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Rising Sun, Falling Shadow (Adler Family #2)

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Espionage and betrayal become part of one family’s struggle to survive—the sequel to the bestselling author’s The Far Side of the Sky.

It’s 1943, and the Japanese war machine has swallowed up Shanghai,the once-thriving “Paris of the East,” upending life for its Chinesepopulation as well as the city’s thousands of American, British and officially stateless European residents
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Paperback, 368 pages
Published September 10th 2013 by HarperCollins Canada
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KOMET
"Rising Sun, Falling Shadows" takes up from where The Far Side of the Sky left off. It is January 1943. Shanghai and its inhabitants, firmly in Japan's vise-like grip, continue to struggle against the brutality and savagery of a war that seemingly has no end. Both the city's Jewish refugees and Allied civilians become subject to greater scrutiny on the part of the Japanese. The former group, by order of the military governor of Shanghai, is compelled to sell their homes and personal belongings ...more
Jane
Dec 13, 2013 Jane rated it liked it
This review was first published by the Historical Novel Society. I received a free copy of the book.

This novel is the sequel to The Far Side of the Sky and is set in Shanghai in 1943. Things are looking bad for the Jews who have taken refuge in Shanghai; the Japanese occupying forces have interned the British and Americans and, urged on by their Nazi allies, have forced the Jews into what is effectively a ghetto. Dr. Franz Adler and his Eurasian wife, Sunny, cope with an escaped internee, the Ch
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Kathy
Nov 13, 2013 Kathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rising Sun, Falling Shadow, by Daniel Kalla, is a sequel to The Far Side of the Sky. The setting is 1943 in occupied Shanghai during World War II. Thousands of German Jews escaped to China during the war, and the story opens with the Japanese relocating the Jewish refugees into the "Shanghai Ghetto."

The story revolves around two main characters: Dr. Franz Adler and his Eurasian wife Sunny. Together the Alders manage to operate a small hospital against all odds for the Jewish refugees. The Alder
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Carla
An enjoyable read about a part of the WWII experience I'd never heard much about. Unfortunately some of the characters did things that seemed implausible (Sunny getting involved with the underground and the daughter smuggling stuff in and out of the ghetto..... just didn't add up - they didn't seem that brave and/or stupid),and lessened my enjoyment of the book.

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In this sequel to The Far Side of the Sky (2012), Kalla delivers a gripping blend of suspense thriller and survival story,
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Sandra Hinds
Dec 18, 2013 Sandra Hinds rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is what a book should be. Entertaining, while teaching you something at the same time. Excellent continuation of the story started in The Far Side of the Sky. I simply can't wait to read the final installment of the trilogy. I love Daniel Kalla's writing style and I was totally immersed in the story. AWESOME
Toni Osborne
Feb 13, 2014 Toni Osborne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This wonderful story continues the intrigue, the medical drama and the love stories that began with “The Far Side of the Sky”. Although this sequel can be read on its own I strongly suggest reading the first to connect with the characters and understanding them better while each is coping with a shattering loss.

During the Second World War Shanghai was one of the last havens for Jewish refugees, after the Japanese occupation the Jewish population was forced into the squalid ghetto of Hongkew. Lif
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George Summerfield
A story of love, loss, and life living just outside of the edge of humanity.

A poignant story of love and loss, from a forgotten Front in WWII. You can feel the plight of the German and Prussian Jews, settled as refugees in Shanghai - still hunted by Nazis. As if Japanese occupation of China wasn't brutal enough; hatred and distrust surrounds this community of refugees, as it relegates them to a ghetto, no less squalid as those of their families left behind in Europe.
This is a book that you will
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Sara
Jul 15, 2014 Sara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I stayed up very late last night reading this from front to end. This book is a follow up to his last book and continues the story of a Jewish family in Shanghai during the war. Nonetheless it is pretty light reading, but with such an interesting stage for the story. I'm imagining that he'll follow this up with another book or two and it will be interesting to see where he goes with this, and how the characters end up. More and more books are coming out about the Jews in Shanghai, and this is a ...more
Jessica
Jun 14, 2015 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Daniel Kalla’s RISING SUN, FALLING SHADOW is the highly anticipated sequel to THE FAR SIDE OF THE SKY. If you’re worried about spoilers, you won’t find any major ones preventing you from enjoying RISING SUN. Kalla provides enough back-story and allows a reader to delve right in without being lost.

The year is 1943 and bowing to Nazi pressure, the Japanese force thousands of Jewish refugees in Shanghai to relocate. Newlyweds Franz and Sunny Adler endure the move to the ghetto and continue to opera
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Lindsay Wilson
I've had this book on my "to-read" shelf for a really long time. I enjoyed the first book well enough, but couldn't seem to get into the right mood to read this one. Ultimately, I'm glad I did, and I will certainly read the next one, but I do feel that this book didn't live up to The Far Side of the Sky.

In a lot of ways, its appeal is similar; Shanghai during World War II is a unique, exotic setting, and it's a perspective you don't see a lot of. That appeal is still here, but without the novel
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Heather Simmons
A great sequel.

