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 80 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 dogs.
Born in the Bronx to a garbageman and housewife, I attended West Point and earned a BA with a focus 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 soldiers ever (RIP Dave Boltz, team sergeant, Jim O’Callagan, WO4). 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. 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 80 books published and have hit all the bestseller lists including the NY Times, Publishers Weekly, Wall Street Journal and USA Today. I’ve reached #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.
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.
The latest from Bob
Nomadland We watched the Oscar winner last night and I can verify we both woke up this morning depressed. That’s not to say don’t see it. It’s a very well done movie. A lot of that depression is personal as one story in it, by Bob Wells, had a personal resonance with...
Wildfires Of all natural disasters, wildfires are among the most dangerous. They can spring up quickly and spread very fast. The United States averages over 73,000 wildfires every year. They cause 2 billion dollars worth of damage annually. Over 7 million acres are...
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