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"A gripping and intelligent adventure thriller that takes us to an unknown but fascinating part of history, and to exotic but deadly locations, with plenty of lively action, and with characters I instantly liked." —Guido Eekhaut, award-winning author of Absinthe and Purgatory
"Oregon author Steve Anderson is a noteworthy young author, a man with history in his veins and wars in his imagination. . . . Steve has a stingingly strong way with prose, pausing at times for a bit of poetic reverie that enhances the bite of the tale. He has the gift as he has proven with his many published novels to date. This is an extraordinarily fine historic drama, based on true events, and enhanced by the author’s flair for exciting fiction. Very highly recommended." —San Francisco Review of Books
“Readers will root for Wendell, with his unrelenting demons, as he soldiers on, fighting for his sanity and his life.” —Publishers Weekly
"The Preserve artfully blends post-WWII Hawaii with a treasure hunt. Exciting from the beginning, the author takes us into scenes of the Big Island and the tortured mind of a soldier suffering from 'combat fatigue,' what we now know as PTSD. Highly atmospheric and a great read for military buffs and those interested in a thrilling story." —Ron Lealos, author of Pashtun
“In The Preserve, Steve Anderson once again paints a compelling and page-turning thriller with the men and women treated almost as expendable tools for post WWII intrigue and violence. Once you read this story, the background of the almost coup d’état by MacArthur becomes all the more plausible--and frighteningly possible even today.” —Peter Riva, author of Kidnapped on Safari and Murder on Safari
“Inspired from these real-life events spanning the Yamashita gold conspiracy and General MacArthur’s inheritance of the ‘secret mother lode’ of looted fortune, Steve Anderson’s The Preserve, set in the Hawaii of 1948, raises the curtain on the American hegemony that persisted in the postwar era.” —The Big Thrill magazine
"Anderson quickly puts the reader into Lett’s deeply troubled mind, into Alana’s clever ploys, into the terrain and physical challenges. He knows the military, the weapons, and jargon. His prose is often compelling . . . A deep study of what war and greed can do to the survivors." —Historical Novel Society
"A fast-paced historical thriller that will linger in the mind and memory long after the novel is finished and set back upon the shelf." —Midwest Book Review
“The Preserve is a first-rate historical thriller. It is fast, dark, and complicated without becoming ridiculous … And Anderson clearly did his research. He salts enough historical fact throughout the book to give it flavor without weighing down the action.” —Rose City Reader
Praise for Under False Flags
“Blastingly realistic, impeccably researched.” —John Enright, author of Fire Knife Dancing
Praise for Lost Kin:
“In Anderson’s capable hands, entertainment is expanded into a real-life history lesson.” —J. Sydney Jones, author of the acclaimed Viennese Mystery series and the WWII thriller, Ruin Value
"A fascinating era, one of history's deep, dark pockets, observed with camera-like precision—captivating characters and dialogue worthy of Mad Men. I shouldn’t endorse Steve Anderson, I should put out a contract on him—he’s the competition. If you read only one book this year, read Lost Kin." —John Lawton, author of the Inspector Troy and Joe Wilderness novels
"Munich, a year after the end of WWII, is a bombed-out city of despair, the perfect backdrop for this dark tale of murder, brotherly betrayal, and intrigue. Steve Anderson deftly creates a world on the razor’s edge of survival, where yesterday’s allies are tomorrow’s cruel enemy, with the innocent caught in between. The setting is so ably envisioned you’ll want to brush the brick dust from your hands. A great read!” —James R. Benn, author of The White Ghost, a Billy Boyle WWII mystery
"Bravo! In times of great migrations to the West and all across Europe, Steve Anderson's Lost Kin comes as a timely reminder. This is a hard-hitting tale of international intrigue, forced repatriation, and the bittersweet meaning of kinship when all values—even the most elementary ones—appear to have been swallowed up by war.” —Ben Pastor, author of Tin Sky, the latest novel in the Martin Bora series
"An excellent atmospheric portrayal of post-war Germany and the complexities of growing international maneuvering during that period, all wrapped in an intriguing mystery. Great read, especially for history buffs looking for a book written with intelligence and passion. Kudos!” —Ron Lealos, author of Pashtun and Don’t Mean Nuthin'
“Classic noir shadowed by the hulks and rubble of the once-proud city of Munich, a character itself in this haunting tale . . . Anderson deserves a standing ovation.” —Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
- ASIN : B07K5JJ6Y9
- Publisher : Skyhorse (September 17, 2019)
- Publication date : September 17, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 1500 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 373 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #40,601 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This is the sequel to “Under False Flags” which I haven’t read and I surely missed out not having done so. It would have been an asset to have read it in order to better understand where the main character, Wendell Lett, came from and why he ended up in Hawaii. Although the author does make mention of his past he did not elaborate. So now I am curious to read Wendell’s mission in Europe.
