ABOUT ROGER COREA
Education and Experience
Not only is writing a natural outgrowth of Roger's formal education; it is also a product of his own life's experience. A Bachelor's Degree in English from St. Bonaventure University and graduate courses at the University of Rochester provide a solid foundation. But Roger's most meaningful "education" comes from teaching English literature and a thirty-year field leadership position with American Express Financial Advisors (now Ameriprise Financial). He calls these experiences his writer's "apprenticeship" citing the best preparation for writing novels is learning about people. Mark Twain's quote, "Never let your book learnin' interfere with your education", is his favorite.
Roger writes about subjects he is passionate about. His novels have three consistent threads woven through them:
First, he is passionate about developing characters. All three of his books have vivid, real characters that seem to leap to life from the pages. They confront crisis with creativity, unpredictability, and high energy. They don't always "win" but during their struggle, they achieve a certain greatness.
Secondly, he is passionate about his plot and storyline. If he is writing a thriller, he believes every page should be thrilling, every action should have a purpose; every deed should have an impact.
Finally, all three books have memorable surprise endings!
Summary of Roger Corea's Books:
Scarback - There Is So Much More To Fishing Than Catching Fish.
This award-winning novel tells the story of Dominic and his attempt to reunite with his estranged family. Dominic, who suffers from Down's Syndrome, has friends, who are big, loud personalities, full of zingers and colorful slang. Dominic's best friend, a generous local bartender named Augie, thinks he may have found a new family to fill a big void in Dominic's life: his original family, the one who left Dominic at the orphanage decades ago.
Set in the 1950's, the story revolves around a fishing trip in Canada to catch Scarback, a 55-pound Northern Pike with a $1 million bounty. The reader will laugh and cry at the humorous, often heart-wrenching events that take place and be totally consumed by someone with a heart bigger than life itself!
The Duesenberg Caper
A vacation in Sicily turns deadly when young schoolteachers Andrew and his wife Ada find themselves commissioned to solve one the oldest mysteries in the car world: the whereabouts of the priceless 1935 Duesenberg SJ Emmanuel owned by King Victor Emmanuel of Italy that has been missing for decades. Andrew and Ada are drawn into a world of high-stakes intrigue when they become immersed in the dangerous landscape of Sicily s mafia. In a land of high rollers where the money flows, Andrew and the feisty Ada must contend with a series of riddles that turn into potential landmines, risky complications, and the pursuit of the most notorious crime boss in Sicily.
Classic car enthusiasts rejoice! The story is lush with the rarest and costliest cars money can't buy! Shrouded in enigma, the intoxicating Sicilian countryside is a catalyst for this electrifying thriller to unfold.
GTO - Race To Oblivion
Antonio Grimaldi is fraught with desperation. He has only two choices: steal the most valuable Ferrari ever made and spend the rest of his life in prison, or have his wife and seven-year-old son killed by a vindictive assassin.
The story begins with the priceless Ferrari GTO prototype being delivered to Genoa by two valued members of Enzo Ferrari's inner circle, Antonio Grimaldi and Giancarlo Bandini. The GTO will be placed inside a watertight container aboard the SS Andrea Doria, for shipment to Chinetti Motors, a Ferrari dealership in New York City. But the Italian ocean liner sinks near Nantucket in the North Atlantic in July of 1956.
Three generations later, Tommy Grimaldi's best friend, Mike Bender, decides to spend his inheritance attempting to salvage the GTO. When Tommy learns that the name of the person who delivered the GTO to Genoa, was also a "Grimaldi", he and his good friend, Rebecca Ricci, research Tommy's heritage. Not only do they learn the shocking truth about Antonio, they also uncover a deadly scheme involving Mike.
Race To Oblivion is an amazing story about courage and the ability to turn adversity into a meaningful and productive life. It is about being strong in the face of a devastating injustice and doing the right thing, no matter how compelling the circumstances are to do otherwise.
SelectBooks of New York will publish Race To Oblivion novel mid-2016.