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James H. Roby III was born in Detroit, MI.  After attending Cass Technical High School, he went to Michigan

State University. 


While there, he enrolled in Air Force ROTC.  Upon graduation, he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant.

James was one of sixteen lieutenants hand selected to be the initial cadre of ‘Gold Bar’ Recruiters.  After completing this assignment, he went to Vandenberg Air Force Base for training as a Missile Launch Officer.  Training complete, he was assigned to Minot Air Force Base where he spent four years, three months, twenty-three days, seventeen hours as a missileer in the 91st Missile Wing.  Before leaving, he earned his

Masters'  degree from Central Michigan University.


While there James started his first novel, Past Debts.

After Minot, he was an instructor at the University of South Alabama.  While there, he expanded his role to include teaching at the University of West Florida.  


This tour of duty was followed by a remote assignment at Clear Air Station in Alaska.

James completed his military service at Peterson Air Force Base. 

After ‘wandering the wilderness’ of civilian employment, he finally landed at Aon.

The novels that would be the UrbanKnights almost never came about.  It was only after a spouse of one of his fellow instructor got a hold of an incomplete Past Debts that James was inspired to continuing writing. 

The UrbanKnights reflect some of James’ loves – classic movie detectives, James Bond, and of course, Detroit.

When he isn’t foiling crimes through his character, Jordan Noble, James is involved with his family; his wife Alicia and his other ladies – his mother, sister and niece back home in Detroit.  A true child of his generation, late nights will find him taking down enemies of every stripe on his Xbox.  While at lunch, his nose can be found in between the pages of the works of Tom Clancy, Vince Flynn, Dashiell Hammett, Ian Fleming, or Walter Mosley.

James has done his share of traveling.  He’s been to World Cities like London and Toronto, seen three icebergs come together 500 miles above the Arctic Circle, and watched dolphins play in the Caribbean.  Still, no matter what, even when he’s not in Detroit, Detroit is in him.