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Dave Riley and his Green Beret A-Team must defeat a threat shockingly inhuman. Set in the shadowy world of genetic research, Synbat, stands for Synthetic Battle form.
The research is conducted at a lab in the deep woods of western Tennessee, under the Pentagon’s secret Black Budget, is Top Secret. Until the subjects of the experiment escape. The Synbats are now roaming the countryside, acting out what they were designed to do: kill.
Riley and his team are called in for ‘damage control.’ Easier said than done. They follow the deadly trail to Chicago, where long abandoned tunnels are a lair for the Synbats to complete what could well spell the end of mankind: procreate at incredible speed. It’s a race against time as Riley must destroy mankind’s greatest threat– our own genes spliced with that of another species.
Kirkus Reviews. “Action packed entertainment. An atavistic milieu plausibly conjured up by Mayer.”
Publishers Weekly. “Mayer keeps story and characters firmly under control. The venal motives of the scientists and military bureaucracy are tellingly contrasted with the idealism of the soldiers—a treat for military fiction readers.”
Library Journal: “This book will appeal to a variety of horror and military fiction readers. Recommended.”
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?
Praise for Mayer’s books: “The best combination of science fiction and technothriller this year.” Publishers Weekly ref The Rock
Kirkus Reviews reference Synbat: “Action packed entertainment. An atavistic milieu plausibly conjured up by Mayer.”
Editor’s note: Even if you haven’t read the previous Area 51 books you can read this and it will get you into the series. For those who’ve read the previous books, you’ll learn a lot more “truth” about the backstory to the series and merge with the end of the last book, Invasion.
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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
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.”
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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.
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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.
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.