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The Counterfeit Consul

1916 - Gerard Le Caillec, a French intelligence officer with the Foreign Intelligence Section is trying to rescue his moribund career. In a calculated move he applies, and is selected, for an assignment his superior warns could become a career enhancing proposition or quite possibly the end of his career.
Le Caillec is sailing to New York City to fill the position of overseas resident officer. His mission hatched in Paris is to set in motion a sabotage operation--the destruction of armament warehouses on a Hoboken, New Jersey pier.
Set against a portrait of prewar New York City, WWI is raging in Europe but America is still neutral. The spymasters in the French capital want to pressure the Americans to put an end to their highly profitable practice of manufacturing munitions for the Germans, which are in turn being used against them on the battlefields of Europe. Operating out of the Upper East Side French consulate on Fifth Avenue, Le Caillec has his sights set on recruiting a bankrupt young French-American investment banker named Armand Barsoum to place the explosives on the docks.
Immigrated to New York from Paris, Barsoum is an inveterate handicapper and crippled by a crushing debt owed to a notorious bookie known as the "meanest man in New York." Le Caillec extorts Barsoum's help by agreeing to pay off his markers and to stand behind any further losses. But Barsoum balks. He wants to become an American citizen and worries his extorted cooperation by French Intelligence will lead to his discovery as a saboteur jeopardizing both his immigration application and his employment in the 'white shoe' firm that employs him.
But just as the plot is finally taking shape the Military Attaché at the Imperial German Consulate learns of it from a romantic interest of Barsoum's, and makes immediate plans to deal with it.

Reviews

"This is an original spy novel with much to enjoy. With an interesting final twist to the tale, this is a great read for readers who enjoy historical and spy thrillers."--Readers' Favorite

"Rogers cleverly sets up the era and intrigue with his writing style and historical details. In keeping with a sense of the time, it is not a fast paced thriller but a more considered and involved read. The tension builds as our hero attempts to recruit an agent and execute his ill formed plan, and as the plot unfolded I found myself willing him on despite all his flaws. The character portraits of each nationality are nicely done and highlight the conflicts that were raging across the Atlantic, while the twist at the end was a satisfying surprise." --Book Stack Reviews

"Fascinating. I’m very interested in spy stories, especially those set in the past, so this title caught my eye.
Most of the action takes place in New York City, where I live. Rogers has a wonderful eye for visual detail, and though it was set in 1917, and New York is very different now, I felt I could hop on the El or the streetcar and explore all of the milieus and even the interiors of buildings he so meticulously describes.
The book is not only visually rich, it is also full of the smells, sounds, and taste sensations of life at that time. Rogers makes sure to describe what people are wearing and what the furniture looks and feels like. I can easily imagine this book as a movie." —Amazon reader

"Intriguing. This novel held my interest from the first page through to the surprise ending. The historical preciseness added to the plot." Amazon reader

"Fast and fun read. JR Rogers' style grabbed my attention and didn't let me down." Amazon customer

 

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About JR Rogers

J.R. Rogers is a literary historical thriller novelist of espionage, foreign intrigue and romance.

He is also a prolific short story writer a number of which have been published in various literary publications and/or online sites. Besides writing fiction his interests include art, culture, gender equality, indie film, and photography.

Over the years the peripatetic author has held a number of positions including working at a Washington, DC government relations firm, an international efficiency consultancy (he spent two years in Quebec, Canada, and at various locations in the United States), and finally as a writer with a Los Angeles-based aerospace defense contractor.

An avid reader he holds a B.A. in French literature from Georgia Southern University – Armstrong Campus, studied information management at The American University and short story writing at the University of California, Irvine, Division of Continuing Education.

He has lived in Canada, Europe and West Africa and now lives with his partner in southern California.

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