Asegas Press is a new and dedicated publishing imprint specific to Mentor/Author Frank Borelli’s work. It includes motivational / self-help, reference, fiction and non-fiction titles as well as several research papers. All books and reports supporting the Anti-Bullying / Anti-Aggression Training & Education (ABAATE) program are also published by Asegas Press.
Currently published and available books are listed below with information about each and links to purchase them either in print or in e-book. If only one version is available, then that’s the only link provided.
Additionally, there are several “just fun” Facebook pages run by Asegas Press and links for those are included near the bottom of the page.
Motivation / Self-Help Series
Above Dirt: Motivational Thoughts Supporting A Positive Outlook is a collection of essays describing exactly how to do that – maintain a positive outlook no matter what challenges life throws at you. Written by Frank Borelli – a military and law enforcement veteran with over 35 years of experience in dealing with the ugliest side of life – and with contributions from Steve Forgues – another veteran law enforcement officer who has seen the same.
Together these two men have written about challenges and negativity… the seamier side of life that usually only gets seen on the “bad side” of town… and how they dealt with it; the lessons they learned from it; the outlooks that helped them not only keep from being overly stressed or emotionally impacted but that also let them help people who were dealing with some of the worst challenges life can throw at anyone.
There are sections on philosophies of motivation, being happy with yourself, tranquility in your family life, finding satisfaction through serving others, finding satisfaction at work, lessons learned through life’s experience, finding peace in nature’s beauty and motivation found in music. This second edition also has a bonus section of seven additional essays that focus on little noticed but hugely impactful outlooks about some of life’s most tragic… or most magic… events.
A Fork in the Road
This is a book of motivation and self-help. Written in a series of five sections and over 50 chapters, the entire contents focus on finding ways to maintain a positive outlook in the face of challenges; on overcoming the sometimes darker side of life; on enjoying every moment we can in a life that’s all too short even if we live to be over 100 years old.
Author Frank Borelli – an Army veteran and retired police officer with over 25 years of experience in designing and delivering adult education, a father and grandfather and author of twelve other books (including another self-help book and one parenting guide) – calls on the experiences of his own life and those of his friends/family to offer guidance in either finding a positive perception OR simply managing a negative one.
This book discusses such topics as general rules for a successful life, keeping your mind and soul “clean” of negative outside influences, finding your self-worth and staying aware of it, taking responsibility for your own happiness (or unhappiness as the case may be) and far more. The chapters include content on taking advantage of or MAKING opportunities at any age as well as maintaining a youthful approach to life in the “senior” years (those 50+ years of age).
Another Fork in the Road
Third in his series for motivation and self-help, “Another Fork In The Road,” follows “Above Dirt” and “A Fork In The Road.” Praised by readers with such comments as, “Thank you for words and thoughts that kept me going when I thought nothing else could,” and, “It’s got lessons we all need to learn and remember everyday!” this motivational series has proven its worth. “Another Fork In The Road: Lessons in Life, Motivation, Leadership & Mentoring,” is the next installment from Mentor Frank Borelli. Broken into seven sections with a total of 48 chapters, this book is full of perception changing outlooks to help you improve every day of your life!
Cigar Lounge Wisdom
Cigar Lounge Wisdom is an anthology of essays written based on discussions held in a cigar bar. They range in topic from cigar shop etiquette to cigar terminology to life philosophy topics. Including the Introduction, there are twenty chapters in this book. Written by a man who is a military veteran, career law enforcement professional, adult educator, mentor, husband, father and grandfather, the insights shared are based on quite a bit of life’s experience – both his own and that of others – filtered through the intellect and intelligence of a select group of wise people. While it may sound like heavy reading, it’s presented in a lighter fashion that allows for easy reading, contemplation and discussion. It’s the perfect “table top” book to have in your cigar lounge or to sell at your cigar shop. It’s also worth sharing as a gift to someone who you think might enjoy the philosophies shared.
