Heads up! The Goodreads people will be offering a giveaway of 100 copies of my Korean War novel beginning March 20 at noon. It’s the second edition of Public Information that adds recently disclosed historical information and a few more ribald scenes of Army humor. The first edition was a best seller a few years back and IMO it’s better now. The New York Review of Books called it “Modern Candide. Warm and funny. Veterans and adult readers love it.”
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Bestselling author Rolf Margenau has written four novels and published two photography books. The novels feature a main character named Wylie Cypher, first seen as a twenty-year-old college dropout who comes of age during the Korean War. At forty, Wylie is a successful but burned out lawyer with a failing marriage. He tries to find lost youth on a trek with his daughter through the high Andes. Instead, he finds mayhem, murder, a devastating civil war in Peru, and loses a toe.
Retired, in his mid-sixties, Wylie does battle with BIG AG as a Master Gardener. He befriends a group of eco-terrorists who help save the Monarch butterfly. Then in a novel called National Parks, an aged Wylie lives in a dystopian future where Congress attempts to sell off our national parks to bail out a bankrupt country.
The novels featuring a younger Wylie are realistic with a dose of humor. The books about older Wylie are solidly satirical. Critics find them very funny, but meaningful and thought provoking.
Rolf Margenau lives amid farmland in northern New Jersey with his first wife of over sixty years.