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By John Shors

ISBN-10: 0451224922

ISBN-13: 9780451224927

From the writer of underneath a Marble Sky comes an inspiring new novel of a guy and a girl from diverse worlds whose love is positioned to the last word try out as they fight to outlive a unprecedented set of conditions. View our characteristic on John Shors' Beside a Burning Sea. One second, the realm conflict II clinic send Benevolence is patrolling the South Pacific on a project of mercy—to retailer wounded American squaddies. the subsequent, Benevolence is divided in via a torpedo, killing virtually everybody on board. A small band of survivors, together with an injured jap soldier and a tender American nurse whom he saves from drowning, makes it to the abandoned shore of a close-by island. Akira has suffered 5 years of bloodshed and horror scuffling with for the japanese empire. Now, surrounded by means of enemies he's imagined to hate, he as a substitute reveals solace of their company—and rediscovers his love of poetry. whereas sharing the secret and wonder of this ardour with Annie, the eye-catching yet tormented lady he rescued, Akira grapples with the soreness of his previous whereas aiding Annie discover the promise of her destiny. in the meantime, the remainder castaways undergo a global no longer in their making—a global as barbaric because it is gorgeous, as hateful because it is loving. With the mixture of epic storytelling and emotional depth that distinguishes him as a different expertise, John Shors finds a robust tale of redemption concentrating on not going enthusiasts, heroes and villains, and war-torn countries—all, of their personal methods, struggling with to outlive.

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Perhaps I saw a spirit. Or as you might say . . ” “Hai. I . . ” Annie had spoken to many dying men and had heard many such things. She’d been told of angels and darkness and tunnels of light, and believed in these visions. “Did she . . ” Akira nodded. ” “And why . . ” He smiled briefly. ” “I’m sorry. ” “Please do not worry,” he said kindly. Though once highly proficient in English, Akira spoke slowly, as more than five years had passed since he’d tried to think in the language he adored—to him the language of Shakespeare and Dickens and Yeats.

Women were suddenly shouting and three figures rushed through the shallows to drag him toward a beach. The figures were embracing and crying and Akira wondered if they saw the little girl too. Had she saved them as well? Had she told them that she was safe and sheltered and that she did not fear? Akira crawled toward her, wanting to hold her against his heart, wanting to feel the warmth and joy and hope of her. He felt her for a moment, felt all of those things he so longed to feel. And when she told him of her forgiveness, he went limp in her arms and for the first time in years he was at peace.

If Akira had been brave and noble like his father, he’d have helped the girl to her feet and he’d have died holding her hand. He’d have never seen his mother again, never watched cherry blossoms tumble down the tile roof of his home. Yet how infinitely better that death would have been to the alternative he chose—turning his back on the girl to save himself. Her face haunted him now as it often did. He tried to watch the stars, tried to remember that something of solace remained before him. But the stars were only beautiful when they illuminated a beautiful world.

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