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The Books of John Van Roekel

Lorenzo's Assassin

Lorenzo’s Assassin

The Pope orders the devout Captain of his Apostolic Guard to assassinate Lorenzo the Magnificent.

But can he commit the murder when he discovers it must be done before the altar of Florence’s Duomo?

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Prisoner Moon

Prisoner Moon

Captured in France after D-Day, a young German soldier finds himself in a P.O.W. camp in Michigan, where he is confronted by a hardline Nazi sergeant attempting to cover up the mysterious death of a fellow prisoner.

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Braver Deeds

Braver Deeds

The epic story of a Buffalo Soldier and the Lakota Sioux girl he rescues at Wounded Knee.

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Paul Van Roekel

Paul Van Roekel

Read the World War II letters of John’s father, Paul Van Roekel.

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News from John

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John Gives Talk at Scripps Miramar Library

August 5, 2017 7:13 am

 

 

Please join me at the Scripps Miramar Branch Library Wednesday evening for an entertaining discussion about my latest novel, Lorenzo’s Assassin. I promise you it won’t be dull.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at 6:30 PM

Scripps Miramar Ranch Library
10301 Scripps Lake Drive, San Diego, CA 92131

LORENZO’S ASSASSIN is San Diego Book Awards Finalist

May 18, 2017 2:29 pm

The San Diego Book Awards Association has been recognizing authors and their books for twenty years. I am very pleased that they have selected my latest novel, LORENZO’S ASSASSIN, as a finalist in the historical fiction category. The winners will be announced at the annual ceremony on June 10th.

http://sandiegobookawards.org/2017-finalists/

Kirkus Review of Lorenzo's Assassin

February 9, 2017 9:39 am

 

Kirkus Reviews is a respected book reviewing service used by many publishers and authors. I just received their review of my latest novel, LORENZO’S ASSASSIN, and to my great relief, it’s pretty good.

“Intricate and gripping, the book keeps the reader racing along with Giovan and company all the way to the bloody end. An ambitious and engrossing tale of Renaissance Italy.”

https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/john-van-roekel/lorenzos-assassin/

John Gives Talk at Scripps Miramar Library

August 5, 2017 7:13 am

 

 

Please join me at the Scripps Miramar Branch Library Wednesday evening for an entertaining discussion about my latest novel, Lorenzo’s Assassin. I promise you it won’t be dull.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at 6:30 PM

Scripps Miramar Ranch Library
10301 Scripps Lake Drive, San Diego, CA 92131

John Signs Books at the Scripps Ranch Community Fair

June 8, 2017 4:03 pm

John will be signing (and selling) his books at the Scripps Ranch Community Fair.

Sunday, June 11
12 noon to 4:30

Alliant International University
10455 Pomerado Rd, San Diego, California 92131
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Black Heart Interview

Kirkus Review of Lorenzo’s Assassin

San Diego Literary Scene Interview

Screenplay for Prisoner Moon

SDSU Writers Conference

LORENZO’S ASSASSIN is finished