The Far Side of the Sky by Daniel Kalla

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Perhaps I was expecting too much. Kalla’s first job is as a doctor and his forté up until now has been writing medical thrillers. So it’s likely unfair to compare him to others I have read...who knew a thing or two about writing historical novels.
-Toronto Star

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November 9, 1938—Kristallnacht—the Nazis unleash a night of terror for Jews all across Germany. Meanwhile, the Japanese Imperial Army rampages through China and tightens its stranglehold on Shanghai, a city that becomes the last haven for thousands of desperate European Jews.

Dr. Franz Adler, a renowned surgeon, is swept up in the wave of anti-Semitic violence and flees to Shanghai with his daughter. At a refugee hospital, Franz meets an enigmatic nurse, Soon Yi "Sunny" Mah. The chemistry between them is intense and immediate, but Sunny's life is shattered when a drunken Japanese sailor murders her father.

The danger escalates for Shanghai's Jews as the Japanese attack Pearl Harbor. Facing starvation and disease, Franz struggles to keep the refugee hospital open and protect his family from a terrible fate.

The Far Side of the Sky focuses on a short but extraordinary period of Chinese, Japanese, and Jewish history when cultures converged and heroic sacrifices were part of the everyday quest for survival.



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About Daniel Kalla

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Daniel Kalla practices emergency medicine in Vancouver, British Columbia. He is the author of six novels, including five scientific / medical thrillers. Kalla's novels have been translated into ten languages.www.danielkalla.com
 
Published June 5, 2012 by Forge Books. 463 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, War. Fiction
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Toronto Star

Below average
Reviewed by James Macgowan on Jan 18 2012

Perhaps I was expecting too much. Kalla’s first job is as a doctor and his forté up until now has been writing medical thrillers. So it’s likely unfair to compare him to others I have read...who knew a thing or two about writing historical novels.

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Good
Reviewed by Linda L. Richards on Oct 07 2011

...The Far Side of the Sky offers a thoroughly satisfying if somewhat straightforward journey. One is reminded of Michener and Clavell: both very good storytellers whose works were seldom critically lauded, but whose readers deeply enjoyed them for the things they learned...

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