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100,000 civilians died at Nagasaki, including the wife and young son of Tanaka, a rich industrialist bent on exacting revenge using a nuclear bomb on an American port city, with only a Mossad agent and an inept lawyer to stop him. The one missing element is the Kamitaifun, the ancestral family sword. He kills to get it back, which sets of a frantic effort to stop him with only minutes to spare. More
DIVINE TYPHOON is a thriller which deals with a very rich and powerful Japanese industrialist’s determination to take revenge for the death of his wife and young son when the Americans dropped an atomic bomb on Nagasaki to hasten Japan’s surrender. Civilians have always been pawns of military strategy, but indiscriminate attacks against civilians took on brutal proportions during WW II. Military casualties during the war were estimated at twenty million, whereas civilian casualties were in excess of fifty million. DIVINE TYPHOON explores the morality and consequences of this brutality.
The story covers a span of five days ending on Sunday, August 9, 1992, the 47th anniversary of the date when America dropped a second nuclear bomb on Nagasaki. Close to 100,000 civilians lost their lives during that attack, including Tanaka’s wife and young son. Determined to avenge their deaths, Tanaka is compelled to bide his time until his war ravaged country can recover from the physical and psychological consequences of losing the war.
Kamitaifun (Divine Typhoon) has had a long and storied history as the ancestral family sword of the Tanaka clan. At the end of WW II Emperor Hirohito ordered a surrender of arms, and the Kamitaifun ended up with an American naval officer named Stanwick. Forty-seven years later Tanaka is ready to exact his revenge, but first he first needs to get the Kamitaifun back in his possession, which he does by murdering Stanwick. His revenge will also mimic the original heinous event that set this madness in motion; an implosion type plutonium bomb detonated at an altitude of 1500 feet over an American port city.
Opposing his extremely sophisticated and precisely crafted plan are two characters least likely to find themselves thrown together. John Stanwick Jr. is determined to try and understand the motivation behind his father’s brutal murder, but doesn’t have a clue where to start. Sheila Ashkenazi is a Mossad (Israeli Intelligence) agent trying to fathom an extremely bizarre event. Five milligrams of polonium went missing from an Iraqi nuclear facility, and as polonium is only good for either poisoning people or providing a source of high energy neutrons in the trigger of a nuclear device, she is determined to track it down.
John and Sheila quickly realize that the Kamitaifun is missing. With that sacred katana once again in his possession, the stage is finally set for Tanaka to unleash his revenge. The two also realize that they will have to work together if they are to have any hope of succeeding at stopping Tanaka. John is a junior partner in a prestigious law firm, and quite out of his depth in the world of violence and mayhem that confronts them. Mayhem is Sheila’s middle name; she thrives on it, but lacks credentials or resources with which to confront the ruthless and powerful machine they are pitted against.
With the help of Janet, John’s younger sister, they continue to monitor all their information sources, looking for any connection that will provide a clue as to the exact mechanism by which Tanaka plans to deliver the bomb. Then, with only hours left to go, Janet comes across a crucial piece of information. There is to be a major air show at the Miramar Marine Corps Air Station where the Top Gun Fighter Pilots train, and one of the main features of the show will be a squadron of WW II Japanese Zero fighters flying off a refurbished Japanese aircraft carrier. The aircraft carrier with its Zero’s is all part of an international goodwill gesture Tanaka has contrived. Convinced that the pieces are finally in place, Sheila calls in all her favors to get an audience with the Base Commander at Miramar. Propelled forward at a breakneck pace, the rest of the novel focuses on John and Sheila’s attempts to convince the right people that a nuclear attack is imminent, and the frantic effort that has to be expended to thwart it with only minutes to spare.
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