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This book is great. It?s not just for history buff?s or Americans (indeed my 17 year old daughter found it interesting on a trip to Bristol down the M5). It reads just like thriller. And the very unique style does draw you in to the story. It works on several levels and I will be looking for more. Get it, and enjoy it
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I suppose it is my fault for not reading the description carefully enough but Audible, in fairness, share some of the blame as they classified it as 'history' and so I assumed it was a historical, non-fiction account of the attack on Pearl Harbour. Be warned - it's not!
It is fictional work based on the events of Pearl Harbour. The description gives the impression that the work looks at counter-factual 'what if' scenarios. Again it doesn't in the context of historical analysis.
History can be dry and dull or it can be so interesting depending on how it is communicated. I found this novel to be a wonderful interpretation of the events leading up to the attack on Pearl Harbor. Many of the characters are fictional, some are real, most of the events are real, one key event at the end is fictional. I suppose this is so that in the sequel which I haven't yet read we will learn how that one key difference might have affected history. Highly recommend this audio book even if you have read plenty about Pearl Harbor in the past.
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This is a very listenable account of the events leading to and about the attack on Pearl Harbor. In a manner different from most western books on Pearl Harbor, the emphasis of the story is how the Japanese got to point where the attack was justified (from their view of course). The story walks the line of telling you the Japanese thinking without either condeming, excusing or supporting it. It provides a glimpse into the cultural differences between the Japanese and the west and how that plays into the story.
The written description of the attack itself is very well done and you feel like you can see it in front of you.
It is one of thoise books where you are sorry to see it end and want to read what happens during the rest of the war. I would love to see the story continue through the use of the atomic bombs.
I would have given it a 5 but I thought that it would have benefited from more specific historical information and more details about code breaking efforts.
Otherwise a great historical novel...
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