The Great Train Robbery?

On August 8, 1963, a crew of 17 men hijacked the Royal Mail train in Buckinghamshire, England. After taking the train to Bridego Bridge, they removed £2.6 million from it. Then they vanished into the night. Were they captured? And what happened to the money from the Great Train Robbery?

The Chaos Book Club

So, today marks Day 3 of the Chaos book club. Chaosis an adventure thriller along the lines of Indiana Jones or books written by Clive Cussler, James Rollins, Douglas Preston, or Steve Berry. If you haven’t already done so, please consider picking up a copy at one of the following locations:

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The Great Train Robbery

So, in the wee hours of the morning of August 8, 1963, conductor Jack Mills stopped his Royal Mail train at a mysterious red signal. His second, David Whitby, attempted to call the signalman from a nearby telephone only to discover that the line had been cut. Suddenly, fifteen robbers swarmed the locomotive.

They forced Mills to drive the train to Bridego Bridge and proceeded to attack the “High Value Packages” carriage. Guards offered some resistance but were quickly overwhelmed. Over the next twenty-five minutes, the robbers unloaded 121 mail sacks from the train and brought them into a waiting truck. The sacks contained £2.6 million in bank notes (roughly £40 million or $63 million in today’s money), many of which were going to be removed from circulation due to old age.

The robbers transported the money to Leatherslade Farm, which was located about 27 miles from the scene of the crime. They divided it into 17 shares (15 robbers, 2 informants) and used it to play Monopoly. Soon after, they fled the farm but they left behind plenty of fingerprints which were discovered by the police. By December, police had arrested nearly a dozen of the robbers as well as numerous associates.

What happened to the Money?

The ensuing trial was marked by controversy. One robber was freed for lack of evidence. The other ten robbers, for the most part, received 20-30 years in prison, far longer than the typical sentences handed out to murderers. Most egregiously, two innocent men were wrongfully convicted and given stiff sentences for a crime they didn’t commit.

As of today, seven robbers have escaped punishment, at least for a little while. As I mentioned, one man was freed. Two men escaped from prison – one stayed on the run for three years while the other waited until 2001 to turn himself in. Three robbers escaped as did a mysterious informant known only as “Ulsterman.”

Out of the original £2.6 million haul, about £0.4 million was recovered. The location of the remaining money has led some to believe that there is a hidden fortune, still waiting to be discovered. This is possible but unlikely. Most scholars believe that this money was spent fleeing the police or paying for lawyers. Also, large portions were probably spent by family members or were stolen outright.

The Great Train Robbery remains a partly-unsolved mystery. At least four participants were never captured. There is also the matter of the missing money, assuming that any of it is still around.

The Great Train Robbery & Chaos

The Great Train Robbery of 1963 was a monumental crime and has inspired countless books and films. On a more personal basis, it served as a partial inspiration for the prologue of Chaos.

“A loud high-pitched shriek reverberated across the tunnel, ping-ponging from wall to wall. Jenson glanced to his right. The Omega stood quietly in the semi-darkness.

Now what?

Metal rasped against metal. Then, three shadows hopped out of the subway car’s side and ventured to the front. ‘Running rails,’ one of the figures announced. ‘How the hell…?” ~ David Meyer, Chaos

Chaos by David Meyer

I’ve always been fascinated by train robberies and the 1963 case is particularly interesting, thanks to the large cast of characters and the unsolved mysteries that still surround it. So, when I first sat down to write Chaos, I knew I wanted to set the stage with my own “Great Subway Train Robbery.” But instead of money, my robbers make off with a different sort of cargo…one that could wreak havoc not just on New York, but on the world as well…

Well, that’s it for today. Make sure you come back tomorrow when we will discuss a topic near to my heart…the conflict between Treasure Hunting and Archaeology.

