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Faith Ignites in Hearts at Hiroshima, Pulls Down Racial Barriers in US

Contact: Kevin Cochran, WinePress Publishing Group, 360-802-9758


MEDIA ADVISORY, Dec. 11 /Christian Newswire/ -- On August 6, 1945, the city of Hiroshima was the target of the first atomic bomb to fall on a civilian population. Three days later, Nagasaki suffered the same fate. In all, 250,000 persons—and more in time—perished in the devastation.

Paralleling the sixty-first anniversary of these historic events, Sunrise on Kusatsu Harbor, a dramatic new fiction release from first-time-author Dan Maloney [Winepress Publishing, 2006], places you where the bombs are falling, the skies ablaze with terror, and two war-torn sweethearts cling to life, seeking grace and courage to survive.

Disillusioned by his empire’s biological weapons strategies and heartsick for Tori, the beautiful Christian girl who waits for him at home in Hiroshima, Mieko, a young medical researcher drafted into the global conflict, struggles with his ghastly assignment: to produce a deadly viral strain that will ensure a swift victory for Japan. When the A-bomb ends his grim wartime mission (though not his potent scientific discovery) a bitter heart grieving the loss of country and loved ones drives him to America and incites a “private war” within him to avenge his dead.

“A quarter of a million people? How can there be no war to fight now?” Mieko asks. “My family was killed. Tori is dead. Someone has to pay! I will not stop fighting this war. I will fight until we win!”

From the refugee-strewn streets of Hiroshima to the post-internment community of San Francisco, to the heartland of America—experience the struggles of everyday people from East and West as they confront the aftermath of nuclear explosion and work to put their lives back together. Can they rebuild? Can they find healing for the physical deformity and emotional wounds they still suffer? Will they reunite, and forgive…or will bitterness, prejudice, and evil yet triumph in their hearts and lives?

“This book will take readers to a place they have never been before,” says author Dan Maloney. Tori shows that even a small, disfigured woman with everything working against her has the ability to overcome social ignorance and make a difference for others. As the story has evolved over twenty-six years, I began to see that it might open up a new dialogue on ethics, prejudice, and peacemaking on our planet,” Maloney says. “That is my hope and reason for writing.”

Sunrise on Kusatsu Harbor is available by calling toll-free 1-877-421-7323 or through www.WinePressBooks.com or your local bookstore.