Orchids of War: The Untold Story of Japanese Spies in the US before World War II

Orchids of War: The Untold Story of Japanese Spies in the US before World War II

by Denise Frisino

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ISBN-13: 9781945271090
Publisher: Denise Frisino
Publication date: 06/10/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 418
Sales rank: 1,107,636
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Denise Frisino spent her summers playing and working in the numerous islands that define the Pacific Northwest, where her family spans four generations. Denise is a Seattle native who at age five began her lifelong devotion to performing and the arts. Both on stage and in film, she has been involved as an actress, writer, director, and producer. After graduating from the University of Washington she continued to study acting at ACT in San Francisco. While working in the film industry in Los Angeles, Denise appeared in various venues including the Comedy Store. She taught English, drama, video, writing in the public schools, and recently Creating Memorable Characters, a course she created for writers at UW Experimental College in Seattle. She has been a member of Screen Actors Guild, Women in Film, International Television Association, and served on the Board for American Federation of Television and Radio. Now, she has turned to novel writing. Denise's first historical fiction, Whiskey Cove, was nominated for the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award, was a staff pick at Third Place Books, and is in its second printing. Whiskey Cove also opened the door to numerous public speaking engagements. For Orchids of War, the first of a two-part series, Denise draws from her time spent living in San Francisco and Hawaii, plus years of interviews with men and women who served during World War II. Denise has stood atop five mountain peaks over 14,000 feet, lived aboard one of the old Mosquito Fleet boats on Lake Union, and drank Scotch with Katharine Hepburn. Denise enjoys being on the water and loves her row boat. She and her husband spend time at Hood Canal and reside in Seattle.

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Reviewed by Maria Beltran for Readers' Favorite Orchids of War is a historical fiction novel by Denise Frisino. It revolves around the O'Shaughnessy family that is caught up by the events of 1941 in the United States, which is about to officially get involved in World War II by declaring war on Japan after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Billi O’Shaughnessy could not have imagined where her fascination with the Japanese culture would lead her. Her trip to Japan thwarted, she got engaged and continued her friendship with the Nakamura family. When FBI agent Jack Huntington comes to visit her at home, her life will take a bizarre turn and she will find herself involved with the war itself. Meanwhile, her fiancé is killed while doing aviation training and her brother is drafted into the army and sent to Hawaii. Orchids of War is not your usual historical fiction novel set in World War II. History tells us that many Japanese living in the United States were herded into prisoner of war camps during this tumultuous time. Author Denise Frisino takes her cue from this historical event to construct the story of the O'Shaughnessy family. The result is a fascinating book that is as interesting as it is informative. It takes us back to a time when the impending war pervades the air and engulfs the homes of every American. For Americans of Japanese descent, torn between their loyalty to their homeland and adopted country, it was a time of reckoning. And for Billi, her love for everything Japanese is now used against a culture she has come to admire.