 

Chaos Book Club

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The Story of Chaos

Today marks the start of the Chaos book club. For those of you who are new to this site, Chaos is a thriller/adventure novel along the lines of Indiana Jones or books written by Clive Cussler, James Rollins, Douglas Preston, or Steve Berry. It deals with forgotten history, stolen treasure, strange science, and the “lost world” of tunnels under New York City. For the next three weeks, my posts will focus on the shocking mysteries and unbelievable history that helped to inspire Chaos. If you haven’t already done so, please consider picking up a copy at one of the following locations:

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Chaos by David Meyer

About David Meyer

I wanted to kick off this book club by telling you a little about myself as well as how Chaos came to fruition. My name is David Meyer and I’m the Guerrilla Explorer. I’m an adventurer as well as an author. Whether hunting for pirate treasure or exploring ancient Pre-Columbian ruins, my love of mystery inspires me to seek answers to the unknown.

I’ve always loved to read. And when it comes to fiction, I prefer the action/adventure genre. So, when I decided to try my hand at writing novels, an adventure story was the obvious choice. Of course, that decision came at a cost. Plot-driven adventure novels are generally disdained by “serious readers.” However, I was far more interested in entertaining readers like myself than appealing to the so-called literary types.

The Seeds of Chaos?

The seed for Chaos was planted a few years back when I was tromping through an abandoned subway tunnel with the future Guerrilla Wife (yes, she still married me!). As I passed through a particularly desolate stretch of dilapidated concrete, I found myself wondering: What if someone hijacked a subway train?

It wasn’t the most original question in the world. After all, a similar premise underlies Morton Freedgood’s novel, The Taking of Pelham One Two Three. But while Freedgood saw the subway system as a unique crime scene, I saw it as a “lost world” full of crumbling ruins, dangerous natives, and metal monsters.

With that as my starting point, I decided to write a traditional adventure tale with a distinctively modern, urban spin on it. Rather than scale a mountain, my hero Cy Reed scales a mountainous skyscraper. Rather than wading through a vicious river, he’s thrown headfirst into a violent, artificial one. And rather than fighting a typical “secret society” in order to recover some ancient “totem of power,” Cy battles a gang of old sandhogs who are protecting a decidedly, not-so-ancient secret. Even Cy himself is a modern, urban version of the archetypal archaeologist hero. He’s a former urban archaeologist who once worked extensively in New York City.

What’s Next?

Well, there you have it. Now you know a little about me and my book. Come back tomorrow as we delve into the first of many mysteries that informed the writing of Chaos. Our topic will be the Great Train Robbery of 1963 and a treasure that’s been missing for nearly five decades. I hope to see you there!

 

Chaos Book Club

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Another Review for Chaos!

We here at Guerrilla Explorer wish to extend our thank you to Jennifer over at Book Den for reviewing Chaos. She gave it a 6/10 with some very kind comments about the book as well as this site.Chaos by David Meyer

Another Review for Chaos

Check it out…

If you’re like me and you love watching shows like Ancient Aliens on the History Channel, Chaos is right up your alley. It’s based on some really cool mysteries and science but mixed in with bad guys and monsters. You can check out more about Chaos and the mysteries behind it at David Meyer’s fantastic blog Guerrilla Explorer.

You can read her full review here. Thanks Jen!

As a reminder, Chaos is an adventure thriller along the lines of Indiana Jones or books written by Clive Cussler, James Rollins, Douglas Preston, or Steve Berry. If you haven’t already done so, please consider picking up a copy at one of the locations below. Thanks for your support!

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Chaos has Arrived!

Today marks the official launch of Chaos!Chaos by David Meyer

Chaos by David Meyer

Chaos is a thriller/adventure novel that deals with all the things we love here at Guerrilla Explorer…forgotten history…stolen treasure…strange science…and the “lost world” of tunnels under New York City. If you like Indiana Jones or novels by the likes of Clive Cussler, James Rollins, Steve Berry, or Douglas Preston, then Chaos is perfect for you. You can pick up an e-reader version at any of the retail outlets listed below as well as the paperback at Amazon.com. Keep reading for more information on Chaos as well as on our very unique book club, which will be starting in exactly one week.

