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Seven Lives to Repay Our Country [Kindle Edition]

Edward Carpenter
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The battle of Saipan pitted US Marines and Allied soldiers against the island's Japanese defenders in one of the bloodiest battles in the Pacific War. In this short story written by a US Marine, a pair of Japanese soldiers on Saipan confront the inevitability of defeat in different ways.

This story mixes fact and fiction to examine the nature of humanity in modern warfare. Please note that this is a short story, written as a submission to the Kindle Singles collection, and priced accordingly. It is 9 pages long (approx. 3000 words) and contains author's notes that highlight the historical and fictional influences that drove the story.

I hope you enjoy the story, and thank you for supporting independent, self-published literature. Your candid reviews, Tweets, blog posts, Facebook sharing and recommendations to friends are all greatly appreciated!

Best Regards,

Edward H. Carpenter

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  • File Size: 272 KB
  • Print Length: 26 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0055KT73G
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars It's a nice little story February 21, 2013
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It's not very often one reads reads about the war from the "other side of the hill", whether fact or fiction. The Japanese discounted sounds like typical guys at war. All in all, a nice short story.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars disturbing January 29, 2012
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A very touching insight into the minds of a few Japanese soldiers during their suicide mission on the pacific Islands in World War II. Following a small group of men as they realise that they are not going to make it home we learn how they deal with their fate. This is a very dark story covering a topic that most of us (well me anyway)like to ignore, pretend never happened, because the reality is so disturbing and heart breaking that it's easier not to think about.

Seven lives to repay our Country is an easy to read short story and shows us once again that Edward H Carpenter is a very talented and able writer with a wide vocabulary. His own personal experiences and information gathered from his fathers time as a WWII pilot enables him to put an authenticity to this disturbing tale.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Seven Lives to Repay Our Country" by Edward Carpenter December 3, 2011
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Edward Carpenter in "Seven Lives to Repay Our Country" has written a very unique totally absorbing short story told from seven different points of view. The setting is Saipan Island in the Pacific Ocean. The characters are seven Japanese soldiers. The time is July, 1944.

Saipan Island was one of the major "Island Hopping" battlegrounds of World War II. The Japanese considered it one of the last islands to be defended before the allies actually invaded their homeland so they gave an order to defend it to the last man. The large Japanese civilian population was told the Americans would kill everyone on the island if they captured it. The Japanese general in charge of the island, gave an order to defend the island down to "the last man".

"Seven Lives to Repay Our Country" takes us beyond the stereotypes that portray the Japanese soldier as a fanatic who only wishes to die for his beloved Emperor. It is not easy to see the humanity in your enemies and Carpenter's wonderful story helps us do that. I do not want to spoil the plot but it is about seven Japanese soldiers who have been basically told they are to die in a futile defense of the island. Some of the men do glory in this, some are afraid of their officers and keep silent but some see it as crazy. (The Japanese, based on my understanding, quickly assigned the blame for their involvement in WWII on their military, after they were defeated). We listen in as the soldiers talk about their fate among themselves, without their officers around.

I found this a very well done story and in just a few pages Carpenter did a very good job individuating the soldiers. I loved the ending but I will let you discover it for your self.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Interesting Read March 3, 2012
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As one whose family has fought for America before it was a country, I was interested by the point of view the story took. Growing up, I heard tales about Vietnam, Korea, and World War II but in each of them the countries we fought against were nothing more than the bad guys. black and white names and statistics and in those cases it was lost that they were people with families just like any of us. For me, that's what the story inside the story was about. How alike we all are in the face of impending battle and death.

While it was confusing at times with the rapid fire dialog, I found the work engaging and could envision the tight confines of the cave and emotions the men dealt with. From writing to their loved ones up to their final hopeless assault, Seven Lives to Repay Our Country was a thought provoking tale.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Waiting for Godot June 28, 2011
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The Seven Lives to Repay Our Country has an absurdist feel with a real life twist. I patiently waited and secretly wanted the characters to scream out that they were waiting for Godot. There were times I was lost in the action of the story, but felt it added to the style the writer wanted to portray. Overall, I felt it was a good story and encourage others to read it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars boring January 15, 2013
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makes no sence. short no point, would not bother with this one. sorry to say this but its true. true
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1.0 out of 5 stars 3 page poorly written garbage.
As some point Amazon has to stop selling self-published garbage. An American write a 3 page poorly written short story and pretends it is a book. People pay the .99 cents. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Richard Fee
4.0 out of 5 stars Defending the Pacific
Set on an island in the South Pacific near the end of World War II, Shinji Japanese soldier is set to defend the island he is stationed on from the Americans. Read more
Published on February 28, 2012 by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Seven Lives Review
"Seven Lives to Repay Our Country" was a decent book. In this book you follow the remaining days of several imperial Japanese army soldiers. Read more
Published on January 10, 2012 by JOHN D.
4.0 out of 5 stars A Straightfoward, Enlightening Narrative
Seven Lives to Repay Our Country is written in the first-person perspective and is strongly tunnel visioned. There is not much detail in the descriptions. Read more
Published on June 25, 2011 by Aoix
2.0 out of 5 stars First Person Narrative
The first thing I noticed about "Seven Lives To Repay Our Country" was it's straight forward and simplistic first person narration. Read more
Published on June 25, 2011 by Kelly Holiday
5.0 out of 5 stars A good book a pair of Japanese soldiers
The story "Seven Lives To Repay Our Country" is a good book that focuses on a pair of Japanese soldiers who confront the inevitability of defeat. Read more
Published on June 25, 2011 by Derrick Anderson
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More About the Author

My name's Edward H. Carpenter, and I'd like to thank you for taking the opportunity to get to know me a little better. What's my background? What influences color my writing?

Well, I'm one of 12 children, a career military officer, a small business owner, and an athlete. I've flown planes and jumped out of them, served in war zones and looked into the empty sockets of skulls in a mass grave. I've lived in Japan, Saudi Arabia, and Indonesia, and traveled to more countries than I can list, but not nearly enough to satisfy my wanderlust. I love women, wine, the company of family and friends, but most of all, I love a good book.

Reading has always been a passion of mine, and writing is a small way to give something back, to contribute to the vast store of literature, which is both comfortingly constant and thrillingly ever-changing. I will always enjoy rereading an old favorite novel, and always enjoy discovering a new one. I've written non-fiction, poetry, and fiction, and look forward to doing so for years to come, eventually, with a bit of luck, making a career of it after I retire from the Corps.

A wise man once said a good introduction is like a good cocktail dress - long enough to cover the important parts, but short enough to stimulate interest. I hope you've found this fits the bill - more about my influences and the basis for my writing can be found in the author's notes at the end of each of published story.

Happy reading! E.H.C.

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