When a Japanese submarine surfaces on a summer night in 1942 to shell a gun battery on the Oregon coast, two young men embark on separate journeys. One will savor early victory, ecstatic love and the fiery destruction of his Japanese homeland. The other will lose his innocence in the ferocity of the Pacific War. At home and in the Pacific, the families and loved ones of these two warriors also pass through the storm of war.
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In Enemy in the Mirror:Love and Fury in the Pacific War, every emotion is experienced: excitement, joy, pain and agony. The battle scenes are particularly descriptive and bring to mind the full horrors of war. The authors obvious knowledge of the Japanese culture floods onto the pages. Enemy in the Mirror doesn’t glorify war, it leaves you with a sense of loss and sadness for its characters. It also shows that both cultures suffered immeasurable pain and suffering.
– Book review: WW2 Connection
Enemy in the Mirror: Love and Fury in the Pacific War deftly combines drama, romance and action into one enjoyable read. Set against a backdrop that ranges from North Oregon Coast locales to Imperial Japan, this book will delight history buffs with its attention to period detail. Smith has written a novel that is carefully crafted and developed, fully imagined and emotionally engrossing. Intertwining the stories of ordinary people on two Pacific shores, the book switches between nations, cultures and characters, to provide a complete understanding of the terrible complexities of war and its reach into lives with much commonality.
-Dan Haag – The Coast Weekend Astoria, OR
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