Out of the Wilderness by Steve Stroble

Out of the Wilderness
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Out of the Wilderness

Sam Smaltz just wants to be left alone.

But being sandwiched between the Greatest Generation and Gen X and the Millenials offers him no such comfort.

As a Baby Boomer, he does not get to be a respected hero by fighting German and Japanese warriors during WW II or North Koreans invading South Korea, but instead leaves behind a stepson who is sucked into the nebulous world of present day international terrorism, where everyone is suspect and no one can be trusted.’

Life is not easy as it requires his stepson Jack Smaltz to be just one more nameless, faceless hero whose story gets lost in the shuffle even as it makes his generation shine.

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Short Stories Book 5 (Short Stories Series) by Steve Stroble

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Short Stories Book 5 (Short Stories Series)

A collection of short stories:

  1. “The Fixer” — Vacation to Mount Rushmore is ruined by protestors
  2. “If It’s Thursday, It Must Be Jordan” — Son tries to convince ex-pat parents to move back to America
  3. “Earth, This Is Mars Base 3” — A case of space psychosis upends Mars Base 3
  4. “The Case of the Lost Child” — P. I. Bobbi Heck takes on a case as a favor to a crush of hers from high school days

This is Book 5 in the Short Stories Series.

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Short Stories Book 4 (Short Stories Series) by Steve Stroble

Short Stories Book 4 (Short Stories Series)

A collection of short stories:

  1. “The Extra” — A movie extra who never fulfilled his expectations begins to feel like an extra to everyone around him. Then, an unexpected phone call revives his dream.
  2. “The Case of the Alphabet Killer” — Private investigator Bobbie Heck’s latest client is convinced someone is murdering his former classmates. She attends his 10 Year High School Reunion searching for suspects and finds a L.O.S.T. boy, touchy/feely faculty member, and another teacher who is a perfect gentleman. Her client needs Bobbi to solve this case in a hurry because his fiancée won’t marry him until he finds the killer who she and Bobbi are not convinced even exists.
  3. “Special Delivery” — A kind old lady handles the weekly grocery shopping for her neighbors in their trailer court. Unsavory characters make her once enjoyable task dangerous.
  4. “Intervention Detention” — Gus Rains just wants to be left alone. But his wife and six of his friends convene a meeting to confront Gus’ nastiest habit.
  5. “Sing Unto the Lord a New Song” — A late-life crisis drags a wife into her husband’s latest scheme.

“Short Stories Book 4” is part of The Short Stories Series.

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That’s Life (Short Stories Series Book 3) by Steve Stroble

That's Life (Short Stories Series Book 3)
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That’s Life: Short Stories (Short Stories Series Book 3)

A collection of short stories:

  1. The Conqueror Earthworms — Granddaughter’s fascination with earthworms brings grieving widow back to the land of the living.
  2. You Asked for It — New pastor tries to cure church of “But we’ve always done it that way before.”
  3. Something Smells Good; It Has to Be Brownies — Struggling writer and artist team up to sell their wares.
  4. The Case of the Rich Dead Mom — P I Bobbi Heck is asked by one of the heirs to investigate a rich woman’s death.
  5. Carrier Pigeon — Fledgling missionary is recruited by an organization that is not what it appears to be.

That’s Life is Book 3 in the Short Stories Series.

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Togetherness (Book 2 Short Stories Series) by Steve Stroble

Togetherness (Short Stories): (Book 2 Short Stories Series)
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Togetherness (Short Stories): (Book 2 Short Stories Series)

A collection of short stories:

  1. Pink Belly Man — One of bully Pink Belly Man’s victims seeks revenge years later.
  2. Working by Committee — Three men and three women report to find answers about UFOs and Alien Abductions.
  3. I Quit — Guitar player and singer is odd man out as his bandmates harass him.
  4. Don’t Believe Them — POTUS’s departure from office leads to nationwide marital law.
  5. The Case of the Wayward Grandson — A grandfather hires P. I. Bobbi Heck to save his grandson.
  6. The Review — A review inspires a new author to higher expectations of turning her book into a movie.
  7. The Last Move — Worn down after 16 moves during his marriage, a husband swears, “This will be the last one.”
  8. No Drone Zone — Country resident declares war against a neighbor’s drone.

Togetherness is Book 2 in the Short Stories Series.

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Perseverance (Short Stories Series Book 1) by Steve Stroble

Perseverance (Short Stories) (Short Stories Series Book 1)
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Perseverance (Short Stories) (Short Stories Series Book 1) 

Collection of short stories:

  1. What Smells? — Little girl’s fascination with garbage trucks takes her on a wild ride.
  2. Revenge of the Undead — Promoting and marketing self-published books turns out to be harder than it seems for an author and her book’s marketer.
  3. Riding the Bullet — Casual conversation on a high speed train escalates into unexpected consequences.
  4. The Case of the Missing Sophomore — Frantic mother hires P.I. Bobbi Heck to locate her missing daughter.
  5. OFFAL’s Last Stand — Changes intrude on a fraternal organization’s longtime members, threatening their number one source of fun and fellowship.
  6. Why Do You Look So Strange (All of a Sudden) — Life in a nursing home goes from mundane to bizarre for two of its residents.
  7. Porthole in the Fog — Small opening in a dense fog opens up some long repressed memories for a jogger.
  8. EMP Code Blue — The Mother of all solar activity leaves Earth’s nations scrambling for cover.
  9. Battling the Big CA in Sunny CA — Cancer in any form can be deadly, especially when it moves from one’s body to soul.

