Author Roger Burnage grew up in the village of Lymm, a civil parish in Warrington, Cheshire. National service with the RAF took him to Ceylon - Sri Lanka as it is now known - where he worked as a radio mechanic on large transmitters but never once flew in an aeroplane.
After release from service Roger went to work as a draughtsman at Vickers in Manchester, eventually becoming a sales engineer and travelled abroad to Scandinavia and India. It is during this period that he started to read the Hornblower novels by C. S. Forester which sparked his interest in this genre.
Roger eventually settled in North Wales to build a business and raise a family. The thoughts of writing for himself were never far from his mind. Retirement finally gave him the opportunity.
He says:- “I have always enjoyed reading history and historical novels and it was the finding of simple mistakes in some of them that encouraged me to write for myself. I find great pleasure from both writing and doing the historical research needed. The Merriman series is the result.”
Sadly, Roger passed away in December 2015 after a short illness. He had many more ideas for Merriman and left several unfinished books in various stages of development. The adventures may yet be continued.....
September 1796 and Lieutenant Merriman is promoted to the rank of Post Captain and given command of the frigate ‘Lord Stevenage'. It is known that the French are amassing an army and a fleet to invade Ireland and join with Irish rebels. If it succeeds then England will be ringed by enemy countries under the control of Napoleon Bonaparte and only the English navy stands between France and England.
In 1792, French Revolutionary agents are travelling secretly between Ireland and England and war with France is becoming inevitable. Lieutenant James Merriman is plunged headlong into the world of espionage as he and his ship are ordered to the Irish Sea to assist Treasury agent Mr. Grahame to investigate French plans to use Irish ports to attack England.
The year is 1793 and James Abel Merriman has been sent to the West Indies as Captain of his Majesty’s sloop Aphrodite. England's oldest enemy France, now under the control of Napoleon Bonaparte is in the throes of the revolution and also is at war with Austria and the Netherlands. At this point in history, February 1793, France declares war on England.