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About the Author
Robert Kaku is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and works in information technology at a heath care company. His hobbies include golf, skiing and traveling. Gail Kaku is a graduate of the University of Southern California and also has a background in information technology. She enjoys traveling, skiing and the beach. They live in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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Cherry Blossoms in the Storm is a well-crafted emotional roller coaster. I give it five stars.
The book is ambiguous in many details, making me wonder how thoroughly the authors researched their subject. For example, the story never tells us how Danny answered two controversial questions on a government questionnaire, but he associates with people who would have answered them both "no." However, he becomes one of the Heart Mountain resisters, who answered them both "yes." So I'm left without a clear idea of either Danny's principles or the extent of the authors' research.
If you want to read this book, I recommend getting it from the library rather than spending your money. Or use your money to buy BRIDGE OF SCARLETT LEAVES by Kristina Mcmorris, Bridge Of Scarlet Leaves which is an excellent novel on the same subject.
The characters were believable, and the Omura brothers story captivated and held my attention from the opening scene. Akira, the eldest, is teaching in Japan when Pearl Harbor is bombed. Unable to flee the country, he lives in fear of the authorities discovering his American Citizenship and his Christian faith. Following Akira’s journey to serve God in wartime Japan when Christianity is forbidden, was awaking. Cherry Blossoms in the Storm (based on true events) offers a glimpse into secretive worship gatherings and the struggle Christians endured to serve Jesus.
Akira wasn’t the only brother having a difficult time. Back in the U.S., bothers Tad and Danny are living the American dream. Then news of war breaks out and their once peaceful surroundings turns violent as accusations of National loyalty are made. Victims of community out lash and hated because of their race, the Omura family become targets. The FBI uproots them from their home, they are interrogated, and placed into internment camps where entire families are forced to live in a horse stall. Tad eventually joins the military to show support for the U.S.A. while his younger brother, Danny, outraged by how Japanese-Americans are being treated, joins the resisters.
I won’t give away the details, but what this family endured was heartbreaking and will live on in my memory. I was appalled by how easily American Citizenship—freedom—could be stripped.
Cherry Blossoms in the Storm is a must read for its startling truth, gripping forgiveness, and its depiction of courage and strength to stand on faith in Christ even when it might mean dying for their beliefs. Bravo, Authors Robert and Gail Kaku!