Item description for Zero Over Berlin by Joh Sasaki, Hiroko Yhoda & Matt Alt...
1940. Hitler wants to rain death on London but he doesn't have the aircraft. Classified info about a new long-range plane -- the Japanese "Type Zero" -- intrigues Nazi generals who ask their Far Eastern ally for a few prototypes to study. But how to get the planes from Japan to Germany? Unable to fly safely over the Soviet Union or the vast British Empire, maverick Japanese pilots just might make it if they can refuel at the few secret pockets of resistance en route.
Zero Over Berlin is an amazing adventure of dogfights and narrow escapes, geopolitical intrigue (from the other side), and military covert-ops that never were. From Japan's celebrated answer to Tom clancy and Jack Higgins- Joh Sasaki.
"...a compact Japanese version of a W.E.B. Griffin novel." - Publishers Weekly
"Much more than just a plane-ride story, Zero Over Berlin offers a broad canvas of a world uneasily slipping into a world war. "- The Complete Review
Joh Sasaki is a writer of tales of adventure. He has published close to fifty books, including Zero Over Berlin. Both the Japan Mystery Writers Association and the Japanese Adventure Fiction Association have awarded him for excellence in writing. He has also won the Yamamoto Shugoro prize, and half a dozen of his works have been made into films and/or stage playsl Zero Over Berlin is his richest historical work, demostrating not only the breadth of Sasaki's research into World War II and fighter aircraft , but also the wealth of inmagination fed by his obsession with wild energy and unknown possibility.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1.25" Width: 6.5" Height: 9.5" Weight: 1.4 lbs.
Release Date Jul 1, 2004
ISBN 1932234098 ISBN13 9781932234091
Reviews - What do customers think about Zero Over Berlin?
Good book, interesting author Mar 26, 2005
When I first read the book it was almost like the mission really happened. This is also part of a trilogy of books based during WW2. As for this being a pro-axis book. Come on, pilots of an axis power would consider England as the enemy. This doesn't mean that the book is trying to make what Japan did in WW2 acceptable. One of the two pilots, Ando, even hates the Japanese military for what they have done. On a side note, I saw the author talk about this book in San Francisco. It's interesting that an engineer for Honda would become an author. Even he is sure this book will not become a movie or mini-series, as a couple of his other books have in Japan, because of the production cost.
Disturbing pro-Axis slant Oct 28, 2004
Yes, the story line is interesting, and the book moves along energetically, and the historical details are informative. No one's going to deny that. But I am deeply disturbed by a more fundamental apect of this book: the Axis Powers (Japan and Germany) are portrayed as the good guys, and the Allies are the villains. We as the readers are expected to root for the Nazis and the Japanese imperialists -- not as some sort of postmodern ironic joke, but for real. The British and the Russians and the Americans menace and threaten the book's heroes. While the hero/villain dichotomy is not completely black and white in Zeros Over Berlin, the basic thrust is that the readers want the pilots to get their planes to Berlin so the Nazis can copy the designs and drop bombs on England and America.
I see this book as part of a long-term trend -- which is really coming to a critical point in recent months -- of rehabilitating the reputations of the Axis Powers in WWII. England issued a sort-of apology just a month ago for attacking Germany at the end of WWII, and both Japanese and German politicians, authors and historians have been declaring of late that they should feel no more national shame than the Allied Powers do. Zeros Over Berlin is part of that trend, and because of that I feel it sets a dangerous precedent.
Fun to read, so speedy, but also so deep! Jul 28, 2004
The great author in Japan, Sir. Joh Sasaki, finally presented this Planet Wide Zero Fighter's Pilots Adventure novel in any other language areas! I really want to see "Zero Over Brlin" at any theaters as the one of Hollywood Made cinema! I can't wait for that! Please read at first!