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Ides(4b)But what if Marc Antony knew what awaited Caesar on the Ides of March 44 BC?

What if Tsarina Alexandra knew she had only one desperate gambit to play to keep her husband from abdicating on the Ides of March 1917 AD?

Christopher Columbus brought back more from the New World than just word of its discovery on the Ides of March 1493 AD. What if the disease he brought back is amplified, bringing about a second Black Death?

What if on the Ides of March 480 BC King Leonidas and his 300 Spartans fail to hold the Gates of Fire not just for Greece but for the fate of our entire timeline?

These and more, are issues the the Time Patrol must deal with in Ides of March.

Published today!

4 D DayNothing but good times ahead! As long as the Time Patrol does its job.

And coming near the end of May, Time Patrol: D Day!

In Ides, as Antony rehearses for the funeral speech on the Ides, which gives you an idea of his inclinations even before Caesar is assassinated, he says “Give me your ears” which Pyrrha, daughter of Pandora, and traveler from another timeline, admonishes him is a poor choice of words. But Antony, being Antony, says he’ll damn well take their ears if he wants to!  History, mythology and science all merge together in this fast-paced story! Along with grammar.



What do they all have in common? 15 March was an important date for each one of them.

Caesar is the one most associated with the Ides of March, but it was also the day the last Tsar of Russia abdicated, leading to a Civil War that killed millions, brought about the Soviet Union and . . .

George Washington stopped a growing mutiny among his officers on the 15th of March, 1783. They wanted to march on Congress, demanding their pay and what had been promised them and been withheld. The United States might never exist if this had happened.

IDES COVERColumbus returned from ‘discovering’ the New World to Spain on the 15th of March, 1493. But he brought more back than just word of his discovery.

Three weeks from now, my next Time Patrol book, Ides of March, will be published. Clicking on this link will open an excerpt from the opening of the book to give you an idea what awaits. It is available for pre-order now.

Don’t beware the Ides of March! Understand its historical context.


This one of the most significant events of the 20th century. In the midst of the War to End All Wars, one of the world’s powers collapses and the monarchy is overthrown, sending ripples throughout Europe and around the world. This leads to the Bolsheviks taking over, Russia becoming the Soviet Union, Stalin, famine, tens of millions dead, World War II and stopping Hitler on the Eastern Front. The fall of Berlin. The Cold War.

Yep, it was pretty significant. And one man, Doc, is sent back for the 24 hour bubble on the key day in 1917. But not to the Tsar, who was at a railroad station, but to the Alexander Palace where the Tsarina, her four daughters, and the Tsar in waiting, Alexei, are holed up. He must unravel Rasputin’s Prophecy and make sure history stays the same.

No matter what the cost.

I could’ve written an entire book just on Rasputin, who was, to say the least a weird dude (although assassinated the previous December). From what I’ve learned, he bears a large degree of blame for what happened. However, ultimately, blame must fall on Nicholas II. I cover this in Shit Doesn’t Just Happen II: The Gift of Failure. Nicholas’ list of miscalculations is long. Perhaps this is the problem with a monarchy. You get the leader that was born into the right place at the right time.

Coming 15 March. Time Patrol: Ides of March.

In terms of major events of the 20th Century, where you rank the Tsar’s abdication?

TheLastCzarWe’re offering The Last Czar: Anatomy of Catastrophe, for free today, before we pull it and wrap it into the larger Shit Doesn’t Just Happen books.

It is 1917. The world’s population is roughly 1.86 billion, although the First World War, the War to End All Wars for the glass is half full people, is taking a chunk out of that. J.R.R. Tolkien begins writing The Book of Lost Tales; in the U.S. imprisoned suffragettes from the Silent Sentinels are beaten in what became known as the Night of Terror; the first Pulitzer prizes are awarded; Mata Hari is arrested for spying; John F. Kennedy is born; a race riot in St. Louis leaves 250 dead.

And in Russia, the last Tsar, Nicholas II, abdicates on the 15th of March, changing the course of history and our present.

While I’m using that specific date in my novel coming out next month, Ides of March, I’d already done research on Nicholas II, trying to understand how his personality and decision-making (or lack thereof), that led to the downfall of the Russian Empire. Using my Rule of Seven, with Seven being the abdication, I listed the Six Cascade Events prior to that:

  1. Nicholas wasn’t properly trained to lead his country.
  2. The Russo-Japanese War was a disaster for Russia, and Nicholas II in particular.
  3. Nicholas’ attempts at reform hit a middle ground that pleased neither side.
  4. Bloody Sunday, where troops fired on marchers, was a spark that would lead to revolution.
  5. His wife, Tsarina Alexandra, alienated many Russians, particularly her reliance on Rasputin.
  6. World War I was an utter disaster for Russia, and especially Nicholas when he took personal charge of the Army, something he was not prepared or equipped to do.

One man’s lack of leadership changed the course of history and dictated the fates of millions. It still affects us today. Can we say: Putin?

The rise of the Soviet Union out of the ashes of Tsarist Russia is one of the most significant developments in the past century. Lenin, Stalin, purges, the spread of communism, the Cold War where we came perilously close to nuclear war; all were a result of Nicholas.

There were numerous cascade events spread out over decades, but a recurring theme of Nicholas II is the lack of decisive leadership along with little strategic political or military planning. He spent much of his reign reacting.

Leadership, or the lack thereof, affects many, from the troopers of the Seventh Cavalry who went to their doom to the estimated 50 million ‘unnatural deaths’ suffered by Russians under Stalin. The latter of which was a direct result from Nicholas’ failures.

For more information and detail, download the book. For free. What always amazes me is so much history that’s new to learn. The Russo-Japanese War is a good example; where at Port Arthur the Japanese launched a surprise attack prior to the official declaration of war, catching the Russian fleet unaware. That sound familiar?

It is said, those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it. And we do. Over and over.

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Ides(4b)And Time Patrol: Ides of March is a little over a month away. I send Doc on the mission to the Alexander Palace, to the Tsarina and her five children, where he has to figure out how the Shadow had planned to change our history on the 15th of March 1917. It turned out to be a rather wicked mission, since the Time Patrol’s job is to keep history the same. Thus, in essence, he is condemning those four young girls and boy, along with their mother to their fates. What he has to struggle with is: what is he changes things? What if he allows the Tsarina to talk her husband into not abdicating on that date? How could that possibly change history? Would it be for the better, or for the worse?

Time Patrol: Ides of March

15 March 2016

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