Day 7 Blog Post
For multiple generations, the R-Group focused on helping those impacted by oppressors and those who sought power and wealth at the expense of the average person. One of the group’s founding principles was the ethical high ground in choosing the path to take to solving problems. Jacob Michaels, a continuing character in the Enigma Series and one of the leaders of the R-Group, learned this from his grandfather Wolfgang.
In several of the stories in the Enigma Series, references to the original members fighting back tyranny from WWII determine the direction current-day members of the R-Group take with the challenges presented. Wolfgang was a founding father of the R-Group.
As authors, we get questions about our cyber heroes and how they take the battle to their enemies. Jacob and Wolfgang often spoke of the right choices to make on behalf of their private clients and the countries they’d helped. When Jacob learns more history of the R-Group, he mentally clarifies right from wrong at multiple levels.
When Jacob and his generation take full leadership roles, he worries about sharing enough information in meaningful examples with the next generation. In The Enigma Beyond, Jacob had a heartfelt conversation with Wolfgang. Jacob wonders in his rhetorical conversation what more he can do to instill the value for the next generation of the R-Group to maintain their integrity. YouTube link: https://youtu.be/Q-pprbk4-iY
This conversation led us to create a short story and then release a complete novella in 2021 to learn about the original men who escaped Poland in 1939. These men risked their lives to stop the German military machine. Out of Poland – Novella is a gripping tale that vividly paints the picture of war, pride, hope, and death for a country without support from its allies. Out of Poland is about how great things come out of extreme adversity.
About the Short Story
Beneath the storm clouds of a deadly war, three men need to unlock the secrets to redeem the world.
The setting is Poland—1939. Germans are marching toward Warsaw, crushing everything in their path. The Polish people feel the crush of their defensives and their brave cavalry. Fighting against the Nazi military machine is a death wish realized all too clearly.
Death, destructions, pillage, and woman brutalized at the hands of soldiers with no honor marks the invaders’ path. As much as the citizens of Poland pray for a different outcome, everything they have known, loved, and grown up with is gone.
Three young men take on the task of finding and extracting the German military communications device, Baby, kept under heavy guard. Polish patriots die to aid the three in getting the information and then fleeing with the prize. The race is on as the Germans try to match wits with the clever patriots who risk detection at every turn.
Ambassador Ferdek Watcowski insists that his son Ferdek with Wolfgang and Tavius, flee with the families while there is still time to reach a border. Their goal—escape with Baby intact.
Hitler’s forces so outclass Poland’s military that survival is key to fighting another day. Facing great peril and odds against their survival, the men resolve to make a difference so those who died helping them would not have sacrificed in vain. They vow to undertake a lifetime of fighting tyranny.
Successful survivors must look ahead
Breakfield is a technology expert specifically in security, networking, voice, and anything digital. He enjoys writing, studying World War II history, travel, and cultural exchanges. Charles is also a fan of wine tastings, wine-making, Harley riding, cooking extravaganzas, and woodworking.
Rox Burkey and Charles Breakfield are co-authors for the Enigma Series. Our characters haunt us, demanding more of their stories get written. It began with a few heroes, then expanded to those with self-serving motives. We instigated this tour to provide insight and motivating factors on the shorts. We consider these fun standalone compliments to the series novels. Enjoy this tour, and please provide feedback.
Burkey is a 25+ year applied technology professional who optimizes technology and business investments for global customers. She focuses on optimized customer experiences. Rox loves interviewing authors, writing white papers, reviewing books, and loves creating fiction.
Together they create award-winning stories that resonate with men and women, young and experienced adults, and bring a fresh new view to technology possibilities today. They invite you to visit their newly revised website, look around and grab some free stuff https://www.EnigmaSeries.com.
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I “quipped” the quote “A REAL writer knows when to hit the delete key.” when I started my blog years ago, and now I have merchandise that helps spread the word!
As a blogger, I can WRITE and WRITE and WRITE…but not everyone wants to READ and READ and READ! So, I learned (the hard way) to write down all my thoughts THEN hit the delete key to get my point down to the fewest words possible.
The same goes with video! I might film an hour our footage then CUT it down to less than 30 minutes. Editing is a challenge, but well worth the final results.
So, check out my merchandise and help spread the word!
I listened to the audiobook on #hoopla available from my local library #lincolnparishlibrary but you can find it on #audible.
This book was “suggested” by Hoopla based on the other books I have read and I always like to take a look at what it recommended. The description was intriguing so I checked it out.
Unfortunately, I only got to listen to a couple of chapters at first and I had to go back because I fell asleep…not because of the book, but because I enjoy listening to books to help me fall asleep because I have severe tinnitus and fibromyalgia listening to distracts me from the pain and annoying ringing in my ears!
But this is a GREAT book and I wanted to listen to it when I was AWAKE!
WOW! This is truly a gripping story. The book is written in a style that really worked for the characters and it is well deserving of the awards it received and more!
The topic was extremely rough but “hearing” it through the voices of the characters really pulled me into the story.
I was hooked!
