Author: Ryu Murakami
Translated by: Ralph McCarthy, Charles De Wolf and Ginny Tapley Takemori
Publisher: Pushkin Press, London, UK .2013
Action, intrigue and powerful characters in a futuristic story
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Ryu Murakami’s novel is one that I would love to see be made into a big screen movie, if It was I would imagine it would be like a Japanese version of a Die Hard movie with the characters of the Expendables fighting a rogue team to save their own country.
With an enormous cast of seventy five characters Murakami takes us on a fictional adventure set in Fukuoka, a large city on the southern island of Kyushu in Japan.
Researched to get the background, characters and set the scene he has created a detailed, action novel that will engage, inform and entertain the reader.
A rag - tag team of specialists live in an abandoned are of Fukuoka without the knowledge of the authorities as they have no certificate of residence. Left to their own devices over a number of years they have honed their skills and have been quietly and waiting for an opportunity to be of use to society. A change of circumstance occurs in their very city and they rise to the challenge
A slick, fast moving futuristic story with likeable characters, a story line interweaved with places, people and history. It has all the hallmarks you expect from a Ryu Murakami novel. Can’t wait for the movie version!