Did I spell Clancy right?
Well, it took Tom awhile to become the great author he is today, and I believe this author will need to work and develop before he can attain Tom Clancy's stature, the respect and notoriety we all have for the man.
This is a political novel. l won't say thriller because I was never on the edge of my seat, but there was backstabbing; there were turnovers; plans were made that took generations to accomplish and yet there was no hurry.
The plans actually began shortly after VJ day, Victory in Japan. WWII didn't end all at once, you know. First there was Victory in Europe, then Victory in Japan. Since Japan hadn't signed the Geneva Convention and treated prisoners of war worse than ¿*¢* many more prisoners of war lost their lives due to torture, strange diseases and lack of food.
Truthfully, most Japanese soldiers ate only a little better than their prisoners did.
This book talks about a group of Japanese officers who would have been tried for their war crimes, for getting their jollies by playing Marquis de Sade with prisoners. They changed their names and got away with it for many, many years.
After the war these men continued to meet together because they had only one thing on their minds: REVENGE.
When they grew too old to accomplish this themself they passed their goal to their sons. As these sons grew older....aw, you get the idea.
One of these sons, Ishi, has gone to Harvard with a U.S. Senator's son, Brad. Ishi's family is very wealthy, having made their money in electronics and gaming. Ishi invites Brad to spend some time at his family's hotel in Las Vegas, all for free. After all they're buddies.
Brad wakes up the next morning covered in blood with a dismembered blond next to him. She WAS just his type. Brad doesn't remember a thing. Ishi tells Brad not to worry, he'll take care of everything.
Little does Brad know that this is just one time out of many that an influential person has been caught in a compromising position while several Asians walk around snapping photo after photo to document it.
Nor does Brad know his father is involved in a group of veterans, mostly
ex-Marines, who have worked together to prevent Americans from being harmed.
Sure the armed forces fight America's wars, but who defends a single American when only a handful of people from another country gangs up on him.
Little does this Council of Patriots know that more than one person is being picked on and more than a handful are creating the harm. By the end of the book...why should I spoil it.
This book moves slowly at first. There's a twist at the ending...dang, the last three books I've read have had a twist at the end. This one hit so hard I thought I was going to get whiplash.
It will be interesting to see the council ride again.