A former Reno editor-reporter is hosting a reading of his debut thriller novel, “Fallon’s Orphans,” at noon June 27 at Sundance Books and Music, 121 California Ave. in Reno.
Bill Kroger, the author, graduated from high school in Carson City and earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s degree in economics at the University of Nevada, Reno. He worked at the former Nevada State Journal, The Associated Press, United Press International, both in Reno, and also worked at Harrah’s Reno and for the Nevada Employment Security Department in Carson City. He taught journalism at UNR. He’s a former member of the Nevada National Guard and attained the rank of lieutenant colonel. Kroger lives in Portland, Ore.
“Fallon’s Orphans” opens as a novel of revenge. The title character, Fallon, an orphan, loses his lover to Islamist terrorists in Istanbul, an event that sets up his involvement with an ancient Orthodox Christian group there that is the enemy of the Muslim organization. Fallon is offered the chance to strike back and takes it. But to accomplish the mission, he must have help and enlists several of his orphan friends, who have no experience in warfare but who have a great desire to defend the downtrodden from evil bullies. The battle takes place in India, Cairo, Istanbul, Paris and around Lake Tahoe.
The novel is published by Black Rose Writing and is available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, all eBook sites and via the publisher.