Six Days to Zeus
The first of five books of a ten book series:
Six Days to Zeus: Alive Day, is the first in a 10 book series. Alive day is currently under
option by Phoenix Pictures to become an amazing movie with Mike Medavoy (The Thin Red
Line, Black Swan) and Phillip Noyce (Clear and Present Danger, Patriot Games, SALT)
Book One: Alive Day!
First and foremost the reader needs to know a few things about the title.
"Six Days to Zeus" is the title of the series. Each book has a subtitle. Alive Day is book one.
“ZEUS” is the code word used on the radio to call higher headquarters and tell them everything
is good, mission complete, "ZEUS", we’re all coming home! In the story of ALIVE DAY, from the
time Chief and his team are hit by friendly fire, six days transpired until he heard his best friend
and Blackhawk pilot Tom Kennedy say, “ZEUS... we found Chief”.
Everyone has a birthday. But those in the military who experience a roadside bomb, IED, RPG or
some sort of near death experience by hostile fire, call it their “ALIVE DAY”... the day you died,
or almost died, came back to life and from that point on, the calendar of life depicts everything
BEFORE and AFTER that point in time. All of life's priorities change. Stuff that was super
important is just gerbil wheel minutia after you almost die.
Alive Day is the introduction to a series, that depicts the journey of a Warrior. Not just the
common man’s journey, but that of an Elite Warrior who, against all odds, came from the
enlisted ranks and was chosen by his actions and intelligence expertise, to become one of the
Quiet Professionals. Those who do the extremely classified work and never seek recognition.
They live a lifestyle of selfless service, not for the awards and trinkets, nor for the “I love ME!”
stuff to put on the wall. They do the difficult things, knowing full well they may never come
back. They take on the dangerous work of Intelligence, to conduct missions of Hostage Rescue,
Embassy NEO (Non-combatant Evacuation Operations) and HVT (High Value Targets) take
down, simply because it’s the right thing to do.
The cliff hanger ending of Alive Day leaves the reading yearning for the next book.
“Six Days to Zeus: Please don’t call me Hero!” shows the reader the life of a paralyzed Veteran,
filled with rage, anger, PTSD and the “Moral Wounds of War” coming home to find out that he
is no longer a part of the very society he swore an oath to protect. Now HE is the danger to a
country he gave his best friends, and literally his own body parts to defend. Faced with the
"square peg in a round hole" syndrome, he self isolates, starts drinking too much, gets addicted
to pain medications after 39 spinal reconstruction surgeries, medical malpractice and
“Chief”, the main character in this series, is seen fighting with everything he has to “get back in
the saddle, get back into battle”. Thru the transition from wounded warrior to narcotic addicted
spinal patient, thru perseverance and with the help from the love of his life, he learns that he
really didn’t like that guy that he used to be. After ten years of fighting addiction, excruciating
pain, depression and suicide attempts, he finally finds the strength to overcome and learns that
the benefits of his own healing deeply depends on reaching back to pull his brothers out of the
same muck as they come home behind him.
The synchronicity of life continues from ALIVE DAY, when one person did the right thing that
made all the difference in his life. Chief finds a surgeon who convinces him he doesn’t have to
live with the pain and disability. Through technology and leading edge medicine, Chief has a
“Dorsal Colum Stimulator” implanted into his spinal column and he gets out of the wheel chair
and learns to walk again. He starts “Tier One Tranquility Base” for fellow Tier One Warriors and
through helping others, learns that “Life is about what you do to other people.”
“Please don’t call me Hero” is action packed with flashbacks, nightmares, a look into
relationships that are sometimes destroyed by the consequences of War and the deep soul
searching that EVERY Veteran coming home, from current OR past wars needs to read. Thru
years of his own struggles, Chief learns and passes on the knowledge that accepting help is not
dishonorable. Recognizing his disabilities is not the same as “accepting substandard
performance”. That resonates with every Veteran he works with. Hence the term, “Five Meter
Targets”. You can’t do this alone, and you can’t do it all at one time. You must allow others to
help you, and you have to do “Five Meter Targets”, one bite at a time, one step, one day at a
The Moral Wounds of War: Dirty Boots at Ft. Livingroom takes a deep dive into the
"Moral Wounds" Veterans bring home with them. Written from the heart and from his own
experiences, Samuel Hill documents what every Veteran knows. There are things we get
involved in that trigger PTSD, the primal survival instinct that brings us into the Fight or Flight
syndrome. Identifying those triggers and mitigating PTSD is a process developed over time by
conscious and intentional living. It's difficult, but by using breathing techniques and meditation,
Veterans can in fact mitigate the impact of PTSD on their lives. But then there is the other 90%
of the problem identified as "Moral Wounds"...those things we do in War that keep us alive,
keep our men and best friends alive and allow us to come home. The problem is, we get into
situations where we crave the "Wargasm", do things we never thought we would do, do things
we MUST do to come home, then have to learn to live with it for the rest of our lives. "Moral
Wounds of War" takes the reader into the back channels of life as Chief sorts out his own
demons, translating his inner moral compass into something he can understand and live with.
