To Live Another Day
By J.R. Rogers
A powerful period flavor embellishes this intriguing novel replete with the shocking depravity rampant in the insular Portuguese enclave of Lourenço Marques, the neutral colonial capital of Portuguese Mozambique, during the early years of World War Two. It is June 1940 when, ahead of the Germans marching into Paris, Rudolf and Aleece Bamberger, a young German-French Jewish couple flee to Africa to wait out the war where they become embroiled in intrigue and espionage. Safe at last—or so it seems at first—the Bamberger’s are diverted to Lourenço Marques because of a U-boat threat rather than to Cape Town their original destination. Aleece, a French citizen, finds work at the British consulate while Rudolf, her German husband, but an emigrant to France before the war, drifts helplessly into the hands of the Abwehr spymaster, Ludwig Janke. The Nazi’s tentacles run deep through the tranquil colonial capital and his fearsome espionage operation soon ensnares Rudolf and threatens him into cooperating. With spy-thriller plotting, To Live Another Day vividly re-creates the skullduggery of Axis intelligence operatives from MI6, the OSS, the Abwehr and other services operating from this vast neutral harbor situated at the forefront of Indian Ocean shipping lanes.
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Born in Paris of American parents, J.R. Rogers is a writer who has lived and worked in southern California since the 1980s. He holds a degree in French literature and later studied short story writing at the University of California, Irvine. Fluent in French he has worked principally in quality management and as a writer for a number of firms in both Canada and the United States. His writing focus has been pre-World War II historical novels of espionage and intrigue set in little known and out of the way international locations. His latest novel is his third to be set in Africa—where he lived for three years in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He began writing and publishing short stories in 1996 and since 2008 has written eight historical fiction novels and a number of short stories that have been published.