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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's "Writer to Watch" Talk Video

February 22, 2017 2:03 pm

I was pleased to be named a “Writer to Watch” by the Friends of the San Diego Central Library. Part of this honor was an invitation to give a talk about my latest book, Lorenzo’s Assassin and about writing, which I did on February 18, 2017.

This is an edited video of that talk.

Prisoner Moon Screenplay now on The Black List

March 8, 2017 8:41 am

 

The Black List is a service that allows screenwriters to list their screenplays online so industry professionals, including producers, can find and evaluate them. They charge for this and also will provide evaluations for an additional fee. With some misgivings, I decided to give it a try.

I paid to list the Prisoner Moon script and for a single evaluation. Overall, it was a smooth and painless experience — except for the cost, of course.

I received my evaluation about a week after submitting and it seems to be professional. The reviewer seemed to fully understand the story and my goals for the script. Plenty of positive comments plus some useful suggestions for fixing the weaknesses.

The overall score was 7/10. This seems to be good.

Here’s my Blacklist profile: https://www.blcklst.com/profile/john-van-roekel

My favorite quote from the evaluation:

There are strong prospects for this script … The concept is unique for a story that takes place during WWII, and the premise alone should help to turn the heads of some industry readers that are looking for a project within this genre.

John

John's Talk at the San Diego Central Library

February 20, 2017 4:58 pm

Well, my talk at the San Diego Central Library went pretty well, I think. Lots of friends came. I’m told it was a good turnout for these things. People seemed entertained, and most of my jokes got laughs. And I sold out of all the copies of Lorenzo’s Assassin that I had brought.

Thanks to all of you who were there.

John