by KK Brees

Chalet Publishers, LLC, 2010. ISBN 978-0-984-08369-5.
Reviewed by Diana Nolan
Posted on 03/11/2011

Fiction: Historical; Fiction: Thriller

Headwind, a first novel by KK Brees, dramatizes the efforts of the resistance movement in Denmark to thwart the advances of the Germans at the start of World War II. We meet the citizens of Sankt Peder situated on the rugged west coast of the Jutland peninsula where the geographic elements create a path for the advancing Germans to invade Norway and Sweden.

While Headwind is a novel, the story is as real as the history textbooks. We are caught up in the intrigue, the murders, the valiant efforts of the underground spy system, as well as the bravado of local people who are the victims of another war from which they cannot escape.

Brees makes an effort to present her protagonist, Katrin Nissen, as the heroine of the book. Indeed, she is a feisty, dedicated spy who will not hesitate to use her .38 snub-nosed revolver. My attention, however, was spent on the lesser but significant characters—Inge, Katrin's sister, will cash in her inheritance to buy guns; Lars, Inge's husband, a Police Captain and expert at surveillance; and, their friends: Anna who listens, observes, and worries; and Anna's husband, Volmer, who cannot forget the first world war and now sees it happening again.

Throughout the book, chapters are headed by a place name announcing the shift in locale. This simple action helps to make the transition from first person to omniscient easier. The subtitle, "The Intrepid Adventures of OSS Agent Katrin Nissen," Volume One, suggests there will be another adventure with Katrin Nissen. Hopefully, she will bring along her entourage of family and friends.

KK Brees, writing as Karen Brees Ph.D., is a freelance editor and author or co-author of several non-fiction titles. Among them are, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Arthritis and The Complete Idiot's Guide to Secrets of Longevity. Visit her website.

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