RIPPLE IN THE SEA

It’s out!

Horrified over her mother’s treason,
desperate to redeem her family’s honor,
a Japanese-American girl infiltrates a
World War II Japanese prisoner-of-war camp
to free victims of medical experiments.

That’s the plan, anyway . . . .

A historical novel that offers a unique glimpse
into civilian life in wartime Japan.

This novel was filled with drama, action,
and well-researched information
that made this an intense yet entertaining read.
Very impressive.

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This is a story I had to write, thanks to my father’s experiences in the Pacific Theater during World War II, after which he suffered from PTSD. It’s been 75 years since the end of that war, and in all that time very little has been published regarding civilian life in wartime Japan (Historical Notes at the end list a few examples; they tend to be at least somewhat autobiographical). A more wide-ranging accounting of this era, in a fictional format that could appeal to readers, appeared worthwhile. Part I of this novel sets the stage for it, balancing the things done to Japan with the things Japan had done earlier in the war (which are also addressed in many other works).

To those who feel offended that a person of a given ethnicity should write from the perspective of another, I apologize. “Own voices” may be optimal, but it would seem wrong to suppress a story simply because no one from the relevant culture has chosen to tell it. (As you might expect, at this point few are still alive who experienced the culture of wartime Japan, so I am fortunate to have found one to help as a beta-reader.)

In a similar vein, diversity of characters is desirable in novels, yet options in this case were quite restricted. Even the gender of the protagonist was dictated by the fact a boy would have been swallowed up into the Japanese war machine.

In addition to readers interested in the history of the era, it is my hope that teachers might find this an acceptable way to present details of the period in a manner that intrigues students.

Released 15 August 2020, the 75th anniversary of the end of fighting. Available from any bookstore via Ingram Spark. ISBN-13: 978-0997299359

Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08GH3M82N/

Hardback: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0997299355/

Find a local indie bookstore for it? Try here:

https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780997299359

2 thoughts on “RIPPLE IN THE SEA”

  1. Please inform me how to connect with you to receive your stories, musings, posts. I live in AL, and will attempt in next few months to read all you have written and is available for purpose.
    Thank you!
    Bonnie Walker, Sr. Citizen
    Widow, advocate for elder abuse and widow improvement—quality of life. I lived 12 years in Philippines while married to the love of my life. You can read my wall/timeline if interested on FB.

    1. Hi Bonnie. Thanks for your interest! The most complete listing of what I’ve published is on my website, where you found this place to comment. The writings tab http://charleypearson.com/writings/ lists it, but you have to scroll down to see it all, including some short material that’s out. (I’m not all that tech savvy, and it’s an off-the-shelf webpage format, alas.)

      I’m not very good at updating the website, but when I do I generally post something new on the facebook page https://www.facebook.com/AuthorCharleyPearson/ — so you could “like” or “follow” that page to get email notices when I post. (You could also follow the Amazon author page https://www.amazon.com/Charley-Pearson/e/B01CX4G1GW/ref=dp_byline_cont_pop_ebooks_1 which is supposed to send you notices when a new book comes out, but that’s pretty seldom.)

      Three books are available, which you can quickly survey at https://www.amazon.com/Charley-Pearson/e/B01CX4G1GW/ref=dp_byline_cont_pop_ebooks_1 (you could check out free Kindle samples). There are also links on the website to find a local indie bookstore where you could order them, since many prefer that to Amazon:
      https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780997299359 (Ripple in the Sea)
      https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780997299328 (Scourge) (medical thriller)
      https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780997299304 (The Marianated Nottingham and Other Abuses of the Language) (humor collection; rather Pythonesque)

      All have gotten great reviews (so far), which always makes one ecstatic. You could leave one of your own, if you feel like it.

      Hope you enjoy whichever ones you try!

      Best, Charley

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