In war, truth is so valuable she must always be attended by a Bodyguard of Lies & World War Z
The quote is from Winston Churchill during World War II except he left out the World War Z part. It’s also the title of one of my favorite books, Bodyguard of Lies Love the new cover by Jen Talty, by the way. It’s on special this week for only .99. It introduces Hannah, a suburban housewife, and Neeley, a former terrorist turned Black Ops, who have to team up to discover the secrets the men in their lives hid from them.
The book has been well received:
“Thelma and Louise go clandestine.” From Kirkus.
“Heart-racing.” from Mystery News.
The basic concept was the question: who polices the world of covert operations? When you can’t call in the regular police, first because we’re dealing with classified information and secondly because you’re dealing with people trained far beyond what any police force can deal with.
The ending of the book isn’t what either of them expects.
This book is followed by Lost Girls and then 47North let me bring Hannah and Neeley and the Cellar into Nightstalkers: The Book of Truths. I’m considering also merging in my Psychic Warrior series into the Nightstalker books. One big happy family of crazy killers. Book of Truths has been getting a lot of good reviews which I am pleasantly surprised at. Because it focuses on the danger of nuclear weapons and doesn’t follow normal narrative structure as I will be teaching in a few weeks in North Carolina.
On other fronts, I’m working away on The Kennedy Endeavor. Reading Khrushchev Remembers as part of my research and it’s fascinating to get another point of view on history.
Fall seems to be arriving here at Write on the River. I am teaching in North Carolina on 12 October for the local RWA chapter in the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area. I hope to hit the Outer Banks a day or two before and test out my upgraded bug out bag– I’ve been repacking everything, especially in light of what happened in Boulder. We used to live in Boulder and our house flooded when we were there– at over a mile high, living on top of a ridge line. The rain was so heavy, the water table just rose up into our basement. That reinforced the lesson that you can’t prepare for an emergency after it’s started. You have to be ready now. Do you have grab-n-go bag with the essentials you need? I’ve actually got three– a large one for me with tent, food, sleeping bag, etc. etc. a smaller one for my wife with survival essentials and then a combat vest packed with goodies for World War Z. Which I saw last week finally and well, hmm.
It taught me a lesson. I started going “Hey, is that a C-130 taking off from an aircraft carrier?” and “How did they fly from the Atlantic to Korea so fast?” given that it used to take us at least two days to make it from Fort Devens to Europe during training missions and “How can they even hear each other inside that 130?” but my wife told me to shut up, it’s fiction. Actually, it was a movie that made me want to read the book because it was so obvious they left so much out.
But, I still don’t get zombies. I mean, Walking Dead is coming back? What have those zombies been living off of all those years? And the way people recover from wounds or barely notice them. The Israeli soldier gets her hand cut off and it’s like “no big deal”. And Brad what’s his name get impaled and it’s worthy of a grimace but that’s it. Come on.
Right. It’s fiction.