Kamikaze [NOOK Book]


The longer revenge is delayed, the crueler it grows.

Genjo Tokuda - a WWII war criminal and now head of Japan's yakuza crime syndicate - is lured to Vancouver by the Pacific War Vets Convention. The keynote speaker will be a crewman of the Enola Gay, the plane that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, annihilating Tokuda's family.

The sadistic gangster plans to satisfy ...
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The longer revenge is delayed, the crueler it grows.

Genjo Tokuda - a WWII war criminal and now head of Japan's yakuza crime syndicate - is lured to Vancouver by the Pacific War Vets Convention. The keynote speaker will be a crewman of the Enola Gay, the plane that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, annihilating Tokuda's family.

The sadistic gangster plans to satisfy the samurai bushido oath he made to his ancestors decades ago at the ruins of their Hiroshima shrine. First, he'll kill the crewman's family horrifically; then he'll kill the American in a fittingly grisly way.

That crewman is the grandfather of Corporal Jackie Hett of Special X, so the Mounties must stop an all-powerful crime boss and his vicious hit men – the Claw and the Sushi Chef – before vengeance is theirs by killing too close to home.

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"KAMIKAZE interweaves the atrocities and conspiracies of the past with fast-paced contemporary action. The storytelling is crisp and compelling as it seamlessly shifts between past and present, and there are enough twists to satisfy even the most ardent Slade fan. An intense cat-and-mouse game plays out on the streets and in the skies of Vancouver. With its strong emotional resonance, KAMIKAZE is a passionate indictment of the lies of wartime. It's easily capable of keeping a reader up into the wee hours." - The Vancouver Sun

"KAMIKAZE is a deeply cynical piece of work. Slade pairs a string of murders in present-day Vancouver with historical events in the larger world. It's a given that the story lines will converge by the novel's end. Slade is all about procedure, feeding our endless appetite for the inner workings of the police. But the novel's enormous research and central thesis make it something else. President Harry Truman's sanguine acceptance of bloodshed here is chilling, and war itself comes off as the most murderous of serial killers." - The Georgia Straight

"Canada's Master of the Macabre breaks out superbly with SWASTIKA and KAMIKAZE, each based on the wartime experiences of his parents in the European and Pacific conflicts. Both thrillers zip along at the usual Slade pace, and both ring chillingly true and grotesquely familiar, dealing as they do with the repercussions of fact-based historical conspiracies in our world today. Art imitating life, or is it the other way around? Either way, we're seeing a virtuoso breakout by Slade into another realm of creativity." - Jack Whyte, author of the CAMULOD, TEMPLAR, and GUARDIANS series

"No Slade novel would be complete without a psychopath or two. But he's not satisfied to merely present an intriguing whodunit that will have mystery lovers scratching their heads and sorting through enough red herrings to stock a fish hatchery - though he does. In KAMIKAZE, he postulates controversial hidden motivation for the bombing of Hiroshima that doesn't appear in most history books. KAMIKAZE weaves together historical strands, contemporary killers, and the feats of Special X in a gripping, tense, and exciting climax." - Hellnotes
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940016593395
  • Publisher: Headhunter Holdings Ltd.
  • Publication date: 6/11/2013
  • Series: SPECIAL X THRILLER , #12
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 928,722
  • File size: 355 KB

Meet the Author

Criminal lawyer Michael Slade has acted in over a hundred murder cases. He specializes in the law of insanity, and argued the last hanging appeal in the Supreme Court.

Slade was guest of honor at both the Bloody Words Crime Convention in 2011 and the World Horror Convention in 2001. He teaches "How to Write a Mystery Thriller" at Simon Fraser University.

Slade was guest speaker at the international Police Leadership Conference and several RCMP regimental dinners. Reader’s Digest says: "The Slade books have developed a strong following among police officers because of their strict adherence to proper police procedure."

In World War II, Slade’s mother nursed in “the Land of the Headhunters” and worked on a police boat patrolling the West Coast. In university, Slade spent a year researching “The Decision to Drop the Atomic Bomb on Hiroshima.”
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  • Posted September 19, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    Bare Bones and Predictable

    Book 12 in the Special X series

    The story brings together two men whose paths crossed at Hiroshima during the last days of WW11.

    Genja Tokuda, the only survivor of the bombing that wiped out his entire family made a bushido oath to avenge this horrific event, his target is Joe Hett a crew member on the Enola Gay. His plan is to fulfill his long time oath to his ancestors at the " Pacific War Vets Convention" in Vancouver where Joe is one of the honoured guest speakers. Genja feels murdering Hett and his entire family in a most gruesome way would bring a much needed sense of closure. Hearing of this, Special X forces get involve to save the day...

    The plot goes back and forth in time. A large component in the storyline is the Pacific campaign. The author highlights atrocities committed by both sides such as Pearl Harbor, St-Stephen's College Hospital Hong Kong Okinawa, Hiroshima and others. I found this, one of the most interesting parts but I am sure die-hard historical buffs would prefer reading a non-fiction account of these events.

    I found this novel to lack lustre and imagination, it is a little bare bones. The numerous characters are bland and the narrative style doesn't help. This novel seems to have been rushed, it is missing the bloodthirsty police procedurals and the brilliantly executed plots. The intrigue, twits and turns and many surprises that peak ones interest are lacking.... Yes you will find blood and guts, hara-kiri and all the samurai stuff...so predictable.

    This is one novel I was happy to have zipped through in no time....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2006

    a retread

    I usually love Michael Slade. But this book is a retread of Evil Eye, with a bit of Hangman mixed in. If you haven't read Evil Eye it is worth buying.

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