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A Lesion of Dissent

July 15, 2011

My full length e-novel, “A Lesion of Dissent”, is available on and in any format.  You can even download it directly to your computer in PDF, no Kindle or Nook Book or IPad necessary.   I’ve provided some excerpts at

Author Karl Drobnic

Author Karl Drobnic

Images and Excerpts from “A Lesion of Dissent” .

I hope you’ll visit the link above and like the previews I’ve provided.  Then please come back here and let the world know what you think.  I’d love to hear from you.   Regards,  Karl

<== Cover, Smashwords edition

Here’s a quick synopsis of the storyline:

Trapped in the ancient tombs of Egypt’s sacred Valley of the Kings when the Arab-Israeli “Lightening War” erupts, Sixties-protesters Paul Rhodes and Carol Lane consummate a scandalous tryst as bombs rain down. Separated from Carol as riots spread through the streets. Paul escapes arrest in the ensuing chaos, and flees through the corrupted countries of post-colonial Africa and Asia, buffeted by the smuggling, black marketeering, and idealistic fervor that marked those nations’ passages to independence. But memories of Carol, the Berkeley Free Speecher and acid rocker of his exotic liaison, thrust him ever deeper into the turbulence of the Sixties, and impel him country by country back to the US and to a stunning confrontation with the military establishment that stands between him and the woman he loves…an epic story of love and loss in a time of turmoil.

Same great novel, your choice of either original art cover

Cover, edition<==Cover, edition

Author Karl Drobnic

Cover – Annette Monclere at Cabaret Khartoum, Smashwords Edition

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  1. Habeas Corpus: This is Latin for “Have the Body”. When someone has custody of another, such as a prison has custody of a prisoner, that entity “has the body”. The person in custody can sue in court to be released by presenting evidence that the custody is wrongful. Up until 1969, members of the US military were denied the right that all other citizens have – the right to be released from wrongful custody via the legal process of “habeas corpus”. A precedent setting case in 1969 extended that right to our soldiers. This the essence of the court case that floats in the background of “A Lesion of Dissent”.

  2. My title, “A Lesion of Dissent” is an allusion to a book by William O. Douglas, the great Supreme Court justice of the mid-20th century. He wrote “Legions of Dissent”, and was steadfast in his defense of the right of all citizens to be heard in court. At a time when there was heavy pressure to deny citizens their right to heard in court (think Civil Rights, Women’s Rights, United Farmworkers, etc.), he was a beacon of light in a clouded landscape.

  3. “As nightfall does not come all at once, neither does oppression. In both instances, there is a twilight when everything remains seemingly unchanged. And it is in such twilight that we all must be most aware of change in the air — however slight — lest we become unwitting victims of the darkness.” William O. Douglas, Supreme Court Justice:

    • “Has there ever been a society which has died of dissent? Several have died of conformity in our lifetime.” Jacob Bronowski in Science and Human Values

  4. Aw, this was a really nice post. In idea I would like to put in writing like this additionally – taking time and actual effort to make a very good article… but what can I say… I procrastinate alot and by no means seem to get something done:

    • “Here in America we are descended in blood and in spirit from revolutionists and rebels — men and women who dare to dissent from accepted doctrine. As their heirs, may we never confuse honest dissent with disloyal subversion.” President Dwight D. Eisenhower

  5. Charlie D permalink


    I gave you a review on GoodReads. Hope it gets you some more readers. Regards, C…D… Here’s the link, I think:

    A Lesion of Dissent by Karl Drobnic
    My rating: 5 of 5 stars

    View all my reviews

  6. Congratulations getting the book out! Working on a novel myself, I know how much hard work it must have been. Also, I looked briefly at you excerpts. I like the style and feeling. However, may I suggest you also offer your short synopsis (the one from Amazon looked fine) here on the WP page? Just a suggestion.

    • Thanks for the suggestion, Saul. I’ll get the summary up on this board…and good luck on your novel, too.

  7. paul permalink

    go Karlo

  8. Keep on writing, great job and terrific insight into the stresses of the post-colonial tensions in Asia and Africa!

  9. Cool piece..congrats on your novel

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