Lorenzo’s Assassin 2017-02-23T06:43:06+00:00
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Lorenzo’s Assassin

Murder Lorenzo the Magnificent?

A devout Catholic soldier struggles to obey his Pope even after he has been befriended by Lorenzo.

A beautiful girl loses the love of Lorenzo’s handsome brother and resorts to witchcraft to regain it.

A Greek scholar seeks revenge for the death of his lover twenty-five years earlier.

From the unfinished Sistine Chapel, to the altar beneath Brunelleschi’s dome, to the fire tunnels under the great Theodosian Wall in besieged Constantinople, Lorenzo’s Assassin tells three intertwined stories of love, vengeance and forgiveness.

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.


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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's "Writer to Watch" Talk Video

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.

John's Talk at the San Diego Central Library

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