Friday, 19 August 2016

Writing - Killing Hitler's hangman

As I have written in previous posts, inspiration arrives in all sorts of forms and at surprising times. This post is looking at an event during World War II and I believe would make an interesting if gory novel.

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Reinhard Heydrich

Reinhard Heydrich is accepted as an iconic villain in the twentieth century, even by Nazi standards he was brutal. To support the idea of a fictitious retelling of Heydrich's story there were attempts as early as 1943, taken from a novel written the year before, to immortalise the tale on celluloid. The film was called Hangmen Also Die.
There is continuing interest in what was code named Operation Anthropoid in part because it was the only successful attempt to assassinate a member of Hitler's hierarchy. Another reason was the fact that there is a fog blanketing many of the details as to who instigated the operation. This reticence to claim responsibility is due to the fact that the powers were afraid of reprisals against civilian populations.
Heydrich was the acting Reich Protector of Bohemia and Moravia (parts of the former Czechoslovakia) and was involved in the instigation of the mass slaughter of many European Jews. This was Goering's Total Solution to the Jewish question.

The value in resurrecting this story in today's post is to show the possibilities that some real events may offer to writers.

1. This story could begin with news of the forthcoming slaughter of innocent people.
2. A team from the SOE and the Czech government in exile create a plan.
3. Assassins recruited and trained.
4. Assassins deployed.
5. Plot carried out.
6. Assassins pursued.
7. Nazis react.
8. Governments deny culpability.

Okay, as a plan it is a little thin, but it took me five minutes to create. By putting time and effort into research and planning there is a book there.

December 2015

 My hero was created post recession and so has no concept of how 'good' things were pre-2008. In 'I Have To Get It Right' when he began to flex his muscles he was working in an accountant's office. Then after the Gurentai took him under their wing and removed all of his financial worries, it was justice that was his major concern. He did become involved in international relations in 'The 51st State' but it was for the maintenance of a respectful distance between countries, rather than economic reasons. His trips into the USA had repercussions which can be read about in 'The Biter Bit' but then by the time things began to change in 2011 and the recession was really biting, Steele was trying to make sense of the state of the nation in 'A Changed Reality' and coming up against some really nasty people taking advantage of the shortage of money. By the time the USA are out of their recession Steele's steps are still being dogged by an unknown enemy from the same country. In 'Inceptus' we also find out more about what makes the man tick. The most recent Steele book 'Castled' where Steele is once again at risk from unseen enemies. It would seem that he has become quite recession proof!
The most recent addition to the Steele family is Earth plc in which our hero is concerned with political and emotional issues in this crime fighting adventure.

All books are available in paperback or ebook through Amazon, Smashwords and all good book shop websites.

This is a dystopian story that hinges directly on the state of the nation as a result of fiscal mismanagement. Having said that it is more a story of human relations, privations, love and loss.

Poetry - there are also two thoughtful collections of poetry available solely through Amazon.


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