Jack’s Rogues (Parts 1, 2, 3)


Coming very soon is a Jack’s Rogues Trilogy: Part I – Operation Agos; Part II – To Hell and Gone; Part III- Death’s Door. It’s intense and fast-moving. Unpredictable and unique. Genre’s include Metaphysical Fiction, Magical Realism, Military Fantasy and Military Romance. Jack’s Rogues is a continuation of the story begun in “The End.”

God (Adonai) and the Devil (Samael) have worked together for billions of years creating Nature; and for the last few hundred million with intent to create a species capable of carrying their work forward into the otherwise sterile solar system and galaxy. But for ten or fifteen thousand years they’ve been in disagreement on the prospects of one particular species, one both promising and threatening to the entire enterprise: Homo sapiens.  Humankind.

Early in the novel, Samael convinces Adonai that the sapiens are too destructive to succeed.  Adonai, broken-hearted over facts which she knows to be accurate, agrees to stop guiding and assisting them and reluctantly, to allow the sapiens to run themselves into extinction.  Her last, best hope for the species, Anne Murphy, a young, new President of the United States with the vision and leadership to steer the world in the right direction, is not likely to get her chance because of multiple adversaries —ones both human and spiritual, internal to the USA and external to it— who intend to destroy her, beginning with a coup d’etat.

Meanwhile, Samael, acting through Iran’s Supreme Leader and the Republican Guards Quds Force, has invented bomb-like devices that convert breathable oxygen into unbreathable ozone and has planted them throughout the three hundred largest cities of the world (with the exception of Tehran).  When detonated they will strangulate sixty percent of the world’s population precipitating chaos and inciting wholesale destruction of humankind.

Furthermore, major Oil concerns within the USA have a highly-developed plan to assassinate the President before she can enact her signature project:  a Constitutional Amendment mandating stewardship of the environment. Francis O’Rourke and Deirdre Kavanagh are two, kindred spirits in the afterlife who intend to do whatever they can to change that.  As members of Heaven’s elite Commando forces they league-up in an unusual strike team named “The Roués.”  They boldly venture into the depths of Hell to confront Samael and into the high reaches of Heaven to address Adonai, angling and bargaining for one last chance to save humanity.  They race against time, against distance, and against human and spiritual obstacles to try to avert the catastrophe and to support President Murphy.  The struggle will destroy them all or bring them together.  The fate of humankind lies in the balance.

The trilogy is complete and . Hold your breath for the multi-cast, scripted audiobook. The cast is brilliant, and the production is outstanding!

The End: A Story of Love and War in the Afterlife

U.S. Marine Captain Francis Xavier O’Rourke has a big problem: Afghanistan, gunfire, and a helicopter crash have left him burnt, broken, and in pieces. Alas, while hospitalized and in critical condition he meets his end, and in a swirling blaze of brilliance transports into the afterlife. But darling it is not the end; it is not the end at all. Heaven, hell, angels and demons prove to be a world apart from what he had expected.  What, with so many people to meet, choices to make, and battles to fight, it rapidly becomes apparent to ex-USMC Captain Francis Xavier O’Rourke that life after death it is not one little bit beatific. Not for the likes of him, at least. Rather, for Fran it appears the afterlife is likely to be even more intense and calamitous than life in the world he so recently, and tragically, departed. Nevertheless Fran’s inner nature trumps his better judgment and no sooner is he safe in heaven than he jeopardizes it all to infiltrate hell as a double-agent. His mission at first is vague and open-ended. His adversaries are clever and ruthless. Yet more daunting perhaps than all the demons he finds, Fran encounters a bold and lovely young woman named Deirdre who challenges him to find the courage of his convictions and helps him to define and understand who he wants to be in this next life, and why.

“The End” is a metaphysical action/adventure thriller, as well as a philosophical tale exploring the nature of death and suffering, the purpose of human endeavor, the value and the meaning of life.  “The End” fractures traditional Catholic dogma to abstract out a unique presentation of good and evil, heaven and hell. It is also a love story: between God and man, parent and child, man and woman, and comrades-in-arms. Adventurous, raw, thought-provoking and inspirational, “The End” weaves several story lines and literary genres into one exciting, page-turning ride which will surprise and delight you from the first chapter through the the final sentences.

Reviewed By Melinda Hills for Readers’ Favorite: FIVE STARS!

What is it like after you die? That is a question that burns in many peoples’ minds and in The End: A Story of Love and War in the Afterlife by Paul Bryan Roach, the answer is simple – whatever you want. For Fran O’Rourke, getting killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan was actually just the beginning. Upon arriving at the unofficial headquarters of the secret ops group, the Roués, where he meets up with his father, Fran is brought into a new, even bigger war – between God and the devil. In his unique position as a brain dead Marine on life support, he and the other Roué operatives are able to infiltrate the ranks of the evil forces intent on interfering with the birth of a new Messiah. Convinced that mankind must be eliminated in order to save planet Earth, demons and hell-spirits do all they can to set man against man and destroy any chances of emotional and spiritual growth. In contrast, Fran, Deirdre and the whole crew strive to maintain the Glory of God and prevent Homo sapiens from falling into the void. In this eternal battle, who will come out on top?Paul Bryan Roach has created a completely believable alternate universe parallel to earth in which spirits ‘live’ their lives and keep watch over humans. The End: A Story of Love and War in the Afterlife is full of exciting action, but also presents deeply moving arguments about the nature of God, the Universe and man’s place in it. Dealing with contemporary issues that are essentially timeless, Roach questions whether man will survive or destroy himself and the planet on which he lives. An excellent action story, The End is also a surprising love story with some interesting twists