Category: Book of the Week (page 1 of 4)

The Ides of March

Julius Caesar. George Washington. Tsar Alexander. Christopher Columbus. King Odoacer.

The Ides are significant to all of them.

Caesar, of course, met some blades. But, he was already a very sick man. And it was hard to keep a secret in Rome. What if he went that day knowing his fate?

Washington faced a coup among his officers at their winter camp in Newburgh. They hadn’t been paid in months. The war wasn’t technically over as negotiations dragged on in Paris. He made an epic speech few have ever heard of. But what if he hadn’t?

Tsarist Russia ended on 15 March 1917. The world has never been the same. But what if Alexander hadn’t abdicated? What if the Tsarina had come up with a desperate plan to turn the people against the Communists? An appalling sacrifice?

Columbus returned to Spain on 15 March 1492. But, he brought more than word of the New World back with him. His crew also brought Syphilis, previously unknown in the Old World. But what if that Syphilis was something more deadly?

King Odoacer, the first King of Italy after the last Roman Emperor in the West, was assassinated by Theodoric on the 15th of March 493. But what if the tables were turned?

In honor of this momentous day in history, I’ve made the Ides of March free on Nook, Kobo and Google Play.  It’s loading on Apple and should be live shortly.

Eagle’s mission to Washington’s camp which turns out to have much more than a speech at stake is free in all modes, pdf, mobi and epub HERE.

The MP3 audio of any of those missions is available if you email me at Bob@bobmayer.com.

More great giveaways are exclusive to those who are on my email list which you can sign up for here.  My web site is being completely redone in order to make it easier to find my books and the orders they’re written in. I’ll also be uploading a new Readers Guide on all platforms soon which contains all my titles and information about how they’re connected.

Valentines Day (A Time Patrol novella) will be out next month!

Nothing but good times ahead!

 

 

How To Stop An Imperial Presidency?

One of the greatest things George Washington did was walk away after his last term as President. There were those who wanted to anoint him king. Others who wanted him President-for-Life. But he gave up the power willingly.

I was pondering this several years ago. I thought about how, in our long history, we’ve had Presidents overstep their bounds. Break the law. Jefferson himself, with the Louisiana Purchase.  Polk and the trumped up Mexican War which expanded our country almost as much as the Purchase– ie California, Nevada, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, etc. Lincoln taking powers during war that were illegal.

How were they stopped? Did the process work? Or did Hamilton and Jefferson, two very opposite men, sit down and hammer out an agreement, a secret Allegiance, that could be invoked to stop a rogue President?

The very first law, enacted by the very first Congress, is the oath of office for military officers. That’s how serious it was considered. It’s an oath I took at 17, on the Plain at West Point. It’s one I still believe in.

Today, Monday and Tuesday, for President’s Weekend, The Jefferson Allegiance is FREE. Take the time to read a thriller steeped in history and politics. This book was a #2 National Bestseller at Barnes and Noble when it first came out.

Have a great weekend!

 

What Happened to Taylor & Nova after seeing the Statue of Liberty at the end of Planet of the Apes?

That’s the question my short story, The Pacing Place, answers in Tales from the Forbidden Zone, a new anthology published this month about Planet of the Apes.

From that moment, across the and into the Forbidden Zone, Taylor and Nova face unique challenges. Compressing that into a short story was a lot of fun and the tale is one that I really believe is heart-rending. Deb gave me the core of the idea and streamed the center of the story; always a great combination.

Who will Taylor speak to? Will there be others? Will the Apes come after them?

I’ve been AWOL because we moved. We’ve left Write on the River behind and are opening a new chapter in our lives. We’re still in Knoxville, further in town, in an old, classic neighborhood. We’re renting a house that’s actually listed on Wikipedia when you check this area. It’s almost 100 years old, designed by an architect who also did some of the buildings at UT. We love the place and look forward to holding our workshops and retreats here in a very unique venue. We don’t have dates for the first workshops– I asked Deb this morning and the look I got was: let’s finish putting things away before we tackle that. Still not sure what to call the new locale, but we were looking in the den this morning and it reminded me of one of those old lodges where manly men smoke cigars and discover exploring the Amazon. Except for the huge flatscreen and new sound system.

Nothing but good times ahead!

 

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