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Can You Survive the Greater Depression?

The world is in the midst of an economic depression larger than the Great Depression of the 1930’s. Your global logistic company is facing what looks like an inevitable bankruptcy that will cast thousands of your employees out into the financial maelstrom. Is there anything you can do to protect them? Might there even be a way to save the company without losing your soul?


Can you survive the Greater Depression?


This eBook is a brand-new form of writing called Directed Fiction. It is a multi-path adventure novel written in the Choose Your Own Adventure (CYOA) format in a novel manner to plunge the reader into developing real-world situations. 


What makes it unique is that each chapter is tied to a specific prediction about a future event whose probability is calculated and updated in real-time on the Metaculus crowd forecasting platform.


It’s not just a novel. Dr. Merritt organizes the fifteen separate predictions featured in this eBook using the principles of Strategic Foresight. The result is a ‘prediction net’ cast into the stormy financial seas of the near future. With each hyperlink, you're surfing the tides of time, catching glimpses of the future as it materializes. There’s nothing else like this out there. Think of it as a time-traveling journey within the pages of a book.


You may not make it out alive. Discover how you would react to eight different scenarios with five different outcomes. When you’ve reached the end, you’ll be invited to join us on the Solution Pages. Here, you can see all the predictions and the odds they will occur. Bridge the gap between narrative fiction and your upcoming reality; subscribe to the newsletter for Dr. Merritt's real-time insights.

Can You Survive the Russian-Ukraine War?

Your task is to lead a Disaster Relief Team to assist the refugees streaming across the Ukrainian border into Moldova. Make life and death decisions as you guide your team into ever more perilous situations.

Explore the future! Directed Fiction is the only writing technique that uses the Choose Your Own Adventure (CYOA) format to immerse the reader in a developing real-world situation. 


This proof-of-concept eBook offers a powerful new foresight tool to explore the future. When you complete the task, you will be given a detailed explanation of the process of the technique that you can use for yourself to apply to any situation.

Our Destiny Entwined

Our Destiny Entwined tells the epic tale of Lewis and Clark and the Corps of Discovery during the fall and winter of 1805-1806. This historical narrative, based on the actual journals of the expedition, transports the reader back in time to the wild and beautiful land along the Pacific Coast of present day Washington and Oregon.


It is a lavishly illustrated historical fiction that captures, in rich detail, the lives, hardships and passions of the 33 members of the Corps of Discovery, as well as many of the people they met along the way. Over 200 color photographs, a dozen detailed maps, and abundant entries from Lewis and Clark s own journals support this heroic and true story of exploration and discovery.


Their arrival at the Pacific Coast, and the construction of a wooden fortification they named Fort Clatsop signified the end of their westward journey, and yet continues to present day as one of the most unheralded aspects of the expedition.

Guard Against the Storm

During the aftermath and devastation of Hurricane Katrina, Brigadier General Douglas A. Pritt directed relief efforts in the infamous Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans. From the unique and inside perspective of the general's aide-de-camp comes the story of the National Guard response to the greatest natural disaster in American history.

In Guard Against the Storm, General Pritt demonstrates his remarkable leadership and success during Hurricane Katrina and is subsequently selected to lead the massive and complex response to Hurricane Rita, the largest military operation on US soil since the Civil War. This story is about the struggles and triumphs of America's citizen-soldiers and it explores the true nature of joint local, state, and federal cooperation between civilian and military forces during times of severe crisis.

Agribusiness Development Teams 

I co-authored this handbook while working on assignment at the National Guard Bureau in Arlington, VA: 


Agriculture accounts for 45 percent of Afghanistan's gross domestic product and is the main source of income for the Afghan economy. Over 80 percent of the Afghan population is involved in farming, herding, or both. However, decades of war, drought, and security challenges have devastated the country's agricultural sector, and the current level of U.S. government civilian support has been unable to keep pace with the tremendous need for assistance in this region.


Revitalizing Afghanistan's agricultural sector is critical to building the government's capacity and to stabilizing the country. A guiding principle is to “change the operational culture to connect with the people.” The National Guard agribusiness development teams (ADTs) exemplify this premise and have proven their value. This handbook is a product of the National Guard Agribusiness Development Team Coordination Office with input from current and previously deployed ADTs. It contains information and lessons to assist ADTs preparing for deployment and those already deployed.

Dancing on the Edge of Chaos

In my upcoming novel, the Flight of the St. Paul, the protagonist has written a book called Dancing on the Edge of Chaos. This is the book I am referring to. It was my first attempt at writing - over 25 years ago. It is currently out of stock on Amazon, but you can still get a print on demand copy from Xlibris by clicking the BUY IT button below:

Dancing on the Edge of Chaos is an anthology of short stories and poetry that explore the range of a man’s emotions after divorce. This is not a political or scientific undertaking. There is no argument or reference to statistical data. Just an uninhibited emotional release of that aspect of American social life that has become so confined; the male psyche. It can teach men how to have a voice. Dancing on the Edge of Chaos offers a new perspective, one so vast that solutions to many of the paradoxes that appear to be fixed conditions modern life.

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