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A Lesion of Dissent

July 15, 2011

Set in the flash and dash of the turbulent Sixties, “A Lesion of Dissent” can be downloaded from and in any format.

Here’s a quick synopsis of the storyline:

“A fiery liaison in the burial chambers of Egypt’s ancient pharaohs while Israeli warplanes scream overhead… frenzy and rioting as vengeful Arabs storm into the streets…and Paul Rhodes’ life of exile in post-colonial Africa and Asia has just begun. Buffeted by the smuggling, black market deception and patriotic fervor that marked those continents’ passages to independence in the tumultuous Sixties, Paul is impelled country by country to a stunning, fateful confrontation with the government forces that stand between him and the woman he loves.”

You can order online at either the or link below. Just click on the book cover of your choice. I hope you enjoy reading A Lesion of Dissent as much as I enjoyed writing it. Let me know what you think. I’d love to hear from you. Thanks in advance – Karl Drobnic, Author, A Lesion of Dissent

Same great novel, your choice of either original art cover

Carla Grissmann, Sri Lanka, Colombo, Karl Drobnic, Khyber, Afghanistan <= Edition,

Author Karl Drobnic

Click to buy –  “A Lesion of Dissent”, Smashwords Edition: “Annette Monclere at Cabaret Khartoum”,

  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:


  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.


  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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