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Product Details

  • Series: Shanghai (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Forge Books; F First Edition edition (June 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765332337
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765332332
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.5 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,165,147 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A truly wonderful and important book that adds a fictional story to a significant part of little-known Jewish history."--Tzipi Livni, Official Opposition Leader and former Foreign Minister of Israel

“Kalla deftly portrays the triumph and heartbreak of life-or-death matters.”--Susan Wiggs, New York Times bestselling author, on Of Flesh and Blood

“A family saga set in the world of medicine. It’s full of twists and turns and long-brewing feuds.”--Eileen Goudge, New York Times bestselling author, on Of Flesh and Blood

About the Author

Daniel Kalla practices emergency medicine in Vancouver, British Columbia. He is the author of six novels, including five scientific / medical thrillers. Kalla's novels have been translated into ten languages.

www.danielkalla.com

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Born, raised, and still residing in Vancouver, Kalla spends his days (and sometimes nights) working as an ER Physician in an urban teaching hospital.

The idea for his first medical thriller, PANDEMIC, sprang from his clinical experience in facing the SARS crisis of 2003. He has written five science thrillers and or medical mysteries, delving into themes and topics as diverse as superbugs, drug addiction, prions, DNA evidence, pandemics and patient abuse.

Kalla's sixth book, OF FLESH AND BLOOD, is a departure from the medical thriller genre. Featuring two multi-generational families, a major West Coast medical center and interwoven storylines, he tackles the human condition through the loves, lives and struggles of characters connected by lineage and bound by family secrets.

His books have been translated into ten languages, and Pandemic and Resistance have been optioned for feature films.

Daniel received his MD from the University of British Columbia. He is married and the proud father of two girls in a home predominated by the XX chromosome (even his beloved Labrador retriever, Lola, is female.)

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Well written with factual historical events.
Lisa Wilson
Overall, I enjoyed this book and recommend it to those interested in historical novels.
Mary E. Young
The book held my attention from the first page.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Ben Ziegler on April 3, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Thoroughly enjoyed this book. This is a fascinating story of what happens when circumstances force people into places and situations they would not normally find themselves in.

I found Kalla's story personal, relevant and entertaining. Personal because it reminded me of how any of us can have our life turned upside down, leaving us with difficult decisions to make. Relevant because it speaks to the greatness of those places which welcome diversity, at all times (as did Shanghai in the 1940s... by being a refuge for 20,000 Jews escaping Nazi Germany), and entertaining... a storyline that nicely traverses an engaging mix of people, places and cultures.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By C. Young on July 10, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I've always been fascinated by everything related to the World War II, so I was excited to find a story that not only took place in that era, but also shed light on a little known slice of WWII history. Unfortunately, despite the interesting setting and the amount of research that was obviously put into it, I found the "The Far Side of the Sky" to be a poorly written melodrama that did not quite do the story justice.

For Dr. Franz Adler, a Jewish surgeon and professor living in Vienna, his world fell apart on the night of the Kristallnacht, November 9, 1938, when the Nazis went on a murderous rampage of Jews across Austria. Fearing for the safety of his family, Franz fled to Shanghai, China with his 8-year-old daughter, his sister-in-law, and an artist friend and became a volunteer at a refugee hospital for displaced Jews. It is while working at the refugee hospital that Franz meets Soon-Yi "Sunny" Mah, a Eurasian nurse for whom Franz feels an immediate attraction, and a host of other characters with whom his life will become interconnected. But just as the Nazis are cutting a swath of mass murder and political aggression across Europe, the Japanese Imperial Army is doing the same thing in China, unleashing a murderous rampage across the country and eventually seizing control of Shanghai. It wasn't long therefore before Franz and his friends found their lives being threatened again, as tensions mounts between the East and the West, and as the Nazis offer the Japanese a deal that may have horrific consequences not only for Franz and his family, but also for the 20,000 Jewish refugees seeking safe haven on The Far Side of the Sky.

It is obvious from the get-go that the author put a lot of effort into research this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By stanley rosewater on May 2, 2013
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Great book. Really gives some insight about the terrors of WW2 and the Nazi regime. The world needs to remember since we don't seem to learn!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin Shore on April 30, 2013
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This book quenched my thirst for historical fiction. Unfortunately, the characters, who are well developed, suffer from dialogue which is a bit too predictable, and somewhat 'trite'. All in all, a good read!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ediemtl on April 4, 2013
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Great book it shows there could be life after the 6 millions who were killed. True at a great price
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Toni Osborne on December 11, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Mr. Daniel Kalla is best known for his medical thrillers, having read and enjoyed every one of his previous novels I can honestly say this latest addition has to be one of his best and is definitely a page-turner.

"The Far Side of the Sky" is more a love story than a suspense novel, it recounts the period of war torn Shanghai as seen through the eyes of two main characters- Dr. Franz Adler, a secular Austrian Jew and Soon Yi Mah, a native Eurasian nurse. Their lives are caught up in a whirlwind of events in a unique time and place. Although the protagonists are fictional, Mr. Kalla's notes at the end of the novel indicate he wanted to stay as faithful as possible to the history, culture and geography of Second World War Shanghai. Some of the minor characters including the Nazis and Japanese officials are true historical figures. Mr. Kalla has chosen a very challenging period and engaged his imagination to highlight some events that are recorded in history. By doing so, he has painted a dramatic tale that transports the reader from Austria in the late 30's to Shanghai early 40's.

The fast moving plot is narrated in a clear and simple form and opens in Vienna, on Nov.9. 1938- Kristallnacht. Franz Adler, a once prominent surgeon, realizes life as he knew it is degrading fast, his brother has paid the price with his life and danger lurks at every corner. When a window to escape to Shanghai with his daughter and sister in law opens, he seizes the opportunity it may be their only hope for survival.

Once in Shanghai, we follow the lives of the two main characters: Franz and his struggle to get back into the medical field and a young half Chinese nurse, Soon Yi "Sunny" who is a brilliant young woman and a competent surgical nurse.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sharon K. Moxley on August 24, 2012
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The Far Side of the Sky give me insight and information about the Jews who escaped to Shanghai during WWII. Although I have been a student of the Holocaust, I knew little about the Jews in Shanghai. A worthwhile read and a must read for those who study the Holocaust.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By AvidReader on August 18, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I was absolutely enthralled by this book. I had never before heard of Daniel Kalla, but saw this book on the shelf and knew I had to have it. I felt able to identify with the characters and feel what they themselves were feeling. The book was heartfelt and touching and clearly required a lot of research and background knowledge. Definitely a must-read!!!
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