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Roger Brook is a fictional secret agent and Napoleonic Wars Era gallant, later identified as the Chevalier de Breuc, in a series of twelve novels by Dennis Wheatley. The series, which covers events from a dozen years before the French Revolution to the fall of Napoleon, is historically accurate, written from the perspective of an aide-de-camp to Napoleon himself.
The Roger Brook books were written as a consequence of Wheatley being a member of Churchill's Joint Planning Staff during WW2. During this period, he had accumulated a lot of distinctive knowledge about matters relevant to the war and politics. But he was not allowed to use this knowledge in his novels because of the Official Secrets Act. After having discussed it with Air Commodore Kenneth Collier, the latter came up with a suggestion about placing Wheatley's stories in the Napoleonic times instead. So the writer combined his habit of doing extensive research, in this case to gather accurate historical details about the Napoleonic era, with his wartime knowledge and experience. After completing the final book in the series, Desperate Measures (1974), Wheatley decided to retire from fictional writing.
The twelve books, with the dates when first published, and the period covered by the plot of each book, are as follows:
- The Launching of Roger Brook (3 July 1947) covers 28 July 1783 - November 1787
- The Shadow of Tyburn Tree (6 May 1948) November 1787 - April 1789
- The Rising Storm (13 October 1949) April 1789 - July 1790
- The Man Who Killed the King (8 November 1951) June 1792 - August 1794
- The Dark Secret of Josephine (16 March 1955) August 1794 - April 1796
- The Rape of Venice (19 October 1959) June 1796 - December 1797
- The Sultan's Daughter (19 August 1963) February 1798 - 31 December 1799
- The Wanton Princess (22 August 1966) 1 January 1800 - 30 November 1805
- Evil in a Mask (18 August 1969) February 1807 - September 1809
- The Ravishing of Lady Mary Ware (16 August 1971) September 1809 - 1 January 1813
- The Irish Witch (20 August 1973) 1812 - 1814
- Desperate Measures (2 September 1974) 1814 - 1815