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This story is of American Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor, The Japanese Navy and the people of Malaya and the Dutch East Indies.
Knowing that the War in the Pacific came to Australian shores has increased my interest in history and historical fiction novels about this period.
Warren Bell creates a page-turning adventure.
This story belongs in the "Easy Summer Read on the Beach" category which is a good thing. BTW, as I write, it's a scorching 27 degrees outside so winter reading is just as good. It's written in the manner that if you don't read it for days, you'll have no problem picking right up when you return. The story has many sub-plots which are for the most part neatly tied up by book's end. The only addition I would like to see included are better maps showing the different areas covered by the different sections of the story. The rest? Can we all say sequel? :)
This work is no less enthralling. The author, Warren Bell has done a superb job in researching the actual events from December 7th, 1941 to March 18th, 1942. The mix of historical and fictional characters is seamless.
Many times I went back to my books or Google to recount many of the events described in the story to refresh myself on the battles which took place in this theatre.
Mr. Bell catches every nuance one can imagine: fear, hope, love, loss, redemption, retaliation, hate, brutality. It’s all there and expertly twined together.
The story shows how inept and poorly prepared the allies were for the onslaught of the “Rising Sun.” The story centers around Java, a key strategic oil producing island the Japanese need to fuel their war effort. Despite being outnumbered the allies do everything they can to somehow slow the advance in hopes Roosevelt will be able to send the promised reinforcements. We know this never happened because one, the war in Europe took precedence and two; the bulk of the American fleet was destroyed at Pearl Harbor. Still with the odds stacked against them and death or capture were the only realistic options in stemming the tide, the characters never wavered and met each and every challenge with undaunted heroism.
I doubt it’s in the works, but if ever a book commanded a sequel, this one does!
Their is a journey involved with the main characters of the book, and what they go through to get from one point to the next that is unbelievable. Some of the story is fiction, but many of the actions, and characters are true, one of the best of the best war story's, I ever read.
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This was great history telling a sad time of all the lives
The information regarding the Japanese attack is breath taking and the story...Read more