Philosophy as Taught by Life’s Experience
“Philosophy as Taught by Life’s Experience” is a compendium of articles, essays and discussions about managing your outlook to mitigate negative impact from what might otherwise be viewed as a challenge or obstacle. The lessons described are gleaned from a wide variety of experiences and an equal variety of sources. From military experience to children to work to social settings, life’s experiences are had every day and in every circumstance. The lessons that can be learned from them are only limited by one’s outlook and, sometimes, closed mindedness. The book is organized in eight sections delineating the source of the lesson for the author. He lists them out as Military, his children, his father, experiences during travel, his family, lessons learned in general settings, lessons learned while socializing and finally, lessons learned at work. There are over forty different philosophies and outlooks discussed, all from different situations and centered around different challenges or obstacles in life. The author takes a discussional approach, and after describing the circumstances that spawned whatever challenge is described, the author details out the approach he feels is best for changing a negative outlook to a positive one.
Research & Reference
COMING March 30, 2020!!
Active Killers and the Crimes They Perpetrated
An Analysis of and Lessons Learned from Active Shooter Events
“Active Killers and the Crimes They Perpetrated” stands alone in its category for three key reasons:
- It provides perspective. Today, every attack seemingly requires all of us to “start over” from ground zero, explaining laws, investigating the police response, psychoanalyzing the killer and then fruitlessly debating guns laws. The authors, through this tour de force, provide a sense of “been there, done that” so we can productively learn from events and prepare for future threats. While our culture is stuck running in circles, the Borellis point the way forward. Their thorough analysis of major public attacks since the 1700s – yes, that’s no typo! – provides a sweep that goes beyond mere academic value.
- Yet there is vital academic value. The table of contents alone will introduce you to mass attacks you’ve never heard of. The Borellis point out it wasn’t the Internet (alone, at least) or violent video games (not exclusively at least) that turned people into zombie-like killing machines. Humans, for a variety of reasons, have been murdering innocents for millennia. In understanding history – what has been done – we can prepare for the future, or what may be done. The authors also chronicle how and why police response to active shooter attacks has changed and continues to do so.
- This book, unlike many in its genre, is extremely practical. It’s no “gee whiz that’s interesting” tome. History is explained and implications drawn, ranging from the 1764 American Indian attack on a Pennsylvania schoolhouse to recent newsmakers including the Las Vegas sniper, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and the AME Church in Charleston, S.C.
Knowledge is power. But application is the current that puts power in motion. You can’t read this book without realizing things that must be done differently. If you fail to act, that’s on you.
Father to Son
“Father to Son” is an instruction manual for sons on how to live life with honor, dignity, and integrity. It covers subjects across the spectrum from how to treat people (well), to when to fight (when there’s no alternative), and what to think about money (it’s necessary, but not the end-all). While it takes a decidedly 21st century approach to life–no macho advice or testosterone-poisoned prose, it also takes what we now fondly call an “old-school” approach, too. Frank advises his sons (and the rest of us) to treat people well…always at first, and as time goes on if they deserve it. He suggests that violence is not a way of life or the solution to most problems…but that there are things worth fighting for and you should fight for them. He says that money is necessary to fulfill your obligations and to properly care for your family…but that you shouldn’t get caught up in its pursuit for its own sake. And there’s a lot more. This is the heart and soul of a father that every son either carries with him or wishes he did.
Personal Disaster Preparedness Handbook
Based on experience and knowledge gained during his thirty-plus years of service in uniform, the author prepared this Personal Disaster Planning Handbook to offer basic guidance. This handbook addresses emergency preparedness at home, and in a redundant, layered approach if you are required-by law or circumstance-to leave your home. The first sections address the various layers, beginning with you, followed by your home, your vehicle, your backpack, your vest (if you use one) and finally your belt and pockets. Weapons for hunting and defense are discussed, as are an assortment of other tools necessary to survive in austere environments. The final sections of the book provide reference material such as checklists, online resources, recommended websites, and equipment reviews.
Bullying & Victimology in the 21st Century (research paper)
In 2018 the author conducted a research survey that canvassed respondents from three generations regarding their outlooks on and experiences with bullying and crime. The purpose of the research was to determine if the dominant contemporary public school approach to fighting – to punish all involved despite motivation – was conditioning younger generations to be willing victims. The survey had over 700 respondents and their responses were analyzed based on age, gender, education level, veteran status and more. The conclusion reached is that YES: contemporary approach to punishing all students involved in fighting is training our children and young adults to become willing victims of crime; particularly sexual oriented crimes. This is a FREE online download.
