The Setting Sun: Death and Deception on the Bakumatsu Trail – Book Review

The Setting Sun: Death and Deception on the Bakumatsu Trail is another great story from American Mishima, while also being the work of Louis Edward Rosas. Rosas has earned a reputation for his thought provoking takes on power, loyalty, politics, and war with acclaimed books such as ‘The Soldier And The Samurai’, ‘Ishimaru’, and perhaps the best known of his works ‘Ichiro Dreams In Color’. Meanwhile, with a particular interest in the Samurai code and Japanese culture, American Mishima shapes the perception of war with powerful stories in tense settings at different points in history.

Death and Deception on the Bakumatsu Trail is a book that takes you into the shows of William Merrick who is on a rescue mission to save Americans at a shipwreck near the Shogunate Capital of Edo. Little does he know that the Itabashi Faction, a secret organization, is set to overthrow over two centuries of feudalism in a land that is divided between the loyalty for its Emperor and the Shogun. The Samurai Warlords of the Old Order of the Tokugawa Shogunate know that their Empire is crumbling, and its fate lies in the hands of only one man.

Based in 19th century Japan, this book captures the essence of the beauty and barbarianism of the land of the rising sun in the most imaginative way possible. The Setting Sun is not another tale of heroics or appropriating Japanese culture. It is a moving period war drama that breaks the traditional boundaries of genres and themes while offering a series of enthralling moments that will take the readers’ imaginations to the warzone. The Setting Sun: Death and Deception on the Bakumatsu Trail lets you travel to a time when deception was the art of war and politics.

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