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About the Author

T. Jack Lewis was born in Chicago Illinois, in 1957. Growing up in a traditional suburban home, he longed for travel and adventure. He found that when he joined the Marine Corps right out of high school. His assignments have included working with the Kuwaiti Air Force, The British R.A.F., the Philippine Marines, the Japanese Self Defense Forces, and the South Korean Air Force and Marines. He draws extensively on these experiences when depicting events in his books. Over the years, he has attended Saddleback College in California, Monmouth College in New Jersey, and Missouri Southern State University.

His assignment to Japan In 1984 was the most profound. He was fascinated by the culture and decided to stay. He married and had two sons. He lived inside the Buddhist culture and studied its philosophy of reincarnation and karma. His work finds a way to provide the reader with many opinions about religion and philosophy. It compares the traditional Christian teachings to a Buddhist culture that has an objective viewpoint.


World Travelling

Over the years, Lewis has visited Japan (Honshu), South Korea, Taiwan, Guam, The Japanese Ryukyu Islands (Okinawa), and Saipan. He also spent time in Luzon and lived for a time in Mindanao in the Philippines. Other travels have taken him to Alaska and Hawaii as well as the Bahamas, Mexico, and Ontario, Canada.

Lewis holds the highest regard for the people of the countries he has visited. It is little wonder that he would study Oriental history and their conflicts. Ever the military historian, Lewis discovered many historical facts in his research for The Kenda Saga.

As a conclusion, it should be noted that this author has discovered and now wishes to promulgate that people are very much the same in all corners of the globe. Customs and courtesies may differ greatly, but for the most part, it is the desire to live in peace and find comfort and security with family and in one's own religious beliefs that erases all our differences. From page 268 of The Tiger's Den: "See, the one thing that connects all humans is our mortality. Everyone is going to die...someday. And when you think about that...really think about it; what is the difference between us and the Russians...after we die? See? Nothing. After we die, what are we? We are spirits. We have no country. We have no race. We have no gender. We have no possessions. No loyalty to an emperor or a cause. Nothing separates us."  If we could remain mindful of this undeniable unity here in this eartly plane, war would become a footnote in history.

 


Author and Sons

From the Author:

I know that the setting of World War II is not going to make most readers scramble to find a copy of this book. In fact, I find the setting to be of particular interest to only a small but dedicated group of people; but I would say that the story is timeless. Men and women have found each other and fallen in love in the most extreme situations. It is the spirit of these amazing people that I strive to capture.

My intention is to write five stories around my fictitious hero, Masaharu Kenda. Each of the stories will be books set as the timeline of World War II unfolds until the final epic as Japan loses ground to the massive American war machine, and Kenda must find a way to survive. That story will be set in Okinawa in 1945.


Look for the third book in the summer of 2015, and the fourth book around the beginning of 2016. In my mind, the best possible outcome of this work is that people will enjoy it, because they can relate to it. I also hope that people will understand this message; and find a way to influence a change in the world. A change for the better. A change for freedom. I have always believed that if people are left up to their own devices, they will find a way to prosperity and happiness. The worst possible outcome is that no one reads this work and it sits on a shelf in anonymity for all time. Even if that is the case, I will have satisfied my need to make this statement.

—T. Jack Lewis