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Pearl Harbor and More: Stories of WWII - December 1941 by [Doon, R.V., Couchman, Vanessa, Kang, Alexa, Ascroft, Dianne, Tanner, Margaret, Kummerow, Marion, Echols, Robyn, Kingsley, Robert]
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On December 7th 1941, hundreds of Japanese fighter planes carried out a devastating surprise attack on the American naval base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii and changed the face of World War II.

This wide-ranging collection of eight stories by a diverse group of authors, who write wartime fiction, commemorates the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Pearl Harbor. Few people’s lives were unaffected in some way by that fateful day and these stories reflect this.

Some of them are set at Pearl Harbor itself, in other parts of the United States and in Singapore. Other stories take place in Europe: occupied France, Germany and Northern Ireland. They explore the experiences of U.S. servicemen and women, a German Jew, Japanese Americans, a French countess, an Ulster Home Guard, and many others.

The authors invite you to step into December 1941 with them.

The Stories:

Deadly Liberty by R.V. Doon: Connie Collins, a navy nurse on the hospital ship, USS Solace, takes liberty the day before Pearl Harbor. Her budding romance wilts, an AWOL nurse insists she find a missing baby, and she’s in the harbor when WWII erupts. Under fire, she boards the ship—and witnesses a murder during the red alert chaos. When liberty turns deadly, shipmates become suspects.

The List by Vanessa Couchman: A high-ranking German officer is assassinated in Western France and 50 hostages are shot. Fifty more will be executed if the killers are not handed over. Jewish communist Joseph Mazelier is on the list. Will Countess Ida agree to help him escape?

Christmas Eve in the City of Dreams by Alexa Kang: On his last night in New York, a young grifter sets out to turn the table on those who shorted him before he leaves for the draft. Will he win or lose?

Allies After All by Dianne Ascroft: Although their nations are allies, from their first meeting American civilian contractor Art Miller and Local Defence Volunteer, Robbie Hetherington loathe each other. But Northern Ireland is too small a place for such animosity. What will it take to make the two men put aside their enmity and work together?

Time to Go by Margaret Tanner: A young sailor, who died at Pearl Harbor, finally meets his soulmate on the 75th Anniversary of the battle. Will she be prepared to leave the 21st century with him? Or will they forever remain apart?

Turning Point by Marion Kummerow: Eighteen-year-old German Jew Margarete Rosenbaum is about to be sent to a labor camp, when a bomb hits the building she lives in. Emerging from the rubble she’s presented with an unexpected opportunity. But how far is she willing to go to save her life?

I am an American by Robyn Hobusch Echols: Ellen Okita and Flo Kaufmann are high school seniors in Livingston, California. Ellen is a first generation American who lives in the Yamato Colony, composed of about 100 families of Japanese descent. Flo’s father is a first generation American. After Pearl Harbor, the war hits home fast and brings unforeseen changes to them and their families.

A Rude Awakening by Robert A. Kingsley: Singapore, December 1941; the fortress sleeps, believing its own tales of strength and invulnerability. A rigidly class based society throws garden parties and dines sedately, disregarding the slowly growing number of warning signals. Suddenly, the underestimated enemy ferociously attacks and the myth of invincibility is shattered forever.

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By Monica Mac TOP 50 REVIEWER on 13 February 2017
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This book is a collection of eight stories by different authors, all set around the time of the attack on Pearl Harbour, 7th December 1941.

Although I don't generally read short stories, I found this collection very interesting indeed. I have long had a fascination with World War II in any case, but I am sure that even if you don't, this would be a good read. Some authors are really good at writing short stories specifically, most of these authors were fantastic. There was one story that had a few too many details in it, and that meant that reading it wasn't as easy as some of the others, but I still enjoyed it.

Highly recommended read from me.

