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John Van Roekel

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In 1994 while living in Ann Arbor, Michigan, John Van Roekel finished reading Nathan Miller’s excellent biography Theodore Roosevelt: A Life, and the next morning he told his astonished wife Pam that he was going to write a novel. Miller’s description of the African-American cavalry soldiers who fought beside Roosevelt in Cuba inspired John to write Braver Deeds, published fifteen years later in 2009.

After moving to San Diego in 2001, John started work on his World War II home front novel, Prisoner Moon. It’s the story of a young German soldier who is captured in France after D-Day and finds himself in a POW camp in Michigan. It was published in 2012.

John completed his third historical novel in 2016. Lorenzo’s Assassin is set against th
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Prisoner Moon

3.80 avg rating — 10 ratings — published 2012 — 2 editions
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Lorenzo's Assassin

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Braver Deeds

really liked it 4.00 avg rating — 2 ratings — published 2007 — 2 editions
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For what it’s worth, Prisoner Moon got 5 stars and a nice, relatively well-written review. Take what you will from that.


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