East Wind Returns

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A young photo recon pilot in WWII finds the fate of the greatest invasion in history--and the life of the nurse he loves--resting perilously on his shoulders.

"East Wind Returns" is a story of World War II set in July-November 1945 which explores a very different road to that conflict's historic conclusion. The American war leaders grapple with a crippling setback: Their secret atomic bomb does not work. The invasion of Japan seems the only option to bring the war to a close. When those leaders suppress ...

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Overview

A young photo recon pilot in WWII finds the fate of the greatest invasion in history--and the life of the nurse he loves--resting perilously on his shoulders.

"East Wind Returns" is a story of World War II set in July-November 1945 which explores a very different road to that conflict's historic conclusion. The American war leaders grapple with a crippling setback: Their secret atomic bomb does not work. The invasion of Japan seems the only option to bring the war to a close. When those leaders suppress intelligence of a Japanese atomic weapon poised against the invasion forces, it falls to John Worth, a young photo reconnaissance pilot, to find the Japanese device. Political intrigue is mixed with passionate romance and exciting aerial action--the terror of enemy fighters, anti-aircraft fire, mechanical malfunctions, deadly weather, and the Kamikaze. When shot down by friendly fire over southern Japan during the American invasion, Worth leads the desperate mission that seeks to deactivate the device.

"East Wind Rain" was an actual coded Tokyo Radio weather report, the signal to make war against the United States in December 1941; "East Wind Returns" is the fictional signal for deployment of their atomic device against the US invasion of Japan.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781461147268
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/23/2011
  • Pages: 358
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Meet the Author

History is a parade of chance outcomes, influenced by any number of natural forces and human whims. As a lifelong student of history and lover of alternative historical fiction, William Peter Grasso's novels explore the concept "change one thing...and watch what happens." In this fast-paced debut novel, East Wind Returns, the atomic hegemony in the summer of 1945 is turned on its head.

Retired from the aircraft maintenance industry, William Peter Grasso is a veteran of the US Army and served in Operation Desert Storm as a flight crew member with the Civil Reserve Air Fleet (CRAF). These days, he confines his aviation activities to building and flying radio-controlled model aircraft.

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  • Posted June 6, 2011

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    Fantastic historical fiction!

    Being an Army vet, I absolutely love military fiction of all kinds. East River Returns is a unique take on the genre in that it is an interesting blend of actual history and a "what if" path that history could have taken. The story centers around John Worth, a photo recon pilot in WWII, a part of the aviation of the time that has always been largely ignored in the genre. Worth fell into the photo recon arena during flight school when his instructors decided he wasn't "aggressive" enough to be a fighter pilot. Instead, Worth has flown more missions in the same areas than the average fighter in his plain f-stop, always without any kind of armament.

    While there was a lot of technical detail when describing missions or equipment, I never felt that it was overwhelming. Instead it enabled the reader to really feel as if they were present in the story with the characters. The characters, both fictional and actual, were blended seamlessly, making it easy to forget that this was, in fact, a fictional novel. I loved Worth's character because he had a sense of honor and nobility about him, the epitiome of a hero of the time. Not only was he dedicated to his job and his mission, he was humble. The romance between himself and Margie, although secondary to the thrust of the story, kept the human side of the story alive and kept those technical details from becoming overwhelming.

    I also liked that the story often switched between the American side of the story and the Japansese. Most books I have read in the genre generally tell the story from one side or the other, so this was an interesting mix. There were also a lot of sub-plots throughout the story, mimi stories that really added to the realistic feel of the novel. They may not have directly related to the main plot, but they showed sides to military life at the time and really filled out the story. I highly recommend this book for anyone who likes the military fiction genre!

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 4, 2013

    East Wind Fizzles. I am an avid student of WWII history and

    East Wind Fizzles.




    I am an avid student of WWII history and am always looking for a well written, driving story. Sadly, this wasn’t one of them. 




    The pros of the story are the historical accuracy of the main players, both Japanese and American. It’s a great primer for those who aren’t familiar with the history or need to brush up a bit. I was intrigued with the idea of Japan possessing an A-bomb and using it in hopes of stemming the American onslaught on Japan.




    The cons. Way too many. The main one is editing! Tenses are all over the place. Out of fifty-six chapters, there are eight which are only filler. They do nothing to push the story forward, only bog it down with irrelevant issues. Ch’s 33, 34, 25, 26, 27, 39, and 45. Ch 51 should have been hard-hitting and exciting; it missed the mark.




    There are a slew of bad sentences and punctuation. Too many too list.




    The love affair between John and Marge is interesting at first but then becomes contrite and boring.




    The action scenes all become the same as the book progresses and why are we still being weighed down with descriptions of aircraft and weapon seventy-five percent into the work? I found it maddening. It had all been previously covered. FILLER!




    At times I thought I was reading a remake of Disney’s “Pearl Harbor” or a Sgt. Rock Comic Book. The later kept my attention. 




    SPOLILER ALERT!
    The ending was anti-climatic at best. 




    If the historical aspects of the book wouldn’t have been dead on, I would have given it two stars. As it is, a two-and-a-half star push. 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 14, 2012

    To Long

    Imagine in the movie The Great Escape, if the movie makers would have followed Steve McQueen's character after liberation(from the POW camp) and you find out he gets married and than killed while driving drunk outside of Columbus Ohio..(just an example)....stuff you just do not need to know for the development of the story. Grasso takes you on some great missions over Japan and a most refreshing relationship with a young Army Nurse and the main character but it should have ended 100 pages short from where it did. He describes flying and the P-38 with some understanding but following every character to their demise or bliss just takes away from the rest of the story. You just find yourself saying "enough already"..

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  • Posted June 16, 2012

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    Good Read

    To me it was more of a story of the relationship between two people in wartime, but it wasn't that bad a read.
    Not a lot of action if that is what you are looking for.

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