Contextual Intuition (Research paper)
Contextual Intuition is a theory developed that supposes that soldiers and law enforcement professionals can be trained in a specific manner which will support subconscious decision making that conforms to legal and administration controls. This paper examines how such training should be structured; what the strengths of such training are and the applications wherein it would be most useful.
Combat Motivation (Research paper)
This short book discusses what human development challenges are faced and must be overcome to enable a person to successfully engage in combat AND survive both mentally and spiritually intact after the fact. Other philosophies of motivation are examined and contemporary cultural impacts are also analyzed and discussed.
Adventures in Beach Head, Book 1
Adventures in Beach Head is a fiction series about Max Breaklin – a military veteran and new police officer in the city of Beach Head, Virginia. Situated on the Atlantic coast, this city enjoys all the benefits and challenges of any major tourist city. Based on actual events as relayed from various law enforcement professionals around the United States, the adventures Breaklin experiences in Beach Head present learning opportunities and demonstrate some of the reality of working the street today. Originally written as a drama series online, each book represents the compilation of 13 weekly entries. It’s easiest to think about each book as one “season” of the series.
Here’s what some readers of the series have said:
– I liked it! As someone who is not a police officer, I learned a few things too.
– As an aspiring LEO, this was a great read. Really well done.
– Another great episode. Keep up the great work with this storyline!
– Talk about cliffhanger! Another great episode.
– I LOVED the sudden switch from the points of view of the regular characters to that of the gunman. That was unexpected. It was interesting and creepy to briefly be inside his head.
Adventures in Beach Head, Book 2
Adventures in Beach Head is a fiction series about Max Breaklin – a military veteran and new police officer in the city of Beach Head, Virginia. Situated on the Atlantic coast, this city enjoys all the benefits and challenges of any major tourist city. Based on actual events as relayed from various law enforcement professionals around the United States, the adventures Breaklin experiences in Beach Head present learning opportunities and demonstrate some of the reality of working the street today. Originally written as a drama series online, each book represents the compilation of 13 weekly entries. It’s easiest to think about each book as one “season” of the series. In Book Two, we’re introduced to the psychotic criminal known in the investigative circles by his nickname of “The Banana Man.” This murderer kills to quiet his mind…
Adventures in Beach Head, Book 3: The Vigilante
As the squad deals with the loss of one of its own, a vigilante arrives in Beach Head and begins preying on the local gang. Is this good or bad and how will the local politicians leverage it? – Adventures in Beach Head is a fiction series about Max Breaklin – a military veteran and new police officer in the city of Beach Head, Virginia. Situated on the Atlantic coast, this city enjoys all the benefits and challenges of any major tourist city. Adventures in Beach Head is based on actual events as relayed from various law enforcement professionals around the United States and demonstrate some of the reality of working the street today.
Justice Delivered: Adventures in Beach Head, Book 4
As the relationship continues to develop between Max and JP, Eddie and Max are both assigned to the newly formed task force to track and arrest the vigilante that continues to hunt local gang members. – Adventures in Beach Head is a fiction series about Max Breaklin – a military veteran and new police officer in the city of Beach Head, Virginia. Situated on the Atlantic coast, this city enjoys all the benefits and challenges of any major tourist city. Adventures in Beach Head is based on actual events as relayed from various law enforcement professionals around the United States and demonstrate some of the reality of working the street today.
Ocean Rejection: Adventures in Beach Head, Book 5
As Max recovers from being shot during the last attack on the local gang, and an arrest attempt on the vigilante, JP has to decide whether or not being in a relationship with a police officer is really what she wants. Can she handle the stress of constant risk? And a new homicidal predator shows up along the touristy harbors that dot the city’s Atlantic coast. – Adventures in Beach Head is a fiction series about Max Breaklin – a military veteran and new police officer in the city of Beach Head, Virginia. Situated on the Atlantic coast, this city enjoys all the benefits and challenges of any major tourist city. Adventures in Beach Head is based on actual events as relayed from various law enforcement professionals around the United States and demonstrate some of the reality of working the street today.
The Street Circus: Adventures in Beach Head, Book 6
People dressing as scary clowns distract Beach Head from the reality of a child predator stalking the city. What some think is funny, others perceive as a threat and how the police react depends entirely on the person wearing the makeup. As Max continues to heal, he’s temporarily assigned to investigations to find the new predator in Beach Head. – Adventures in Beach Head is a fiction series about Max Breaklin – a military veteran and new police officer in the city of Beach Head, Virginia. Situated on the Atlantic coast, this city enjoys all the benefits and challenges of any major tourist city. Adventures in Beach Head is based on actual events as relayed from various law enforcement professionals around the United States and demonstrate some of the reality of working the street today.