Perseverance (Short Stories) is book 1 in the Short Stories Series.

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You Will Be Like God (Victory to Dystopia Series Book 3) by Steve Stroble

You Will Be Like God (Victory to Dystopia Series Book 3)
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You Will Be Like God (Victory to Dystopia Series Book 3)

In 2095, becoming and being a parent is complicated but eliminating grandchildren is profitable.

Bud Lee believes he has proof that his boss is plotting to decide Earth’s fate by recruiting surrogate children into a think tank named The Club. Only one other agrees to help him, a ghostwriter more convinced that computers control him, Bud, and everyone else.

Family relationships are anything but pleasant for the unlikely pair because of expectations placed upon them, so exposing a conspiracy, no matter how far-fetched, is welcome relief from the constraints of a micro-managed existence.

Their search for the truth eventually takes them around the world as they trace down the only ones capable of verifying Mr. Lee’s story. Even then, they both feel like a couple of nowhere men going nowhere accomplishing little, if anything.

You Will Be Like God is Book Three of the Victory to Dystopia series.

The series covers the 150 years of American history from 1945, when the United States took on the mantle of the number one world superpower, until 2095, when it has descended into a dystopia controlled by private citizen technocrats and governmental bureaucrats and the computers and drones they use to control a no longer free people.

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The Human Factor (Victory to Dystopia Series Book 2) by Steve Stroble

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The Human Factor (Victory to Dystopia Series Book 2)

Money may be the mother’s milk of politics, but no amount of money or politics has been able to get astronauts to Mars.

Mars Expedition I results in the deaths of its astronauts. Years later, Mars Expedition II seems headed toward the same disastrous ending, with its astronauts defying Mission Control’s orders from Earth and the political agenda of the mission’s chief scientist, Dr. Graves.

Already defeated while trying to manipulate the astronauts’ selection process, Dr. Graves now uses technology to force his will onto those hurtling toward Mars to establish its first successful human colony. Astronauts Bill and Jackie want to accomplish Mars Expedition II.

But doing so is costing more of everything — time, commitment, perseverance — than the bureaucrats or computer models predicted.

The Human Factor is Book Twoof the Victory to Dystopia series.

The series covers the 150 years of American history from 1945, when the United States took on the mantle of the number one world superpower, until 2095, when it has descended into a dystopia controlled by private citizen technocrats and governmental bureaucrats and the computers and drones they use to control a no longer free people.

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Day of the Bomb (Victory to Dystopia Series Book 1) by Steve Stroble

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Day of the Bomb (Victory to Dystopia Series Book 1) 

For Jason and his fiancé Thelma, the bomb meant he never had to invade Japan and maybe die or at least be wounded.

For Fred, the bomb means guilt and fear, wondering why it had to be dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki as his wife Sally tries to help him.

For Soviet and East German scientists, trying to develop a sufficient weapon of mass destruction means involuntary servitude to a nation intent on catching America in an arms race.

For a federal employee who worked where the first bomb was developed, life spirals into a search for an escape from nuclear annihilation.

When Jason discovers that radioactive fallout from the tests conducted after the war may be responsible for his child’s handicaps, he too looks for a safe haven, even if it’s only a bomb shelter.

Day of the Bomb is Book One of the Victory to Dystopia series.

The series covers the 150 years of American history from 1945, when the United States took on the mantle of the number one world superpower, until 2095, when it has descended into a dystopia controlled by private citizen technocrats and governmental bureaucrats and the computers and drones they use to control a no longer free people.

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Why Have You Come to Our Land? (Americana Series Book 5) by Steve Stroble

Why Have You Come to Our Land? (Americana Series Book 5)
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Why Have You Come to Our Land? (Americana Series Book 5)

Before she becomes a slave to the Romans who have invaded her land, Celtic maiden Ladica has a vision of a fiery bird that inspires her to write a song about the invaders, “Why Have You Come to Our Land?”

Somehow, the song survives through the centuries, passed down from generation to generation.

Millennia later, the song helps America and Israel to defend against new invaders intent on destroying them.

Why Have You Come To Our Land? is Book 5 in the Americana Series, which takes a look at America during different phases of its history. Each book in the series can be read as a stand alone.

  • Book 1 in the series in “Bakersfield”
  • Book 2 in the series is “ME.”
  • Book 3 in the series is “1838.”
  • Book 4 in the series is “1966.”
  • Book 5 in the series is “Why Have You Come to Our Land?”

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