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Braver Deeds Paperback – July 6, 2011
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More About the Author
After moving to San Diego in 2001, John started work on his World War II home front novel, Prisoner Moon. It's the story of a young German soldier who is captured in France after D-Day and finds himself in a POW camp in Michigan. It was published in 2012.
John completed his third historical novel in 2016. Lorenzo's Assassin is set against the backdrop of the Pazzi Conspiracy when Pope Sixtus IV plotted to murder Lorenzo the Magnificent. Not withstanding the religious themes in Lorenzo's Assassin, John is not religious.
In addition, John has edited the World War II letters of his father, Paul Van Roekel. They are available on his web site.
After a forty year career as a software engineer, John retired in 2012. Much of his life now revolves around his wife, Pam Simpson, as well as writing, hiking and attending classes at SDSU and UCSD.
John is a proud member of San Diego Writers, Ink, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting San Diego writers. He urges all writers in the San Diego area to visit sandiegowriters.org.
More information about John is available at johnvanroekel.com and facebook.com/johnvanroekelauthor. John is available for readings and book club discussions in the San Diego area. Please email email@example.com.
Top Customer Reviews
The second half of the novel begins eight years later, when Matt is a sergeant in Troop K of the Ninth Calvary Regiment. Struggling over whether he should marry his girlfriend, Jeanie, he reconnects with Comes Running and learns that she is leaving an abusive relationship with a member of her tribe to carve out a new life as an entertainer with Buffalo Bill and his Wild West Show. Matt dodges the decision about marriage when he is sent to Cuba during the Spanish-American war and meets up with Carlos Estrada-Palma, a young Cuban photojournalist from New York, who is covering the war for Joseph Pulitzer's New York World. There the two men meet Teddy Roosevelt and his Rough Riders, along with novelist Stephen Crane. During that time, Matt corresponds with Jeanie and Comes Running, and struggles with his mixed feelings for both women before returning home to America.
The author weaves fascinating historical details into the stories of the three young characters, whose paths cross over multiple miles and major historical milestones in our country's history.Read more ›
It's a solid historical novel that includes lots of local color and historical references, but I particularly enjoyed the fleshed-out characters. It kept me engaged all the way to the end.
This is professional novel standard though it seems to be the author's first book. A great read.