Robert Schobernd


Hi, my wife and I have three children and five grandchildren. Our home is in the Midwest, USA northeast of St. Louis, Missouri.
My primary writing interest is in the crime, mystery, suspense, thriller genres. The Irrevocable Change Trilogy was my first published work, a character study of an assassin for hire. It delved into his personal and intimate relationships in addition to his chosen profession.
A vigilante series followed with the Carter A. Johnson Thrillers. There are currently four books in the series.
As a change of pace, I’ve also written a horror, action, adventure novel. Outnumbered volumes 1 thru 6 is a zombie apocalypse tale that details the long term decline of the human race after the initial apocalypse.
Thank you, I hope you enjoy my stories.
Robert Schobernd

Smashwords Interview

What is the subject of your first book? Is it a stand-alone novel or part of a series?
"Reverse Metamorphosis" is the first book of a trilogy. The story is of a young man who lets circumstances guide him toward becoming a hired killer. His chosen profession is interwoven with his relationships with friends, family and criminal associates. Several people have told me they found themselves liking the lead character even though they knew they shouldn't. But as the story progressed and he completed his "reverse metamorphosis" they assigned him the lack of respect he deserved.
Since your book is part of a series is it possible to read the subsequent books before reading the initial story?
I strongly advise against reading them out of sequence. The story isn't just about sequential events; the main emphasis is the emotional changes the characters go through. I feel strongly that the reader needs to experience those changes with the characters in the order they are presented. As a side note; the outline was originally written as one story, but of course it was too long. The three individual books were created at the points where "natural breaks" occurred. Each book then ended on a strong closing with the promise of a good carryover to the subsequent book.
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The Three Monkeys, A Carter A. Johnson & Kate Menke Thriller
Series: The Carter A. Johnson Novels. Price: $4.49 USD. Words: 77,450. Language: American English. Published: March 13, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
Ex-vigilantes Carter A. Johnson and Kate Menke have opened J&M Investigations in St. Louis, Missouri. Their first major case is solving the horrific murders of three victims dubbed The Three Monkeys by the news media: Hear No Evil, See No Evil & Speak No Evil. While they search for clues, the despotic killer has selected his next victims. Then he turns his attention to dealing with his new nemeses
Outnumbered Volume 2, The Zombie Apocalypse Series
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 18,710. Language: American English. Published: May 16, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead
Few could truly grasp the enormity of what the zombies had wrought overseas in Europe and Asia. The aberration manifested itself on our East and West Coasts and the Gulf States first before working its way to the Midwest. People in the major cities were dying and turning into monsters by the millions. Now we're used to the hourly danger and simply live with it. There is no other choice.
Outnumbered Volume 4, The Zombie Apocalypse Series
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 21,970. Language: American English. Published: May 16, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead
At the beginning of the Zombie Apocalypse, there were approximately 335,000,000 people in the USA. My gut feeling is far less than 50,000 humans have survived, maybe half that. Mankind will revert to conditions of the fifteenth century; we are not emotionally or materially prepared for that upheaval. We prepare for the new old world because we are on an unstoppable downhill run to the past.
Outnumbered Volume 3, The Zombie Apocalypse Series
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 19,310. Language: American English. Published: May 16, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead
The eminent decline of mankind has become apparent to all of the survivors. Most resisted acceptance of the eventual cataclysmic fall to the lifestyles and hardships of the fifteenth century. Someday, if we survive the zombie onslaught and the atrocities of other humans, our heirs will be privy to a spectacular regeneration as the earth cleanses itself of man's past wasteful and destructive ways.
Outnumbered Volume 1, The Zombie Apocalypse Series
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 18,130. Language: American English. Published: May 16, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead
I don't know where to begin because I don't know for sure where they began. Some say it started with the black magic of witch doctors in Africa, others insist it was Haitian Bokor sorcerers and their curses. Then there were religious zealots who professed the very God they worshiped unleashed the Zombie on all of us. But after what I've seen and been through, what do I know? Tom Jacobs
Outnumbered Volumes 1-6, The Zombie Apocalypse Series
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 131,100. Language: American English. Published: March 5, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead, Fiction » Adventure » Action
Some say zombies started with the black magic of witch doctors in Africa or the Haitian bokor sorcerers and their curses. Still others claim a virus caused them. We watched TV and the internet in horror as the undead swept across Europe. Then the aberration manifested itself on the coastal cities of the US. By then the authorities couldn't hide the enormity of the disaster; it was colossal
