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Man’s Past is Filled with Truth’s Shed Blood

We’ve all heard the phrase – history repeats itself, but never in exactly the same way.   Have you ever really thought about it though?  If it does repeat itself, then the obvious question is why?  Human nature maybe?  Naw, couldn’t be.  We humans are so advanced and so wise in this modern age.  I hear some of you laughing, but the rest of you were nodding your heads yes.

Could it have something to do about mankind’s seeming inability to learn from the past?  I tend to think so.  We seem incapable of picking up some of the basic principles that are so clearly displayed along histories road map.  What else could it be when the same mistakes are repeated over and over, thereby setting the stage for history to repeat itself.  Or said another way, the landscape of the future is painted with the lessons of history we ignore or never learn.

Examples – they are everywhere.  Here are just a few.

INFLATION – Almost always created on purpose by governments down through history, it happens when governments can no longer pay for their wars and bloated programs.  In Rome the Caesar’s would “clip” the coins that came into the treasury.  By stealing gold and silver from the various coins collected in fees and taxes, Caesar could expand the money supply to pay his bills.  Melt down the clipped pieces and mint new coins.

In more recent times governments didn’t need to resort to clipping coins.  They had the printing press and Germany made great use of it.  I think most of you are familiar with the stories of people burning bundles of Deutsche Marks because they were more valuable for heat than currency.  Or maybe you’ve heard the story of a man who found a leather brief case full of paper Marks laying in the road.  He dumped out the money and kept he brief case because it was worth more.

Here’s one I bet you didn’t know.  In the early 1900’s Argentina had the fourth largest economy in the world.  Subsequently destroyed by government programs that could only be supported by printing money.  England used to rule the world, but its currency has been devalued a number of times for the same reasons.

Today in the U.S. we are very advanced.  No need for the printing press here.  We simply create money out of thin air with a few keystrokes on a keyboard.  Why mess with the printing press when the numbers you create on a computer screen are just as valuable?

WAR – This ones pretty obvious.  Rome fell largely as a result of its far flung wars.  They were costly and basically they pissed off a lot of people.  Germany and Japan shared similar fates for similar reasons.  Do we in the U.S. think we can ignore these lessons?  Apparently so.

UNCONTROLLED BORDERS – Its not about being isolated and not allowing anyone in.  On the contrary, it can be most beneficial when done the correct way.  But history clearly demonstrates that no nation remains standing for long when it can’t or wont protect its borders.

I could go on but wont bore you with anymore history.  It has after all, become such a nasty word we don’t even teach it (in any meaningful way) in our schools anymore.  We are an enlightened nation and know that past history is just that and none of what has happened in the past will affect us – right?  And don’t go getting all political on me.  Both parties have taken us down the road we are on.  Pointing fingers at one or the other only demonstrates you don’t have a clear understanding of the problem.  Sorry, but the Truth can be harsh sometimes.

History is the premise that Truth’s Blood is written on.  Take the lessons of the past and apply them to the current state of the U.S.  Our future really is painted by the lessons of history we fail to learn or choose to ignore.  TRUTH’S BLOOD is one possible outcome.  The scary part is that this fictional story gets a little more real everyday.  I hope you’ll pick up a copy.  It makes for a chilling read in the middle of our hot summer weather.


If you have yet to read Truth’s Blood this will really shock you.  In Henderson Nevada, the police threw a family out of their home so they could use it as a look out post – a clear violation of the third amendment in the Bill Rights – you know, the one that says soldiers can’t be housed in your home.  Well as you will read in the link below, that’s exactly what happened.

Truth’s Blood may be fiction, but it’s close enough to the real thing you wont forget the book long after you put it down.

Here is the link to the story about the police occupation of a home in Henderson Nevada.

Truth’s Blood also received another FIVE STAR review on Amazon.

