- File Size: 597 KB
- Print Length: 26 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: June 11, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0055KT73G
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,789,766 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Seven Lives to Repay Our Country Kindle Edition
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While it was confusing at times with the rapid fire dialog, I found the work engaging and could envision the tight confines of the cave and emotions the men dealt with. From writing to their loved ones up to their final hopeless assault, Seven Lives to Repay Our Country was a thought provoking tale.
After the American invasion of Sipan the Japanese army disintegrated they were ordered to do a banzai charge. Before the charge they met with all the remaining forces on the top of a hill when they reached the top their tank ran out of fuel. they pushed the tank down the hill to get it moving towards American forces. At the start of the charge they started out with more than the number of Americans at the bottom of the hill at the end it was only Shinji alive inside the tank. The tank managed to scare away the American forces. Shinji later surrendered he was the only one to surrender.
This book could use more sensory details and less dialog. It felt like i was stuck in the middle of one long conversation. I would also like to know more of what happens to the Japaneses army during the battle.
Seven lives to repay our Country is an easy to read short story and shows us once again that Edward H Carpenter is a very talented and able writer with a wide vocabulary. His own personal experiences and information gathered from his fathers time as a WWII pilot enables him to put an authenticity to this disturbing tale.
Saipan Island was one of the major "Island Hopping" battlegrounds of World War II. The Japanese considered it one of the last islands to be defended before the allies actually invaded their homeland so they gave an order to defend it to the last man. The large Japanese civilian population was told the Americans would kill everyone on the island if they captured it. The Japanese general in charge of the island, gave an order to defend the island down to "the last man".
"Seven Lives to Repay Our Country" takes us beyond the stereotypes that portray the Japanese soldier as a fanatic who only wishes to die for his beloved Emperor. It is not easy to see the humanity in your enemies and Carpenter's wonderful story helps us do that. I do not want to spoil the plot but it is about seven Japanese soldiers who have been basically told they are to die in a futile defense of the island. Some of the men do glory in this, some are afraid of their officers and keep silent but some see it as crazy. (The Japanese, based on my understanding, quickly assigned the blame for their involvement in WWII on their military, after they were defeated). We listen in as the soldiers talk about their fate among themselves, without their officers around.
I found this a very well done story and in just a few pages Carpenter did a very good job individuating the soldiers. I loved the ending but I will let you discover it for your self.