Outnumbered Volume 6, The Zombie Apocalypse Series
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 25,330. Language: American English. Published: March 5, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead, Fiction » Adventure » Action
A storm is brewing. Whispers of it waft around me as low grumblings or snide looks. Kira agreed she'd heard the rumblings of discontent also. We've not encountered a zombie or another human since moving to this remote section of the Missouri Ozarks. Are we the sole remnants of the once thriving races of humanity? That though is enough to humble even the strongest of survivors, me included.
Outnumbered Volume 5, The Zombie Apocalypse Series
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 23,090. Language: American English. Published: December 13, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead
One beautiful morning two months ago, Elsie Talbot strolled outside our compound and sat on a wood bench facing the rising sun. Without hesitation, she raised a handgun to her chest and pulled the trigger. Elsie was an indirect victim of the Zombie Apocalypse. Ultimately, those of us who remain must continue to struggle for life, no matter the hardships, or humanity will cease to exist.
Cape Abigail - A Carter A. Johnson & Kate Menke Thriller
Series: The Carter A. Johnson Novels. Price: $4.49 USD. Words: 96,770. Language: American English. Published: March 29, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
No murders occurred in the quaint coastal town of Cape Abigail in six years. Last January, three people were heinously murdered in one night. The meager evidence pointed to a husband and wife who were deeply involved with the three victims. Carter A. Johnson arrived and soon called on Kate Menke's assistance. When the ruthless killer turned his attention to Carter, both had their hands full
59 Hours
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 15,240. Language: American English. Published: August 1, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General, Fiction » Horror » General
59 Hours, a short (15,000 plus words), dark thriller. Some lives last from less than one hour to over one hundred years. Others bloom, wilt, and die in 59 hours. Settle in and meet Frances and Michael. Both of them have secrets to hide. One has a dark madness and shadows in their past, the other thrives on hellish needs. Which one will triumph over the other?
The Dogtrot Murder A Carter A. Johnson & Kate Menke Thriller
Series: The Carter A. Johnson Novels, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 73,740. Language: American English. Published: February 21, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
Kate Menke was sentenced to life in prison for murdering her husband. She soon found that even behind the protective walls of prison her life was in danger. Then she learned a tall handsome stranger has reopened the investigation in an effort to prove her innocence. All hell breaks loose as Carter digs through the mountain of lies and deceit that have framed Kate for murder.
The Blonde Heiress, a Carter A. Johnson Thriller
Series: The Carter A. Johnson Novels, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 50,360. Language: American English. Published: August 12, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
Staging two perfect murders and planning a third horrific crime was child's play for the brilliant defense attorney. Then a relentless stranger began searching for evidence to nail the despotic monster. As the killer cleaned up loose ends the body count increased almost daily. Carter remained one step behind the diabolical killer until he decided to dispense his own brand of justice.
The Devil’s Homecoming The Irrevocable Change Trilogy
Series: The Irrevocable Change Trilogy -The Evolution Of An Assassin, Book 3. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 106,800. Language: American English. Published: January 22, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Adventure » Action
Since my creation I was the hunter, the supreme hunter of men and occasionally of women. A decade of lies and murder extracted a heavy toll from my family, especially Lizzy. I have no friends, most were acquaintances not true friends. In the last few years those were replaced by enemies. Cruel, vicious enemies. Now as I am hunted I feel the fear and emotions my prey experienced.
The Assassin Evolves Book Two of the Irrevocable Change Trilogy
Series: The Irrevocable Change Trilogy -The Evolution Of An Assassin, Book 2. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 106,220. Language: American English. Published: January 22, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Adventure » Action
Society has made the word murder seem so ugly. But if pain and death are dispensed to those who truly deserve it, is that not a good thing? I think so. My victims have caused pain and regrets in my life but not the greatest. My family and friends, the people I loved and cared for, are the ones I hurt with the utmost cruelty and disregard, especially Adrianna and Lizzy. I am The Assassin.
Reverse Metamorphosis The Irrevocable Change Trilogy
Series: The Irrevocable Change Trilogy -The Evolution Of An Assassin, Book 1. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 104,830. Language: American English. Published: January 22, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Adventure » Action
As a construction laborer, Clayton Albrecht, was going nowhere fast. Then he discovered a trade he was better suited to. His natural abilities guided him to the unholy profession of paid assassin. The pay was fantastic and the hunt soon became a need, his emotional drug of choice. But there are heavy personal tolls to be paid when your victims invade your mind every night.

