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The Occupation of Joe

Bill Baynes


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Tokyo, 1945. A Japanese boy too old for his years, a survivor of the American firebombing, dares to cross the wasteland where he saw thousands burn to death, and approach the occupying forces to get food for his family. A young Navy lieutenant, proud of the Allied victory but appalled by the devastation he sees across the city, cares enough to help. As post-war pressures mount between the two cultures, he becomes entangled in the lives of the boy, his infant sister and his beautiful mother. The Occupation of Joe is an emotionally powerful, gripping post-war tragedy from Top Hat Books, publisher of quality historical fiction.

Top Hat Books, 9781785358227, 128pp.

Publication Date: August 31, 2018

About the Author

Bill Baynes is a writer, producer and director. A specialist in public interest marketing, he has worked in many media formats. He was a reporter for the Miami Herald and the Associated Press and won awards as a documentary filmmaker. He has been active in feature film and video production, magazine publishing, public interest marketing, and website development. He has also worked with school systems to create student-driven media campaigns about health-related topics. Mr. Baynes is a member of the Historical Novel Society and the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators and a board member of the California Writers Club, SF Peninsula branch, which recently honored him with its Jack London Award for distinguished service.