War History online is a great resource to start your next war based novel, or even non-fiction work. I love the articles they post and this one caught my eye back in December. It made me a bit nostalgic for OP-DEC: Operation Deceit and helped to fuel that fire I need to write the sequel. It’s the little things…
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.
OP-GHO, the follow up to OP-DEC, brings Carsten Reiniger back to audiences. After returning from Germany with Claire Healey and her aunt to New York City and a new life, his relationship with the girl has gone a few steps farther. Prepared to leave his bachelor days behind him, he works out the perfect time to ask her to marry him, but the moment is interrupted by a bomb. New York is home to a gregarious Nazi spy ring and they’re seeking help from the IRA to sabotage American installations. Claire is not so convinced that he’s left his spying days behind, and clues start popping up to insist that Carsten is still working for the Nazis.
I spotted this article a few weeks ago and was elated. With the release of the first book in the Trailokya Trilogy (Trailokya Trilogy, Book 1: The Shadow Soul) coming ever nearer, the gratification this gives me is beyond words. I’m living in a great time for this topic.
The women featured in the Trailokya story are in positions of power, battling some of the same issues that Earth women currently face, despite all the knowledge they could ever need and the removal of barriers. When pitched into a life with humans, their advanced society and way of life is often placed to the side. Their enemies use this precarious balance against them, throwing them into turmoil. Are they doing the best they can by their human charges, especially if married to one?
Women’s science fiction takes on these questions and more, read about them here:
“Today, both Hurley and Leckie say that female voices in science fiction are far louder than they used to be, largely thanks to blogs and social media. Now, when men wonder aloud (as they often do on their blogs) where all the women in science fiction are, those women can take to the comment section and point out that they’ve been there all along. They can use Twitter and Facebook not just to promote their work, but to connect with one an other. ‘We mirror a lot of what the overall culture is doing now,’ Hurley says, ‘which is saying that we have always been here you’re just not listening. And we’re able to do that now because there are more channels. There’s incredible profusion of all of these other avenues for us to get our voices out there, and to collaborate right. To say okay let’s go flood that comment system, and have dialogue around that.'”
So many writers are out there struggling to find time and the wherewithal to pen the things floating around their heads. It’s not an easy thing to cope with, or is it? Perhaps we’re making more of this ‘writer’ thing than we need to. More often than not, we self-defeat at the typewriter because we’re afraid of what others will think, throwing every excuse out there to not sit still for five, ten or even fifteen minutes – let alone an hour!
Rachel Thompson, BadRedhead Media and fellow Booktrope author, has written a great piece that covers the pitfalls of the writer life and how to react to them with the vigor you need to keep going. You have the staying power to do this. It’s okay to need supportive words to see you through, but don’t build unachievable standards and be surprised when you fall short on them.
How many times have you gotten criticism on your new exciting novel and just wanted to fold up the notebook forever or permanently delete the file, curl up in a ball and convince yourself to be happy with where you already are? There is something we writers all need to learn in the process:
“I personally refer to my first drafts as ‘word vomit.’ The problem, I’ve discovered, is that most new writers try too hard to make their writing perfect on the first try (impossible, I tell you!), so that when they receive criticism (and they will), they crumple. I was no different,” writes Rachel Thompson.
I learned the same thing, probably the very same hard way. Thompson is full of more great advice, whether you’re the beginner or the advanced writer. Read the full article at: Are You A Writer? Then…Write! by Rachel Thompson, originally posted on Lori Culwell’s Bookpromotion.com site (another great resource you should bookmark for later).
More about Rachel Thompson
Rachel Thompson is the author of the award-winning Broken Pieces, as well as two additional humor books, A Walk In The Snark and Mancode: Exposed. Rachel is published and represented by Booktrope. She owns BadRedhead Media, creating effective social media and book marketing campaigns for authors. Her articles appear regularly in The Huffington Post, The San Francisco Book Review (BadRedhead Says…), 12Most.com, bitrebels.com, BookPromotion.com, and Self-Publishers Monthly. Rachel is the creator and founder of #MondayBlogs and #SexAbuseChat and an advocate for sexual abuse survivors. She hates walks in the rain, running out of coffee, and coconut. She lives in California with her family.