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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!

 

 

15 March 44 B.C. What if Caesar lived?

The more I researched Caesar’s assassination, the more intriguing it became. I loved how in the HBO series ROME, a contributing factor was Vorenus rushing away to confront his wife, leaving Caesar defenseless. But, in reality, there are some theories that Caesar had a very good idea what he walking into that day.

It must have been rather hard to keep such a conspiracy secret in a city such as Rome. Caesar was suffering from a malady, many think it was epilepsy, although some have proposed he suffered mini-strokes. Regardless, he was an ill man. He did some strange things in the months leading up to his death. At one point, Marc Antony tried to crown him and Caesar refused. But its doubtful Antony would have come up with this on his own.

Perhaps Caesar committed suicide by assassination?

But a more intriguing What If is this: What If Marc Antony had been able to get to Caesar and warn him? Together they decided to turn the tables on the assassins?

Ides of March (Time Patrol)

Caesar was only 56 when he died. What if he’d lived another 20 years, ruling Rome? How would history be different?

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