March 7, 2016 “A very well written conspiracy thriller book. It was very easy for me to read/follow from start/finish & never a dull moment. Lots of exciting scenarios, with several twists/turns & a great set of unique characters to keep track of. There is no doubt in my mind this is a very easy rating of 5 stars.” Tony Parsons
The PAC Conspiracy is a quick read for e-book fanatics. The intersection of the business world and criminal organizations has been the subject of several novels recently and this book is one of the good ones. We were a bit skeptical when we started reading this book as it was from an author whom we had not heard of before. Our feelings, however, were quickly substituted by joy! Brawer has talent and writes in easy language. Mystery Tribune Magazine
When I thanked Eshan of “Mystery Tribune” for his review, I mentioned that I was surprised he reviewed The PAC Conspiracy so quickly. He said, “Usually it takes more time to review as we get 150+ books a month and we have to pick and choose. But the 1st chapter was intriguing and I kept reading.”
It’s a soap opera that crosses borders. A family struggle with revenge, decades’ old injustices, corruption, politics, and tradition. From Japan to San Francisco this book explores two cultures and how they cope with the modern world. It’s a wily chess match played on an international scale. The Ewings have nothing on the Nagoyas.
Toshio Nagoya wants to be the next Shogun ruler of Japan. He wants to exact revenge upon America for their treatment of Japan not only during the war, but when they were invaded more than 150 years before by people who would subvert Japans traditions. Gathering a group of like-minded businessmen, he’ll strike back both financially and politically.
Toshio’s cousin, John Nagoya, feels similarly against America. With the help of his son in-law, he’s going to affect politics and skirt the law. To do that he must defeat a powerful Senator who intends to strengthen laws restricting foreign influence on American politics.
John’s son, Roger, suspects all is not smooth in the businesses he sees his father helping to buy. However, he may have to contend with Ogato Nagoya, the power hungry son of Toshio.
There’s everything in this novel-history, sex, murder, politics, corruption. It’s a story for today. It shows the good and bad sides of both Japanese and American cultures. Brawer has done his homework to come up with a fine piece of dramatic writing.
Reviewed by Stephen L. Brayton, December 2012. Author of Night Shadows, Beta and Alpha.
5.0 out of 5 starsCompelling Political Thriller, May 23, 2013
Politically astute, Brawer has drawn on current political realities to frame his book, realities like the enormous United States debt to China, and the power that gives China to put pressure of the U.S. Then there is the expanding military and economic power of China which fuels the ingrained fear Japan has of being taken over by China.
In addition, the author deftly handles a large cast of characters. Three families are prominent: first, the powerful Japanese Nagoyas led by Toshio Nagoya who strives for Shogun status in his attempt to see that Japan assumes her "rightful place" as "ruler of the world." Then there are the second-generation, Japanese-American Nagoyas led by John Nagoya,a lawyer who hates America because of past violence against his family. Last, are the American Morrisons, led by Senator Ted Morrison who is in a position of power regarding legislation and investigations into Japanese companies and the conglomerate keiretsus.
These three families are linked by blood, marriage, and business. The novel abounds with political machinations and manipulative relationships. There is love, hate, murder, and infidelity, as the families interact, and the twists and turns of the plot will keep you engrossed until the very end. But the highlight of the book, for me, was the truly authentic picture of the Japanese culture, not only the history of their culture and religion, but also the day-to-day customs and behaviour and psychology of a people that are very different from our own society.
Only one word can describe the depth and meticulous nature of the research Brawer has done to bring the Japanese culture to life in this book, and that word is "magnificent."
I give this book: FIVE HAI's “Lies, betrayals, greed, deceit, prejudice, hate and murder…author Richard Brawer’s characters stay true to their culture, tradition and values from start to finish as some struggle to stay afloat, others to prevent disgrace on their families and some just to remember who they are. Which one will remain at the end to take the last bow will surprise the reader.”Fran Lewis for Booktown
I've just finished reading this book & it is a page turner ... Would make a good movie. Thoroughly enjoyed it.Paul S. for Indie Book Reviews.
The PAC Conspiracy (Formerly Keiretsu) is a scary thriller I won't easily forget. It is a warning about what is coming in nuclear proliferation as well as a treatise on our greedy congress. The CEOs of Japan's largest Keiretsus (conglomerates) secretly conspire to build nuclear weapons as a deterrent to China's growing military threat throughout Asia.
This is where the scary part comes in. Using the Supreme Court ruling that corporations can spend any amount of money on elections, the conspirators form a conglomerate of seemingly 100% owned American companies located throughout many United States' congressional districts. Then they spend money to get the district congressman elected. The congressman will then be beholden to that company and will be pressured to object to any administration's demand that Japan stop making nuclear weapons.
But what really makes this novel a great read are the characters. G. Parker, an avid reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Japanese influence in The Pac Conspiracy, April 4, 2014
By Jeanie B. Clemmens - Amazon Verified Purchase
This review is from: The PAC Conspiracy (Kindle Edition)
An influential Japanese businessman, who still believes Japan can rule the world, is secretly buying up American companies but retaining their American-owned status. His aim is to legally make campaign contributions to certain politicians and companies with foreign investors can't do that. I liked the story and the authentic Japanese phrases, history and customs in the book. The fact that a Senator's son is married to a Japanese girl and the liason lawyer, who sets up the corporate buys, and the Japanese man, who controls the scheme, are cousins, makes for some interesting family situations and complicated politics.