A Novel of Love and War
by William E. Butterworth III
Published 29 December 2015
As the author of the electrifying W. E. B. Griffin novels of the military, police, spies, and counterspies, William E. Butterworth III has been delighting readers for decades. Now comes a special treat for them—The Hunting Trip.
At the tender age of sixteen, Philip W. Williams III is expelled from boarding school for committing a prank, and on the train home naturally wonders where his life will take him now. It never enters his mind that he will become a world-class marksman and a special agent of the U.S. Army Counterintelligence Corps in postwar Germany, play a key role in the defection of a Soviet officer and then court danger as a courier for the CIA, marry an Austrian ballet dancer of ferocious mien, become a renowned bestselling novelist, and meet the love of his life on a hunting trip to Scotland.
Yet all of this, and a great deal more, awaits him, in a raucous series of adventures across Europe and the United States that will have readers laughing, cheering, and propulsively turning the pages to discover what happens next.
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There will be those who are aware that in various lives, I am not only W.E.B. Griffin, author of books for those interested in the military, the police, and spies and counterspies, but I am also Blakely St. James, authoress of first-person tales for those interested in lesbian romances, and coauthor with Richard Hooker of twelve-thirteenths of the M*A*S*H saga, and, using my given name and thirteen other noms de plume, have written somewhere around two hundred “published works.” And from that they may conclude that this work is autobiographical in nature.
It is not. It is a romance novel. Or at least mostly.
This author’s note is written because my mentor, the distinguished novelist and journalist William Bradford Huie, author of The Americanization of Emily and a great deal else, told me that he truly regretted not having appended such a This is fiction! disclaimer to Emily.
The male protagonist in Emily was a naval officer who, as Bill had been, was one of the very first Americans to land on Utah Beach on D-Day, June 6, 1944. Because of this, many people thought that Emily was an autobiographical account of his conquests, military and romantic, during World War II.
“Nothing could be further from the truth,” Mr. Huie declared emphatically. “Emily was an entirely fictional romance novel, period.”
Mr. Huie told me this at my home in Point Clear, Alabama, where he and a good friend of his had come for a visit. His good friend was a stunning blond British lady he had met during his naval service in England during World War II. My wife and I agreed that Mr. Huie’s friend, whose name was Emily, was even more spectacularly beautiful than Julie Andrews, who some may recall was nominated for an Oscar for her portrayal of Emily in the film adaptation of Mr. Huie’s novel The Americanization of Emily.
Which was, as this book is, at the risk of repeating myself, a purely fictional story of love and war, and in no sense autobiographical.
—William E. Butterworth III.
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