Web-e-Books® Presents The Kempei, a Novel Recounting the Savage Occupation of Manchuria by Japan

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Epic e-book Re-visits Japan’s Wartime Legacy and Provides Historical Context for Managing Today’s Re-ignited Territorial Disputes with China, Russia, and the Koreas

The Kempei, a novel by Richard M. Baker, Jr., author of The Revolt of Zengo Takakuwa (Farrar, Straus, Cudahy, 1962; Bantam Books, 1964), is available in e-book form 35 years after the author’s death, part of a rare collection of Baker’s newly edited manuscripts. The Tri-Screen Connection, LLC, publisher and distributor of the e-book, is providing the technology platform and online shopping website for The Kempei e-book.

The Kempei recounts with graphic and imaginative precision the seemingly obscured story of unconscionable crimes and atrocities by an aggressor nation bent on military conquest. Based on Japan’s occupation of Manchuria beginning in 1931, The Kempei unveils the deeply disturbing, dark side of imperial subjugation at the hands of Japan’s elite military police, The Kempei Tai, and through the eyes and narrative conscience of eighteen-year-old Junichiro Inouye, the unintended, impassioned son of a Japanese rice farmer, forced as a Kempei recruit to rationalize sanctioned acts of brutality as the tenuous layers of human decency are systematically stripped away.

Uncensored, bold, unnerving, fascinating, The Kempei transports the reader beyond the scope of acceptable social and military conventions in a fictitious account of the horrific human toll of Imperial Japan’s unbridled, nationalistic terrorism.

The Kempei sits uncomfortably between Japan’s former aggressive, nationalist temperament and its American-drafted, constitutional directive to disarm and remain a peaceful nation since World War II. Trending anew towards a stronger military nationalism in a power struggle, particularly roiled by Chinese territorial claims and increasing provocations by North Korean, the Japanese public is becoming more receptive to a stronger defense. The message in The Kempei provides a potent forewarning for effectively cooling tensions before echoes of the past pique further regional instability.

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Priced at US $7.95 – read securely on-line or offline, no installation required.

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