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‘Something has to change': SRB resident pens book about the dark side of government spending

August 26, 2012 7:56 AM


The Walton Sun

Robbie Rogers’ novel “Guilty of No Wrongdoing” may be fictional, but he wrote it to shed light on the real concern of government spending run amok.

“I just decided I should write a book and try to wake America up as to what was happening, with respect to things not being built right and things being exorbitant,” said Rogers, who lives in Santa Rosa Beach with his wife, Margaret.

Rogers was inspired to author the book by his life’s work as a civilian contractor for the Department of Defense, but he maintains it is not autobiographical.

Rogers tells the story of government fat cats and overspending through the eyes of small-town Mississippi raised Lew Harris, a determined young man who, as a government employee, finds his own motivations at odds with those in charge.

Rather than work like those around him to grease palms and skim a bit off the top, Harris is constantly trying to make sense of the excessive amount of circular spending in the DoD. When he attempts to let higher-ups know about the irresponsible spending, he is largely ignored or pushed aside with authority.

Rogers based the main character on one of his close friends, but Harris is truly an amalgamation of the author and his friend.

“A lot of Lew is my attitudes. A lot of Lew is in me,” said Rogers, who even selected Harris’s hometown, depressed Buckatunna, Miss., because of a soggy, miserable couple of hours he once spent there.

Like the author, the main character couldn’t wait to leave the little town.

The most important commonality between the author and his main character, is that, like Lew, “I’m not willing to bend on truth and honesty.”

It is this adherence to the truth that propels the story forward. Truth is also what compelled Rogers to write the novel in the first place, to open people’s eyes to how our government officials may be conducting business using U.S. tax dollars.

The book is entirely fictional, but “everything in it has some basis of truth,” said Rogers, who added, “I didn’t disclose any national secrets.”

The book isn’t just a telling tale of one man’s run-in with corruption. It includes the universal themes of love and finding faith, and is peppered with life lessons about growing up and overcoming adversity.

“Guilty of No Wrongdoing” is available for sale at http://www.amazon.com   or directly from Tate Publishing, http://www.tatepublishing.com .  For more information about the book or the author, visit www.robbierogers.com .

“My hopes were that I could wake up some people. This, quite possibly, will rub a lot of people wrong,” said Rogers. “I’m willing to do it because something has to change. If people don’t change, the government will never change.”

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