Published : Thursday, June 23, 2016 | 2:56 PM
In an election year marked by America’s first woman nominee for President of the United States from a major political party, and highlighted by increasing debates about women’s equality in the workforce and in politics, add another “first” regarding American women.
This time it’s fictional, but it’s based upon historic U.S. military policy instituted a few months ago: Women will no longer be barred from serving in full combat positions in our armed forces.
Victor Cass, a Pasadena novelist, military historian and police officer, brings us in gritty, compelling detail what infantrywomen in full combat could look like — women morphing from “green” recruits into strong, determined warriors battling jihadists from around the world.
The time? The not-too-distant future, where World War III has engulfed much of the globe, and our military manpower is being drained. Grudgingly, Congress approves all-female combat divisions, including the world’s first all-female paratroopers: the Black Widows, commanded by General Jennifer Reed, who brings equality to American women in the harshest crucible of all: world war.
Cass’ novel is being released this month across the nation. Cass, author of three other books, spent five years conducting research and almost five years writing his novel, Black Widow Bitches, a gripping, fast-paced tale that takes us to three different continents as the women fight to the death against ISIS, Boko Haram, and all the terrorist groups across the globe, who have united to defend their Caliphate against resisters.
“People who read early drafts of my book commented on how it predicted the future. The book is about things that hadn’t happened yet, or were barely developing into what we have now,” Cass says. He points out that women were barred from combat 10 years ago, and that ISIS, Boko Haram, and other terrorist groups active now did not exist at that time.
“Last year, for the first time, two women graduated from the rigorous U.S. Army Ranger School,” he adds. “Never been done before! These women soldiers competed with men and were able to achieve what many men in the program couldn’t: they graduated.”
He sees this as developing proof that, with motivation and hard work, women soldiers can be as tough as their male counterparts.
“In my novel,” he says, “women from across the nation sign up in huge numbers for the Black Widows because they see how World War III is destroying civilization. They rise to the occasion, from every segment of society. They are Black, White, Latina, Asian, Middle Eastern, Muslim, just as diverse as our society is today.”
Cass’ book is reportedly the first published novel depicting all-female U.S. combat divisions in full battle. In this sense, it’s a trailblazer. Its publisher, Golden Foothills Press, an indie press in Southern California, calls the book a “literary novel” whose title comes from the book’s villains, who hate the American warriors and can’t understand how women can be so hard to defeat.
For further information, or to purchase the book, visit www.GoldenFoothillsPress.com or https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=victor+cass
The author’s website is www.VictorCass.com .