Hijacking Japan (Clean Version)
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It was meant to be a chance to escape the hustle and bustle of Tōkyō. Nicola was working hard as an English teacher in Japan; she desperately needed a holiday. A long weekend with her boyfriend, Akira, and two other friends, Mai and Masashi, seemed ideal. The four of them would travel by Japan’s safest form of transport, the shinkansen (‘bullet train’), before boarding a ferry for the trip across to the quiet island of Sado. However, Nicola and her friends could never imagine that they would become caught up in a hijacking. Why would someone want to hijack this train? How would Nicola and her friends respond to being on a hijacked train? Would the police be able to catch those responsible? Hijacking Japan follows events in a real-time format during a dramatic day that threatens to bring the Japanese government to its knees. Hijacking Japan is available in two versions; the original version (for those over 15) and a clean version.
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Aug 22, 2018Full disclaimer: I know Chris well via academic work. I bought the book not only for this reason, but also because I have an interest in how self-publishing works as an industry. Buying the book from Lulu was quick and easy, and the service was fine. I will ask Chris about his experience publishing with Lulu on another occasion. About Hijiacking Japan (Clean Version): I found the first 150 pages a little slow, but once the hijacking got underway I was turning pages quickly and finished off the remaining 300 pages in 3 sittings. The level of realism is excellent in terms of technical train details relevant to the plot, the believability of the characters/scenario, and the little observations about life in Japan. This was helped by the real time format (reading continues at about the same pace as the plot develops), which worked well once the action got going. I chose the clean version because as a general principle I think it is easier to see the qualities of story-telling,... More > characterization and setting when I am not being distracted by gratuitous sex, violence and bad language. The plot did not require 15-rated material, so to be honest I think these could get in the way a bit in the standard version. Definitely glad I went for the clean version. But, if a good novel is about a little bit of escapism and immersing oneself in another world for a few hours, Hijacking Japan was definitely a good choice for my summer holiday read this year. For the most part I was just absorbed and keen to know what was coming next. Many action novels/films on a similar topic that I have read/watched follow quite a standard, cliched pattern. Whereas Chris tipped his hat to some favorite genres (I just knew there would be a Bond reference in there!), ultimately I liked the fact that he did it his way ... and I had no idea what the ending would be until it came. I think this is what I liked most: I felt I had read the story Chris wanted to write, not the story a publisher had told him to write in order to make money.< Less
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- Christopher P. Hood (Standard Copyright License)
- Clean Version - First Edition
- Caradoc Books
- July 7, 2017
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 1.72 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 5.83 wide x 8.26 tall
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