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Chaos Description

To locate his missing friend, former urban archaeologist Cy Reed must piece together his shattered life and return to the one place on earth he truly fears…Manhattan.

Soon, he’s storming through flooded subway tunnels, discovering a lost laboratory, battling a mysterious man-eating beast, and scaling a mountainous skyscraper. But as he plunges deeper into the strange and murky legends surrounding a piece of forgotten technology, he begins to untangle a staggering conspiracy.

More than sixty years ago, a Nazi physicist created a weapon capable of setting the world aflame. Now, a diabolical industrialist plans to finish the job. At stake is the future of a nation…millions of innocent lives…and one man’s final chance at redemption.

Chaos Book Club

Starting one week from today, I’ll be hosting a book club on this site. But it won’t be an ordinary book club. Instead, we’ll be focusing on the shocking mysteries, lost treasures, and unbelievable history that helped to inspire Chaos. Topics and dates are listed below. Spoilers may be revealed so please keep that in mind if you prefer to read at a slower pace. I hope you enjoy Chaos as well as the book club. Thanks for your support!

 

Chaos Book Club

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Midnight is Here…and so is Chaos!

I’m very pleased to announce the official release of Chaos! You can pick up the e-reader version at any of the fine retail outlets listed below as well as the paperback at Amazon.

Chaos by David Meyer

Chaos is Here!

Needless to say, we’re very excited over here in No Man’s Land. This day has been a long time coming. Chaos is a thriller/adventure novel that deals with all the things we love here at Guerrilla Explorer…forgotten history…stolen treasure…strange science…and the “lost world” of tunnels under New York City. If you like Indiana Jones or novels by the likes of Clive Cussler, James Rollins, Steve Berry, or Douglas Preston, then you’re going to love Chaos.

Make sure to come back tomorrow when I’ll be unveiling details on the upcoming Chaos book club. Fair warning…this is no ordinary book club. Instead of the usual stuff, we’ll be discussing the shocking mysteries, lost treasures, and unbelievable history that helped to inspire Chaos. You’re not going to want to miss it!

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Chaos Description

If you’re still not convinced, read below for more details on Chaos. Thanks for your support!

To locate his missing friend, former urban archaeologist Cy Reed must piece together his shattered life and return to the one place on earth he truly fears…Manhattan.

Soon, he’s storming through flooded subway tunnels, discovering a lost laboratory, battling a mysterious man-eating beast, and scaling a mountainous skyscraper. But as he plunges deeper into the strange and murky legends surrounding a piece of forgotten technology, he begins to untangle a staggering conspiracy.

More than sixty years ago, a Nazi physicist created a weapon capable of setting the world aflame. Now, a diabolical industrialist plans to finish the job. At stake is the future of a nation…millions of innocent lives…and one man’s final chance at redemption.

Chaos Book Cover

One More Day Until…CHAOS!

Tonight at midnight (EST), I’m officially launching Chaos. It’s a thriller/adventure novel that deals with all the things we love here at Guerrilla Explorer…forgotten history…stolen treasure…strange science…and the “lost world” of tunnels under New York City. If you like Indiana Jones or novels by the likes of Clive Cussler, James Rollins, Steve Berry, or Douglas Preston, then you’re going to love Chaos.

Chaos by David Meyer

Chaos Description

To locate his missing friend, former urban archaeologist Cy Reed must piece together his shattered life and return to the one place on earth he truly fears…Manhattan.

Soon, he’s storming through flooded subway tunnels, discovering a lost laboratory, battling a mysterious man-eating beast, and scaling a mountainous skyscraper. But as he plunges deeper into the strange and murky legends surrounding a piece of forgotten technology, he begins to untangle a staggering conspiracy.

More than sixty years ago, a Nazi physicist created a weapon capable of setting the world aflame. Now, a diabolical industrialist plans to finish the job. At stake is the future of a nation…millions of innocent lives…and one man’s final chance at redemption.

