So I was just thinking...there's been so much action in the last few chapters, it would be nice to have a quick exposition passage to let the reader get caught up... ...yeah, it's another briefing. General Bishop's assistant flipped on a projector. "Prime minister, ladies and gentlemen, the Canadian Forces are deploying the appropriate units … Continue reading 63-The Plan
The North Side entrance is one of the main ways into the old NDHQ building. It's opens on a busy street with several bus routes stopping right outside the doors, that is frequently busy with pedestrian traffic (although this is usually people going to the Rideau Centre shopping mall across the street). Heading west from … Continue reading 62-“Lesser”
61-War machine springs to life
So we're now getting introduced to a new character who seems like he should be pretty relevant for the final half of the novel, but will only be with us for a couple of scenes. In this respect, his role will mostly be to endorse the sheer awesomeness of Bland's preferred characters with a special … Continue reading 61-War machine springs to life
60-Taking in all the wrong
Wow! So the invasion and occupation of Montreal really ballooned out into something, didn't it? It's something I've found is a hard balance to strike as I write this blog. On one hand, I don't want to get bogged down in the minute details of every last scene in this awful novel. On the other … Continue reading 60-Taking in all the wrong
59-The Fighting Begins (4) – Beneath the surface
So we're just about done this I got thoughts about this last paragraph here: Molly Grace and her staff had anticipated a violent reaction from les Quebecois once trouble started, and as soon as it did, their agents contacted various native leaders, most of whom were as shocked and opposed tot he uprising as any … Continue reading 59-The Fighting Begins (4) – Beneath the surface
59-The fighting begins(3) – Stampede!
[Deep Breath] Okay. Time to kick things off in down town Montreal. [Second Deep Breath] Here we go: Then came a sudden screeching of tires and gunshots in the air, as a disordered convoy of pickup trucks and cars roared onto the streets. Men, mostly, waving rifles and shotguns. In what seemed only a moment, … Continue reading 59-The fighting begins(3) – Stampede!
59-The Fighting Begins (2) – Let’s talk bombs…
***Note before we begin: This post deals with things such as terrorism and bombing attacks from a technical perspective, and analyses a scenario in which these occur in a Canadian city. I have already discussed some of my concerns regarding these issues in a post here. Further to this, please refrain from any technical discussions … Continue reading 59-The Fighting Begins (2) – Let’s talk bombs…
59-The Fighting Begins (1) – Universally acknowledged?
So Jane Austen isn't exactly my cup of tea, which I suppose is my loss. She occupies a prominent place on that list of 'literary classics' that I really should get around to reading - or at least watching some of the better film adaptations - and that day will likely continue to be postponed. … Continue reading 59-The Fighting Begins (1) – Universally acknowledged?
58-A Nation moving forward…
In Umberto Echo's seminal essay 'Ur Fascism,' the author identifies conflict as one of the key characteristics of a fascist movement. "There is no struggle for life but, rather, life is lived for struggle." (See link above, pg 7 para 9) A fascist movement is one that defines itself largely by its enemies, and the … Continue reading 58-A Nation moving forward…
57-The modern HQ briefing can also serve…as an ambush!
Dammit! It's been too nice for too long! Time for another briefing! Colonel Dobson gathered his notes and reviewed the briefing he was about to present to the CDS and the defence minister. Operational briefings were now scheduled for every twelve hours in the Ops Centre, with extra situational briefings whenever significant events and the … Continue reading 57-The modern HQ briefing can also serve…as an ambush!