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4.32  ·  Rating details ·  81 ratings  ·  37 reviews
"Suspenseful, touching, and beautifully written."--Margaret George,New York Timesbest-selling author ofElizabeth I

France, October 1944. A Japanese American war hero has a secret.

A secret so awful he'd rather die than tell anyone--one so entwined with the brave act that made him a hero that he's determined never to speak of the war. Ever.

Decades later his son, Daniel
Kindle Edition, 328 pages
Published May 1st 2019 by Tiny Fox Press, LLC
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Amy Bruno
Wow, this was one emotional and powerful read!

Repentance tells the story of Daniel, a cardiac surgeon, his father, and the 442nd Regimental Combat Team which was made up of Japenese American soldiers during WWII. I read a lot of historical fiction set during the Second World War but Repentance sets itself apart. I have never read about the Japenese American soldiers and what they had to go through to fight for the US. Andrew Lam did a phemonenal job of bringing their story to life, their
N.N. Light
This is quite an intense book. The emotions of the reader are taken for a roller coaster ride throughout. The story of Daniel and his journey through the emotions of his life is one that is worthy of a reader’s time. The author accurately portrays the difficulties, pain, suffering and horror of warfare in the Vosges Mountains in World War 2.

I’m so royally offended at the example of cowardice when Daniel's 'Dad' ran away and left Hiro to the Germans. That the character himself considered
Jacob Rundle
Feb 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting read going from 1944 France to Los Angeles 1990’s. A story emotionally charged and characters you sympathize because of the uncontrollable events they’ve been through. I couldn’t put it down. I give it a strong 4/5. Historical fiction isn’t my genre, but I still recommend this story.
Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Having received an advance copy of “Repentance," I devoured it in one sitting, finding I could not put it down. What a page turner! This historical novel moves back and forth from 1944 France to Los Angeles in the late 1990s. It tells the story of the 442nd battalion, a force made up entirely of Japanese American soldiers, many of whom had been interred at Manzanar, one of ten War Relocation camps set up in 1942 by FDR to contain a perceived threat from Japanese Americans during WWII. It is also ...more
Nina Skolsky Metz
Grab yourself a free afternoon, a comfy chair, and a copy of Andrew Lam’s newest book, Repentence. You will not want to stop reading until you come to know all about the main character, Dr. Daniel Tokunaga, a celebrated cardiothoracic surgeon at a Pennsylvania hospital. What makes him tick? Why is his relationship with his father so contentious? Why does the government want to contact his father concerning a medal he was awarded for service during WWII? Why does Daniel know nothing about his ...more
Feb 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received an advance copy of this book.

Repentance is a beautifully written and superbly-researched book covering a little known part of American history where the government perpetrated a great injustice against its own citizens who happened to be of Japanese descent.

This book is a thrilling page turner that I didn't want to put down, especially once I reached the action scenes. I particularly appreciated the character development of Ray and the complicated relationship he had with his son
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Repentance is a great novel and really engaging read. It takes place both in California in the late 1990s, WWII France and later the Japanese interment camps. This enables the author to take the reader on a journey through time and provide a road map for how some of the primary characters developed their view of their world and lives. In this context, we see that Repentance is really about relationships between husbands and wives, father and son, mother and son, brothers and long lost loves. The ...more
Apr 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 stars

This is a remarkable novel.

I knew about the Japanese internment camps from growing up in Washington where there was an internment camp not far from my home. (This camp is not mentioned in the afterword in the book. I don't know if this is an oversight or if the author simply didn't know about it.)

My grandparents were German immigrants who farmed in Newell, South Dakota. While they were not interned, their crops were confiscated and the military kept a very close eye on them. (Newell no
Sarah Sabin
May 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs, gifted
"Rarely has a nation been so well served by a people it has so ill-treated... they did more than defend America; in the face of painful prejudice, they helped to define America at its best."

