It is the summer of 1941 and Billi O’Shaughnessy's Japanese language professor at the University of Washington has all but assured her that she will win the Japanese language contest and a coveted trip to the Land of the Rising Sun.
However, FBI agent, Jack Huntington, has other plans for Billi's talents. He sets out to persuade her to assist the FBI in uncovering the major players of the Nippon spy ring working up and down the West Coast in preparation for Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor. When Billi refuses to become involved, Jack coerces her to help. He takes her to San Francisco where he establishes her in a bar posing as a hooker. Billi becomes embroiled in a dangerous hide and seek with Akio, the head of the spy ring. When Akio discovers Billi's true identity, Jack must expose his mission in order to save her. The two men fight savagely, yet Akio escapes just as the news of the attack on Pearl Harbor reaches the mainland.
This historical fiction weaves through events specific to the buildup to World War II. It brings to the forefront the decrypting machine “Magic”, the “Purple” code, and the “Winds” code. Suspenseful, packed with accurate details, and told through engaging characters, Orchids of War will alter your perception of World War II.
Watch for the sequel, Storms From A Clear Sky, arriving on bookshelves soon.
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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.