Jim Roberts was born in Yorkton, Saskatchewan. Growing up in Alberta, he studied theatre, screenwriting and motion picture arts at Red Deer College.
A voracious reader, his literary love spans every genre, but especially the works of Ian Fleming, David Morrell, and Robert E. Howard.
The amazing renaissance of digital publishing has given him a perfect opportunity to release his longtime pet-project: The Code of War.
Jim currently resides in Red Deer, Alberta where he is hard at work on the next Code of War novel.
When did you first start writing?
I have been writing off and on ever since High School. I slowed somewhat in college, which I studied Theater Acting and Motion Picture Acting, Directing and Screenwriting. I began writing more several years ago when I started to feel more confident writing long narratives.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Olympus Rises is the first part of a series of books called "The Code of War". It's a sort of GI Joe-esque story that is basically everything I love about the Action/Adventure/Spy genre mashed together. As a lifetime spy/war buff, I always wanted to write something like this and dwelled on the concept for over a year before finally putting pen to paper.
Olympus has risen. For Joe Braddock and his warrior brother Danny Callbeck, the war has only begun. Suffering a failed mission in Pakistan, Joe and his team of Peacemakers retaliate and head off on an extraordinary, globe-trotting adventure where secrets are told, old foes are met and wars are waged by larger than life heroes. Prepare for a blockbuster unlike any other! Join 'The Peacemakers' now!
Afghanistan, 2014. Two weeks before the final withdrawal of all Coalition forces, a small unit of Army Rangers is attacked and destroyed by a Private Army known only as Olympus. The survivors are captured and held in a fortress in the Pamir Mountains of Kazinistan. There, they must effect a daring escape from their captors and at the same time find the secret of the mysterious Code of War.
Once again, Adam Knight provides a unique take on a genre not known for its originality. Adam always brings a strong Canadian voice (specifically a Manitoba sensibility) to his writing that I find not only refreshing, but highly original, as he writes genres not often tackled by Canadian authors. Although I prefer Adam's talents in the Urban Fantasy genre more, I would look forward to a continuation to this unusual, but fascinating beginning of a story I would hope to become a series!
This story was really...weird. I like Robert's demented ideas, this is just one that needs a bit more to fully envelope us in the horror of the concept (which is unique, I have to admit). Call this weird story a warm-up to Rob Friedrich's more fully rendered horror tales. All in all, worth a look
A gripping read, highly unique with a deft Canadian touch. Rich characterizations (especially in Joe, the main character) and smooth prose give this urban fantasy plenty of power as it weaves its unusual but compelling tale. In fact, it stuck in my head so much, I had to re-read it and liked it EVEN more! Highly recommended!
Once again, no Canadian author writes like the Knight-train. Although this book isn't quite the same shot in the gut that his earlier "Cowboy Ending" was, The Book of Korum is a tremendously fun, old school fantasy story. Smoothly written, but punchy and intelligent. Derivative at times of other young adult series, but it's a small quibble for such an enjoyable book. If swashbuckling fantasy interests you at all, this book should be right up your alley.