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Obake Neko (Ghost Cat): A Pacific Tale

4.48  ·  Rating details ·  123 ratings  ·  39 reviews
It begins with a disappearance...
In the waning days of World War II, the Obake Neko is the last surviving Sen-Toku--a huge secret aircraft-carrier submarine created by the Imperial Japanese Navy. As the war comes to an end, the Obake Neko sets sail back to Japan with a cargo of unimaginable value. In the chaos of Japanese surrender, the clandestine vessel and its crew van
Kindle Edition, 347 pages
Published May 14th 2018
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Jun 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 stars

This is a great mystery story that covers a period of time at the end of the Pacific war and the present. The story is both well written and plotted. I enjoyed the characters, especially Sensei. It is a story about an imaginary submarine called Obake Neko or the Ghost Cat. She had been hauling supplies to the soldiers on the Pacific Islands until she was requisitioned on a secret mission.

Meanwhile an American war plane goes down and its four survivors are floating in a raft in the water
Jul 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Obake Neko (Ghost Cat): A Pacific Tale is history and mystery wrapped up in one novel, but David Gillespie combines more than one mystery within its pages. Mike Brennan seems to have his hands full between keeping his father's secret and still preventing him from being court marshaled. Helping his best friend find and preserve the burial place of Kamehameha the Great. Plus, working for his driven uncle.
I found Obake Neko (Ghost Cat): A Pacific Tale very well written, humorous at times. David Gi
Jun 15, 2018 rated it liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed the first half of this book. There is no doubt that this is an incredibly creative writer that is very good at creating unique situations. There were a lot of interesting twists and turns I did not see coming (which is unusual for me, I tend to find books and most especially mysteries predictable).
I also really loved the history to the book. I have many relatives that were involved in WWII and as they age and pass on a lot of their stories are lost. I love the idea of taking
Jul 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
You know exactly what you’re getting with this book and yet it still manages to be impressive and intriguing. It seems to a simple story about finding treasures lost to time by the war with a core father son relationship, which, by the way, is done excellently. Pretty standard, right? Yes, it follows the story of a standard post war mystery, and yet it manages to surpass expectations everywhere.
What David Michael Gillespie has managed to do is take a simple, realistic, and interesting plot and e
Chukwudi O.
Jul 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
During the World War II, German allies, the Japanese, embarked on a refit of a submarine to undertake a mission other than those slated for submarines during this period. Set on course for Germany, the I-403 possessed cargo whose contents were unknown to the crew at that time.
U.S. Flight Lieutenant Bud Brennan, on the course of a failed mission with the B-4 Liberator, stumbles upon the I-403 submarine, and its mysterious cargo. Circumstances surrounding the sighting are unrevealed, and records
David Styles
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I particularly appreciate historical fiction where an author has clearly done their research, and I definitely got to enjoy that here.

I also have a thing for military fiction that doesn’t focus on the bangs but rather on the people; a little less action and a little more humanity, and once again, the author does a fine job of delivering on that front.

Furthermore, the quality of the writing is excellent; the dialogue credible (often a stumbling block for many writers who manage to tick the other
Rachel Kester
Aug 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This fascinating tale by David Michael Gillespie will take you back in time to World War II. As this war is coming to a close, there’s still a major secret the Japanese Navy has: the Obake Neko. This is a huge submarine that also serves as an aircraft carrier. However, as the secret vessel works its way back to Japan, a catastrophe occurs and the ship disappears. The story then goes to present day where at Pearl Harbor a former U.S. Navy pilot breaks into a submarine museum. Eventually, it’s bel ...more
Shanell Meek
Aug 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was up all night because I couldn’t put it down!

Obake Neko (Ghost Cat): A Pacific Tail by David Michael Gillespie is a pleasant surprise. I wasn’t expecting to be enthralled by this book, war books aren’t really my thing but it didn’t take Michael Gillespie long to pull me in and get my imagination running! This book is most definitely a war book from the moment you begin but as you read it slowly changes and it quickly becomes filled with mystery and intrigue. Gillespie uses real history and
Payal Sinha
Jul 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Obake Neko is one great suspense novel. There is mystery at every step- what happened to Bud on the sea and how did he survive capture by the Japanese submarine and where are his colleagues; How did Bud get the money to invest in XEROX; What type of cancer was Spit suffering from; What was the secret mission for Toshi and Jiro; Why does Kawika shy away from showing his terrific swimming skills and allow Mike to be the local hero; Would Mike have a relationship with Sam or Kawika's sister, etc. T ...more
Aug 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: upwork
I loved this story. It has adventure, mystery, a bit of fantasy, some history. It was really an interesting story that had me wondering what would come next. I love historical fiction with a twist, so this was right up my alley.

Bud was a great character, along with his son, Mike, who helped give the story a realistic sort of adventure to it. With the use of real life places and spooky stories of the past, I felt the author did a great job researching and did not take the integrity of the story
Julius Blitzy
Jul 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Books like this, telling a story of war that doesn’t necessarily depict any fight or something similar are the highlights for me when it comes to books about war.
Even if I don’t know a lot about the previous war, it is not a problem for me to go and do my research, and once I did that I notice how the author masterfully crafted this story, the hints of fiction intertwined between historical events are amazing, also, I like this approach the author took with the story going back and forth from th
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I come from a family that had three generations of sailors before me, so military history is something I’ve grown up hearing. I really enjoyed the style of this story as it bounced back and forth between history and the fiction the author created. I loved the legend of the ship and how everything came to light as the author cleverly constructed his story. I would love to read more historical fiction from this author as you can tell he put a lot of thought and research into his work. Sometimes, f ...more
Jun 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Obake Neko (Ghost Cat): A Pacific Tale by David Michael Gillespie is a great book with an intriguing tale to tell. Obake Neko was a Japanese ship that vanished, filled with a mysterious cargo. With an in-depth prologue at the beginning of the book that details Bud's experiences on a life boat, and the alternating chapters between present day and the year 1944, Gillespie has written a compelling mystery. This is a complex war mystery story, but Gillespie does an admirable job of clarifying the in ...more
Jul 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Obake Neko is essentially a tale about searching for sunken treasure. What makes this a standout story is the wonderful and insightful writing. The book is well researched, which is evidenced with the interwoven historical accounts of the varies moments in the book. It's a well paced book, that I really struggled to put down until i'd finished it completely.

