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OP-DEC: Operation Deceit Paperback – January 20, 2015
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"Williams' World War II spy thriller brings to life a shadowy world of espionage, Nazis and secret agents, vividly evoking the pre-war and wartime eras, depicting days of chaos, confusion and uncertainty. The narrative crackles with intensity. She excels at historic details and characterization." - Kirkus Indie Review
"Op-Dec: Operation Deceit delves into a story of high society...[with] Claire Healey. [She] uncovers secrets that many with money and power would prefer to keep quiet, and Claire isn't sure how far they will go. Op-Dec is a riveting read with plenty of twists and turns, highly recommended." - Logan's Bookshelf, Mid West Book Review, May 2012
"...K. Williams' determined efforts to draw the reader into the visceral and almost-tangible experience of the fatigue, hardship and duration of the journey...this diamond-of-a-novel, author K. Williams has a hit on her hands and a bright future in historical fiction," - NY Indie Review --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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OP-DEC was different. From the minute I started reading it, it pulled me in. I fell in love with the characters right away and following them through out the story was a real joy... or should I say nerve-racking?
The story is intense! I often found myself on the edge of my seat. Williams writes in such a way, that at least for me, it felt as if I was watching an exciting spy movie complete with shaky camera movements. Williams sure can write suspense! She manages to throw off the reader at every turn, keeping you constantly wondering what's was going to happen next or trying to determine who the good guys are. It's super exciting!
I'm happy to say that I had no trouble remember the characters because to me they all felt very real, each with their own unique personality and style. It is very easy to tell who's talking just by the natural dialog.
The locations were also vivid and detailed. So much so that there are certain scenes that are still, to borrow a phrase from Seinfeld, tattooed on my brain. One scene in particular where a grenade goes off still haunts me to this day. I honestly felt like I was right there and that my life was in as much danger as the protagonist. OP-DEC is a fun and must read.
From the first page to the last, this book captivated me. The story takes off in the prologue, hooking your attention with murmurings of dark family secrets and a formidable father who will stop at nothing to keep them hidden. This book has it all: conspiracy, lies, history, Nazi spies, and that one character that you absolutely hate to love.
Aside from it being a fast-moving, edge-of-your-seat mystery, Williams' thorough research and attention to detail add so much flavor to this story that you feel better about yourself for reading it.
I knew very little about Boston's social season in 1933, no less the intrigue that surfaced with those in our country's midst willing to commit terrible acts of treason during WWII. This author's ability to make this historical fiction feel like a true historical account was uncanny, and I often had to remind myself, it was indeed fiction that I was reading.
This was not just a spy-thriller, but so much more. As more of a murder mystery fan, I found the intrigue and suspense, coupled with the action and descriptions of this book absorbing. The more I read, the more I wanted to read, and as I read, I could visualize the characters. I felt their fear, their tenacity, and their helplessness. I often wondered to myself, if placed in that same situation, playing the part of Claire, how would I have faired? Or perhaps the feisty Aunt, who mother-bear instincts never faltered, or even Carsten, who had to play his many parts, even if by doing so it meant his own demise. I never, however, placed myself in the part of the despicable Mr. Healey, who became easier and easier to despise and wish ill upon.
This story also brought to light how depressingly vulnerable women/females were and continue to be by war and the male population. The brutality to women during WWII, Claire's mother being whisked away and confined by a controlling and deviant husband, women used during war as conquests, only to be disregarded or killed... this story had it all and it told these accounts with clarity and candor.
Claire is a child born into a upper class society, her Father I hated almost immediately. Pulled from her mother at an early age, Claire moves in with her Aunt and goes to school only having to see her Father on few occasions, that is until she is old enough to leave school, Claire is thrown into a strange relationship with one of her fathers workers. But Claire suspects more than just a normal working relationship between her new found friend and his employer, so turns spy! Riveting, wonderful language skills, I am so impressed I will read the book again I should imagine a few times.