This is one of those BINGE listening audiobooks that I enjoyed over a weekend. I am one of those (apparently few) people who can listen to audiobooks while doing something else and still be capable of doing both. I enjoy listening to audiobooks while traveling and I have even listened during my 15 minute commute to work. I especially like listening to audiobooks when walking, relaxing with my iPad games of solitaire, puzzles, mahjong, or dominoes.
BUT…I feel that listening to THE BREAK on audiobook benefitted me personally over reading it because the narrator, Michaela Washburn, and her amazing talent gave voice inflections and intonations to the character that I might not have “read” and I was more absorbed by the realism she brought to this incredible story. She (Katerena Vermette with her writing) created characters distinctive enough with their voices that it was easy to follow along.
After reading this book, I checked out another book review (something I rarely do) on YouTube and found NATIVE BOOK WARRIOR ‘s book discussion (spoilers) and book review (non-spoiler) and I encourage my readers to check out her channel! She describes the story so eloquently that I pale by comparison! So please check out Kim’s videos and give them a like!
I am only 1/32 Cherokee Indian and it is sad how quickly Indigenous blood is diluted through the generations and the features more prominent in my Grandmother have softened into almost nonexistence in my sons.
I recommend this book to book clubs because it is definitely one you will want to discuss with others!
Hey! You’ve made it to the last day of 7! One more time, I would like to thank my esteemed host for sharing some blog space today.
I hope to interest you story-likers in trying my first book in way too many years, this my only collection of short fiction: Comes this Time to Float: 19 Short Stories by Stephen Geez.
You could add another “by Stephen Geez” to that, as I put the moniker in the subtitle, too. I’d be forcing it to find a theme, except maybe that all my stories try to look at something I think is important, but told in a decorative sort of way. Written here and there among novels over two decades, they show a variety of genres and styles, as I get restless. Now they’re tucked between jacketed hard covers and softs, or in e-however-you-likes.
Today I’m going to link you to my blog to see if your comment randomly earned you a free book. There you will also find a link to an audio version of the story sampled below and posted in full online. If you’ve been impressed by any of these tales, check out my widely varying novels and collection of memoir essays. Find any blogs you miss on the Events page at 4WillsPublishing.com, link below. Be sure to follow our hosts’ blogs and discover their writing, maybe post a thank-you-too.
And you, I thank, too.
A Geez Author Blurb
Stephen Geez grew up in the Detroit suburbs during the American-auto domination. He earned his undergraduate and master’s degrees at the University of Michigan—Ann Arbor. He retired from scripting/producing television and composing/producing television music, then expanded his small literary management firm into indie-publisher and multi-media company Fresh Ink Group. Now he works from a deck overlooking the lake in north Alabama, helping other writers share their compelling narratives with the world.
The Book Blurb
Prepare to think as you explore these wildly disparate literary short stories by author, composer, and producer Stephen Geez. Avoiding any single genre, this collection showcases Geez’s storytelling from southern gothic to contemporary drama to coming-of-age, humor, sci-fi, and fantasy—all finessed to say something about who we are and what we seek. Some of these have been passed around enough to need a shot of penicillin, others so virgin they have never known the seductive gaze of a reader’s eyes. So when life’s currents get to pulling too hard, don’t fight it, just open the book and discover nineteen new ways of going with the flow, because NOW more than ever Comes this Time to Float.
The Promo Video
Today’s Sample: “Veneer”
In the end, bad weather turned out to be what pierced the veneer.
Two uniforms pounded on the door, demanding entry and using her name like they had a right. She remained frozen, barely breathing, her stroke-addled leg throbbing, finger twitching on the trigger of Daddy’s rifle.
Bam bam bam! “Mizzus Heidway!” came the door-muffled call of Sheriff Dander, his voice a rumble under that drone of wicked downpour shotgunning the tin roof. “Now, y’alls got to come with us! They’s evacuatin’ the whole valley!”
Twenty years since Mama died and left her the house, twenty years since Iris came back to live the South Alabama life she’d fled hoping never to return, twenty years running all her errands in nearby towns to avoid in-yer-business local busybodies, yet now these uniforms had the gall to come uninvited right onto an old woman’s property.
“If you’re in there, you’s got to come out now!”
Nothing is what she ever got to do, especially for two bullies with badges. She’d seen Sheriff Dander on the news a few times, always under investigation for some kind of brutality. Seems like the kind of person who wants to be a cop is the one who has no business being one.
Letting her screen door slam, the intruders retreated into a frenzy of rain. Iris Heidway hobbled to the window and peeked through the curtains. A county van packed with busybodies turned around, then rocked and swayed its way back up the hill, splashing through a frantic gravel-washer streaming down the rutted road. She couldn’t see herself climbing in with that mob, or wedged between all those so-and-so’s at some makeshift shelter, everybody grabbing and hugging, you’ll be okay honey this’ll be over soon anything you need just let us know . . . Touchers pretend they’re doing something for you, but they’re the ones tricked by a fool’s notion of connection. Anybody lays a hand on Iris Heidway, he’ll be lucky to get it back.
The Whole Story
It’s the top post, but I’ll add the precise URL to the comments below. Be sure to come back here!
Okay, find “Veneer” along with the other two in my YouTube channel, precise link on my blog today.
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