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Smashwords book reviews by Robert Schobernd

  • Political Spectrum for the Brain Dead on March 19, 2011

    How the author arrived at his estimated percentages is unclear, but even if they are not entirely accurate this short book is provocative. It is an extremely far right assessment of the current political status and I share his concern and pray it is not too late to implement changes.
  • Wolves in Sheep's Clothing: Liberalism - Formula for Failure on March 31, 2011

    The book is very well written and the author has confined himself to a limited number of issues and covered them thoroughly. He is a member of the Religious Right and wears his religious background proudly. If that turns off some Liberal and Progressive readers it is a shame because the book achieves Mr. Jensen's purpose of providing a definition of the Conservative Platform, both past and present. Conservatives will agree with the points made and Liberals should take the time to understand why the voters on the Right feel and believe the way we do. Mr. Jensen is afraid for the future of our country and rebells at the inroads the Liberals have made in minimizing the importance of the Constitution. A very good read and I hope the author continues to write political commentary.
  • The First Kill on July 27, 2011

    Although this short teaser is not available as a Kindle download I downloaded it as a PDF and read it. Since it is just a snippet of a story it's very hard to rate. The main character is an unrepentant killer and it will be interesting to learn what the author does with him. The writing is good and the editing is good. I don't rate a "good" story or a story with possibility as a five star. So this is a four at best.
  • Blood Ties on Aug. 06, 2011

    I've just finished Blood Ties and am very impressed. The editing is not perfect, there are several words missing, in my opinion, but it is good for a book 153,000 words in length. Character development is very good and the storyline is intriguing. Some of the action scenes could have been a little better choreographed, but overall were acceptable. I'm looking forward to additional books by J.D. Nixon and have already downloaded Heller.
  • The Value of Life on Oct. 29, 2011

    From the short description I jumped to the assumption that this story would be a gruesome account of several kidnappings and murders of children. Instead I found a very fast paced and suspenseful mystery with great characters and a terrific ending. Editing is the only flaw in an other wise great story. I'd give it a 4.5 if possible, so it's a 4.0 since the editing holds it back from getting an overall excellent rating. It's a shame the author didn't spend a little more time on editing before publishing this.
  • Black Mountain Affair on March 08, 2012

    Black Mountain Affair deserves to be paper published. It would need some clean up in its editing; there are misspelled and misused words etc. Minor things independently published authors struggle with. The storyline is great and characters are interesting and well defined. The good characters are very good and the bad guys are pure evil. Is it perfect? No. Is it an exceptionally good read? Yes. If you crave a good murder mystery this is it.
  • Coral Sea Affair on March 10, 2012

    "Aussiematt" is correct that the editing is bad. I hope Mr. Lindsay will take the criticism positively and endeavor to improve the spelling, word usage, sentence structure etc. Now the positives; pacing is good, characters are well developed and the descriptions are good. I liked the lead in giving information about Ben. If he is going to be the main character in a series I want to know his background history and who he is mentally and emotionally. Yes, that takes time and delays getting into the action of the main storyline; but I like it. Overall I think the author is a great storyteller. Now he needs to improve his writing technique so readers aren't distracted by his mistakes. I believe Mr. Lindsay will then have the opportunity to be a popular author.
  • Free to Die on July 05, 2012

    My first read of a McElwain book. The story was gripping and moved at a fast pace, characters are well defined and believable. Editing isn't great, but not bad enough to detract from a pleasurable read. Congratulations Bob on a great book.
  • Murder At Zero Hour on Dec. 01, 2012

    Another great read. Murder at Zero Hour takes place during World War One in France. It captures the conflict between the American main character and his fellow English officers until it builds to a murder mystery. Editing isn't perfect but not bad enough to detract, a few missing words here and there. Congratulations to the author.
  • Rope Enough - The Romney and Marsh Files #1 on Dec. 28, 2012

    Well done Mr. Tidy. Rope Enough shows a high level of planning for the plot and the writing is exceptional, especially for a self published work. The main characters are believable and likable, while the antagonist are as bad as they can be without being pure evil and horrific. The personal insights into Romney make his character solid and let the reader link to him. I highly recommend this story for fans of British detectives.
  • Whispers In The Dark on Jan. 06, 2013

    This is a terrible story well told. The subject is not something we choose to read about or think about for that matter. Well done to the author, but I don't want to read more stories in this category.
  • The Penal Colony on March 10, 2013

    My compliments to the author for an exciting and well written story. When the characters are good they're great and when they're bad they're pure evil. The main character had the right emotions and battled with himself internally the way most innocent men would if sentenced to a modern day Devil's Island. The technical details amazed me with the variety of disciplines discussed.
  • Extreme Malice on April 26, 2013

    The storyline is excellent, well thought out. That said the main character comes off as a nut case at times with his constant self introspection. The editing is terrible and the writing is wordy and repetitive. I'm giving it a decent mark only on the strength of the plot. It has promise after it's cleaned up, but it's difficult to read now. Another case of a writer who can't afford an editor but can't afford not to have an editor if he's a serious writer.
  • Jet on July 02, 2013

    An excellent story with non stop action and a great plot. The writing is professional as is the editing. Jet is a kick ass survivalist who takes the fight back to her attackers with a vengeance. A great read that I can recommend for those who like action galore. Congratulations to Russell on an engrossing story.
  • The Dark Side Of Glory on July 23, 2013

    The Dark Side of Glory is a great novel. The emotions of the characters are told in great detail and the love story was poignant. Congratulations to Mr. McMahon for a brilliant plot and great writing.
  • Hostile Witness, A Josie Bates Thriller on Sep. 14, 2013

    Hostile Witness is an excellent story that is well told and captivating. The characters are well defined and run the gamut from pathetic to strong and admirable. The plot is clever and has the required twist and tension to make this a page turner. Even the editing, while not totally with out fault, is above average.