Does a thriller writer allow his political leanings or beliefs to color influence his characters? If that happens, does the story get enhanced or diminished?
Lee Child, creator of the wildly successful Jack Reacher series, gave Reacher an anti Iraq stance in his book, Nothing to Lose
I didn’t think Nothing to Lose was the best Reacher book and the political view that Reacher espoused subtly, jarred with the overall image of Reacher having no political leanings and beliefs thus far.
That’s not to say that characters cannot or should not mimic their creators’ beliefs, as long as those fit with the plot and the making of the character and equally importantly, as long as the writer is O.K. with it.
Syria is all around us. We cannot escape it and almost all of us have an opinion on what the right course of action should be for the Western world.
The Syrian crisis prompted me to think what The Warriors – Zeb, Broker, Roger, Bwana, Bear and Chloe, the primary characters in my book The Warrior, would feel on this issue. Given that all of them have a military background, they would have views on whether there should be military intervention or not.
The Warriors, all ex Special Forces or US Rangers, have no political leanings, are the slightest bit anti establishment, use their special skills to be a force for good. They are primarily a reactive group who mobilize only when they are sucked into a situation directly or one of them or someone close to them needs help.
But the most relevant characteristics about them is that they know they can’t help everyone and do not exist to set the world right.
And that’s why I think The Warriors would advocate a ‘No Military Intervention’ policy by the Western world in Syria.
Some of you have read my thriller. What do you think?