Wow! After a long hiatus, we're back to the deconstruction! When we last left our two heroes...uh... ...huh... I'm not even sure how to describe Prime Minister Jack Hemp and Grand Chief Al Onanole. They're not protagonists, even though they're both central to the story and the targets of the villainous Movement's designs. They're not … Continue reading 56-Jack & Al have a meeting(4): Reject the past
So now we get to the part in the meeting between where Grand Chief Al Onanole and PM Jack Hemp cease to exist. They go from being poorly defined, two dimensional cardboard cutouts to becoming full-on straw men. A literary straw man is basically a character who is essentially little more than a political or … Continue reading 56-Jack & Al have a meeting(3): Strawmen Collide!
So last time, we looked at the idea of the Prime Minister of Canada having a secret meeting with the Grand Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, here represented by the fictional First Nations Federation (FNF)'s leader Al Onanole. Such a meeting would not be totally unprecedented, although in the past such meeting were … Continue reading 56-Jack & Al’s Meeting (2): A matter of perspective…
This next segment of the novel will probably have to be broken down into several parts, as the exposition is all over the place. But there's a lot going on to make it worthwhile. What’s about to happen here is that Douglas Bland will let the mask slip, and speak for an extended period of … Continue reading 56-Jack & Al have a meeting
So I've already talked about how I don't want to turn this blog into a place where I speculate about how I would blow this country up? Well, for the most part that's still going to be a thing, but I feel that I need to chime in with my own alternative to Lepine's plan … Continue reading I have a plan!
And the dissection of Lepine's planning session continues! This next post is going to cover various situational and threat assessments that are informing Gen Lepine's hard-assed plan. It's a bit scatter-shot for a deconstruction, but then again, it's a pretty scatter-shot for a planning process too. Last time we discussed how Gen Lepine was basically … Continue reading 55-Lepine has a Plan (2) – Speaking of Ass…
Soooo....now that I've laid out the basics of how Canadians do the airborne thing, let's start into how Bland envisions it working. Much like our examination of Alex Gabriel's Winnipeg Map Recce, I'm going to have to break this down into multiple posts. This one's going to deal with some big-picture strategy issues, the next … Continue reading 55-Lepine has a Plan (1) – Hard Assed?
Now then. When this scene began, Gen René Lepine was sitting alone in the Canada Command conference room. Now, all of a sudden, he's not only running a multi-time zone video conference with a bunch of CF Base Commanders who are probably very busy, but also a number of key staff members from his headquarters … Continue reading 54-You and what army?
In case you were wondering what our token “good Indian” with the western sounding name, we’re now back to Gen Lepine’s headquarters.... [Heavy sigh. Time for a sidebar.] Okay, so, I'm still not sure what to make of the fact that René Lepine is native. Because it feels like it should mean something, even though … Continue reading 53-Lepine is loading Chekhov’s gun with blanks!
The next couple of pages take us back to Molly Grace’s HQ in ‘The Complex’ in Akwesasne. For the most part it’s a re-hash of previous briefings where characters in the story go over what the reader already knows, although a few new tidbits are presented here. When we last left the 'the Complex' at … Continue reading 52-What are we talking about again?