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Days of Infamy (Pacific War Series #1)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

I don't know what previous reviewers have against this book!

This is an extremely dramatic, highly interesting book. As a wife and mother of Japanese citizens, I particularly enjoyed it. Its only flaw is that a lot of the characters are not especially sympathetic. (To me, the Japanese ones tended to be more likeable than the A...
This is an extremely dramatic, highly interesting book. As a wife and mother of Japanese citizens, I particularly enjoyed it. Its only flaw is that a lot of the characters are not especially sympathetic. (To me, the Japanese ones tended to be more likeable than the Americans!) But to see American history turned on its head is thought-provoking.

posted by KeikoHP on September 12, 2009

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Engrossing, but w/loose ends and flaws

I've been a fan of Harry Turtledove's writings for 5 years, and while 'Days on Infamy' was engrossing and with fascinating characters, as is true of all his other titles, this one leaves much to be desired. As a couple of other reviewers have already pointed, you don't...
I've been a fan of Harry Turtledove's writings for 5 years, and while 'Days on Infamy' was engrossing and with fascinating characters, as is true of all his other titles, this one leaves much to be desired. As a couple of other reviewers have already pointed, you don't find out what happens to 90% of the characters. br P The unwrapped loose ends wouldn't be so bad if it were evident that Turtledove intended this to be the first installment in a series (a la 'The Great War' and 'Settling Accounts' trilogies) but the author gives no such indication rather, this appears to be a stand-alone novel with no plans for a sequel. br P There is also one scene in partucular that struck me, as an active-duty military officer AND a military history buff to boot, as being non-sensical: the scene in which Japanese Army Corporal Shimuzu, taking his troops for a night out on the town, requires his men to salute NCOs and not just commissioned officers. I know of NO military, past or present, that requires enlisted men to salute NCOs (excpet during certain ceremonious occasions such as guardmount/open ranks inspections). Yes, the Imperial Japanese Army was very disciplinarian and elitist, but I seriously doubt that they'd flout long-standing S.O.P. military tradition, customs, and courtesies in that manner! br P That said, the battle scenes are thrilling, and the characters, Japanese and American alike, grab your attention. As someone who has several second and third-generation Japanese-American friends, I can feel for characters like Kenzo 'Ken' Takahashi who are struggling to gain acceptance as real Americans, while I'm disgusted with the cavalier and dictator-coddling attitude of Ken's father Jiro, who's been reaping the benefits and freedoms of living in America for so long yet is completely ingrateful for said freedoms to the point that he openly kisses up to the Imperial Japanese occupiers. br P The ending is disturbing to say the least and makes you really stop and think, 'What if?' And as an American whose father served in the USMC in WWII and whose mother endured Tojo's brutal occupation of the Philippines from 1941-45, it makes me thank God that much more that things did NOT really turn out as envisioned in Turtledove's novel, and thank God that Tojo's evil, despotic regime was ultimately defeated.

posted by Anonymous on March 10, 2006

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2008

    A suspenseful masterpiece that makes you wish for more.

    First I must admit to some surprise at the differing reviews for ¿Days of Infamy¿. I loved it. Yes, it is WW2 but a quite different scenario than his other books in this time. In this book, Japan follows up her attack on the `sleeping giant¿ with an invasion. He looks at a reaction from the shattered U.S forces and a hasty response from the main land later. I found the book to be a ¿page turner¿, i.e. a book that I could not put down. I read it in a week and constantly enjoyed the different viewpoints from Japanese and U.S sailors, army and aviators. As a bonus the civilian population, both Japanese and ¿haoles¿, provided a great contrasting viewpoint. Sam Hendricks, author of ¿Fantasy Football Guidebook: Your Comprehensive Guide to Playing Fantasy Football¿.

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