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This is a love story in a most emotional time, World War II, in a place called the Pacific Theater of Operations. A young, runaway street kid from New York manages to get to Australia at the same time a young lady of the East Indies moves across the sea as a refugee to the same place, meet by chance in Brisbane, amid the world of General Douglas MacArthur. Both become agents with a unique assignment.
The love between Genda Miki, known as Mickey, and Daniel Gaiter Monahan, known as Gator, is not one of incendiary character, but one founded on mutual interdependency and respect. It is a cool affair and involves the habits of war and the consequences of peaceful actions. Does it take a war to make a love?
In the tragedy of war, the Japanese attacked and took the East Indies, but stopped short of taking Australia. The active war zones, the islands of the East Indies, did not include the island of Java which was considered to be a marketplace and an experiment in Japanese cultural idealism. It did, unfortunately contain work camps which fostered the suffering for those left in Java. There were moderate Japanese officers, and there were those with no conscience other than that of Bushido, an ancient warrior state of mind. There was also a military management system of leaving sub-officers to their own devices. In this remarkable chaos, the rest of the war in the Pacific ran its course.
Go with Mickey and Gator as they are conveyed to Bali and Java to rescue Mickey's family, the Gendas, a family headed by a Japanese businessman from before the war, who, in his attempt to help his fellow Javanese, and his wife's Balinese world, had become a quiet and unassuming agent of the Allied effort in the Pacific even though he had not forgotten his Japanese roots nor his East Indian allegiances. Who saves the Gendas? A young, rogue, Japanese officer, in love with Genda Hiro's younger daughter comes to the fore. In the throes of controversy and intrigue, the small group must make its way to a designated beach and a journey by boat to Australia and safety.
|Publisher:||DUO Publications & Documentation R&D|
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