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Bob Mayer
Born 1959
Bronx, New York
Pen name Joe Dalton, Robert Doherty, Greg Donegan, Bob McGuire
Occupation Novelist
Nationality United States American
Writing period 1991-present
Genres Thriller, Science Fiction
Official website
Robert "Bob" Mayer (born 1959) is an author, writing instructor, and former Green Beret. He has written over 30 titles under his name and his four pen names (Joe Dalton, Robert Doherty, Greg Donegan, and Bob McGuire). Mayer has applied the principles from his training in the special forces to his career as a writer and as a writing instructor. He has written several motivational books, including Who Dares Wins: Special Operations Tactics For Success. He is currently at work on his next solo novel, The Jefferson Allegiance. In addition, he is currently writing books in partnership with author Jennifer Crusie.



Mayer was born in the Bronx and raised in New York City. He went to the United States Military Academy.
In the army, Mayer was an infantryman and a Green Beret, serving with recon and special forces teams. He later went on to become a writer and instructor at the JFK Special Warfare Center & School at Fort Bragg.
Mayer has published 33 titles under his name and his four pen names. He has sold over 6,000,000 books. He written several thriller and scifi books that build on his experience in the special forces as well as on the traditions of mythology and ancient cultures. His Area 51 series is still in print and sought after by fans of spy thrillers and scifi.
In September 2004 he started a writing collaboration with best-selling author, Jennifer Crusie. .The idea was that Crusie would take the woman’s point of view and Mayer the man’s.^ Mark, I too would like to point out that the smarter and wiser man also hurled quite a few insults in the middle of his tirade.
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See discussion of the collaboration on their web page. The result of that collaboration, Don’t Look Down, was published in hardcover in April 2006; their second book, Agnes and the Hit Man, in August 2007. They are now at work on the third book of their partnership, "Wild Ride."
In addition to his writing career, Mayer is a frequent speaker at writers' conferences and holds workshops and seminars on leadership tactics based on his Green Beret training. See his web page.

Non-fiction books/series

  • The Novel Writer's Toolkit (2003) ISBN 1-58297-320-2
  • Who Dares Wins: Special Operations Tactics For Success
  • The Green Beret Way: Special Forces Tactics That Take You From Ordinary to Elite

Fictional books/series

Single titles

  • The Rock (1995) ISBN 0-440-22072-6 (reissue) first book under the Robert Doherty pen name
  • Eyes of the Hammer (1994) ISBN 0-312-92862-9 The first Dave Riley novel
  • Cut Out: A Dave Riley Novel (1995) ISBN 0-89141-508-4
  • Eternity Base (1996) ISBN 0-89141-509-2
  • Z: A Dave Riley Novel (1996) ISBN 0-89141-510-6
  • Dragon Sim-13 (2004) ISBN 0-7592-3980-0
  • Psychic Warrior (2001) ISBN 0-440-23626-6 and Psychic Warrior: Project Aura written as Robert Doherty
  • Synbat (2004) ISBN 0-7592-5345-5 A Dave Riley novel
  • Section 8 (2005) ISBN 0-06-073583-X writing as Robert Doherty
  • Bodyguard of Lies (2005) ISBN 0-7653-1126-7 (hardcover) Two women find themselves fighting for survival and the safety of their country.
  • The Citadel (2007) ISBN 0060735856 writing as Robert Doherty
  • Lost Girls (2007) ISBN 0765311275 (hardcover) writing as Robert Doherty, follow up to Bodyguard of Lies

Area 51

Area 51 relates to humanity encountering aliens, and the trials that ensue. Written using the pen name "Robert Doherty":
  • Area 51 (1997) ISBN 0-440-22073-4 In the first book of the series it is established that during the 1940s several atmospheric crafts of unknown origin were discovered in the Antarctic and the U.S. government established Area 51 to study the technology. In the 1990s, several of the book characters, including Scientist Lisa Duncan and Special Forces officer Mike Turcotte, are drawn to Area 51 at the same time and they must unlock the secret of the ship to save mankind.
  • Area 51: The Reply (1998) ISBN 0-440-22073-4 The secrets of the alien craft extend beyond Area 51 from Egypt's Pyramids to the mysterious face on Mars
  • Area 51: The Mission (1999) ISBN 0-440-22381-4 From a place hidden in the Amazon rain forest, comes a deadly virus that threatens the world.
  • Area 51: The Sphinx (2000) ISBN 0-440-23494-8 Someone has unlocked the secret of the Sphinx and using the alien technology found there, they threaten to deploy a nuclear missile.
  • Area 51: The Grail (2001) ISBN 0-440-23495-6 Area 51 personnel are searching for the Holy Grail, an ancient artifact that might unlock further secrets of the alien technology and save the world.
  • Area 51: Excalibur (2002) ISBN 0-440-23705-X
  • Area 51: The Truth (2003) ISBN 0-440-23706-8 Turcotte discovers the origins of man and why the aliens came to earth to begin with.
  • Area 51: Nosferatu (2003) ISBN 0-440-23724-6 The undead creatures who have inhabited the earth are now armed with modern tools of destruction, and they know that it is time to follow their leader, Nosferatu, to take over the world.
  • Area 51: Legend (2004) ISBN 0-440-23725-4 From another planet, two humans who have already successfully led a revolt against the deathless alien race, are on their way to planet called Earth for a final show down.


This series relates to an interdimensional battle to save all earths from a transdimensional race bent on stealing resources from other worlds, and destroying them in the process. .They all start by destroying one place in particular...^ Yeah, and one day Hendrix will rise from the dead and drop all of those pesky guitar solos he used to play and start using a synthesizer… .
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Written using pen name Greg Donegan.
  • Atlantis (June 1999) ISBN 0-425-16936-7
  • Atlantis: Bermuda Triangle (May 1, 2000) ISBN 0-425-17429-8
  • Atlantis: Devil's Sea (February 2001) ISBN 0-425-17859-5
  • Atlantis: Gate (August 2002) ISBN 0-425-18572-9
  • Assault on Atlantis (October 2003) ISBN 0-515-13630-1
  • Battle For Atlantis (February 2004) ISBN 0-425-19453-1


  • Don't Look Down (with Jennifer Crusie) (2006) ISBN 0-312-34812-6 This first collaboration between best-selling romance writer Crusie and adventure-thriller writer Mayer combines romance and suspense. Movie director, Lucy, got more than she bargained for when she agrees to complete a movie after the first director dies as a favor for her ex-husband. Lucy finds herself relying on and working with J.T. Wilder, a stunt consultant and special forces operative, to help her save her movie, her sister and her niece.


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