“Dunkirk”: Review from a WWII Author’s Perspective

[caption id="attachment_2162" align="alignleft" width="169"] By Source, Fair use, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?curid=51683157[/caption] Dunkirk is not a historical fiction movie. It is a war movie. With the weight of WWII history behind it, you might have gone into the theatre expecting a dramatized story filled with terrors of battles, personal conflicts, a stand-off between good and evil, perhaps even a dash of romance. But Christopher Nolan chose a different route. At its core, Dunkirk is a picture of war reenactment. It is an invitation for the audience to experience what it feels like at the moment when the enemy is closing in, and all you’ve got to hold on to is hope. Reenactment brings to mind badly produced TV footage complete with atrocious acting and cheaply designed costumes and sets. All that changed under Nolan’s masterful hand. Supported by a stellar cast and a blockbuster-size budget, Nolan gave us a sensory spectacle. The astounding, magnificent scenery of the expansive beaches and the sea. The precision sound of gunfire and weapons. The nerve-wracking background beats that remind you your very life is on the line. If Nolan had the technology, he would’ve let us smell the explosions and taste the oil in the ocean water too. (more…)

40 Recommended WWII Films (Non-English)

  Last week we brought you the 40 Recommended WWII Films in English as picked by the authors of the Facebook Second World War Club. This week, as promised, we're sharing with you our picks for non-English WWII films. (I really don't want to call these "foreign films" because I have no idea who is reading this blog post, as far as the readers go, these movies might not be foreign at all. (more…)

Cover Reveal: “Eternal Flame”

Ok, by now, you all know I'm not a frequent blogger. I update once in a blue moon when I have news to announce. But that's all right. What I really like doing is not to write blogs, but to write stories that you all love to read. And today, I'm super excited to announce my upcoming new release, Eternal Flame. This is a stand alone story spun out of the Rose of Anzio series. I'm planning to submit this story to Amazon's Kindle Scout program this week, so will have more details about that soon. In the mean time, here's a peak at what's to come.   Eternal Flame ~ A Rose of Anzio Story ~ by Alexa Kang *  *  * "Last night, I loved you a lifetime and more." 16-year-old Julia Olsen’s world is falling apart. Her quarterback boyfriend broke up with her. Her family’s new home under renovation is a mess. Her high school counselor won't stop harping on about her grades. A time-traveling WW2 soldier crashing into her room is the last thing she needs. In 1944, 18-year-old Edmond Ferris answered the draft and headed to war in France. A chance discovery brought him home to Chicago…in 1989! He's back in his own room, except a strange girl is living in it. She drives a Japanese car and she listens to Milli Vanilli, a German band.  Is their encounter an error in time or a will of fate?  Find out in this timeless tale of two…

More Podcast & Interview

Today is the 75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor. Last month, I joined a group of WWII fiction authors and published the short stories anthology Pearl Harbor and More: Stories of December 1941. We were delighted that the Self-Publishing Roundtable Podcast elected to feature us in their episode this week and interviewed several of our authors including myself. You can tune in to hear what we have to say about our stories. My part of the interview starts at the 54 minute mark. This time, I shared a lot of tidbits and details about "Christmas Eve in the City of Dreams" and Rose of Anzio, plus the next novel I'm writing. Hope you all enjoy it. http://selfpublishingroundtable.com/sprt-171-pearl-harbor-and-more-stories-of-wwii-december-1941/     Today, I'm also the featured author interviewed on the website This is Writing. Click on my avatar below if you want to find out more "behind the scenes" of my stories. My Online Interview    

On Anthony and Jesse

WARNING: This blog post contains spoiler of Book 4 - Remembrance. Jesse Garland is no doubt the most memorable character in the Rose of Anzio. I know because many readers have written to me about him. I didn't plan for him to enter this story. When I write, I don't plot or outline. I let the muse take me where it wants me to go. Jesse materialized when I was writing Book 2-Jalousie, when I had in mind to create an 18-year old solider who would be akin to a (more…)


Stories of WWII: December 1941 On December 7th 1941, a pivotal event took place that changed the face of World War II. Hundreds of Japanese fighter planes carried out a devastating surprise attack on the American naval base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. By December 11th, the United States was at war with the Axis Powers in the Pacific and European theaters. World War II raged for almost another four years, but the entry of the world’s greatest economy into the conflict profoundly influenced its course. (more…)