File this under you research bookmarks. I can’t emphasize enough the merits of doing great dialogue and nailing the time and characters in your novel through it. The subtlest of things can accomplish that. For OP-DEC, I used German. For Blue I referenced relevant events. Etymology dictionaries are available on line. Do we mess up? Sure. But, I’m going to post as many resources on this blog as I can to help all who care to read these posts with their research. That’s what I went to school to learn to do and I’m going to share that with my readers.
I have a little candy for your social media, my dear readers. We’re on the cusp of the re-release of OP-DEC: Operation Deceit and I just mocked these up the other night, using the gracious reviews provided to me by Kirkus Indie Reviews, Midwest Book Reviews and NY Indie Review. Here’s hoping for many more good reviews!
Op-Dec: Operation Deceit by K. Williams
2nd Edition, Booktrope Publishing
Coming March 2015
If you’ve ever studied history, seriously studied history, the first thing you learn is that all history is someone’s story. Usually, that someone is a conqueror or group in control at the time the history was written. Unfortunately many erroneous histories get passed down via oral tradition inside of families. Oral tradition is very much alive – it’s when you answer your child’s or some child’s or someone’s question about any topic. Most of the time, we’re repeating what we’ve heard from film, television or someone else. We don’t question what we hear, taking it on the authority of the voice which speaks it. That’s dangerous. Fiction (film, books or television) should never be a source from which we gather information about history or many other topics. It can be a tool to open discussions and provide other points of view. As for documentary, again, we’re dealing with what the provider of such materials thinks they know about a topic, what limited information they’re using, along with a clear slant. Suspect the author.
That said – it doesn’t mean that when a group puts forward information that they’re being false. Take for instance, Black history or Native History. Often minority voices such as these (women included) are viewed derisively, not because they are false, but because they run against the grain of what is ‘accepted histories’. Think for a moment, why that is? Their voices are traditionally silenced or spoken over in the larger scheme of historical writing, especially in North America and Europe. Reading and learning more about other groups expands one’s view of events. It gives an additional perspective, or lens, from which to think about history.
If you get upset reading the history told from the perspective of the non-dominant, that might be the cognitive dissonance that has been established by the dominant group’s propaganda – for better or worse – history is largely a propaganda campaign waged by those who will benefit from national pride. The Texas Textbook debacle is an example of this.
Can truth ever be achieved in the telling of history? Probably not, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t examine other stories and review materials, especially primary documents, to get a better grasp of the human story. If we’re to get a better grasp of the human story, we need to stop defining human as being white and male. Humans have many nationalities, several ethnicities, numerous beliefs and far more than one gender. It’s not going to be truth if we listen to only one specific group and ignore the others stories out there, I can guarantee that.
Op-Dec: Operation Deceit by K. Williams
2nd Edition, Booktrope Publishing
Coming Early 2015!
I love a good story. I’m a sucker for it. However, I have a short attention span so most of the time I stick to movies. Very rarely do I sit down to read a book. If and when I do take the time to read one it had better grab me right away and keep my attention throughout. I have zero patience for boredom. And I do not tolerate it from a book. I will put that thing down and never pick it up.
I’ve seen thousands of movies and I have reviewed quite a few of them. I’ve only read a handful of books in my life. I’ve tried to read several, but like I said, very few keep my attention. With that said, I have never reviewed a book before and frankly, I’m not really sure how to, but I’m going to give it a shot. How difficult can it be?
The latest book I’ve read is “Operation Deceit”. A World War II spy novel written by my good friend K. Williams. I met K a little over a year ago and we’ve become really good friends. When I found out she was a writer I wanted to support her as a fellow artist. So I picked up a copy of Op-Dec and I checked it out.
I must admit, I was a little nervous. K a really good friend, what if I didn’t like the story, what was I going to tell her? I’m not one to lie when it comes to the arts. If you ask me my opinion on your project I will give you an honest opinion. Hopefully, I am tactful. Unless you’re an ass. Then to Hell with you!
Thankfully, I didn’t have to worry about it at all. I loved the book. It took me a long time to read it because I’m a slow reader and also, finding the time to read is very challenging for me. So at first, I was just reading a chapter a night, but not every night. It all depended on my schedule. However, as I got through the book, the characters and the story made the book increasingly difficult to put down. I found myself reading late into the night and I believe I even called in sick a few days so that I could finish the book.
It goes without saying that Op-Dec, is not only a fun book, but it’s also incredibly well written. K’s use of language is thought provoking and genius. She often painted scenes that to this day I still have burned in my memory even though I have never actually seen those locations. I can probably count in one hand the number of books that have had that effect on me.
There is so much to love about her writing, but if I have to pick just one aspect where she excels would have to be her dialog. Op-Dec dialog often made me forget that I was reading a book and instead fooled me into thinking I had watched a very exciting movie about World War II spies.
There is only one beef I have with the book. I consider K to be very smart. A lot smarter than I will ever be. Her use of words I never heard of had me running back and forth to my dictionary to make out what the heck was meant. I guess it’s not her fault that my reading level is that of George W. Bush’s. Nevertheless, her use of language is beautiful and almost poetic.
I know that I haven’t said much about the story. There’s a reason for that. I feel that if I said anything about that story that I might give away too many clues and ruin the many surprises that this book has to offer. That would just deprive you of the real fun about reading it and that I couldn’t live with. I can say this. Claire, the main character is a strong, smart, and independent woman. Quite a feat considering the time period she lived in and her environment. As a feminist, it was refreshing to read a story based in this time period that did not have her be a sexual object, or a damsel in distress. Kudos!
Carsten, the leading man in the story, will have you wondering about his intentions throughout the entire film… Er, I mean book, sorry—Told you! I think I must’ve traveled in time and watched the movie for this book then came back to the present to read the story. I really do have memories of scenes etched into my brain that I know I’ve never seen before. Or have I?
Booktrope publishing has picked up OP-DEC: Operation Deceit with good reason and will be releasing a new edition in early 2015. I recommend you get a copy. Here’s hoping a film will be made, and soon!
The Cocaonut Grove Menu cover. The Grove burned the Saturday after Thanksgiving in 1942, resulting in over 400 deaths, and is featured in the upcoming sequel to OP-DEC, OP-GHO: Operation Ghost.
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