-Bill Clinton

Repentance follows Daniel Tokunaga, a well-known cardiac surgeon and head of cardio, and his estranged father, a Japanese-American war hero who fought in France during WWII. Daniel has never given his father's service a second thought until the Department of Defense began reaching out about
Felecia Kelly
Jun 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Historical facts (442nd Regimental Combat Team) plus fiction makes for a really good story. I really enjoyed reading this novel. It was engaging and held my interest from start to finish. Oh, the secrets! The historical notes at the end provided just enough light on the brave men who served with the 442nd. Thank you NetGalley for forwarding this novel to me to read in exchange for an honest review.
Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was so happy to receive an advance copy of Dr. Andrew Lam’s third book, Repentance. I opened it on a cross-country flight and didn’t put it down until I had finished it! I love historical fiction and this story does not disappoint. It is both a heart-breaking look into some of our nation’s more abhorrent history (the internment of Japanese Americans during WWII) and an uplifting story of a man’s journey to healing. Highly recommend!
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received an advance copy of Repentance. This book is fabulous. A stunner. It made me cry. It hit me on two levels. First, it’s a touching story of a broken family. Daniel Tokunaga is a cardiac surgeon whose marriage is falling apart and who hasn’t spoken to his war-hero father for a decade. These strained relationships set up a number of gut-wrenching scenes of anger, disappointment, drama and redemption that I won’t soon forget.

Secondly, it’s the story of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, a
anson miedel
Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A page turning piece of historical fiction. World War 2 is fertile ground for novels, but rather then German occupied France or horrific death camps, this story focuses on the lesser known history of Japanese American regiments. These troops fought on behalf of a nation that concurrently forced Japanese Americans back home onto internment camps. A fascinating part of history that makes for a wonderful backdrop to the story.
Nicole Overmoyer
This book is absolutely stunning. It's now one of my top three historical fictions set during the world wars.

I need time to think before I review, to ensure I give it the credit it is due. A more complex review will be posted just before the release date.

(I received an advanced copy of this book from Tiny Fox Press in exchange for a fair and honest review.)
Wulf Krueger
May 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 0_wk_read_2019, arc
The fact that they had nothing to do with Pearl Harbor didn’t matter. They were guilty by association, by the color of their skin and the slant of their eyes. It didn’t matter that they didn’t speak Japanese, or that they were American citizens. The bottom line was that their kind had perpetrated a horrid crime that came from the land of their ancestors. The shame was a burden that all Nisei silently bore, a burden every soldier in the 442nd was fighting to be free of.

I got this book for free
Apr 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of historical fiction, people interested in WWII or Asian-American history
Disclosure: I know the author, Andrew Lam, and I read an early draft. I received an advance copy of the book.

Daniel is a Japanese-American surgeon whose marriage is on shaky ground. During World War II, his mother was incarcerated in the Manzanar Japanese internment camp while his father served in the all Japanese-American 442nd Regimental Combat Team. Daniel is estranged from his father, but is forced to come to terms with their relationship when he flies out to visit his parents in response
An exceptional book. Repentance peels away layer after layer of personal and family secrets. The story unfolds around looking back the World War II internment of Japanese Americans and the parallel story of the segregated 442nd Regimental Combat Unit. It centers on a mid-aged Japanese American heart surgeon (the author is also a doctor). At the top of his game professionally, Daniel has to face up to the crisis in his marriage, his relationship with children (who barely appear, to be honest), ...more
Jennifer Shanahan
May 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-giveaways
This book was really interesting and intense. It tells the story of Daniel, head of cardio-thoracic surgery at Penn, who has a very successful career, is married to his beautiful wife Beth and has two amazing smart kids headed off to college. His life seems perfect but it is far from it. His parents live in California and he is not close to them, especially his gruff, non-emotional father Ray. He has never been close to either of them sine he left for college and especially sine his younger ...more
Alexander Lin
Jun 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Repentance is a historical novel centered around 2 main characters, Ray Tokunaga, and his son, Daniel. The story focuses on the relationship between father and son, which is skillfully interwoven between events during World War II and the present era (late 1990's). Andrew Lam uses the backdrop of the European theater and the famous 442nd infantry regiment, well-known for being comprised of soldiers of Japanese ancestry, who fought bravely for their country despite being discriminated against at ...more
Abrianna Leaming
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

Historical fiction is slowly gaining ground as my favorite genre to read. It’s such a complex genre no matter the era, and this novel is no exception.

