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Rising Sun, Falling Shadow [NOOK Book]

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Espionage and betrayal become part of one family’s struggle to survive in the sequel to the bestselling author’s The Far Side of the Sky.

It’s 1943, and the Japanese war machine has swallowed up Shanghai, the once-thriving “Paris of the East,” upending life for its Chinese population, as well as the city’s thousands of American, British and officially stateless European residents. Newlyweds Dr. Franz Adler and his wife, Soon Yi (Sunny), struggle to keep the city’s only hospital ...

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Overview

Espionage and betrayal become part of one family’s struggle to survive in the sequel to the bestselling author’s The Far Side of the Sky.

It’s 1943, and the Japanese war machine has swallowed up Shanghai, the once-thriving “Paris of the East,” upending life for its Chinese population, as well as the city’s thousands of American, British and officially stateless European residents. Newlyweds Dr. Franz Adler and his wife, Soon Yi (Sunny), struggle to keep the city’s only hospital for refugee Jews open, while Shanghai’s Allied citizens are interned in squalid camps outside the city.

The Japanese force 20,000 Jewish refugees, including the Adlers, to relocate to a one-square-kilometre area in the slums of the city—the Shanghai Ghetto. For those trapped inside, heat, starvation and disease are constant threats. Sunny, a Shanghai native desperate to defend her lifelong home, is tempted into the dangerous embrace of the local Resistance movement, while a mysterious Chinese man brought critically wounded to the hospital may represent an even greater threat. Meanwhile, as the tide of the war begins turning in the rest of the world, the local Nazis maintain a persistent, menacing interest in Shanghai’s Jewish population.

Rising Sun, Falling Shadow blends a rich portrait of a city under siege with medical drama, romance and intrigue, showing us both the heroism and the treachery that can result when ordinary people find themselves faced with extraordinary dangers.

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Editorial Reviews

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For The Far Side Of The Sky

“An amazing novel.” —The Huffington Post

“With its unusual setting and blend of terror, hope, and love, this historical novel deserves a wide readership.” —Library Journal, starred review

“An exciting, often touching story that combines wartime peril and romance in an attractive mix…. [Kalla] knows how to weave a good tale, and his characters are endearing.” —Booklist

“I ate up this novel…. Recommended.” —Historical Novel Society

“That’s storytelling, pure and simple.” —The National Post

“A big-canvas story with some very well-drawn characters.” —The Globe and Mail

Kirkus Reviews
2013-09-01
Kalla (The Far Side of the Sky, 2012, etc.) continues the saga of Dr. Franz Adler and Soon Yi Mah, who are trapped in World War II Shanghai. In 1943, Shanghai, the Paris of the East, suffers under Imperial Japan's iron boot. Allied refugees are relegated to detention camps called "Civic Assembly Centers." Stateless Jews like Adler are confined to Hongkew--Designated Area for Stateless Refugees--a ghetto by any other name. Food is scarce, and Adler worries about his sister-in-law and his young daughter, but the surgeon continues to treat those he can in a ramshackle building converted to a hospital in spite of the scarcity of medicines and only sporadic access to anesthetics. With solid descriptions of the exotic setting, Kalla offers a dramatic narrative in an obscure WWII battlefield. Kalla does his best work in drawing believable characters. There's the new Mrs. Adler, Soon Yi, known as Sunny, a doctor in all but degree. She is half-Chinese and can move freely throughout Shanghai. Spurred into action by a summary execution, Sunny maneuvers her way into underground forces with the reluctant help of Wen-Cheng Huang, another doctor who has always loved her. Sunny finds herself trapped by double deceptions, betrayals and the sacrifices of bystanders. The exotically beautiful Jia-Li, Sunny's childhood friend and much-sought-after courtesan, herself is drawn into the bloody intrigue when she falls in love with Bao Chun, "The Boy General." Badly wounded and seeking treatment from expert surgeon Adler, Chun's been smuggled from a guerilla camp into Shanghai by Ernst Muhler, expatriate artist considered persona non grata by the Imperial Japanese Army. Muhler later disguises himself, takes residence among German expatriates and befriends Baron Von Puttkamer. The baron, a rabid Nazi, launches a plan to mass murder Jews in the ghetto, with the complicity of the dreaded Kempeitai, Imperial Japan's gestapo, an effort that Adler must confront. Drama-filled historical fiction, with a denouement promising another installment.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781466835016
  • Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
  • Publication date: 9/24/2013
  • Series: Shanghai Series , #2
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 133,661
  • File size: 595 KB

Meet the Author

DANIEL KALLA is the international bestselling author of Pandemic, Resistance, Rage Therapy, Blood Lies, Cold Plague, and Of Flesh and Blood. His books have been translated into eleven languages. Two novels have been optioned for film. Kalla practices emergency medicine in Vancouver, British Columbia, where he lives with his family.

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