Black Sun Red Moon A Novel of Java Black Sun Red Moon #1

Black Sun Red Moon A Novel of Java Black Sun Red Moon #1 Drama and Tragedy during the Indonesian Revolution 'An ambitious unconventional compelling saga of men at war captivity forced prostitution murder political dirty tricks and mob terror in Japanese occupied and revolutionary Indonesia Rory Marron's Black Sun Red Moon gives us an almost tangible glimpse of the chaos that was Java in 1945 46 His writing infused with imaginative speculation is sweeping poignant passionate and unflinching' Publishers CatalogueJapan's sudden surrender ends the Second World War but triggers the Indonesian declaration of independence from the Netherlands catching the returning Dutch and 'Southeast Asia's peacekeepers' Britain by surprise In a chaotic mistrustful peace Lord Mountbatten orders the Japanese to defend the white colonial order Recent foes have no choice but to become alliesof a kind In greatest peril are 80000 European women and children interned by the Japanese These defenceless civilians abandoned and half starved some of them former sex slaves become hostages to the future of a free IndonesiaAs their former gaolers become their guardians protecting them from hostile mobs hatreds and prejudices are hastily re examined British Gurkha and Indian troops veterans of the long Burma campaign arrive in Java expecting a warm welcome from grateful civilians and easy duties Very soon their orders are rewritten their mission and motives uestioned as they face determined freuently suicidal opposition In the mayhem of siege and slaughter once sworn enemies stand shoulder to shoulder against a murderous human tide Yet when loyalties are uestioned fragile new bonds are threatened and Japanese must face Japanese in a private deadly finaleKate van Dam is struggling to survive the sualor and deprivation of an internment camp Faced with a sick mother little food and medicines she accepts the dubious offer of 'hostess work' at Japanese officers' clubLamban longs for independence for Indonesia A chance encounter with an activist plunges him into a teeming dangerous world of secret societies plots and the whirlwind of revolutionFor Lt Kenichi Ota Japan's surrender saves him from a suicidal last stand But to save the woman he loves he will have to fight againSeaforth Highlander Alun MacDonald has had his fill of the British Army but finds himself facing a new unpredictable foe and having to trust his former enemies with his lifeWar Correspondent Meg Graham is expecting to cover Japan's defeat Instead she is pitched into a ruthless struggle for an empire unrestrained by rules of war This has been a very interesting readSet against a fascinating historical period it is well written introduces a few solid likeable charactersMy only issue with it is that like in the case of other stories with numerous point of view not all are eually interesting I personally found the female reporter story and the Scottish soldier a bit of a bore Not that they are bad but I found those story lines not as absorbing as lets say Ota's or Kate's They seemed to be a lot developed Maybe the next novels will focus on the other characters and we will get to find about them MERDEKA Unintended conseuences of war are revealed in this post WWII historical fiction rendition of events surrounding the former Dutch possession Indonesia Marron introduces myriad characters to the reader as he attempts to describe the absolute chaos created by various interests of the local populace the Dutch the Japanese the English and even the United States There are simply too many players and too many issues to cover in a single 300 page book so the reader is committed to the seuel Merdeka Rising This is real history brilliantly researched and using invented characters to demonstrate the compelling events When Japan surrendered ending WW2 and their POW cruelty Holland wanted its colony back But Indonesia declared independence under Sukarno Nationalist extremists massacred Dutch released from the Japanese POW camps including women and children Britain had to unite with and re arm Japan’s occupying military to safeguard the Dutch and maintain law and order Author Marron covers all the essential intrigues deceits and suabbling generals Also the inter racial romantic passions Here too is a vivid mix of Javanese and Nippon culturesAn intelligent thriller this book reveals a little known niche of horror after the war The seuel Merdeka Rising is an eual five star read I started reading this book ecpecting something great I was disappointed I found the book hard to follow and I was very annoyed to get to the end only to find no ending I will not purchase another book from this author

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