“Six Days to Zeus: Walkin Off the War” continues the journey of recovery when Chief decides
he’d seen enough of the other places in the world, but he really had never seen the country he
fought for. So he puts together a website, gets a “digital footprint” on social media while
fighting the demons of his “Covert Operations” past, comes into the light and starts a march
from Monterey Bay in California, all the way across the US to NY City Statue of Liberty,
continuing to Washington DC War Memorial Plaza. Hundreds of wounded warriors with PTSD
sign up and follow Chief across the nation to raise money and awareness of the over 40 suicides
a day. Chief reaches out to Americans to “Adopt a Soldier” and walk with them. “We need to
know why we fought! We need to hear from those we protected and make us understand why
we lost our brothers! Why we gave our bodies and brains to a public that doesn’t recognize our
sacrifice.” That stirs political controversy and crisis, but in the end, units the America people.
A critical book at a critical time, Chief throws off the labels that society tries to throw onto him,
defies the “white male” profile and teaches those in contact that “it’s not about race, or
religion, or color, or sexual orientation, it’s about your CONDUCT!”.
Thru his preparations, thru the continuing episodes of suicidal ideation, Chief is approached by
an old Nemisis from ALIVE DAY, AMA, now known as Mustafa. No one ever asked what happed
to AMA in book one when he was “Hooked Up” and disappeared into the sky to be taken away
by a high flying aircraft. No spoiler here. Just know that Mustafa, “The Chosen One” in Arabic,
comes back to Chief’s life.
Six Days to Zeus: The Cold War Years” goes back in time and lets the reader glimpse into Chief’s
past, growing up in a very small town in Upstate N.Y. From the age of 14, things at home were
getting worse and Chief moves into the woods to find the peace his soul craves by
disconnecting from an abusive alcoholic father and a psychotic mother. With seven siblings,
Chief is the “runt of the litter”, considered to be “slow” and lazy. He learns to survive, and
eventually understands that his life in the tree line taught him lessons he would use later in life.
The feelings of vulnerability, complete helplessness thru the beatings from his father, pre-
disposed him to the military life he would eventually live. At age 17, Chief joins the US military,
goes thru brutal training and deploys directly to Berlin in 1976. The story picks up with more life
lessons that show the reader simple things that had a major impact. “Just because you trust
someone does not mean that person is trust worthy!”
In a time of serious espionage, in a walled in city guarded by Soviet and East German soldiers
with machine guns and dogs, Chief learns what the Cold War is all about, when he haphazardly
ends up being assigned to the Morse Code section who’s primary target is the Soviet Special
Operations (SPETZNAZ) and Illicit Agent Program whose members belong to the KGB and
STASSI. A peak behind the curtain of Intelligence, Espionage and the “Wet Works” trade craft
keeps Chief on a life or death mission as they hunt down a top Soviet agent who is running
Terrorist Networks throughout Europe, Britain and the US. We learn about “Operation Porch Light” and “Operation Elsa” and the eventual launch of Chief, after the American Hostage Crisis in Iran, into the world of the “Chief Warrant Officer”. A freak briefing to the US President at the time, Ronald Reagan catapults Chief into 21 years with a little know, super secret organization called the “Intelligence Support Activity” (ISA). Now known as the Enablers in the Special Mission Unit (SMU), Chief looks back to realize everything that’s happened in his life, was due to disaster and the maturing world of technology and Intelligence operations. From the Eagle One disaster in the desert of Iran to the birth of Joint Special Operations, it all began for Chief, in Berlin at the height of the Cold War.