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CAPTAIN YURIKO KUMAGE (First Edition): Her First Adventure During the Greatest War on Earth: The Prequel to "KKXG: King Kong vs Gigantosaurus" Paperback – June 12, 2011
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About the Author
ALAN COLOSI is a Cum Laude Bachelor of Arts degree graduate in Computer Science with Japanese as the foreign language from BOSTON UNIVERSITY, The College of Arts and Sciences (CAS '00). Having traveled to Japan 93 times from Boston, MA, USA with over 3 Million miles as an Emerald Member with The One World Alliance, Mr. Colosi maintains countless years of computer programming, radio, media, market research and journalism experience integrating both English and Japanese. Prior to BOSTON UNIVERSITY, Mr. Colosi worked at radio stations WXKS-FM, Boston, MA as a core programmer (1984 - 1988) and KISS-FM LONDON (as a reporter 1991-1993) and currently is the owner and operator of SHADO CONTROL management ... http://www.shado-x.com ... maintaining the site for over 16 years with business news and information, merchandise sales, and advertising in fields emphasizing science, the arts, and business analysis by constructing mathematical theory with successive growth. The current extension of SHADO CONTROL is the business plan push of KKXG: KING KONG VS GIGANTOSAURUS ***AND*** CAPTAIN YURIKO KUMAGE, after receiving very important blessings for it to succeed. CAPTAIN YURIKO KUMAGE (aka: "KUMAGE TAICHOU") is written in English. Its dedication is to YUMIKO SHAKU. The story is the prequel to KKXG: KING KONG VS. GIGANTOSAURUS which is the content from the original "KKXG: KING KONG VS GODZILLA". All the content, including subsequent screenplays have been submitted to a representative agent. KKXG 2006 Prima Facie US Registered Copyright: PAu003075664. KUMAGE TAICHOU June 12, 2011, Certified Prima Facie US Registered Copyright: TXu001767476. Please enjoy every part of it.
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Events in this book take place 10 years prior to those depicted in "KKXG", so this book acts as more of an expansion on the lead character's history, than a sequel to the first book and, while it fills in many gapes in the character from "KKXG", I would personally not recommend reading this volume first. The beauty of this book, as an expansion on the character of Yuriko Kumage, is that it fills in much of her history, but also has a developing plot of its own which is both exciting and engrossing.
The end of "KKXG" leaves questions which are filled in by the reading of this tale, however, as mentioned above, having that foreknowledge may not help in any way in the reading of "KKXG". "Captain Yuriko Kumage" is a sequel/prequel for a reason, and should be read as such.
As for the story, it is filled with great action, wonderful characterization, and an incredibly strong emotional tone that helps the reader, myself in this case, get to know Yuriko in a more intimate sense than what was experienced in "KKXG", and grow to feel strongly about the safety and survival of the character. We follow Yuriko from her early days as a teenager, through her military training (I'll not reveal any detail of that for those who have not yet read either book), and into her first missions as a black-ops assassin working for the HKS (Hong Kong's version of the CIA), and beyond to what becomes a mission of great personal growth leading up to the events depicted within "KKXG". The battle at the end of the book, between Yuriko and her Nemesis is incredibly detailed, beautifully paced, and full of realistic, believable depictions of the martial arts. Mr. Colosi successfully mixes Japanese sword play (Iado) against the Chinese version of the same (Taijiquan) in a way that is both believable, and surprisingly realistic, especially since these two weapons were never designed to meet on the battle field. In communication with Mr. Colosi, I have learned that he personally practiced the moves depicted in that sequence, so you know it's real!
At the end of the book we are still left with questions, as there is still a gap of nine plus years between the close of these events, and the adventure depicted in "KKXG", however this makes it that much more exciting. We are left wondering what happens to mold Yuriko further into the soldier we meet in "KKXG", and I, for one, hope that this is not Mr. Colosi's last foray into the Adventures of Captain Yuriko Kumage During the Greatest War On Earth.
I would strongly recommend this book for anyone who has read "KKXG", as it is required reading as a follow up to that book, as well as anyone who enjoys a high-octane action story, a Martial Arts story, a Love Story, or just a tale of a beautiful Japanese woman kicking @$$ and taking names!
"Captain Yuriko Kumage" is an excellent work both as a companion to "KKXG", or as a stand alone book in case you, as the reader of this review, are not interested in the "Kaiju" aspect of KKXG. I give the book 5 out of 5 and my highest possible recommendation!!
I don't know if its the translation, or the author's obsession with Yuriko's eyes. However, there must be a hundred references to her "bowl shaped eyes" in this book. Take them all out and the book would be fifty pages shorter. A comment another person also made on a Facebook Page: "Godzilla, King of the Monsters" after I strongly recommended "Kong".
Read the replies below that clarified for me the author's not "obsession" with Kumage's eyes, but love of the actress he has dedicated the work too. I was amazed to realize she was the lead in two of my favorite later "Gojira" films: "Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla II" and its direct sequel "Tokyo:S.O.S." which deal with the soul of Godzilla and as strong a character, no not as strong, as Captain Yuriko Kumage.
So strangely this fan of Godzilla and Toho Studios since a boy of nine actually had my first impression and title for this review dead on.
The work gives us the background of Yuriko Kumage in a world that pits East against East with the West in the middle in the form of "Max" before that encounter with "The Eighth Wonder of the World". It also will take you into rage and revenge as Kumage learns the secrets of who she is and the reader follows her bloody road to self discovery.