Lam wrote a beautiful, heart wrenching story about World War II Japanese Americans. His clever twists through time and his expertise with dangling juuust the right amount of information really pulled me through the book. I learned a lot more about the war, and about a group of
Apr 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An engaging novel which intertwines themes of generational sacrifice, honor & loyalty and the human experience of delving into something that is bigger than yourself.

I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and would recommend this widely! The reader is ushered into the life of 2 intersecting characters - a father and son - both of whom hold great pride in the task that life has placed before them. Both of whom encounter the need to seek forgiveness - will they find it? how is their future defined
Elisabeth P. Comet Readings
Kudos to Andrew Lam and his new historical fiction, Repentance.
With amazing twist and turns, and a well crafted written style, I was totally compelled to this story.

It follows a double timeline which shows the reader the present time from Daniel's point of view and the past through his father's pov. Both the men are so different and the shadow of their past has marked a distance impossible to overcome, but there is something from Daniel's father past that might affect the present and the
Jun 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Andrew Lam has done it again!

As many have mentioned, yet another page-turner, "can't put it down" book from Dr. Lam.

The story is very realistic and hit me on multiple levels, including the historical aspect of the 442nd regiment and Japanese internment during WWII as well as the personal aspects, in terms of the family issues experienced by the well-developed characters.

The back and forth between WWII flashbacks and the modern day works well, with seamless and appropriate transitions, and it
Max Chang
Jun 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Andrew Lam's Repentance is quite the page turner and he brings in an interesting perspective on how to tell the story of the most decorated regiment in US military history, the 442nd. I just couldn't put it down. and really enjoyed the read.

He has created a story that helps the reader empathize with a veteran of the 442nd. Even though I have read a lot about the casualties of the 442nd and even met a couple of veterans, little has been written about the PTSD and the after effects of war for this
kevin berry
Sep 09, 2019 rated it did not like it
Couldn’t Finish it

I am baffled as to how this book could achieve such a high average rating. It moves sloth-like page after page featuring shallow characters having painfully mundane conversations portrayed in sophomoric dialogues that require suspension of disbelief that human adults could communicate that way. The historical flashbacks were no more interesting or intriguing, and seemed to be going nowhere in particular . I was bored beyond persevering, and disappointed because it’s about a
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had a very good time with this book. I've all of read Andrew Lam's other books, and this one had the harder challenge of mixing historical fiction with contemporary fiction, but succeeded with aplomb.

I thought that I had figured out the family mystery early on in the book, and I won't divulge it here, but I realized I was misdirected and happily surprised at the end.

I actually learned quite a bit from this book, and it's rare to encounter a book that is so enjoyable from a story-telling
Mary Ryan-kusiak
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Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book of this author I have read, but it will certainly not be the last.
I love his writing style. I loved the character development. But most of all I loved how this book was unbelievably fantastic and I stayed up almost all night to finish it because I knew I wouldn't be able to sleep otherwise.!!
Shocking, but realistic, REPENTANCE will grab you from the beginning and shake you to your core!!!
Sandra Krein
Apr 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An engaging novel about relationships, duty and secrets set in World War II and 1990s Los Angeles. It stands out amongst the myriad of novels about WWII because it is one of the few to focus on Japanese-Americans not only as internees in wartime internment camps state-side but as Nisei soldiers bravely fighting in Europe. A must read for those who are looking to learn about an under-explored aspect of history and for those who love a good family drama with lots of twists and turns.
Daniel Tokunaga is a successful cardiac surgeon of Japanese-American descent. He’s never given his father’s war service a second thought until Department of Defense makes contact wanting to know about his war efforts. Daniel has a difficult relationship with his estranged father who’s always been remote and strict.

The book follows Daniel in the present day and his father Ray in the past. Through tragedy, Daniel learns who his father really is and what he sacrificed for his family’s sake.

I knew
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Andrew Lam, M.D. is the award-winning author of Saving Sight, Two Sons of China, and Repentance. His writing has appeared in the New York Times and Washington Post. He is a retinal surgeon with a history degree from Yale and is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

Dr. Lam's first book, Saving Sight (Irie Books 2013), about his work as an eye surgeon,
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