The Women Whose Secret Work Helped Win World War II
My lead character, Brice O’ Rourke, is an intelligence agent in the year 2041. Whether the setting is in the past or in the future, agents have a certain allure that speaks of danger, adventure, derring-do and fearlessness that mere mortals could only dream about.
Writers like myself can only conjure of imaginary settings and circumstances that their fictional characters go through, but reading about real adventures of real people is endlessly fascinating and deeply absorbing.
“Before the Central Intelligence Agency, there was the Office of Strategic Services — a clandestine espionage organization of almost 13,000 Americans who, from 1942 to 1945, gathered intelligence for President Roosevelt and wreaked havoc against the Axis powers in every World War II theater. While an ideal O.S.S. recruit was famously described as ‘a Ph.D. who can win a bar fight,’ the staff were diverse in their backgrounds...
“Their ranks included Marlene Dietrich, the actress, and Margaret Mead, a pioneering anthropologist. Julia McWilliams, later known by her married name, Julia Child, cooked up shark repellent. Jane Wallis Burrell went on to become one of the first C.I.A. operatives killed in the line of duty. Thousands of others broke barriers and demolished stereotypes without ever seeking recognition.”