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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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Runner Short Film Selected for Production

February 14, 2018 10:54 am

I am very pleased to announce that my short film screenplay, Runner, has been selected for production by Patchwork Visions, an independent film company based here in San Diego. Principal photography will take place this spring and should take about three days. Post production will take another couple months. I could not have written the film without the help of my screenwriting consultant and friend, Krys Patton.


John's Red Carpet Interview at the Catalina Film Festival

October 4, 2017 8:30 am

The screenplay adaptation of John’s novel, Prisoner Moon, was a finalist at the Catalina Film Festival on Catalina Island last weekend. It did not win. But the main goal was for John and Pam to have a Hollywood-style awards experience. And they did. Here’s the red carpet interview.

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.”


John Hosts DimeStories

December 24, 2017 8:40 am

DimeStories is a group of writers who meet monthly to read their work aloud. I’ve been a member for many years.

This January, I will be hosting. In preparation for this my friend Carrie, the San Diego organizer for DimeStories, wrote a very nice piece about me and my writing. Check it out at http://dimestories.org/uncategorized/meet-john-van-roekel/.

If you are a writer and would like to read your work in front of a very friendly and supportive crowd, please consider joining us next month. Note: We have a strict 3-minute time limit.

Friday, January 12
Socializing starts at 6:30, readings at 7
The Ink Spot, San Diego Writers, Ink
2730 Historic Decatur Rd., Suite 202
San Diego, CA 92106

Prisoner Moon Screenplay a Finalist in the Catalina Film Festival

September 11, 2017 1:09 pm

The Catalina Film Festival has selected the Prisoner Moon screenplay adaptation as a finalist in its screenplay competition. John and his wife Pam will be attending the awards ceremony on Sept 30 on Catalina Island.

Join John at the San Diego Festival of Books

August 23, 2017 9:32 am

Have you heard of the Los Angeles Book Festival? It’s huge deal the the book industry.

Well, this is the inaugural year of the San Diego Festival of Books. And I’m going to be there signing (and selling) my three novels.

Come on by and say hello to me in “Authors Alley”. I’m listed under my book imprint, “Triptych Press.”

It’s at Liberty Station this Saturday (8/26) between 10 and 6. Admission to the festival is free.


More News

John Hosts DimeStories

Black Heart Interview

Kirkus Review of Lorenzo’s Assassin

San Diego Literary Scene Interview

Screenplay for Prisoner Moon