In many cases, the books following the first in a series, fall short of the mark. This story continues the intense and riveting tale of love, loss, and hope in World War II Shanghai. I enjoy Kallas historical references and the characters that give the Shanghai story such depth. I look forward to the final book in this series so I can learn of the fates of these characters I have grown to love.
Ken Klein
Feb 28, 2015 Ken Klein rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Second (so far?) in the author's "Shanghai Series," this book follows he story of a Jewish family in Shanghai during the war with Japan. Conditions worsen as the Jews are forced to move into ghetto conditions and German-Japanese alliance focuses increasing attention and suspicion on the refugees. As in the previous volume, the author avoids reliance on the usual Shanghai stereotypes, and deserves credit for that.
Kathryn
Aug 28, 2014 Kathryn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The sequel to the Far Side of the Sky, and continues the story of Franz and Sunny. This book develops some of the minor characters a bit more, and as I read books for the rich characters I found that really interesting. I hope there's a third book in the series, as I really want to know what happens to these people as the war draws to a close.
Niya B
Oct 07, 2013 Niya B rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Despite the emotional density of the subject matter the text is a surprisingly quick read. This is because it is very well paced and leaves you wanting to know more. Kalla build intrigue and develops the characters just enough to engage you with them while focusing on moving the plot forward. Towards the end this results in characters that seem more stock than real, and one wishes for a better understanding of motivation, or for deeper complexity that would make them seem more three dimensional, ...more
Karen Giovannetti
Feb 25, 2014 Karen Giovannetti rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


This book continues the story about the Second World War in Shanghai in the year of 1943. It continues to follow up on Dr. Franz Adler's family and friends. I am hoping Daniel Kalla will continue the saga of the family to the end of the war.
Kathleen Hurst
Jan 21, 2014 Kathleen Hurst rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book in the series and it is just as good as the first one.
I love the characters and their tenacity.
It has been a long time since I read her first book but Daniel Kalla did an excellent job bringing in details from the first book to job my memory.
This book could be read without having to read the first book, The Far Side of the Sky.
Gayle
Dec 19, 2015 Gayle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This second book in the saga about European Jewish refugees living in Japanese occupied Shanghai during WWII is even better then the first. I am looking forward to the 3rd.
Mia
Sep 07, 2015 Mia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful read. I love good historical fiction - characters to fall in love with; something new to learn about the world. This book was captivating.
Kathleen Scott
Jan 21, 2014 Kathleen Scott rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book in the series and it is just as good as the first one.
I love the characters and their tenacity.
It has been a long time since I read her first book but Daniel Kalla did an excellent job bringing in details from the first book to job my memory.
This book could be read without having to read the first book, The Far Side of the Sky.
René Toet
Aug 31, 2014 René Toet rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
'The Far Side of the Sky' and 'Rising Sun, Falling Shadow' have it all.
A Jewish family - escaping Vienna in the end of the 1930s - finds a new home, friends and enemies in war time Shanghai. The struggle for the survival of their community is a story of terror, misery, betrayal, intrigue, sacrifice, hope, friendship and love. A story which is told beautifully...
Sandy Lamarche
Mar 16, 2014 Sandy Lamarche rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A continuation of "The Far Side of the Sky". A bit of historical fiction of Shanghai during WWII.
Donald Sinclair
Mar 09, 2014 Donald Sinclair rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very good book. Can't wait for the next one in this series.
Susan Shepherd
Jan 18, 2014 Susan Shepherd rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have ready a great many books about the Second World War, but this is the first set in Shanghai. I thought the characters could have been better developed, although the story is quite fast-paced and the setting interesting in its diversity.
Raven Haired Girl
Superb characters, you feel their anxiety as they face each day and it's challenges. Sunny and Franz are examples of courage, hope and optimism. Full of suspense, at times I was tempted to flick to the ending to find out the final outcome - I restrained myself although difficult. A story truly depicting survival and the ravages of wartime. Historical fiction fans with an affinity towards WWII will want to add this to your TBR.
Michelle Hatanaka
Could not put it down. Loved, loved, loved it.
Liz Neale
Aug 30, 2015 Liz Neale rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting story. I enjoyed reading this very much.
Connie
Sep 29, 2013 Connie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a compelling book about the resilience and courage of the Chinese, Shanghailanders, and Jews of Shanghai during the Japanese occupation of WWII! Such colourful characters, each one of them a hero in his/her own right. There are many books about WWII on the market, but this is the first I have read that addresses how it was experienced by those in the Far East. I appreciated the author's historical accuracy in this novel, and enjoyed her writing style very much. It is a thought-provoking rea ...more
Carmen
I must wait for the third book to find out what happen.
Lesley Strom
Struggled to get through this one. Just felt like it didn't quite have the same "hold" as the first in the series.
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Born, raised, and still residing in Vancouver, Kalla spends his days (and sometimes nights) working as an ER Physician in an urban teaching hospital.

The idea for his first medical thriller, PANDEMIC, sprang from his clinical experience in facing the SARS crisis of 2003. He has written five science thrillers and or medical mysteries, delving into themes and topics as diverse as superbugs, drug addi
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