According to Mr. Anderson his story is entirely fictional. But it wouldn’t be surprising if a camp like the preserve did exist with its classified psychological drug programs, its clandestine rogue operations, and a place where plots against major figures are made including assassination. “The Preserve” and Wendell Lett brings us deep into the heart of what could have been…..In “The Preserve”, Wendell desperately seeks a cure for his severe combat trauma, he thinks he is in wright place for his salvation…or is he?.... he is not alone…
Seeking a new beginning is Kanani Alana who became a close friend to Wendell. This tough-minded Hawaiian who speaks Hawaiian Pidgin English added local colour to the narrative and a sense of place. Her language is smoothly incorporated and is not overly done. The author has a strong way with prose, slow, pausing at times to let us savour his tale.
Wendell and Kanani although are the main characters they do not play in this drama by themselves. There is a huge cast of characters that crosses their paths. Some names are known such as General Douglas MacArthur and the nefarious US intelligence operative Ed Lansdale and others less familiar but nonetheless important players.
It is not without suspense. When Wendell discovers the true intentions behind the camp, he and Kanani plan a dangerous escape. But can they survive the harsh wilderness of the Big Island?....Their escape is slow moving but what a nail-biting drama we follow. Well-done, it is hard not to root for their success.
Included in this captivating story, is the search for the missing Imperial Japanese fortune that had been plundered throughout Asia during the war. The author also mentioned that with the U.S. military ruling the territory the Hawaiians culture and ways of life changed for ever.
“The Preserve” is an exciting fiction written with elegance.
With nothing to lose Wendell agrees and is sent to the secret location in Hawaii of the Preserve. He begins the treatment and at the same time meets Kanani Alana a young Hawaiian girl also looking for another start. The idea sounds good to both and they jump into their initial phase which for Wendell means a series of shots and discussions with a man he believes is a doctor. But there is a fly in the ointment and Wendell comes to the realization that the Preserve's purpose is to turn him into a cold blooded assassin. Kanani also comes to a conclusion which is unappealing to her. She is to become a honeypot trap for targets of the agency running the preserve.
The idea is an excellent one and in the hands of Mr Anderson creates a mesmerizing book and a fascinating read. There is more, though, which the author points out and has been rumored and may have been true. That is that General Douglas MacArthur is behind the Preserve and means to use it to obtain and keep a good share of the plunder taken by the Japanese army from countries they conquered. Mr Anderson touches on the bad blood between MacArthur and president Harry Truman. Such is the enmity between the two that Truman did finally releave MacArthur of his command causing him to resign from the army.
The novel is a standalone and a good one, but Mr Anderson had previously published a book about Wendell's adventures during the war and based on the strength and draw of his one could be of more than a passing interest for the reader.
Wendell Lett had seen and experienced far too much death during WWII, so much so that he walked away from it before it was finished. Unfortunately, going AWOL during a war was something the US Military didn’t take lightly, so when Wendell decided to hand himself in, they locked him up quick smart. Wendell was lucky that someone decided they could use his set of skills, however it was yet to be seen if he was emotionally ready to deal with anything other than a psychiatric ward. Seeing his dead friends from the battlefield was only part of his problems, he’s keen for his new superiors to deliver on their promises of healing him of his inner daemons. He’s just not sure what they want from him, as guard duty seems a little bit too easy, even if it’s sometimes doing it for the Chief of Staff himself. This is a special book and I would certainly recommend it. 5/5 Star Rating.