This story is a little slow to build, but it is certainly worth being patient through the first few chapters because the pace soon quickens and what follows is a very compelling journey. This story scratches beneath the shiny surface of the typical west meets east novel, showing the darker side of both the US and Japanese cultures and in equal measure, with an intriguing mix of mystery, action and romance along the way. Hiatt’s skillful character development provides the reader with a deep understanding of both the protagonists and their enemy’s motives. Hiatt admirably resists the all too common need of authors these days to tie up all the loose ends. No previous knowledge of Japanese culture necessary – an excellent read!Read the blurb and other reviews: The Secret Sun (AUS), The Secret Sun(US), The Secret Sun: A Novel of Japan(UK)
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