J.R. Rogers grew up primarily in Paris, but also in Antwerp and Kinshasa, an international influence he finds frequently tainting his historical novels of intrigue and espionage with plots and scenes set in various parts of the world: France, Belgium, Peru, Brazil, French Guiana, Uruguay and the former French Morocco.
Forthcoming is a novel of foreign intrigue and espionage set in 1970s Cyprus due in the spring of 2015 and entitled The Eliminator.
His novel influences were those of classic spy writers such as Eric Ambler, John Le Carre, Frederick Forsythe, Ian Flemings and Robert Ludlum, for instance and his current interests in writers of the genre are all over the board but would have to include Robert Wilson and Olen Steinhauer.
The author is also a prolific short story writer he often writes alongside his current novel project. As a short story writer he credits the influence of masters the likes of Irwin Shaw, Raymond Carver, William Trevor, J.D. Salinger and Andre Dubus. A number of his stories have been published in various literary and online publications. An anthology titled The Way Things Were – Collected Stories, was issued in June 2014.
He holds a B.A. in French Literature and studied short story writing at UC Irvine Extension.
The author lives in southern California. Member Independent Author Network.
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The Way Things Were - Collected Stories
A mixed theme anthology The Way Things Were is a first collection of narratives by this historical thriller novelist. Set both in the United States and in various parts of the world the author conjures up a broad range of unusual characters and plots often set in unforgiving and unfriendly worlds. Many of the narratives first appeared in various literary journals and or online.
Mission to Morocco
Washington, DC, 1944: an OSS officer is dispatched on a secret mission to French Morocco aboard an Africa Squadron U.S. Navy blimp. On the ground in the coastal North African town of Port Lyautey – home to a U.S. Navy airfield – the OSS uncovers a wide-ranging spy network orchestrated from afar by a Nazi colonel from his headquarters in Casablanca.
A psychological spy thriller set in 1960 in the quiet South American capital of Montevideo, Uruguay an unconventional distant posting at the height of the Cold War.
The 1903 assassination of King Leopold II of Belgium in Dinard, France by an Italian anarchist and his flight to South America pursued by the Belgian Secret Service.
The Counterfeit Consul
A sabotage operation by French intelligence in 1916 New York City turns deadly when the German Secret Service learns of the plot.
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