Answers to queries

by Author | April 20th, 2010

Thank you to all the readers who have passed their feedback via the contact page. I will put some more of your comments up soon, however, I just wanted to comment on the two features of the book that you all seem to really like, those being the ‘snapshot’ style of the sections and chapters, and the protaganist’s eye view of the action.

As far as using the snapshot method is concerned, I did this for two reasons. Firstly, I like to get ‘pulled’ through a book so I feel like I’m a part of what’s going on and that I’m ’keeping up’ with the action. I often find that long chapters or sections send me to sleep or set me thinking about things at a complete tangent to the story, and I didn’t want to do that in my novel. Secondly, the scenario was so vast and all-encompassing, that I needed to give the reader little bits of a jigsaw to piece together, as long expansive chapters were just not practical. To use long chapters and still cover all of the relevant areas would have doubled the size of the book, which is already quite lengthy.

As for the way I tackled the action sequences, my own personal experience of dismounted close combat left two lasting impressions on me. One was the way that training really does work. Years of being drilled and rehearsed really does result in you doing things on ‘automatic pilot’ without actually realising it. On the other hand, I also remember how utterly confusing and physically difficult combat can be; bits of kit getting snagged on tree branches; radio leads or equipment straps half strangling you as you try to crawl around; lots of noise and conflicting target indications; and of course, being thrown about all over the place inside vehicles as they bump and jolt across the uneven ground and their drivers forget their peace time defensive driving techniques and just do what they need to get the vehicle from ‘A’ to ‘B’.

In war, the simplest of tasks suddenly become unbelievably difficult and time consuming, and I really wanted to emphasise that aspect in the novel. I hope I have managed to do so. The military men amongst you seem to think I have, but I will certainly try to improve on it some more in the prequel. More soon…

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Seelöwe Nord is the online home of Andy Johnson, a war fiction novelist. Seelöwe Nord is a war novel that tells the alternative history of Operation Sealion, the proposed German invasion of Britain in 1940. Followed by Thunder in May, and the recently released Crucible of Fate, the trilogy of War Fiction remains a popular read within the genre.

Andy has also started to publish small Leadership and Management Booklets drawing from his extensive experience across many sectors and industries, both military and civilian, the first of which is entitled Captains of the Gate and is now available for download on eReaders directly from Amazon.