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FREE õ Black Sun, Red Moon: A Novel of Java ⚸ Drama and Tragedy during the Indonesian Revolution An ambitious, unconventional, compelling saga of men at war, captivity, forced prostitution, murder, political dirty tricks and mob terror in Japanese occupied and revolutionary Indonesia Rory Marron s Black Sun, Red Moon gives us an almost tangible glimpse of the chaos that was Java in His writing, infused with imaginative speculation, is sweeping, poignant, passionate and unflinching Publishers Catalogue Japan s sudden surrender ends the Second World War but triggers the Indonesian declaration of independence from the Netherlands, catching the returning Dutch and Southeast Asia s peacekeepers , Britain, by surprise In a chaotic, mistrustful peace Lord Mountbatten orders the Japanese to defend the white colonial order Recent foes have no choice but to become alliesof a kind In greatest peril are , European women and children interned by the Japanese These defenceless civilians, abandoned and half starved, some of them former sex slaves, become hostages to the future of a free IndonesiaAs their former gaolers become their guardians, protecting them from hostile mobs, hatreds and prejudices are hastily re examined British, Gurkha and Indian troops, veterans of the long Burma campaign arrive in Java expecting a warm welcome from grateful civilians and easy duties Very soon their orders are rewritten, their mission and motives questioned, as they face determined, frequently suicidal opposition In the mayhem of siege and slaughter, once sworn enemies stand shoulder to shoulder against a murderous human tide Yet when loyalties are questioned fragile, new bonds are threatened and Japanese must face Japanese in a private, deadly, finaleKate van Dam is struggling to survive the squalor and deprivation of an internment camp Faced with a sick mother, little food and medicines she accepts the dubious offer of hostess work at Japanese officers clubLamban longs for independence for Indonesia A chance encounter with an activist plunges him into a teeming, dangerous world of secret societies, plots and the whirlwind of revolutionFor Lt Kenichi Ota, Japan s surrender saves him from a suicidal last stand But to save the woman he loves he will have to fight againSeaforth Highlander Alun MacDonald has had his fill of the British Army but finds himself facing a new, unpredictable foe and having to trust his former enemies with his lifeWar Correspondent Meg Graham is expecting to cover Japan s defeat Instead she is pitched into a ruthless struggle for an empire unrestrained by rules of war I thoroughly enjoyed this book and learned so much about events that were almost a footnote in history classes I took My uncle served in Burma and would never talk about his experiences so this has helped me to see that period in context Can t wait for the next book. MERDEKA Unintended consequences of war are revealed in this post WWII historical fiction rendition of events surrounding the former Dutch possession Indonesia Marron introduces myriad characters to the reader as he attempts to describe the absolute chaos created by various interests of the local populace, the Dutch, the Japanese, the English, and even the United States There are simply too many players and too many issues to cover in a single 300 page book so the reader is committed to the se MERDEKA Unintended consequences of war are revealed in this post WWII historical fiction rendition of events surrounding the former Dutch possession Indonesia Marron introduces myriad characters to the reader as he attempts to describe the absolute chaos created by various interests of the local populace, the Dutch, the Japanese, the English, and even the United States There are simply too many players and too many issues to cover in a single 300 page book so the reader is committed to the sequel Merdeka Rising This is real history, brilliantly researched and using invented characters to demonstrate the compelling events When Japan surrendered, ending WW2 and their POW cruelty, Holland wanted its colony back But Indonesia declared independence under Sukarno Nationalist extremists massacred Dutch released from the Japanese POW camps, including women and children Britain had to unite with and re arm Japan s occupying military to safeguard the Dutch and maintain law and order Author Marron covers all This is real history, brilliantly researched and using invented characters to demonstrate the compelling events When Japan surrendered, ending WW2 and their POW cruelty, Holland wanted its colony back But Indonesia declared independence under Sukarno Nationalist extremists massacred Dutch released from the Japanese POW camps, including women and children Britain had to unite with and re arm Japan s occupying military to safeguard the Dutch and maintain law and order Author Marron covers all the essential intrigues, deceits and squabbling generals Also the inter racial romantic passions Here too is a vivid mix of Javanese and Nippon cultures.An intelligent thriller, this book reveals a little known niche of horror after the war The sequel, Merdeka Rising, is an equal five star read Received the book as a Goodreads Giveaway Okay, so I started reading this book like, what, a year ago or so If I knew that the first one hundred or so pages were nothing like the other half of the book I would have kept on reading The first six chapters were reaaaally not my cup of tea it was just too slow There were five orcharacter and I just didn t know if any of them would turn up later, so I was mostly bored it felt like I had to meet all my relatives for Christmas while I onl Received the book as a Goodreads Giveaway Okay, so I started reading this book like, what, a year ago or so If I knew that the first one hundred or so pages were nothing like the other half of the book I would have kept on reading The first six chapters were reaaaally not my cup of tea it was just too slow There were five orcharacter and I just didn t know if any of them would turn up later, so I was mostly bored it felt like I had to meet all my relatives for Christmas while I only really cared for two or three of them There was also the fact that there were different countries and places involved I wasn t so well informad about the Java situation, so it was very difficult for me to know why the location HAD to be moved constantly.CHARACTERSMaybe the point that I would rate the lowest, but for a personal opinion only I m accustometed to really feel for the character I read about in a war zone it s very probable that people could get injured or worse, and I would usually get kinda worried about the protagonist s wellbeing That dind t happen in this book The narration is very distant, it s like there is a spectator that describes everything that is going on and tells it how it is I don t get attached, I don t feel what the prigioners and the military is feeling I m just watching it happen A part from Ota who, in the end, I like because he showedfeelings than the others I think that none of the people in the book will stay with me for a long time It s not like they are forgettable, but they don t stand out either They are just indifferent.WRITINGAbsolutely the strong point The writing is correct and with a large vocabulary that never seem to be excessive Also liked the pace of the story it went smoothly and used terms that made the people who don t know a thing or two about the war like me, I admit understand the politics and the decision behind the conflict I loved how the author put some phrases or words in different languages in occidental alphabet, as it is pronounced I could really feel the distinction between the ethnicities.PLOTNothing to say here The writer was very well informed and said everything meaningful that historically happenes in these years, I can t contradict anything since I didn t study the war.ENDINGI already knew that there was gonna be another book, so yeah, no ending surprise here Will have to consider for the sequel it was a very nice end in the end