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Pearl Harbor and More: Stories of WWII - December 1941 by [Doon, R.V., Couchman, Vanessa, Kang, Alexa, Ascroft, Dianne, Tanner, Margaret, Kummerow, Marion, Echols, Robyn, Kingsley, Robert]
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I think historical fiction particularly lends itself to the short story format, allowing the reader to get different points of view of a particular time. This short story collection is no exception. The concept of having different tales of how one momentous event (the attack on Pearl Harbor in WWII) had such different impacts on so many people right across the globe is a clever one and is executed very well. I especially enjoyed ‘Turning Point’ by Marion Kummerow, a tense, taut story of a young Jewish woman in danger of being sent to the camps, and ‘Allies After All’, Dianne Ascroft’s heart-warming and often humorous tale of culture clash, set in Northern Ireland.
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The word ‘Liberty’ resonates through the first story in this World War 11 anthology. Two young nurses leave the confines of a hospital ship in Pearl Harbour on a carefree evening in December 1941. They are looking forward to a night on shore but their plans soon change when they are caught up in the search for a missing woman. Ominous signs signify the horror that will befall the US fleet the following morning but such portends will only be recognised in hindsight and, as the nurses return to duty, they realise that the paradise where they have worked and played is about to become a fireball from hell. Thus ‘Deadly Liberty’ sets the scene for the attack on Pearl Harbour and the deadly conflict that it ignites.
The ‘More’ in the title allows the eight authors to explore the widespread repercussions what follow this attack from different locations and perspectives. ‘A Rude Awakening’ introduces the reader to a broad cast of characters in a Singapore that is riddled with petty snobbery and the belief that British superiority will repel any efforts by the Japanese to occupy its territories.
In the heart of Berlin, the struggle of a young Jewish women to escape the concentration camp is tautly told in ‘Turning Point.’ For Margarete, there is only one way to freedom, she must tear off the yellow star and embark on a journey fraught with danger at every turn.
‘Allies After All’ is set in the quiet, pot-marked country lanes of Northern Ireland. America has now entered the war and Art, an American mechanic, longs to return home and enlist. But he is under contract, working on military installations that are being prepared for the impending arrival of US troops. Robbie is an Ulster farmer, who also wants to enlist, but has to maintain the family farm.
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This is a collection of short stories that take place at the beginning of December 1941, written to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbour, but are set in locations including France, Germany, the Far East and Ireland as well as Hawaii and the US. Before reading this book I had little knowledge of the Pearl Harbour attack or how sudden and unexpected it had been, but this book has taught me a lot, which is always a bonus when reading fiction.

With eight stories from different authors set all over the world we meet many characters who all share part of their war experiences with us. Some of my favourites were the American-born Japanese school girl who suddenly finds life has become much more difficult, the larger than life American mechanic working on a contract in rural Ireland, but who is desperate to return home to enlist, the Jewish maid in Berlin, who makes a snap decision that will change her life forever, the loveable rogue in New York and the lonely Comtesse in France, living under German Occupation. However there were more whose stories were just as important and I found it was one of those books where snippets of story have remained in my mind after finishing the book. I did find some had too much going on to easily keep track of in a short story, but there were certainly some authors who intrigued me enough to want to find out more about their writing and read more from their characters.

Historical fiction lovers, this is a varied and enjoyable collection that I’m sure you will like as much as I did and is ideal to dip in and out of when time allows.

I was sent a copy of this book by one of the authors.
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A diverse collection of WWII stories loosely connected by taking place in the same year as the Pearl Harbour attack. Some were more personally resonant, but all reflected the futility and far reaching consequences of the war and the diverse people it touched, bringing them good luck or bad but leaving none untouched. A number serve as introductions to series by the individual authors and several characters and settings will be revisited. I thought each was interesting in it’s own right and definitely encourages further reading of these authors.

“Deadly Liberty” by R.V.Doon was a solid opener for this collection. It introduces the reader to Navy nurse Connie “Coco” Collins onboard the USS SOLACE, a hospital ship in the Pacific fleet. The story centres around events on the evening before the attack on the harbour. It establishes Coco’s inquisitive mind, her moral code and as a result I found her a deeply likeable character. The island and naval life prove a delicious backdrop in what I am presuming is the prequel in this historical WWII mystery series. Here a AWOL nurse, a missing baby and an assassination in the midst of the Pearl harbour attack, ,combine into a tantalising taster.

Looking forward to meeting “Coco” again in. A Murderous Disguise.

The List by Vanessa Couchman

A wonderful story of a woman persecuted for her relatively humble origins thrust into the nobility through marriage , aiding a Jewish fugitive who is hunted in reprisal for a resistance assassination. Tense and evocative it brought to mind the work my personal Historical hero Nicholas Winton. Wonderful.

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