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Publisher's Summary

The Man in the High Castle meets Pacific Rim in this action-packed alternate-history novel from the award-winning author of United States of Japan. Germany and Japan won WWII and control of the US, and a young man has one dream: to become a mecha pilot.

Makoto Fujimoto grew up in California, but with a difference - his California is part of the United States of Japan. After Germany and Japan won WWII, the US fell under their control. Growing up in this world, Mac plays portical games, haphazardly studies for the Imperial Exam, and dreams of becoming a mecha pilot. Only problem: Mac's grades are terrible. His only hope is to pass the military exam and get into the prestigious mecha pilot training program at Berkeley Military Academy. 

When his friend Hideki's plan to game the test goes horribly wrong, Mac washes out of the military exam, too. Perhaps he can achieve his dream by becoming a civilian pilot. But with tensions rising between the United States of Japan and Nazi Germany and rumors of collaborators and traitors abounding, Mac will have to stay alive long enough first....

©2018 Peter Tieryas (P)2018 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

“Intermixing the experience of cinema, literature, anime, comics, and gaming, this is the new generation of science fiction we've been waiting for!” (Hideo Kojima, game creator)

“The characters are truly compelling and the world Tieryas created is a joy to discover. And if you come for the giant robots, Mecha Samurai Empire has all kinds and the best robot combat you’ll ever read. Seriously, this is a whole new kind of badass.” (Sylvain Neuvel, author of Sleeping Giants)

“Fascinating and entertaining....I caught myself thinking about the book long after I read it.” (Taylor Anderson, New York Times best-selling author of the Destroyermen series) 

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  • Henry
  • 10-01-2021

Wow!

Really love this series of books. So glad they found someone that can narrate way better!

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  • Randall L. Meehl
  • 07-12-2020

Great follow up from the first book!

I feel the narration and story were better with this second book. Thanks Peter and Joel!!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-10-2020

Incredibly Shallow

There's a scene about 3 hours in where a character states they're terrified of killing a person and that's why she wants to pilot a giant super robot war machine. If that seems blatantly hypocritical and incoherent, be ready to see no one comment on it and that's really this entire book in a nutshell. People say and do things but none of it means anything, to the author or the characters.

Earlier, about an hour in, the MC witness video of a war crime and outside of the moment it never comes up again. The book is full of Japanese words that serve no real purpose but to enhance the authors shallow perspective on Japanese culture and how it's just tacked onto the story in a shallow excuse for world building. World building that uncritically presents a very disturbing perspective on life and humanity that the story unwittingly glorifies at nearly every turn.

Also the MC is super whiny and is handed everything in token gestures and is just blander than bland. I can't think of anything worth praising this book for, except that I did listen all the way to the end so I guess it's not that bad. Just incredibly shallow and mediocre.

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  • Peter Hartung
  • 03-10-2020

great

any story that references snatcher is a win for me. great story, characters, and action.

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  • Tami B.
  • 18-05-2020

Better than book 1

USJ wasn't bad, maybe a little underwhelming but still fun. MSE was a better sequel that burned the hours away, I liked it more.

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  • Kingsley Obike
  • 30-04-2020

An Exceptional Mesh of Genres in One Story

I am convinced that this sequel surpasses its predecessor. The mesh of genres is more defined in this one. Clearly, as I listened, I could visualize it as an anime a la Akira and Ghost in the Shell (which is cleverly referenced), or a worthy indirect sequel to Amazon's adaptation of Phillip K. Dick's Man in the High Castle. MSE blew my mind. I am starting the next one as soon as possible. I also need to stress the narration done by De la Fuente. Much much better than the previous narrator of USJ.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-11-2019

This book is absolutely nuts. And I love it.

Gripping characters and story, on top of exceptionally detailed giant robot fights. Pure unadulterated awesomeness. Narrator was great too!

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  • Joseph felix
  • 04-11-2019

Great book

I liked everything about this book.

Recommend to people that like Mecha and what if alternate history’s .

I gave it max stars since I love Mecha books like gundam. And I love history even a history that is opposite to ours. Just to read what if this happened and the aftermath of those events differ from our actual history.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 30-03-2019

Turkey dogs

I love the mecha samurai idea. The twist about US losing war against the Nazis. How world was so different but similar was great. The struggle between what right and country (empire). It feels like a amine to me

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  • Tanner
  • 30-12-2018

Great sequel

Great continuation of the story. Narrator much better this time. Hope he writes more in this universe.

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  • Mandy Hall
  • 05-05-2021

GET IT

I love this book! I wouldn't chance a thing. I really need a continuation...really bad

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  • A
  • 02-11-2019

Mechas Manga and all things Japanese Love it.

Great telling of an interesting alternative history. Japan loves it's mecha culture an interesting twist if they had been part of ww2. Good narration but sometimes the accents are a bit bad.

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  • Alex N.
  • 29-03-2019

even better than USJ

Giant Mecha's smashing each other to bits, what's not to like here? must read for sci fi fans

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  • R. Maines
  • 10-10-2018

Giant robots smash!

Although I loved the world building in United States of Japan I was not a fan of the ending, but this book set in the same alternate universe is fantastic.

A coming of age story with giant robots battling Nazi biobots, what’s not to like.

Great narration by Joel de la Fuerite is the icing on the cake.

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