End of the Beginning Book Summary and Study Guide

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This novel is the second book in the "Days of Infamy" series by Harry Turtledove, after the successful invasion of Hawaii by the Japanese in this Alternate-History series, End of the Beginning continues with the development of society under Japan's rule.
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The book follows several differnt characters (on both sides) as those characters survive under Japan's rule, battles with the American forces, POW's and American civilians trapped are covered in great detail as the Japanese discover holding Hawaii has many challenges and difficulties.

The American Navy is rebuilding, and preparing for a massive counterattack, while Japanese Americans on the Island search for their identity, trying to discover if they belong under Japanese rule, or American. POWs struggle to survive, and tolerate the abuses of the Japanese soldiers, while the American Civilians suffer themselves under an oppressive regime.

The final portion of the book is the American invasion of occupied Hawaii, battles, survival, and stuggles of both the soldiers, and the civilian population.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 30%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 10%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 20% Tone of book    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   alternate history War or Invasion    -   Yes Major kinds of combat:    -   guns Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   infantry soldier Age:    -   20's-30's


Terrain    -   Water Earth setting:    -   20th century Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   descript of kissing    -   descript of touching personal anatomy    -   impregnation/reproduction    -   major character becomes a sex slave    -   actual description of sex    -   rape/molest (yeech!) How much dialogue?    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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