I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book. Thank you to THE Book Club.
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Pearl Harbour and more: short stories of ww11-december 1941 by various authors is a historical fiction read.
On December 7th 1941, hundreds of Japanese fighter planes carried out a devastating surprise attack on the American naval base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii and changed the face of World war 11.
This was a different read for me. I don't normally like war reads but I just couldn't put it down. I enjoyed all the stories I didn't have a favourite. It felt like I was there with them. Highly recommended. 5*. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced copy of this book from tbc on fb.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Poor research in some stories. 13 March 2017
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Sloppy research, or lack of research, has been popping up during my historical fiction readings (my favorite genre). Had I not been born in 1942, I probably would not catch many of the "goofs". I made it about half-way with this book, but I'm giving up. People in 1941 did not live in condos,
which came about much later. Back then, some people had co-ops, which meant that you owned shares in a building, which gave you the ability to rent. Also, people did not gamble in Atlantic City casinos until 1978. I gave this 3 stars because I did not finish the book. However, the stories I did read were very so-so.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I recommend this anthology after reading three well written stories that ... 10 November 2016
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This collection of eight short stories is a new issue, appropriately appearing close to Veteran’s Day and the approach of the seventy-fifth anniversary of that horrific event on December 7, 1941.
I recommend this anthology after reading three well written stories that examine events just before and during that seminal day.
DEADLY LIBERTY, by R. V. Doon tells the story of three nurses from the hospital ship Solace, anchored on “Battleship Row” in the harbor. Their liberty in Honolulu beginning on December 5 gives the reader intimate insight into 1941 life in that military town. The author paints a picture of complete surprise at the time of the attack. I don’t remember reading a more vivid account of the event. The reader is thrown headlong into the battle.
I AM AN AMERICAN, by Robyn Hobusch Echole is a poignant tale of two high school girls, one of German descent, the other a young Nisei in rural California. Having written about the plight of the Nisei, myself, I was struck by the thoughtful way Echols treated the subject of discrimination of Japanese-Americans at the war’s outbreak, and its effect on those two girls at the vulnerable age of seventeen. Nicely done.
A RUDE AWAKENING, by Robert A. Kingsley portrays the utter hubris of the British Command as word is heard of an impending attack on Singapore by Japanese forces. The author describes events through the eyes of air, naval, and ground military leaders. His detailed description of dated military aircraft in the face of overwhelming air superiority, a senior commander’s priority for a cricket match over war preparations, and a naval commander’s eschewing of air support in the loss of Britain’s two most important ships in the Pacific are just some of the examples in the portrait he paints of the fall of Singapore.
If the other five stories are as well researched and thoughtfully presented as these, I must recommend PEARL HARBOR and MORE to all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good collection of stories set in December 1941 3 November 2016
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I have read books by RV Doon, Alexa Kang, Dianne Ascroft, and Margaret Tanner so I was curious about this collection of stories. I normally do not read short stories but I am glad I purchased this book. Each author paints a different picture of the time around December 1941, each story set in a different location.

Vanessa Couchman's "The List" is loosely based on the real assassination of a German Military Commander in France in 1941 and the reprisals that followed. La Comtesse de Beaulieu-Saint-Louis lives in relative comfort at her chateau. She holds a respectable position in the area. The killing of the Feldkommandant changes everything. Fifty villagers were shot, and more will be killed if no one gives up the perpetrator of his murder. One of her house workers, Lucie Mazelier, begs la Comtesse to hide her husband, Joseph, who is of Jewish descent, and is on the list of people to be rounded up. La Comtesse has to make an important decision. She can help this man escape the Germans or she can stay out of trouble and do nothing.

Alexa Kang's "Christmas Eve in the City of Dreams" is about a conman slash womanizer Jesse Garland. It is his last day of freedom before he has to report for duty. Having read Alexa Kang's books, I am familiar with the character of Jesse. I enjoyed reading this piece and seeing him before he becomes an U.S. Army medic. This gave me more insight to Jesse's character, just as I am ready to read Alexa Kang's fourth installment in the "Rose of Anzio" series.

In Marion Kummerow's "Turning Point" Margarete Rosenbaum, a German Jew, has just been fired from her job as a maid. She has no doubt she will be sent to a labor camp, just like other members of her family. When a bomb hits the building, killing her employers and their daughter, Margarete is given a second chance at life. She seizes the opportunity and exchanges identity papers with the young lady. Maybe if she pretends to be Annegret Huber she will have a chance at survival. This is an intriguing story and I am eager to try Marion Kummerow's novels.

Robert A Kingsley's "A Rude Awakening" centers mostly on British colony of Singapore at the end of 1941. The British are, unfortunately, over confident and not prepared for the Japanese invasion. Robert Kingsley's portrayal of pre-war imperial Singapore is detailed and realistic. This story is jam-packed with many interesting characters, including an American journalist, RAF trained Dutch pilot, and Australian pilot. I enjoyed this short story and it has piqued my interest in this part of the War of the Pacific.

I highly recommend this book for anyone that is interested in the Second World War. Whether you know a lot about the time period or not, I believe you will enjoy it.
5.0 out of 5 stars WWII Historical Fiction at its best 2 November 2016
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I am a huge fan of historical fiction, mainly WWII, and I was a bit skeptical of a multi author novel, I thought they all collaborated on one story. I was pleasantly surprised when I saw they each had their own novella. I wanted to see how each of them wrote about the fateful December 7,1941.
Anyone who's studied world history or even US history knows about the fateful December day in 1941, and it has been written about the in every angle possible, or so I thought. Again, I was pleasantly surprised with the originality of each novel, there is even a time travel story that is heartwarming, endearing and emmotional. Of course, all of the historical facts are correct, but that's the only aspect that is in every story, all of the story lines are original and will not leave you disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Delightfully Brings You Back in Time 3 November 2016
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I thoroughly enjoyed this collection. I especially enjoyed Christmas Eve in the City of Dreams by Alexa Kang and Allies After All by Dianne Ascroft. With historical fiction, research is key, and I thought both stories did a great job of researching the language and style of this era to really bring you back in time. In "Christmas Eve" you get to know a conman who is enjoying his last day in New York before being drafted, and the author includes landmarks like The Russian Tearoom and Katz Deli to really bring you into the New York experience. And the way she positions the conman as more of a purveyor of dreams is an interesting take on the psyche of a scam artist. With "Allies After All" I really enjoyed the authenticity of the Irish characters, their dialogue and the realization of friendship in the story. Living in such a divided country right now, it was encouraging to read a story about people finding common ground.

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