Hunt for the Bamboo Rat

by Graham Salisbury
Published by Wendy Lamb Books

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I’m back with yet another book review, but these are all books that I read in October before I started posting Scaretober posts. This is yet another book that I read for the Creating & Co RIP Readathon challenge, but it took me longer than the readathon lasted to finish.

This review is on Graham Salisbury’s Hunt for the Bamboo Rat. This is the fourth book in what he is now calling the Prisoners of the Empire series, other books from this series include Under the Blood Red Sun, Eyes of the Emperor, and House of the Red Fish. I have read the rest of the books in the series at various times throughout my life and if you would like me to review the series overall I can.

Spoiler alert! I actually am partially in love with this series by Graham Salisbury, so this review might be a bit biased. In this book, we meet Zenji Watanabe a recent high school graduate and Japanese American who is recruited by the US army to help with spy and then translate for them on a mission to the Philippines. Zenji’s job for the US Army is to keep tabs on the Japanese in the Philippines and report back to base, he is given the name Bamboo Rat as a code name. Zenji often has a hard time in the Philippines because many people assume due to his looks that he is from Japan, so he often has to clarify. Zenji is picked up and brought in by the US military days after Pearl Harbor is bombed, but he continues to work for the military even risking his life.

I won’t spoil the book for you entirely, I would highly recommend it. It is a fairly fast and intense read once the story really gets going. Like many of the other books in this series, this is based on a true story of someone’s life and pieces of other people’s lives. I hope to read more about the characters in this series and am excited to meet new ones.

Hopefully I’ll be back soon with another post. Let me know what you have been reading lately.

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