This story is an excellent one with a great ending. The author in my view is very detailed in interpreting the facts and building a detailed story around those facts. The dialog he added made it much better than simply a historical account of the events. So in this book you get a great historical fiction text of a great true story with the fictional details built in around the actual facts that transpired in feudal Japan. The story itself is great about a group of Samurai who lose everything (their Lord Asano, their jobs, their lands) and seek vengeance against the man who cost them everything through that mans corruption. The 47 Ronin lived honorably, fought honorbaly, and in the end died honorably. Well done Mr. Allyn!!!!