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East Wind Returns
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 29 January 2012
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
on 6 August 2011
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 15 December 2012
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 31 July 2012
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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on 23 February 2015
Once I got round to reading this book I found I could not put it down. As others have already written, it is a fictional account of what might had happened after the war in Europe had been settled and the war moved to Japan. There is human interest and a number of characters which are integral to the story. The author is American, but the script is pretty much standard English, except for that annoying spelling of 'skeptical' which has been in the last 3 books I have read! I note there are others in the series - I will look for these now.
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on 24 February 2013
If you like WW2 aviation stories, you'll love this - P38's don't often feature in flying thrillers, and especially not photo-recce ones. But this story does them, and their pilots, full honour - and it's a great story!
And if you don't usually like WW2 aviation stories - please try this one anyway! Take the planes and the period out of it, and you still have an eternal tale of people at war, thoughtfully observed and engagingly told.
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on 19 March 2013
Another excellent Alternative History book. As with others it presents you with a 'what if' scenario that could have changed the course of the war.

It's a shame America's other allies weren't mentioned much even if the war with Japan was essentially an American war.

Another characteristic but great love story is also told.

Highly recommended.
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on 19 April 2013
Very nicely paced with a good spread of characters. A couple of times the narative was slightly awkward but it may be just the authors style.
A fine example of alternate history with just the smallest tweak to change the timeline if you can call the incident minor. Now looking for more of the authors work which must mean something.
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on 31 March 2014
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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