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“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…)

About PEARL HARBOR AND 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…)

Rose of Anzio WW2 Tour!

Last month (Sept 2016), I took a WW2 tour of Italy to visit the sites I had written about in Rose of Anzio. I'm happy to now share with you the photos I had taken, which I had posted on my facebook page. It was truly a remarkable trip, and I hope you enjoy these. To see the albums, just click on the album title.   Album 1: From Licata to Naples Album 2: Cassino City Album 3: Monte Cassino Album 4: Anzio Album 5: Cisterna

Bombing on the 33rd Field Hospital

  If you have been reading Rose of Anzio, you know that Tessa Graham, the heroine of the story, served as an army nurse for the U.S. 33rd Field Hospital during this fictional account of the Battle of Anzio. One of the true historical event which I had incorporated into the story was the February 10th bombing of the 33rd. The second piece of artwork that graphic artist Jeff Brown did for Book 3-Desire  was an allegorical depiction of this bombing event. In the illustration, Tessa and Jesse Garland were (more…)

Rose of Anzio FanArts – Artists’ views of Anthony and Tessa

It's been so long since I updated this blog. My long hiatus was partly because I've been very busy working on Rose of Anzio Book 2, then Book 3 for release. Another reason was I kept trying to find time to write Part 3 of the Interventionists vs. Isolationists Blog series. I still haven't had time to write Part 3 because I needed time to pull all my research information together, and it's stopping me from sharing more blog posts. So today, I decided to not let Part 3 be my barrier anymore. I'll get to it when I get to it. Meanwhile, I want to share with you some wonderful fan arts created by several very talented artists who are reading Rose of Anzio. I am so fortunate that these artists love the characters and were inspired to create illustrations of them. I am touched by what they have done. It is also very interesting for me to see what Anthony and Tessa look like in their imaginations.   This first picture was made by manga artist Loreley. Loreley has an amazing eye for colors and I absolutely love the colors she used to create this picture. Here, we have a very cute Tessa as she appeared in Moonlight at age 15, in her favorite red dress. You can see more of Loreley's artwork here: http://loreley25.deviantart.com/gallery/   The second illustration was made by Nuria Marquez. This Anthony is so handsome, I can't stop looking at him. Tessa's eyes are full of her…