Karen K Brees has been writing almost as long as she's been reading - and that's a very long time. The Esposito Caper is her second novel (MuseItUp Publishing October 2013). As KK Brees, she's the author of Headwind: The Intrepid Adventures of OSS Agent Katrin Nissen. She's also the author and co-author of six published nonfiction titles in the health and general interest field. In her personal life, she gardens, quilts, sews, knits, raises Boer goats, and enjoys cruising with her husband, John, on their 42' Krogen trawler and touring on their Harley Davidson. She lives on a ranch in the west central mountains of Idaho.
It was the striking original artwork on the cover that got my attention first on KK Brees' cover of her new novel "Headwind." The real goods are inside this book that takes a college professor from her comfortable home in America and places her right in the middle of WWII. Churchill himself knows he will need her expertise and determination to stop the Nazis before they reach Norway. Not your average OSS agent, Katrin Nissen brings readers the story of what it was really like behind the scenes in Europe during this terrible war that went on way too long.
I found "Headwind" to be a wonderful read and I've heard this is just the first in a trilogy about Katrin and her adventures and struggles in Europe. It was heartwarming and Katrin is a likeable, intelligent woman. A most unique book.
KK Brees makes history come alive through the perspective of Professor Katrin Nissen, an OSS Agent who is thrown into the malestrom of turbulent years during WWII. Brees is an excellent writer and you won't be disappointed.
I found Headwind to be a fantastic read - I couldn't put it down. This book was well written, with factual history and exciting adventure. Headwind is not only for someone who likes historical novels, but for anyone who likes a good read. Headwind would make a great movie. I look forward to the second book by KK Brees.
K.K. Brees has written an exception Historical Novel with a story line that involves the reader from start to finish. The book is hard to put down. The interesting characters, light humor, family ties, and description of the Denmark coastal area, with all the action makes you feel like you're there. It is a great read. I look forward to the next book.
One of those books you hate to put down and can't wait to get back to if you have to. Can't wait for the next in this series. Our heroine in this books is employed by the OSS during WWII and her travels through this adventure are exciting/scary/happy and a great read.
Headwind, a first novel by KK Brees, dramatizes the efforts of the resistance movement in Denmark to thwart the advances of the Germans at the start of World War II. We meet the citizens of Sankt Peder situated on the rugged west coast of the Jutland peninsula where the geographic elements create a path for the advancing Germans to invade Norway and Sweden.
While Headwind is a novel, the story is as real as the history textbooks. We are caught up in the intrigue, the murders, the valiant efforts of the underground spy system, as well as the bravado of local people who are the victims of another war from which they cannot escape.
Brees makes an effort to present her protagonist, Katrin Nissen, as the heroine of the book. Indeed, she is a feisty, dedicated spy who will not hesitate to use her .38 snub-nosed revolver. My attention, however, was spent on the lesser but significant characters--Inge, Katrin's sister, will cash in her inheritance to buy guns; Lars, Inge's husband, a Police Captain and expert at surveillance; and, their friends: Anna who listens, observes, and worries; and Anna's husband, Volmer, who cannot forget the first world war and now sees it happening again.
Throughout the book, chapters are headed by a place name announcing the shift in locale. This simple action helps to make the transition from first person to omniscient easier. The subtitle, "The Intrepid Adventures of OSS Agent Katrin Nissen," Volume One, suggests there will be another adventure with Katrin Nissen. Hopefully, she will bring along her entourage of family and friends.
by Diana Nolan for Story Circle Book Reviews reviewing books by, for, and about women
KK Brees' detailed descriptions in Headwind made me feel like I'd seen the movie with the benefit of knowing the characters thoughts and feelings. Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres and I was not disappointed. We always hear about the French Resistance. Who knew the Dutch had such a strong contingent? I hope I don't have to wait long for the second and third books!