Welcome, Reading Friends! This is David Telbat with a peek into the Distant Front novel research I did for Book Two of The COIL Legacy. My research spanned the globe, delving into military tech, as well as into disturbing communistic ideals. Below are three of the interesting topics I found during my novel research.
Communism Alive and Well?
Since Distant Front takes place in modern-day China, and China is still communist today, I met with some low-level Maoist Communists who call themselves the Maoist International Ministry (MIM). The MIM promotes socialism across America today. They claim to be revolutionaries, standing on Chinese-Maoist principles against “parasitic imperialism.” They operate both covertly and overtly through Democratic Party agendas in the United States. Their views helped me shape a sort of “old school” mentality in Distant Front characters from Shanghai to inland China.
On a personal note, I was surprised to find such a strong communist agenda supported by so many Americans. Communism is anti-God and pro-evolution at its core—among many other anti-Christian sentiments. They preach peace, unity, growth, internationalism, and independence—all while openly stating that a dictatorship is required for their ideals to be fully accomplished. Today, some of the leading communist countries (North Korea, China, Vietnam) remain at the top of the Christian persecution watch list.
DRILs are Real?
In the beginning of Distant Front, I introduce a stealth drone that I call a DRIL, which stands for Drone Resupply Insertion Lander. The US Department of Defense (DOD) is actually test-flying and developing their version right now, called the Ares Combat Drone. If you compare Lockheed Martin and Piasecki Aircraft’s DOD Ares Drone with COIL’s DRIL in Distant Front, you’ll find COIL’s drone dominates in wingspan, top speed, and payload capacity. Of course, COIL’s drone has stealth technology as well. Keep up the awesome research and development, COIL! 😉
The Chinese Language
The languages in China are super complex, but I found a general regional key to help guide my writing in the Distant Front story, regardless of the many dialects that exist across this diverse country. As a common rule, Mandarin (made up of many different dialects) is spoken across most of China, except where Cantonese is spoken down south, like around Hong Kong. Cantonese is widely spoken in this area because there was much commerce and interaction with island traders years ago.
Here are a few Mandarin phrases and words to try on your Chinese friends:
Hello/hi Ni hao
Thank you very much Xie xie
How are you? Ni hao
I’m fine Hen hao
I hope you’ve enjoyed some of these topics from my Distant Front novel research. My intent isn’t only for interest and entertainment, but to motivate all of us to develop a Christian worldview, and to use it to reach others for Jesus Christ.
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NOTE-1: Thanks to Peter Younghusband of Christian Fiction Review for his great review on Dark Zeal! Click his link to go to his site to read the review and see the new award he has bestowed on The COIL Series! Thank you, Peter!
A while ago, Peter did a guest post for us about his review site. You can read it here.
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