The comment is entitled Truth, Bloody Truth and a portion of it reads like this:  “Roberts takes a small town family through the perils of an ‘apocalyptic’ event; lets just say the destruction of society is not pretty. Pulling lessons and inspiration from history, the effect is utterly chilling. By plunging you into the Lang family drama and then destroying their world around them, I was left with chills that kept me checking over my shoulder in the dark.”

You can check it out here and I hope you’ll share it with your friends.

I’d like to hear some feedback on this.

For those of you who have ever written and published a book, what was one or the most frustrating and/or surprising things about the journey?

Was it the fact your friends seemed reluctant to read your book, no matter how inexpensive or even free it was? – This was surprising to me, I mean friends are friends right, you pretty much expect them to grab your book and see what its all about. Didn’t happen. I don’t think I’m alone because recently I’ve read about this happening to other authors. Still, it was a surprise. The feeling I got, and it was just a feeling, was that supporting me would grant success they themselves aren’t experiencing. I’m curious what others have experienced.

Was it the marketing experience? – It’s kind of overwhelming isn’t it. As in, it makes writing the book seem easy by comparison. The self-publishing world is developing and changing so fast that just staying up with it is a challenge, let alone trying to figure it all out as a Newbie. Easy to spend a lot of money here without getting much in return. I’m really curious to hear what people have found works for them.

Was it the feeling of being taken advantage of by the sharks known as publishers? – A new fish in these waters can only be called on thing – BAIT! The sharks that swim these waters are experienced sham artists that make used car salesmen look like saints. I have since learned of better avenues down which to proceed when I publish my second book, at least better than the way I went the first time, but all of them seem to be black holes attempting to fill themselves with money. Which can only be right – right? After all, self-published authors are main stream publishers rejects correct? Well you certainly get that feeling from them. In real life they are probably all warm and fuzzy. This is an area I wish to learn more about and welcome any feedback regarding publishers you feel you could recommend.

Of course the experience wasn’t all negative. There is a lot of satisfaction in producing your first novel that is priceless in many ways. And since my intention was never to get rich, but to simply write a book others would enjoy while enjoying the writing process myself, I consider it all a great success. The pitfalls mentioned above are just that, and anything self-published authors can do to help other new authors avoid them should always be offered for they take away from an otherwise amazing adventure, the adventure of writing your first book and seeing it published.

Would love to hear some feedback on this. Have a great day everyone!

Do you ever wonder why mankind seems to find it impossible to learn from the lessons history has to teach? Why is it mankind can look upon the things societies have done in the past and assume the very same thing can be done today but obtain a different outcome? Rome fell for a lot of reasons but one of the main reasons was their inability to control the nations borders. Ring any bells? Germany printed tons of money (literally) and destroyed their currency. At one time Argentina was the fourth largest economy on the planet, prior to destroying their economy with socialized everything. Far flung wars have brought down many nations.

These are just a hand full of examples, but it seems our own nation is thumbing its nose at history and the examples that cry out from the past. The romans coined the term “bread and circuses.” It meant, feed and entertain the masses and they wont pay any attention to what your government is doing. Today Hollywood practically has its own wing in the White House and GMO corn and soy are fattening the masses. Few seem to notice what is taking place in our nation, let alone care.

Now please don’t be going all political on me here. If you take a political position then you’ve already blinded yourself to at least some of the realities taking place in our nation. Both parties are as guilty as the other in taking our country down this road. You simply cannot support either party without supporting war, inflation and the loss of liberty. I don’t claim to have all the answers, but even a casual glance at history clearly lays bare the errors of our ways.

So why do I bring this up? It’s what led to the writing of my book. Take some of the major lessons history has to teach, apply them to the present situation in the U.S. and write a fictional tale of how it might all turn out.

It’s my first novel so I focused on two things I’ve always found enjoyable in the books I read – well developed characters you can relate too and imagery that draws you right into the moment. Or as one reviewer on Amazon noted “Fantastic Imagery!”

I believe its a book that will stay with you long after you put it down. At times creepy, other times funny, I think you’ll find it to be a page turner. I hope you’ll check out.

