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As the B-29 bombers began to pound Tokyo and most of the other major Japanese cities to rubble, the Japanese military became desperate to find a way to once again instill fear in its enemies. Out of such efforts was born the greatest secret of WWII the fire balloon. One woman, Yoshi, camouflaging her identity, is sent to uncover these delicate but deadly creations.
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Overview

As the B-29 bombers began to pound Tokyo and most of the other major Japanese cities to rubble, the Japanese military became desperate to find a way to once again instill fear in its enemies. Out of such efforts was born the greatest secret of WWII the fire balloon. One woman, Yoshi, camouflaging her identity, is sent to uncover these delicate but deadly creations.
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Colson Whitehead
In Red Rain, Tim Wendel takes a footnote to World War II and masterfully expands it into a novel of dynamic action and human dimension. From bombed-out Tokyo to the arid forests of Arizona, he takes us into the fire, and expert guide that he is, never loses his bearings. --Colson Whitehead, author of The Intuitionist, John Henry Days
Oakley Hall
This is a terrific story, jammed with secrets, cross-purposes and revelations, and Tim Wendel has made a fine novel of it. --Oakley Hall
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780975440216
  • Publisher: Writers Lair
  • Publication date: 9/1/2008
  • Pages: 270
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Tim Wendel is the author of eight books, including HIGH HEAT: THE SECRET HISTORY OF THE FASTBALL AND THE IMPROBABLE SEARCH FOR THE FASTEST PITCHER OF ALL TIME (Da Capo Press).

Tim has published two novels -- CASTRO'S CURVEBALL (Ballantine/​U of Nebraska) and RED RAIN (Writers' Lair). In addition, his book THE NEW FACE OF BASEBALL (HarperCollins) was named Top History Book for 2004 by the Latino Literary Council.

His writing has appeared in the The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Weekend, Washingtonian, National Geographic Traveler, Huffington Post, The Potomac Review, Gargoyle, GQ and Esquire. His columns appear on the USA Today op-ed page, where he is on the Board of Contributors.

Tim teaches fiction and nonfiction writing at Johns Hopkins University, where he received the 2009 Award for Teaching Excellence and the Professional Achievement Award in 2004 and 2010. He is a Walter E. Dakin Fellow and Tennessee Williams Scholar to the Sewanee Writing Conference, and a Pen/​Faulkner visiting writer to the Washington, D.C. Public Schools. He received his master's in writing from Johns Hopkins and a bachelor's degree in magazine journalism from Syracuse University.

Born in Philadelphia, he was raised in Lockport, N.Y. One of his first jobs was writing music reviews for The Buffalo Courier-Express. Since then he's worked on both coasts and in between, covering everything from the Olympics to the America's Cup.

He lives in the Washington, D.C. area with his wife and their two children.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2008

    Great Read for the person who thought they knew everything about WWII!

    I really enjoyed this book! The author opens up a whole new aspect/weapon of WWII that could have had dire consequences for the United States. The fact that MacArthur wanted to hide this weapon from the United States public speaks volumes about the potential damage that it could have done. A great read for the person that loves to read about WWII and has exhausted all of the usual sources and has grown tired of reading about the Battle of the Bulge, Pearl Harbor, D-Day.....

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