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I really enjoyed the book. It is a powerful reminder of what could happen to us—as Americans—when we let our fears get the best of us. It’s scary to imagine an assembly center in this day and age at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. Or just the idea that you can even lock up an entire group of people for no other crime than being the “wrong” race or ethnicity.
In the book, we follow Henry Chin, who was an ex-military guy turned pharmacist. He’s been trying to live low and raise a hapa daughter after a war traumatic war experience in Panama. However, when they start rounding up Chinese Americans, he refuses to comply. He takes his daughter and together they make a run for Canada through the Angeles Crest mountains—with the help of Henry’s army buddy.
Please note that I received this title for free in exchange for an unbiased review .
THE REPATRIATION OF HENRY CHIN is terrifying in its possibility, especially with someone like Donald Trump in the Whitehouse. Plus, America has already forced one ethnic group into internment camps in the past. Don't think so? All a person needs to do is look back in American history to WWII when all Japanese Americans, despite where and when they were born, endured "...forced relocation and incarceration in camps in the western interior of the country of between 110,000 and 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry, most of whom lived on the Pacific coast. 62 percent of the internees were United States citizens. These actions were ordered by President Franklin D. Roosevelt shortly after Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor...Those who were as little as 1/16 Japanese and orphaned infants with "one drop of Japanese blood" were placed in internment camps."
So, if it has happened once, with a President who was much less volatile and elitist than the current President, why couldn't it happen again? I don't think it will take long for the current American racial tinderbox to explode. What that will look like? We have no idea, but Isaac Ho has obviously thought the issue through.
Tackling important issues such as racism and domestic terrorism, this audiobook should be required listening.
Henry Chin is an ordinary guy, in fact, his life would be considered boring by most people. He has Chinese blood, but he is an American and always has been. In fact, eight generations of his family have lived in the United States. Eight generations in America is more than many white people can claim.
With The United States and China on the brink of war, racial divides in America begin to focus on an "Us vs. Them" mentality. On one side of that divide is anyone with even a single drop of Chinese blood and on the other side is the rest of the American citizens. The President decides to place all Chinese people into camps "to keep them safe."
Henry Chin wants no part of those camps and he and his daughter break out in spectacular fashion.
One gung-ho Immigration Agent decides that Henry must be a terrorist and fixates on capturing the father/daughter team.
Meanwhile, Henry is struggling to bond with his teenage daughter and hiking through a National Park is probably not the best way to do it.
This audiobook takes off like a rocket and the story gets more and more tense until listeners are literally on the edge of their seats.
Narrator, Anthony Lee was a superb choice for this story. His pacing is 100% perfect and his ability to voice different characters with varying accents is unparalleled. It is easy for the listener to distinguish between characters since each voice is unique and distinctive.
I rate this audiobook as 5 out of 5 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ and I will be recommending it to my friends and followers.
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** I received this audiobook at no-cost from the narrator. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion in any way.**