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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.