Jemo: A Fictional Account of the Baker Blast, Operation Crossroads...And of Those Left Behind (Unabridged)
by Stephen P. Robertson
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The United States conducted highly classified atomic testing in the Marshall Islands. One of the ships used in the mock up fleet was a captured Japanese Battleship, the Nagato. These ships were equipped with an array of equipment, from cameras to Geiger counters, as well as various farm animals. These tests were intended to determine "Fleet Survivability" in the face of a thermonuclear implosion. Unfortunately, no one fully understood, or could even begin to imagine, the utter devastation about to be unleashed...or the consequences!
A Novella That Tells A Big Story
Back in 1946, no one really knew the full extent of the War just fought, because most were getting back to living their lives. For the Engineer aboard the captured Japanese ship, all he thought was "one more mission"; to take the Nagato to Bikini Atoll in the Marshalls, and then go home.
But that's not what happened. His mission changed when he lost that ship to a horrible engine fire that killed all but he and six other men.
Then they struggle to survive on open water, and think luck has changed when they find another Atoll. However, that too is not the end of thier troubles. Within 48 hours of that fire aboard the Nagato, this man and his shipmates will be face to face with something he never signed up for!
Daniel Penz takes a story that's very emotional, and treats it with reverence. He makes distinct characters in how he affects his voice, and offers an actor's quality to how their dialogue is played out.
Since the main part of the story is a journal, this is perfectly suited.
I won't spoil the story. What I will say is that my drive to New York was effortless, because I was so absorbed in what was going to happen next. The last ten minutes of the drive (once the story was finished), I felt a deep need to be quiet, and feel what I experienced in hearing the whole thing told at one listening. It's deep, and makes you ask if this is a little bit too close to the truth.
When I next saw a guy wearing a hat with a ship on it, I shook his hand, and said, "Thank you for what you did back then."