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Cherry Blossoms in the Storm by [Kaku, Robert, Kaku, Gail]
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Length: 364 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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Three brothers find their lives turned upside down when they are caught in the cataclysm of war. Eldest brother, Akira Omura, is stranded in Japan and forced to fight against the country of his birth. Complicating matters is a love triangle with Akira, his beautiful fiancée, and two other men. In America, wartime hysteria sends younger brothers Tad and Danny to internment camps. They traverse oceans and even wider chasms of prejudice, hatred, and separation from loved ones, risking their lives to seek freedom and hope for the future.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1240 KB
  • Print Length: 364 pages
  • Publisher: Majesty House (21 September 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B015O3YB34
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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5.0 out of 5 stars A story that will stay with me a long time! 13 October 2015
By Ruth Reid - Published on
Cherry Blossoms in the Storm is eye-opening, insightful, and an accurate depiction of what Japanese-Americans were forced to endure during WWII on U.S. soil.
The characters were believable, and the Omura brothers story captivated and held my attention from the opening scene. Akira, the eldest, is teaching in Japan when Pearl Harbor is bombed. Unable to flee the country, he lives in fear of the authorities discovering his American Citizenship and his Christian faith. Following Akira’s journey to serve God in wartime Japan when Christianity is forbidden, was awaking. Cherry Blossoms in the Storm (based on true events) offers a glimpse into secretive worship gatherings and the struggle Christians endured to serve Jesus.
Akira wasn’t the only brother having a difficult time. Back in the U.S., bothers Tad and Danny are living the American dream. Then news of war breaks out and their once peaceful surroundings turns violent as accusations of National loyalty are made. Victims of community out lash and hated because of their race, the Omura family become targets. The FBI uproots them from their home, they are interrogated, and placed into internment camps where entire families are forced to live in a horse stall. Tad eventually joins the military to show support for the U.S.A. while his younger brother, Danny, outraged by how Japanese-Americans are being treated, joins the resisters.
I won’t give away the details, but what this family endured was heartbreaking and will live on in my memory. I was appalled by how easily American Citizenship—freedom—could be stripped.
Cherry Blossoms in the Storm is a must read for its startling truth, gripping forgiveness, and its depiction of courage and strength to stand on faith in Christ even when it might mean dying for their beliefs. Bravo, Authors Robert and Gail Kaku!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you're interested in Asian American History, this is a must read ! 6 November 2015
By Lis Chin - Published on
As an Chinese American girl , I had heard stories from my mother about Japanese Americans being sent to internment camps. My mother was a twelve year old girl who witnessed her friends being sent away and had to tell people she was Chinese.I was very interested in Cherry Blossoms in the Storm because of my many Japanese American friends. It was very difficult for me to put the book down. It is a well written novel based on historical facts. I wanted to keep following the lives of the members of the Omura family. One of the brothers named Akira is living in Japan when Pearl Harbor is bombed while the rest of the family is sent to Santa Anita Race track and then to an internment camp. The other two brothers who are Tad and Danny are in the camp with their parents. Tad is married and volunteers to fight for America to prove his loyalty as an American Citizen. Akira has many troubles to overcome in Japan. The stories of the brothers are creatively interwoven throughout the book. There is also some romance for the unmarried brothers. As I read the novel , I learned about how difficult life was for many Japanese Americans during that time in history and how some of them found hope. Since reading this novel, I have a new understanding of what life must have been like for the parents of my Japanese American friends. I highly recommend reading this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars " I enjoyed the book very much 3 October 2015
By Yuki - Published on
My interest in this book brought back many memories that have been stored in the back of my mind. I lived part of this book. Father was picked up by FBI on December 7 and whereabouts was unknown for a long period of time. Mother left on her own with no one to help her raise young children, coping with financial problems when bank accounts were frozen and then winding up a business, selling a house and disposing of goods when vultures descended on her preparing to depart for camp. Yes, the tarpaper barracks and cold Wyoming winters were real. Two of my siblings were stranded in Japan so the book revealed some of what they went through as they never talked about life in wartime Japan. Only in recent years, we who were in relocation camps, are able to freely discuss and read about our disrupted lives which the Kakus describe in detail in "Cherry Blossoms in the Storm." I enjoyed the book very much.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Winner!! 6 October 2015
By Thomas Quinn - Published on
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Cherry Blossoms in the Storm tells of a dark episode in American history. After Pearl Harbor, Akira Omura finds himself stranded in Japan, fearful that his religion and American citizenship will become known. Back in the United States, the FBI detains and removes his family from their farm near San Francisco. First the authorities house them and thousand of other Japanese-Americans at Santa Anita race track, one family per horse stall. From there they go to over-crowded Heart Mountain Relocation facility in stark Wyoming. Brother Tad decides to prove his loyalty to the United States by joining the army. Outraged by the Japanese-Americans' unjust treatment, brother Danny joins the resisters.

Cherry Blossoms in the Storm is a well-crafted emotional roller coaster. I give it five stars.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars " It is beautifully written with descriptive narrative and 3 October 2015
By Ann Ault - Published on
"Cherry Blossoms in the Storm" by Robert and Gail Kaku had me hooked from the very beginning! This book has it all ... gripping intrigue, romance, nefarious villains and events that ring all too true in terms of "going-through-it-to-get-to-it!" It is beautifully written with descriptive narrative and, although these are fictional characters, the book is based on historical fact. You are utterly caught up in the probable lives of this Japanese American family who are separated by challenging circumstances, go through World War II in their separate lives, but the adventures they encounter on their journeys lead to a most soul-satisfying conclusion. Enjoy! I sure did!