Surviving the Zombies
Mr. Borelli provides an intriguing epidemiological study of zombies ranging from 60,000 BC to present times drawing some startling conclusions and links to known historical events along the way. Included are previously unreported (or covered-up) zombie outbreaks, as well as information about the current zombie pandemic, and the various ways zombies are created. He pays particular attention to illustrating what the historical record shows compared to the disinformation perpetrated by the CDC and other government agencies. Based on his own experience as well as that of others, this book is an invaluable guide to detecting, restraining, and destroying zombies as well as other vital steps required to survive the zombie pandemic. If you want to survive, you need to read this guide and follow it carefully.
American Thinking, is a collection of writings about topics ranging from the nature of being an American and the service-orientated nature of patriotism, to the training necessary to so serve, to the kinds of threats that we will need to address as patriots and police officers, to the equipment (including mental equipment) we need, to an in depth discussion of the threat that will most define cops of GenX and GenY: terrorism on our soil. If there’s one theme that defines the outlook expressed in and that runs through this book, it is that terrorism will be the standard reality here in the U.S. in a very short time, and that we as a nation, individually as citizens, and each of us as cops, will have to change to deal with it. And it’s not a pretty picture. Life here will get more violent; the traditional social-work/liability-ruled approach to police work—and to use-of-force in particular—will have to adapt; police officers will have to become genuine warriors. In other words, many of the trends that have defined the careers of baby boomer cops will have to either be reversed or changed.
The author writes to the individual cop—not to the academicians, not to the social critics, but to you and me. His chapters in this book on the meaning of service, on being a cop, on facing up to the task at hand, and on training and preparation for it are critical reading. American Thinking will be one of the seminal publications that define what we are and what we do in this new world.
American Thinking II
American Thinking II is an anthology of Frank Borelli’s work for the law enforcement & military communities, producing articles about motivation, common sense, service to our country and more.
For the first edition of American Thinking , I said that Frank Borelli is just young enough to qualify as a senior member of “generation X”, giving him the perfect combination of decades of experience and relative youth. This fact, combined with his far-reaching audience and its concomitant impact, makes him a man to watch. Sometimes I’m right, and I was then! Frank’s writing has gone on to reach an audience that’s larger than almost anyone else in the field, and do so month after month. He has become one of the philosophers of the police and armed citizen field, always tying the least of things the actual “stuff” to the truly important things: where we are heading as a nation, what kind of people we are becoming, and what kind of country we are creating for our kids. His work also continually focuses on our responsibilities as public safety professionals or non-sworn citizens, not just to our jobs, but in the face of the threats we face as individuals and to civilized values. And make no mistake, both these things are under dire attack by determined enemies. In short, this writing work tells you a little about the “what” of defending ourselves and our civilization, more important it tells you a lot about the “how”, and most important it discusses and often explains the “why”. This book is an education about what it should mean to be an American at this inflection point in our history.
Fun Facebook Pages:
Police Ink: a FB page dedicated to tattoos of a law enforcement nature
Firefighter Ink: a FB page dedicated to tattoos from the firefighter community
About Frank Borelli
At the age of four, when asked what he wanted to do with his life, Frank told his father and a judge that he wanted to 1) be a police officer to help people; 2) become a police trainer so he could help police be even better, and 3) be a writer.
A native of Cumberland, Maryland, Frank attended DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, Maryland and immediately thereafter began his law enforcement career as a Military Police Officer in the United States Army. Having begun his law enforcement career as an MP, and upon receiving his first Honorable Discharge, Frank became a civilian police officer. His 35+ year career included assignments in patrol, training, youth services, investigations, task force assignments, and more. In 1995 Frank re-entered military service as a member of the Maryland Army National Guard serving both in the light infantry and combat engineers.
In addition to his police and military service, Frank began a writing career in 1999. With several hundred articles now published internationally, Frank is the Editorial Director for Officer Media Group, a property of Endeavor Business Media. If you paid attention above, you’ll see he also has 20 books published in various genres: self-help, fiction, true crime and patriotism.
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