“As a first time writer the main challenges were to keep the reader interested from the first to last page and making the characters relevant to the things they did,” commented Robert Dancer during a recent interview. “The level of detail for each character was just enough to enable the reader to see how the characters would probably react to those changes.”
The story is loosely based fiction of an actual battle that took place during the Normandy invasion. Andrew Bolton comes from an aristocratic family whose heritage, as part of the conservative owning class, reaches back to pre-Civil War. Andrew, a self-evident liberal relative to his patrician peers, emerges as the quiet hero. Andrew's subtle leftist leanings are enough to contrast him to those around him; namely, his father, best friend Peter Bates. Andrew's experiences in the war confirm his belief in embracing America's roots as an immigrant nation; the multicultural band of brothers he shares the battlefield become a model for what he sees as the country's migrant past and more settled yet more diverse future. While on leave, Andrew meets Natalie via their mutual friend Peter. Andrew and Natalie quickly fall in love and this is what sustains his optimism when he returns to Europe and the war.
Although the story takes place in the mid 20th Century, many of the political undertones are still active today. “An English professor of mine once described a classic as having the universal in their particular. The story's background concerning isolationism, class status, and bigotry, for example, are universal themes still relevant today,” said Robert Dancer.
Depending on your taste, this is part of its minimalist charm or a problem of the lack of deep description. In both of these senses, either as compliment or criticism, Love, Class and Deceit comes across like a storyline from one of the quaint films of the tail end of Hollywood's Golden Age. In fact, the third person narration paints a point-of-view not unlike such a film, and this underscores the novel's honesty and lack of pretense.
Love, Class and Deceit is published by Amazon Digital Services, and available as a Kindle edition.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Robert Dancer was 86 in December, a World War Two veteran and at age 85 he wrote his first work, for Kindle. He’s currently retired, a family man with a wide interest in just about everything. He was an accountant for over forty years but always had a yen for writing. He wrote for the college newspaper and was a correspondent on the alumni magazine. Some years ago he joined a writing class and after numerous critiques, suggestions and rewrites (many rewrites) the story appeared. He trusts those who read it will enjoy it.
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