“Man’s past is filled with truth’s shed blood.”

I hope you’ll check it out – Truth’s Blood.

Have a great day folks!

This reluctant author actually enjoyed participating in this interview on BookLOADS and I thought I would pass it along.  Just click the link below and may you all have a great day!


This is my first post on a new blog. Blogging itself is quite new to me and I’m feeling a bit like a little fish tossed into a great big sea. When it comes to the ways of social media my sons would tell you I come kicking and screaming. I’ve been around a few decades, six in fact and I grew up in the dry land wheat country of eastern Washington. Worked those wheat fields for a decade too, but that’s another story. Maybe it’s that part of my life that shaped me into such a private person, or maybe I’m just old fashioned – ya, that’s probably more like it. Either way, this is all quite to me.

The sub-title to the blog says I’m a reluctant author, but lets be clear, I love writing, its just all the accoutrements that come with writing. In high school I hated English class. All those rules kept a person from saying what he wanted to say. Well needless to say, I come up woefully short in the grammar department. A fact my editor was quick to point out.

Believe it or not my last high school English class is probably what planted the seed to my writing desires. To humor the lovely, little old lady (who was probably younger than I am now) teaching the class, I took an exam and wrote a short story at her request. A few weeks later, shortly before graduation, she returned with two different scholarship offers. (scholarships were exceedingly rare in those days) I was too young to appreciate it all and couldn’t begin to imagine myself as a writer.

The seed that teacher planted laid dormant until I retired and felt it stirring, coming to life, so I began talking a few writing classes. I found them quite enjoyable, so much so I began writing a story – something just for myself (you will recall my earlier discussion about being a private kind of person), until one Christmas the matter came up in a discussion my wife and I were having with our oldest son. He twisted my arm pretty severely about polishing the story and publishing it. Long story short, a year later, (this last December), the book Truth’s Blood was published. So I owe him a little credit for prompting me to actually turn it into a real book, even though, to this day he has yet to read it.

I’m a great fan of history and it plays a strong role in my motivation for writing the story. One of life’s greatest mysteries is how mankind seems to find it impossible to learn from mistakes of the past. As I write in the book, “Man’s past is filled with truth’s shed blood.” Basically I took the lessons history has taught and applied them to the present situation in the Untied States to write a fictional story of what could happen. So while there is a goal of teaching some of histories lessons through the story, my real intent was to write an entertaining novel.

I worked hard to develop strong characters the reader could relate to. One of my strengths is writing descriptively. As one Amazon reviewer put it – “Fantastic Imagery.” And who doesn’t like getting swept up and taken away to another world when reading a good book? My own reading preference is for a long story, something I can really get involved in and so I wrote a long story. I believe the aspect of strong, well developed characters, coupled with imagery that pulls you into the moment, and a storyline built upon historical truths tells a compelling story you will enjoy.

The story takes place at a time when America can no longer pay its bills and China refuses to accept he funny money being printed in Washington. When China demands payment in real assets, the two nations come to blows and the United States is occupied. Rather than fight to occupy the major American cities, China shuts down the power and closes them off. When families flee the chaos in the cites China rounds up the young men and interns them in work camps. The story revolves around the Lang family and their attempts to rescue the families youngest son from one of those work camps. A final tickler, if you like stories where none of the characters are safe, you will be on the edge of your seat reading this one.

To wrap up this first blog allow me to finish with this. There is a nearly overwhelming learning curve when self-publishing your first book; part of the “reluctant author” story. One of the things I learned about is who gets to set the price of the book. I was allowed to set the price for the eBook and priced it at just $2.99. I was not allowed to set the price of the physical, hold in your hands paperback and for that I apologize. Next time, this reluctant author will know better.

Below are links to the book. I not only hope you will pick up a copy but if you enjoy the book please let your friends know. I also enjoy constructive and informed feedback and welcome your comments here. My thanks ahead of time.