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Obake Neko (Ghost Cat): A Pacific Tale by [Gillespie, David Michael]

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The writing is very good and there was clearly a lot of research put into this novel. It shows and makes the mysteries much more engaging. Add to this that there are many settings involved in the story, from WWII Germany to an Imperial Japanese sub in the 1940s Pacific to Mike's home of Hawaii. The author has a lot of affection for the customs of Hawaii and it shows.
Mike is just such a likeable character and very relatable. This is such a relief when so many novels like to make their main characters as ridiculously angst-ridden and edgy as possible. While Mike certainly has his issues, including the loss of his wife years before the story, he is a fundamentally decent person and feels very real. This is true for most of the minor characters.
Although there are action elements to this story, it is primarily a mystery. It gets very tangled, but it does so in an intriguing way, with a satisfying conclusion. It is about as violent as any prime-time drama.
Obake Neko is an excellent read and I highly recommend it. It's a fun ride that also has a satisfying emotional element. - Entrada Publishing                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
Obake Neko (Ghost Cat): A Pacific Tale tells of a secret Japanese aircraft carrier/submarine during WorldWar II that is the last surviving member of it fleet at the end of the war. It vanishes carrying precious cargo, and the original story ends here...or, does it? 
Over fifty years later a former Navy pilot breaks into a submarine museum in Pearl Harbor, prompting his son to realize that his father harbors a dangerous secret about the disappearance of the Obake Neko: one that interests not only the military, but the Japanese. 
Son Mike, reeling from his own life changes, is charged with helping his father, defending him from various special interests on both sides, and uncovering the truth of the Obake Neko; and this creates an engrossing thriller that traverses international waters, political special interests, and military territory alike. The truth of the matter keeps eluding Mike.  Events are complex, not always linear, and Mike discovers that some of the 'bad guys' his father has talked of are perhaps, in fact, somethingdifferent.  
The timeline moves from 1944 to modern times, giving readers a sense of the history behind the present-day mystery. This movement and background succeed in enhancing reader understanding of the evolution of the secret, the events that have led to Bud and his son's involvement, and why on going interests in the vanished ship's special charge hold such importance to the world. 
At every turn, history repeats itself, and real-life events that took place in the Pacific arena come to life under David Michael Gillespie's hand. Another strong note is the descriptions of place and history that lend a "you are there" feel to the story, whether it's in Germany, Japan, or the Pacific region. Gillespie assumes no prior knowledge of any region's history and provides these backgrounds wherever they are needed: "Guam lay approximately four thousand miles west of Hawaii. It was a US territory with a strong military presence with Anderson Air Force Base and US Naval Base Guam. In WWII, the island was captured by the Japanese hours after the attack on Pearl Harbor and was occupied for two-and-a-half years. US troops recaptured Guam in August 1944. The landing path showed an island overgrown with thick jungle, so dense that a Japanese soldier had used it to hide out in for twenty-eight years after the war."   
The result is a powerful story of intrigue, historical connections, war, and a father and son's efforts to solve a long-standing puzzle: perfect for fans of historical fiction and intrigue. - Midwest Book Review

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Even decades later, the Obake Neko and its legendary cargo are still worth killing over. Can Mike discover the truth and protect his dad before deadly assailants succeed in silencing Bud forever?

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  • File Size: 2094 KB
  • Print Length: 347 pages
  • Publication Date: May 14, 2018
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B07D3F1FNG
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