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