I was pleasantly surprised by this book. Because of other things that I've heard and read from Dr. Allred, I wasn't sure if I was really going to like this book or not. Not only was I worried about the writing, but it was also a biography. Typically, biographies are not really my style. I've read a few that have been really good, but facts tend to leave me cold sometimes. When I read a book, I usually do it to escape in some way or another into the life of someone else. This book was assigned by Dr. Allred in my biographical writing class so I had to read it. I decided to get a head start on it so that I could have spring break to read whatever I wanted to read. But, I didn't expect what I read. I'm also so happy to know the author of this book.
The Kamikaze had always been a bit of a mystery to me, why did the government of Japan allow so many men to plummet to their death in hopes of striking a foul blow to the enemy? What I didn't know, was that these men were actually just teenagers, and the main character was only fifteen when he was drafted as a pilot into the Japanese air force. This book gives a truly remarkable account of the Kamikaze and what they went through to be considered "worthy" to die for their country. This book may be a biography but it reads like a novel. While I was reading this book everyone asked me how a suicide pilot survived to tell the tale and I had to keep replying, "I don't know yet!" I did find out and I hope you take the time to check this book out and find out for yourself.