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Toyotomi Blades

toyotomi bladesThe Toyotomi Blades is a sequel to Death In Little Tokyo from author Dale Furutani featuring amateur sleuth Ken Tanaka.  Mr. Tanaka has been laid off and while using his severance pay to pay the bills he is trying to decide what to do with his middle-aged life.  This American’s popularity in Japan is bolstered because he solved the murder of a Japanese citizen and Tanaka is also of Japanese heritage.  Off he goes to Japan for his fifteen minutes of fame…and a whole new mystery in a land where he does not speak the language.

Death At The Crossroads

death at the crossroadsI did something unusual with this book. This novel is the first in a three part series featuring ronin samurai Matsuyama Kaze.  I had inadvertently read the second book first then read the third.  Ordinarily I wouldn’t go back are then read the third.  I so enjoyed the other two books that I was compelled to buy the first one.  In Death at the Crossroads we are introduced to Kaze, a wandering ronin who is on a mission to fulfill a request from his former master’s wife.  As he wanders Japan he is thrust in the middle of a murder near what seems to be a dysfunctional town overseen by a dysfunctional lord.  As with the other books in the series Kaze uses both his wits and strength to work toward solving the mysteries.

2011 Top Ten News Stories

I hesitate to call my list “news stories” because many of them have not been covered by the Obama-media because they would make the liberal administration look like the miserable failure that it has been.  On with the list.

  1. The Economy:  If you look past the cheerleading reporting that the recession is over and jobs are being created, and a falling unemployment percent, you might just see how bad things still are.  I don’t remember a time where I have sweated my employment for so long.  I am not consumed, but the gnawing feeling is always there in the background.  As of November 2011 the U6 Unemployment (U-6 = Total unemployed, plus all persons marginally attached to the labor force, plus total employed part time for economic reasons, as a percent of the civilian labor force plus all persons marginally attached to the labor force) rate is 15.6 percent. 

The Final Storm

It is just a coincidence that I finished this book on the anniversary of D-Day.  Although author Jeff Shaara’s novel is about the war in the Pacific there are strong parallels between the fight in Europe to the struggles of the soldiers and their leaders fighting the Japanese.  Though not as extensive an account as his trilogy about the war in Europe, The Final Storm gave me a strong sense of the brutality of the fight to defeat the Japanese.  The majority of the novel takes place as the American forces take Okinawa and the story is told through the eyes of participants; some famous and some not.  That is what makes Jeff Shaara’s novels so appealing.  He tells a great and compelling story with a strong historical perspective.

News Briefs – Volume IV

News briefs are my collection of interesting news stories that may not warrant a full post…

Brief 1:  It seems like the citizens of Japan want the U.S. out of their country.  The UK Daily Mail reported that thousands of protesters called for the removal of all of the estimated 47,000 U.S. troops.  Apparantly our troops are noisy and pollute as they protect the pacific rim.  I say bring em home.  Why spend our tax dollars to boost the Japanese economy.  There are a lot of communities in the United States that would welcome them and the money they spend.  We also need to take all of our equipment and defense technology too.  While we are at it, we can take them out of Germany too.