Just One More Day Until Chaos!

Chaos will be available as a physical book on Amazon.com as well as pretty much any place e-books are sold. And you’re going to want to get your copy soon…very soon. Because starting next week, we’ll be hosting a book club here at Guerrilla Explorer. But this won’t be your ordinary book club. Instead, we’ll be discussing the shocking mysteries, lost treasures, and unbelievable history that helped to inspire Chaos. You’re not going to want to miss it.

So, as soon as Monday, October 17 comes around, get on your computer and order your very own copy of Chaos. Thanks for your support!

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First Review for Chaos…

Many thanks to Rae at Best O’ Books for reviewing my upcoming novel, Chaos. She gave it four out of five and her comments were exceedingly generous.Chaos by David Meyer

First Review of Chaos!

Here’s a taste…

Mr. Meyer writes a fast-paced, engaging tale that would make an excellent movie. As I was reading, I was imagining the scenes being played out in Hollywood. This book would fall into the genre of adventure, and I would liken it to the Indiana Jones movies. Character development is barely sketched out because the story is plot-driven, and we are only given the details we need to know to further the story.

This might not have been the type of book I feel most comfortable reading, but it was still a pleasant read for me and I appreciate the talent of the author and his enthusiasm both in real-life and on paper is contagious.

High praise indeed and I appreciate every word of it. You can read her full review here. I’ll be talking quite a bit about Chaos this month. It’s my first novel and filled with all the things we love here at Guerrilla Explorer…treasure, mysteries of history, cryptids, strange science, conspiracies, and the like. You can pick it up pretty much anywhere ebooks are sold and physical copies will be available through Amazon.com. Thanks Rae!

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Chaos Book Cover

Chaos is Coming!

I’m pleased to announce that my debut novel, Chaos, is near completion. The expected release date is mid-October. In the meantime, please check out the cover and description below.

Chaos by David Meyer

Chaos Description

New York City, 1976: Heavily-armed, masked men hijack a subway train…and its deadly cargo.

New York City, Present: An expedition vanishes while conducting a top-secret operation deep underground.

A SHATTERED MAN WITH NOTHING TO LOSE…

To locate his missing friend, former urban archaeologist Cyclone Reed must piece together his shattered life and return to the one place on earth he truly fears…Manhattan.

A LOST WORLD FULL OF DANGER…

Soon, he’s storming through flooded subway tunnels, discovering a lost laboratory, battling a mysterious man-eating beast, and scaling a mountainous skyscraper. But as he plunges deeper into the strange and murky legends surrounding a piece of forgotten technology, he begins to untangle a staggering conspiracy.

A SHOCKING SECRET THAT WILL ROCK THE EARTH!

More than sixty years ago, a Nazi physicist created a weapon capable of setting the world aflame. Now, a diabolical industrialist plans to finish the job. At stake is the future of a nation…millions of innocent lives…and one man’s final chance at redemption.

The Guerrilla Explorer at Tikal

A Manifesto

Greetings and welcome to Guerrilla Explorer.

“If you have men who will only come if they know there is a good road, I don’t want them.  I want men who will come if there is no road at all.” – David Livingstone

The Guerrilla Explorer at Tikal

David Meyer, author and adventurer
Ancient Maya City of Tikal
Flores, Guatemala

Welcome to Guerrilla Explorer!

We are the adventurers, the explorers, the treasure hunters.  We are the ones who cross uncrossable boundaries, who search for strange monsters, who seek answers to history’s mysteries.

My name is David Meyer.  I’m an adventure/thriller novelist.  Later this year, I will be publishing my first book, a tale that involves treasure, forgotten science, and the “lost world” of abandoned subway tunnels under New York City.

The purpose of Guerrilla Explorer is to create a destination for adventure lovers.  My articles will center on subjects like treasure, shipwrecks, historical mysteries, cryptids, conspiracies, forgotten lands, and explorers.

Now put on your boots, grab your machete, and strap on your holster.  Adventure awaits us!