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F. Paul Wilson’s powerful World War II novel is an unforgettable historical saga of passion and terror, the ravages of war, the pain of betrayal, and the glory of love.

At the heart of the story are four people torn between love and honor: Matsuo Okumo, born in Japan, raised in America, and hated in both lands; Hiroki Okumo, his brother, a modern samurai sworn to serve a secret cult and the almighty Emperor; Meiko Satsuma, the woman they both love; and Frank Slater, the American who turned away when Matsuo needed him, and who now struggles to repay his debt of honor.

©2010 F. Paul Wilson (P)2020 Blackstone Publishing

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This is the first novel I have read/listened to that accurately captures the sentiments of both pre-war and wartime Japan and America (many novels do one but not the other). F. Paul Wilson interweaves many historical facts with fictional stories and a dose of the supernatural to leave the reader/listener with the feeling that they now have a good grasp of the timeline of of the events of WWII and deep empathy for the characters. His understanding of military nuances were mostly very good with some exception - notably his implausible use of submarine operations. The supernatural backstory also provided an additional hook into the broader story. His understanding of war and pre-war Japanese culture, urban life and use of Japanese throughout was also commendable - many authors attempt this but fail miserably. Finally, I can think of no better performer than Brian Nishii to bring this story to life. I look forward to enjoying this audiobook again.

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