United States of Japan by Peter Tieryas- An interesting update on Man in the High Castle

United States of JapanUnited States of Japan by Peter Tieryas
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

An interesting take on a similar scenario to Man in the High Castle . Set in the western US under Japanese rule following a lazy solder and a secret police officer as they dig through the layers of the society and track a rebel group and a computer game showing a different outcome to the war.
Comparisons to PKD are inevitable but the style is quite different. But like PKD the book has a dramatic technological advance based on a culture with little morals holding testing back. The level of computer technology is highly advance come the 1980s , maybe a little too much but it still works well.
The story overall is more accessible than Man in the High Castle and maintains a good pace , builds on a well thought out point of divergence.
Some points in the plot move through a little too easily and I saw the final twist a mile off but still very enjoyable .

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About Paul Walsh

I'm a big fan of fantasy and scifi, which would make up most of my reading but will branch out often enough. Favourite authors vary over time but generally include Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman, Conn Iggulden, Robert Harris, Karen Maitlan, Kate Mosse, Anne Rice, Philip K Dick, Ray Bradbury. John Scalzi, Mark Lawrence, Pat Rothfuss and a host of others. I'm not the harshest reviewer but will note down a few words on all books I read.
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