A thrilling novel of the West’s first journeys to Japan from “a master storyteller” and the acclaimed author of 'Saigon' and 'Peking' (The Kansas City Star).
Set in July 1853, this tale of the first clash between the fledgling modern nations of America and Japan illustrates the civilian hysteria provoked by the arrival of the Americans on steam-driven warships, and the mutual fears this set in place.
A fleet of ships billowing black smoke steam past Japan’s tributary islands in July 1853, setting off panic among a people who have been sealed off from the rest of the world for over two hundred years. Commodore Matthew Perry has arrived, sent by the US president to open Japan to American ships and trade—by force, if necessary. Navy lieutenant Robert Eden, an idealistic New Englander, immediately recognizes that the colonial intentions of his countrymen will ignite a violent conflict with the feudal, sword-wielding samurai. Inspired to pursue peace, he jumps ship and finds himself plunged into a world of frightful and noble warriors, artfully exotic geishas, and a distraught populace who view the Americans as monsters. Eden tries to bridge the divide between two proud, unyielding cultures in the name of morality, but he may not survive to see the lasting harmony he hopes to create.
Condition: Very Good
Goodreads Rating: 3.66/5