“This lovely book decodes two mysteries – that of a father’s place in WWII as a code [breaker] and that of a father and daughter relationship that is mired in secrecy… Karen Alaniz does a masterful job of recording this story for herself, her children, her father – and us! READ IT.”    –Judith Avila, co-author of Codetalker


I’m so glad you’re here. I’m just an ordinary woman who discovered an extraordinary story from the most unlikely of sources – my father.  He was in his 80′s when he gave me more than 400-pages of letters he wrote during WWII. After years of questions, research, and a lot of listening and mulling things over, I knew I had a story that the world needed to hear. Writing my father’s story resulted in my first published book. Breaking the Code: a Father’s Secret, a Daughter’s Journey, and the Question That Changed Everything was published on 11/1/11. It’s the story of the secrets my father swore to keep during WWII and what happened when he finally began to talk. Secrets have a way of taking a toll on their keeper. That’s what happened to my father. Shortly after 9/11/2001, he began having terrible nightmares and vivid flashbacks. And I simply wanted to help him, but first I had to know the truth. So we set out on an unintended journey.

Breaking the Code is available at bookstores near you, or you can order it online. Thank you for visiting my website. I’m so glad you’re here and I hope you come back often. If you’d like to know a little more about me, a good place to start is by clicking on the My Story tab. There you will learn more about the story-behind-the-story. You will also find a welcome video made especially with you in mind! ~Karen


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“It’s a story that left me covered with goosebumps time and again and eventually moved me to tears…” –J.A. Jance, NY Times Bestselling

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