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Yamato's Ghosts

Adult; General Fiction (including literary and historical); (Market)

… about my novel It’s my first novel and, most likely, my last. I’m 70 now and I’m not getting any younger. But, I digress. At the outset, an elderly Asian looking man, clad in an elegant kimono is found dead at the Presidio. Two of San Francisco’s finest are dispatched to the scene of the crime. They ruled out “hara-kiri” or disembowelment. There are no witnesses. A lengthy investigation ensued, revealing the extensive and complex background of victim, a Japanese-American, who was incarcerated in the aftermath of the attack on Pearl Harbor. During WWll, he joined the US Army, like so many other loyal Japanese-Americans. Trained as an agent, he infiltrated the Kempetai, the dreaded Japanese secret police. After the war, he worked for the CIA in South America to hunt down former high ranking Nazi and Japanese war criminals escaping to Argentina. Later in the story, the tables are turned on him when “the hunter becomes the hunted” by remnants of the wartime Kempetai. These right-wing elements resolved to assassinate the victim, because they believed that he had betrayed them disguising his birth as cover. More importantly, they did so because it was for the good of a resurgent country, now also a strong Cold War US ally in the Pacific. He was not going to become an embarrassment to a proud ancient country, causing its people to” lose face”. Tragically, the CIA caved in to their twisted sense of nationalism.
Leora Hirose

Yamato's Ghost

Leora Hirose, Hawaii

Sat 12/15/2018, 11:00 PM

Dear Mr. Santos,

     My name is Leora Hirose. Upon receiving your email, I promptly purchased your book.  It came in no time, and I finished it in two nights.  It is a marvelous book and you ought to be very proud of it. Growing up in Hawaii, we didn't have to go to camp, but I knew some of the racial discrimination. Since I like history, this book mentioned some of the places both in California and in Japan. I am familiar with the Dai-Ichi building for this was McArthur's headquarters after the war. My father, Y. baron Goto, was involved with some sort of intelligence for the U.S. army and was stationed in Japan a little while after the war. I really don't know what he did, but he had pictures of various places.

    As I was reading, I was shocked to see Frank Hachiya's name. My father was on the Emergency Service Committee, which I think was a go between the community and the army. Anyway, they always met at the YMCA and one day Dad saw some nisei soldiers and found out that they were from California. He, being a friendly person, invited them to come to our house. Among this group was Frank. These soldiers then made our house their R and R home and came back many times when they were on leave. I remember Frank was such quiet person, but always had time for me (I was about 6 or 7 at the time). I still remember the last time he was home. He told my Mom that in case he didn't return, to send the things he left with her to his Dad in Hood River. I remember my Mom telling him, that he shouldn't talk like that and that he would return and we will be waiting for him. Many years later, when I was going to be a freshman in high school, we did go to Hood River to pay our respects.

    Mr. Santos, I would like to meet you and personally thank you for the wonderful book.