Hanson’s latest is a thrilling, engrossing work of complex intrigue and crisp characterization. Barely 17, Charlie Brand joins World War II to avenge Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor, becoming the best in the US Pacific Fleet. In Japan, Hadaki Yamatsumi is trying to determine his ancestors’ will for his life and realizes his duty to his motherland is what he is expected to fulfil first. As the two men set on to fulfil their responsibility, survival becomes a distant dream. Hanson tells the story through Charles and Hadaki and develops a fine character study while exploring patriotism, war, sacrifice, devotion to family, love, life and mortality. The plot moves at a measured pace, and fans of historical thrillers, particularly military thrillers will find themselves pleasantly engaged with all the treacherous political and interpersonal machinations. Hanson skillfully incorporates major hot-button issues of the WWII era into his narrative while infusing a greater reflection on personal choice and consequence. There is a plenty of technical nitty gritty related to the WWII era weaponry, but Hanson’s choice of prose make it easy for the average reader to get into the story. The tension stays high and surprises keep piling up, making readers turn pages right to the end. An absorbing, superbly written novel likely to stand as a fine historical thriller.
Categories: Non Fiction