I was born in Belfast,Northern Ireland on the 15th January 1939 the last of six children. My mother died on Boxing day the same year and the world was at war again. The job of looking after me fell to Lily, my eldest sister. In 1942 she married a British sailor and took me with her to live in Scotland and later England. The complication with me having a different surname name to Lily caused problems with the issue of ration books etc. In March 1943 I was adopted and my name changed to Cook. I remained with Lily and her husband in a mostly unhappy situation until 1950 when I returned home to Ireland and regained my own identity as Rodgers. The years away from Belfast and family left me as a stranger in my own home. In 1954 I began the process to join the Royal Navy, and on the 14th March 1955 march off to HMS Ganges. HMS Ganges was a boys training camp near Ipswich, probably the toughest naval training camp in England. (I refer to my books for a complete history of my early and tumultuous life). Today you will find me living with my wife of forty years on our 15 acre hobby farm in Prince Edward Island. We are both retired and share our time with our two dogs and two cats. We have two grown daughters and two wonderful grandchildren. Forgive me if this sounds like a sales pitch, but if you decide to read my books I recommend you begin with 'Lily & Me' then follow with 'The Royal Navy & Me' as it is the sequel.
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Chapter XX1 Armageddon
Adam opens the Holy Bible to the book of Revelations chapter 21. The year is 4013. You might ask how he came to end up two thousand years into the future. This is an exciting story that follows a nuclear submarine across the North Atlantic. A disused Second World War army research base situated in the Highlands of Scotland. An ultra secret meeting held deep in the bowels of the Vatican. It is a fa
A Submariners Story (Sinking to Crush Depth)(short story)
This is a true account of an unexplained dive in the British submarine HMS Alcide. This frightening event lasted only minutes but it felt like an eternity. It took place in 1964 and by Gods grace I survived to tell you this tale.
Lily & Me
My story opens as I leave Belfast to join the Royal Navy. Crossing the Irish Sea I think back to where it all began. My parents births how they meet marry and raise six children. There struggle through two World Wars and desperate poverty. My mothers death in 1939 when I was eleven months old. Adopted by my eldest sister and husband and my own unhappy struggle of 13 years to regain my identity.
The Royal Navy & Me
This is a story told through the eyes of a young sailor who joined the Royal Navy in 1955 as a Boy Seaman 2nd class, the absolute lowest rank in the Navy. Follow his induction at HMS Ganges, the toughest boys training establishment in England if not the world., and his first assignment to HMS Cockade in time to visit Australia for the opening of the 1956 Olympic games. One voyage not to be missed
Smashwords book reviews by Frederick Rodgers
- The Last Blitzkrieg
on Jan. 17, 2011
This a great book that is hard to put down. I enjoy alternate history and I almost wanted the Germans to succeed in this very believable story. I recommend it highly. Frederick Rodgers author of Lily & Me & The Royal Navy & Me