Tuesday, April 5, 2011

East Wind Returns - William Peter Grasso

A young photo recon pilot in WWII finds the fate of the greatest invasion in history--and the life of the nurse he loves--resting perilously on his shoulders. "East Wind Returns" is a story of World War II set in July-November 1945 which explores a very different road to that conflict's historic conclusion. The American war leaders grapple with a crippling setback: Their secret atomic bomb does not work. The invasion
of Japan seems the only option to bring the war to a close. When those leaders suppress intelligence of a Japanese atomic weapon poised against the invasion forces, it falls to John Worth, a young photo reconnaissance pilot, to find the Japanese device. Political intrigue is mixed with passionate romance and exciting aerial action--the terror of enemy fighters, anti-aircraft fire, mechanical malfunctions, deadly weather, and the Kamikaze. When shot down by friendly fire over southern Japan during the American invasion, Worth leads the desperate mission that seeks to deactivate the device. "East Wind Rain" was an actual coded Tokyo Radio weather report, the signal to make war against the United States in December 1941; "East Wind Returns" is the fictional signal for deployment of their atomic device against the US invasion of Japan.

William Peter Grasso writes on historical and aviation topics. He is retired from the aircraft maintenance industry and served in the US Army. He also participated in Desert Storm as a flight crew member with the Civil Reserve Air Fleet (CRAF). He also writes WWII veteran biographies for Oklahoma newspapers.

What will readers like about your book?
My goal was to write a war story that people who didn't normally read war stories would enjoy. The interplay that flows between war and political plots, real life and fictional characters, and young, passionate romance results in a novel that has been described as
compelling and fast moving by a wide range of  readers.

Why did you self publish?
Self-publishing, especially e-publishing, offers the new writer far greater control over his destiny than the risk-adverse legacy publishing industry. Still in its infancy, the influence of and market share of self- and e-publishing will grow geometrically with the continued rise of e-reader sales. I would like to be on the cutting edge of this revolution in publishing, where the readers--not legacy publishers--decide whose work is worth reading.

Who are your favorite authors in your genre?
Lee Child, Tim O'Brien, James Michener, Leon Uris, Ernest Gann.

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