The Last Patrol

The Last Patrol

by James Tajiri

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Overview

Two people, their lives worlds apart. In terms of age, background and geography, they couldn't be more different. One is a young boy, Nate Onchou, and he's brutally abused. With overwhelming emotional pain flooding through his mind, he contemplates suicide. His life hangs in the balance. The other is an old man, retired Admiral Richard O'Kane, who has seen more than his share of brutality. Through an unlikely turn of events, their lives cross paths. Can the old man help the boy? Can he show him that life is worth living?

The Last Patrol is really two stories, or rather it's a story within a story, the inner story being a war story, inspired by the true events surrounding the last patrol of the legendary WWII submarine, USS Tang and its Captain, Commander Richard O'Kane. But more than a story, The Last Patrol is a study of character, courage and faith. It's a study of human nature and our dual capacity for evil and good, cruelty and kindness, self-serving and sacrifice, venality and friendship, cowardice and courage, loyalty and disloyalty, nobility and ignobility. It's a study of the power of words, truth and lies and what it takes to be a leader. It takes the view that to look the enemy in the eye, one need only look in the mirror because we're usually more like our enemy than we'd like to admit, and in the end our greatest enemy is always our self.
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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781494972837
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 02/07/2014
Series: Last Patrol , #1
Pages: 294
Sales rank: 398,353
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.62(d)

About the Author

Ever since I was a young boy, I was enthralled with the military. It began when I was about seven or eight years old and I don't know why. My father wasn't career military, though he served during World War Two. My uncle Jim was a Lieutenant Colonel in the Green Beret and while I respected him and looked up to him, he didn't have a strong influence in my life, living all the way out in California and I growing up in Chicago. I think I just had an innate proclivity to the military.

Growing up, I was a quirky kid. When most kids were reading stories of the "Harry Potter kind," or not reading at all, I was reading books on military history. I would stay up into the wee hours of the night, laying in bed, reading about the great military campaigns and naval battles.

I was in my late "teens" when I read Rear Admiral Richard O'Kane's book, Clear the Bridge! Being young and impressionalbe, O'Kane became a hero for me.

After high school, I entered the United States Naval Academy and graduated with the class of 1984.

I'm not sure why I started writing this novel. It just kind of came to me. Therefore, and lacking any other reason, I give all credit to God.

I hope you enjoy The Last Patrol and that it is a blessing for you.


Sincerely,

James Tajiri

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