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Kent Willis has spent nearly six years in Japan, two in her rural mountains as a young Mormon missionary, then decades later in the heart of Tokyo as a businessman with his family. He studied Japanese language and Asian culture at Northwestern University. The author is employed as an attorney and lives with his family in the forests of Connecticut.
on Sep. 01, 2013 :
A very entertaining read. In between reading times, I found myself thinking about the story, the main character, and his circumstances and dilemma's during my day. That is a sign that a book has grasped my interest.
I have not read many books about vampires, so I was a little apprehensive. I loved the characteristic of the vampire as given by the author. The Japanese history and culture was also quite interesting to read about.
I would recommend this book to others without any hesitation.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on May 29, 2013 :
I have always been a fan of anything to do with Vampires and thought it would be interesting to read about one in Japan during the age of the Samurai. The book begins in Modern day Japan where an American professor gets drawn into the main characters world and eventually becomes his scribe as he reveals the details of his life.
The story is told in an auto-biographical style that works pretty well putting the reader in Shins head. Seeing the action unfold through the vampires eyes was unusual but it gave me a sense of sympathy for Shin even though he is basically a serial killer. After trying to track down his wife and kids after being turned into a vampire Shin tries to live a normal life but that is hard to do when you require human blood to survive. Shin eventually builds a huge commercial empire but along the way meets various strange and interesting characters that for the most part want to kill him.
Some of the best scenes are towards the end of the book when Shin fights a Samurai and turns a dying friend into a vampire. The friend leaves Japan for a century but when he
returns Japan is at war with America. The two of them decide to influence the outcome of the war. I enjoyed this part the most. The last 30 pages go by very fast.
I enjoyed the book. It is well-written and fast paced with lots of interesting characters. It was difficult for a while to decide whether I should like Shin or not but by the end of the book I thought he was fairly cool. There is also a lot of stuff about Japan in the book so the backdrop was more interesting than the typical castle in the forest plot.
Over all a very entertaining book.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)