For the last three-years, I have been writing a novel. This is my first attempt to author a fictional narrative. The book took me one-year to write the storyline, two-years for rewrites, and editing. This endeavor was and is an outside of the box experience for me. As a youngster, my talent for writing was limited. I regularly describe my inability to write with this line; I could not rub two verbs together to get a noun if my life depended on it.
The in my late fifties I semi-retired and I began a business blog-post. I authored some fifty articles, and the experience taught me to write. Although, the blogs I wrote were technical composing. However, it was still writing.
After this life-changing experience, I decided to write a short story. The narrative had to be twenty-pages, and to include dialog embedded with-in the narrative. Then a good friend who is a professor of creative at Washington State University in Pullman, Washington who read my short attempt at writing a story-line; said, “This is really excellent writing”
My friends encouragement cause me to begin authoring my first published novel, titled; “Six Points of Steel.” Below is a description of my novel.
Six Points of Steel is an international adventure, sweeping from Jerusalem to New York City and concerning itself with violent events ordinary people only read about in flaming headlines. Author J. D. Bryant zeroes in on the quiet decisions that move hidden armies into position, and set assassins on the track of their fated prey. But this isn’t about finger pointing. This is a love story, one that probes the heart of a beautiful woman assassin who is tired of the war.
Tzah was born in Jerusalem and grew up in the holy city. When she was twelve, a suicide bomber killed her parents. In a single stroke, a fanatic destroyed her family and shattered her life. At that moment, she chooses to join the defense of her country, and of the children of other families like her own. She will not be a victim; she will be a warrior.
Her decision leads her down a hard and lonely road. Tzah steels herself against softness and sentimentality, and succeeds brilliantly at her chosen career. She becomes a skilled assassin, dedicated to the defense of Israel and the destruction of the enemies of her land.
Tzah serves her country faithfully, with single-minded dedication. Second thoughts are driven from her mind, as are fantasies of a personal life, a family of her own, or even romantic love. She does her job well, and reminds herself, if she must, that her role is necessary.
Until the day, she kills a child. It is an accident, a heartbreaking side effect of the destruction of the enemy she means to kill. Holding the dead child in her arms, she knows she can never again work as an assassin.
Unable to forgive herself, Tzah must leave the only profession she has ever known. A wise superior finds her other important work, still in the service of her country, as a diplomat assigned to work in New York City.
There she meets a man utterly unlike herself, and yet her twin soul. He too has lived a life cut off from ordinary human warmth and love. He too has dedicated himself to his work rather than a private life. To him, romance has meant only physical intimacy, quickly seized and instantly forgotten.
Yet these two outsiders somehow find one another. They revel in their joy, until their pasts catch up with them.
Can a life of violence and deception be redeemed? Is an assassin worthy of love? Can you forgive yourself for becoming what you have always hated? These are just a few of the questions that Bryant makes his characters (and readers) face in this first installment of his terrorist-adventure trilogy.
Acknowledging that there are always other sides to any story, Bryant even depicts his villain, Achmed, as a man driven by his own tragedies. This thoughtful adventure story probes beneath the surface of earthshattering events. It depicts the secret struggle to influence the future of the world. Hidden battles rage from Israel to New York and back again, but also within the hearts and souls of the men and women who are willing to kill and die for their conflicting causes.
The novel “Six Points of Steel is available at Amazon.com