency bivy sack:  https://amzn.to/2IebWy0

550/parachute cord:  https://amzn.to/2CxSneD

Sleeping pad, Therm-a-Rest Prolite:  https://amzn.to/2VbWKUf

Battery powered headlamp:  https://amzn.to/2RdecZk

Signal Mirror:  https://amzn.to/2BGKOAy

VS-17 signal panel:  https://amzn.to/2Sqqzyz

Folding Saw:  https://amzn.to/2LwcHQF

Fishing Kit:  https://amzn.to/2BC36TK

Redneck Convent Versatile Snare Wire:  https://amzn.to/2Lwd6Tb

SOG Tomahawk Survival axe, also is a weapon:  https://amzn.to/2BDuAbv

SOG SOGFari Machete (per Area Study):  https://amzn.to/2CxTgE4

Collapsible Snow Shovel (based on Area Study):   https://amzn.to/2rWOKc9

Pocket chainsaw:  https://amzn.to/2BI7YqC

Compass:  https://amzn.to/2GAOycI

Assorted zip ties along with Handcuff zip ties:  https://amzn.to/2Rdar61

Rand McNally Road Atlas.   https://amzn.to/36IVqA9

National Geographic Maps:   http://www.natgeomaps.com/trail-maps/pdf-quads

USGS Maps:      http://nationalmap.gov/ustopo/

Get a waterproof map case to put your topo maps in, with dummy cord.     https://amzn.to/34yYE6N

Katadyn Water Microfilter:  https://amzn.to/30UAvGz

Platypus Gravitywork High Capacity Water Filter:  https://amzn.to/36N18Bi

LifeStraw Personal Water Filter:  https://amzn.to/2V4uUJf

Watch cap:   https://amzn.to/2LvL5uX

Boonie Hat:   https://amzn.to/2QKgI9X

Poncho:  https://amzn.to/2LvsWx8

Blanket and Go Time Life Bivy Emergency Sleeping Bag:  https://amzn.to/2IebWy0

Large, Heavy Duty Tarp:  https://amzn.to/3nxMZxw


FIRE: starting and protection

Storm proof lighters ( least 1 each home, GnG, car)    https://amzn.to/2Cv8yt7

Waterproof Lighter USB Plasma with flashlight:  https://amzn.to/3iN2luB

Storm proof matches (GnG, home):     https://amzn.to/2V5tEWe

Emergency ladder in all bedrooms above the first floor sufficient to reach the ground from a window.

First Alert 2-Story Escape Ladder:  https://amzn.to/2V65M4Z

First Alert 3-Story Escape Ladder:  https://amzn.to/2SdhatX



Pre-packaged Roadside emergency kit (shown below and check the site to see what it holds. This contains some of the items below)   https://amzn.to/2CylcaV

Fire extinguisher:    https://amzn.to/2V4u8fz

Reflective warning triangles:  https://amzn.to/3di51PF

Red Warning Flasher:      https://amzn.to/31Y3rfd

Blanket and Emergency bivy sack:  https://amzn.to/2IebWy0

Life Hammer:    https://amzn.to/2A8HL4r

Collapsible Snow Shovel (based on Area Study):   https://amzn.to/2rWOKc9

GoTreads Emergency Traction:  https://amzn.to/2ShCnCV

Poncho:  https://amzn.to/2LvsWx8

Road side flashing lights:  https://amzn.to/2CF8nvt

Battery powered siphon:  https://amzn.to/2SegtAI

Multipurpose tool:  https://amzn.to/2Lzt3bh

and/or Leatherman Crunch tool:  https://amzn.to/2BD3lxR

Emergency Battery Charger/Starter:  https://amzn.to/2SGbkDh

Flat tire inflation canister:  https://amzn.to/2CvN7s6


Blackhawk Omega Crosssdraw Mag Vest:  https://amzn.to/2HeET9L

Israeli Battle Dressings:  https://amzn.to/2LzJSm6

Survival Knife:  https://amzn.to/2LwgGfQ

Compass:   https://amzn.to/2GAOycI


Survival and Sustainment Library: Click on title to go to Amazon page.

When Technology Fails: A Manual for Self-Reliance, Sustainability and Surviving the Long Emergency by Matthew Stein. A great resource of information for long term skills.

SAS Survival Handbook by John Wiseman. Redundant to some information in this book, I have it because of the images of plants and other matter.

Peterson Field Guides put out a series of books about plants. Two keys are:

Edible Wild Plants

Field Guide to Medicinal Plants and Herbs of Eastern and Central North America

Unfortunately those two books aren’t available in eBook and having a plant guide on your cell phone you can easily bring up is very useful. I have:

Wild Edibles: A Practical Guide to Foraging, with Easy Identification of 60 Edible Plants and 67 Recipes by Sergei Boutenko

Basic Fishing: A Beginner’s Guide by Wade Bourne is very useful. Remember, that the Donner Party never even attempted to fish in the nearby lake, even though it had trout in it.

The Gift of Fear: And Other Survival Signs That Protect Us From Violence by Gavin de Becker is a classic that applies to more than just survival situations.

My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George is a classic story of survival that is great to read with your kids to introduce them to survival situations and information.

The Ultimate Survival Medicine Guide by Amy Alton. This is the premier book for survival medicine when a doctor or hospital is not available.


A JCR half rack on top of the cab https://www.jcroffroad.com/product/JTRK.html

JCR full-bed rack. https://www.jcroffroad.com/product/JTBR.html

Swingcase truck storage. https://amzn.to/3PIHYj1

5 inch vinyl fencepost: https://amzn.to/3zlPVW0

Smittybilt Seat Cover. https://amzn.to/3PCyCWg

Rotopax. https://amzn.to/3IRZOOt

Tyger auto shovel. https://amzn.to/3cvD6Qa

Battery Booster. https://amzn.to/3v2dbpG

3 inch memory foam camping mattress: https://amzn.to/3aX9omE

46″ hose carriers. https://amzn.to/3PIsYSq

Spot X Satellite Messenger. https://amzn.to/3cvDDl8

Licorne Solar Charger 36,800 mAh. https://amzn.to/3wN6uJe



Yeti 500: https://amzn.to/3HEQaQG

Rechargeable deep cycle battery: https://amzn.to/3PAogak



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