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East Wind Returns [Kindle Edition]

William Peter Grasso
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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A young but veteran recon pilot in WW2 finds the fate of the greatest invasion in history—and the life of the nurse he loves—resting perilously on his shoulders.

East Wind Returns is a story of WW2 set in July-November 1945 which explores a very different road to that conflict’s historic conclusion. The American war leaders grapple with a crippling setback: their secret atomic bomb does not work. The invasion of Japan seems the only option to bring the war to a close. When those leaders suppress intelligence of a Japanese atomic weapon poised against the invasion forces, it falls to photo reconnaissance pilot John Worth to find the Japanese device. Political intrigue is mixed with passionate romance and exciting aerial action—the terror of enemy fighters, anti-aircraft fire, mechanical malfunctions, deadly weather, and the Kamikaze. When shot down by friendly fire over southern Japan during the American invasion, Worth leads the desperate mission that seeks to deactivate the device.

Turning back the clock to 1942, follow John Worth’s exploits as an eager rookie pilot in Grasso’s Operation Long Jump.

About the Author

History is a parade of chance outcomes, influenced by any number of natural forces and human whims. As a lifelong student of history and lover of alternative historical fiction, William Peter Grasso's novels explore the concept "change one thing...and watch what happens." In this fast-paced debut novel, East Wind Returns, the atomic hegemony in the summer of 1945 is turned on its head. Retired from the aircraft maintenance industry, William Peter Grasso is a veteran of the US Army and served in Operation Desert Storm as a flight crew member with the Civil Reserve Air Fleet (CRAF). These days, he confines his aviation activities to building and flying radio-controlled model aircraft.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 713 KB
  • Print Length: 358 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1461147263
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004T3REIU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #66,446 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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History is a parade of chance outcomes, influenced by any number of natural forces and human whims. As a lifelong student of history and lover of alternative historical fiction, William Peter Grasso's novels explore the concept change one thing...and watch what happens. The results are works of fiction in which the actual people and historical events are weaved into a seamless and entertaining narrative with the imagined.

Grasso's three previous novels--East Wind Returns, Unpunished, and Long Walk To The Sun--have spent many months in the Amazon Top 100 for Alternate History and War. His newest novel, Operation Long Jump, is the second book in the Jock Miles World War 2 series which began with Long Walk To The Sun.

Retired from the aircraft maintenance industry, Grasso is a veteran of the US Army and served in Operation Desert Storm as a flight crew member with the Civil Reserve Air Fleet (CRAF). These days, he confines his aviation activities to building and flying radio-controlled model aircraft.

Follow William Peter Grasso at: https://www.facebook.com/#!/AuthorWilliamPeterGrasso

Contact William Peter Grasso at wpgrasso@cox.net

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4.6 out of 5 stars
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth much more 29 Jan 2012
By John B
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Really enjoyed this story. A clever twist on the end of the war with Japan. Well written and a real page turner. Worth paying much more than the 72p it cost me. Enjoy
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Read 6 Aug 2011
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A first class read very well written it has a good story line believable characters together with an uncomplicated style. I cannot rate it highly enough.
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5.0 out of 5 stars East Wind Returns 31 July 2012
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I enjoyed this fictional story of Japan's race to use an atomic weapon to prevent the Americans landing on their home soil in WWII. It is well written and has a good story line. Action, heroes and human interaction all rolled into one story. I am happy to give "East Wind Returns" a five star recommendation.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 15 Dec 2012
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Having read the reviews, I expected more. It is a different war story dealing with the race between the Japanese and US to nuclear destruction. It's balanced in its outlook with the Americans not seen as the glory boys and the Japs as evil. The story is basically man goes up in a plane, has occasional problems, takes some photos, comes back to base and has a relationship with a nurse. The next day is the same unless the weather is bad. Man is a hero because he flies many missions. On one mission, he photographs something interesting but even that doesn't ignite the pace of the book. Finally, something happens other than the norm and the book ends.

I kept reading the book in the expectation something exciting would happen. It didn't. However, it is a good portrayal of what it might have been like for the Japanese fighting a war without air support and against a far better equipped enemy.

Worth a read, especially at the price, but I doubt I'll read it again.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Slightly alternate history 26 Oct 2012
By Henk Beentje TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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The premise is that the American experiments with the atom bomb took much longer than planned - and that the Japanese finished theirs first (with German uranium, should you ask). And so the Japanese Home Islands need to be invaded, with the threat of an atom bomb unleashed on the invading US forces; with some senior US commanders highly sceptical that such a device exists at all. The story mixes the politics, the military story from both sides, with a Japanese commander, a US recon pilot and an American nurse as the main characters.

My opinion: as one of the other reviewers said, an uncomplicated style and an easy read. An interesting alternate story, with my only reservations the mixing of past and future tenses throughout the tale. I know, nitpicking, but it grated on me a bit! Still, I did enjoy the story, and at this price it is a steal.
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4.0 out of 5 stars East Wind Returns 31 Mar 2014
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very interesting book tastefully written including love interest recommend to anyone remembering second world war and survived
- I lost a brother in Burma just after the war while he was flying Thunderbolt
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