John Van Roekel

About me

John is the author of two novels of historical fiction: Braver Deeds and Prisoner Moon.

John awoke one morning in 1994 after reading Nathan Miller’s excellent biography of Theodore Roosevelt, and told his astonished wife Pam that he was going to write a novel about the African-American cavalry regiments and their history, especially during the Spanish-American War. Braver Deeds, originally published in 2009, is the result.

Back in 2002, John started work on his World War II home front novel, Prisoner Moon. After years of work, it was published in 2012.

In addition, he has edited the World War II letters of his father, Paul Van Roekel, and made them available on his web site.

From my website

Will no one rid me of this meddlesome priest?

When James Comey quoted King Henry II of England, I and many others recognized the reference. Henry was vexed by Thomas Becket, archbishop of Canterbury. Hearing these words, four of his knights promptly assassinated Becket. Afterwards, Henry claimed that he never meant for the archbishop to be killed. I am…

John Signs Books at the Scripps Ranch Community Fair

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 Google Maps  

LORENZO’S ASSASSIN is San Diego Book Awards Finalist

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.

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