I absolutely loved the relationship that exists between Mike and his dad, Bud. For me, the telling of a hunt for Japanese treasure, told thr
Jun 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Obake Neko is the mythical Japanese ghost ship that disappeared on its way home at the end of WWII. As most War stories center on the main events of the conflicts, in this case it would be Europe or even north Africa, this book centers around the Pacific area of Japan and how the US Navy may or may not fit into the disappearance. When US Navy Veteran Bud breaks into a museum and destroys documents, his son is informed and must come to grips with the fact that his father may not have been telling ...more
Aug 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this novel very much, it is just what I needed for this scorching hot summer days here where I live. Obake Neko intrigued me first with the title, then with the cover and finally grabbed me when I passed about 5 or 6 pages. It is a very suspenseful, rich and well written book, with plenty of details and stuff you might not even notice, but appreciate if you do. It is a history novel and there is no good history novel without patient researching your material when you write it. The auth ...more
Jimmy Jefferson
Jun 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An incredible story of a fictional event that sounds very real

This is a story of mystery, treasure, and the search for the truth while trying to stay alive. A secret submarine from the end of world war 2 has been headed home to Japan when it disappears in route. The story takes on a mythic feel and people begin to wonder if it really exists. The present day adventure begins with a break in to the pearl harbor exhibit. The journey is fast paced and takes you on an action packed ride through the s
Aug 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
David Gillespie is a very talented creative writer that has produced a brilliant novel inspired by history and wrapped in mystery. The plot twists throughout this book have very unexpected outcomes that destroy the typical predictability factor. I found the time jumps throughout the book further poked my curiosity and often resulted in me reading well into the early hours of the morning. My knowledge of the Japanese Navy’s role in World War II is very limited but that did not affect my understan ...more
Charlie Latham
Jul 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Secrets, mysteries and an unimaginable discovery, this is a brilliantly written book. I never knew what to expect and was gripped throughout.

The father-son relationship is played out very well and their supportiveness of each other is heart warming.

I really enjoyed the historical aspect to the books, although it is of course a work of fiction there has obviously been a lot of research go into the writing of these.

After living in Tokyo for 6 months, I love anything to do with Japan and it was
Bailey Ember
Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical, thriller
This novel really took me by surprise. I wasn't sure what to expect and I can say that it completely knocked me off my feet. Such vivid imagery and a great plot and flow to the storyline. The author managed to completely submerse me in the novel from the very beginning. I really enjoyed the trials the characters went through and the history woven throughout. Lots of surprises and times that will make you second guess what you think will happen along the way.
C. Gonzales
Sep 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical
Sometimes I get to a point where I feel bogged down in a certain genre and need a change. That is when a Mystery is always my go-to. I feel like they make me think and help get my mind off of things more than any other genre. This one was doubly satisfying because there were historical elements that really give the story more of an authenticity.

The plot was fast paced and flowed smoothly and the characters were those who I really liked reading about. They were interesting and compelling.
Jun 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Incredible story

And it’s too bad that it’s fiction.
As the story unfolds, talking about Japan’s surrender and the disappointment of Japanese solders on Guam, I remember hearing those stories when I was on Guam in the late 1960’s which made me want the Ghost Cat to be true.
Thanks for a wonderful story that I really wanted to be true.
Jul 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
History is Mystery!
An historical fiction that connects to reality simply due to its story style, characters, events and smooth transition. The story revolves around the bake Neko that was a Japanese cargo ship which vanished in the past and with a mission to find the ship and the mystery behind it. The author’s creativity, the knowledge of genre is the highlight that keeps reader truly engaged
Susan E Nordstrom
Aug 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A book with several plots

A well written book with lots of action. A real page turner. Mike sets out to solve a problem for his dad but also must help a friend resolve a family issue. The Obake Neko is a submarine that holds the answers to the problems Mike encounters. There are many issues that need to be solved, making this a complex story.
Samantha Turley
Oct 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical, mystery
This novel is unique and unlike anything I’ve read recently. It really does take you out of a typical box from even the typical Mystery or Historical. It’s got a great premise and the author delivers a unique and authentic experience at the same time. I was very surprised by that and satisfied after reading!
Jeff Cochrane
Sep 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
A good read

I enjoyed the book. The characters were developed nicely. Good mixture of present time and World War 2. The plot was good and pretty much believable. Looking forward to reading more from the author. Recommended.
Lois Welsh
Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a book within a book within a book.

History, mystery and adventure.

When I had to put the book down it was very hard to.

There are nice twists and turns in the book.

I would give it more stars if I could.

Edward V
Aug 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Terrific read

I read an average of four books a week. This one is the best I have read in many months. And no, I am not going to comment on the plot or characters since I refuse to create a spoiler.
Ashley A.
Jun 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful historical fiction story about a son and his father trying to uncover hidden secrets of a vanished Japanese submarine. This story definitely pulls you in and you'll not be able to put it down until you've finished the whole thing!
Rebecca Gatzlaff
Jan 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really loved this mystery. There was alot of twists and it was action packed. I also loved the historical aspects. I highly recomend this book to people who loves history.
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