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Book details
  • Genre:FICTION
  • SubGenre:Action & Adventure
  • Language:English
  • Pages:584
  • eBook ISBN:9781624885198

The Jodan Ju

by Richard Smythe

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A Japanese war criminal drug lord, his white Yakuza son, Australian uranium, nuclear blackmail targeting the US President …thrilling action steeped with intrigue and pathos.

Richard Smythe Books

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David Turner, a geologist and Vietnam veteran, discovers a covert mine deep in outback Australia. It is being operated by strange Asians led by a tall Eurasian, Jimmy Shan. While the young man is polite he is also utterly ruthless and, it becomes evident, a lieutenant of the Japanese Mafia…the Yakuza.They are extracting and enriching high-grade uranium and smuggling the deadly load from the country. The pursuit by Australian Intelligence, with Turner and eminent physicist Leonard Lee included, leads to Japan and the influential industrialist Tanada family. Where the revelation of the illegal Australian mine unveils blackmail by the Yakuza, leading to family shame and ritual suicide.The CIA and DEA become involved as terrorism and drugs come into the equation. Oishi Okimura, supreme martial artist and avowed enemy of the Yakuza, utilizes his noble lineage to penetrate the top echelons of the crime families – powerful men cowed in fear of a sinister force controlling the Asia Pacific drug trade. Israel’s Mossad, pursuing missing Arab nuclear scientists, joins the hunt into the steamy highlands of Burma and the jungle village of fugitive war criminal Shiro Mitani. Their ominous findings initiate a discrete man and weapon hunt across the US and Japan. Mitani and Shan’s motives – revenge and retribution – seem clear.

Not so – only Shan knows his agenda with the US President.

About the author

Richard Smythe grew up in New Zealand, came to Australia on a surfing trip in 1969 and found Noosa Heads in Queensland. Five years later he came back with wife Maria who also fell in love with the place and they have lived in the beautiful beach town ever since. After raising three children there they now spend a lot of time with three grand-kids. Richard designs buildings by day, writes when he can, and is finally getting serious about finishing, polishing and publicizing the three interesting novels he has conceived over the past twenty-seven years (THE JODAN JU – finished and available,  EAST WIND RAIN - written a long time ago being reviewed and improved, and THE LILITH FACTOR - well on the way). 

His plots to date have been derived from certain historical events or persons that have provided the germ of an idea which has been developed and interwoven with imagination to provide the intrigue, suspense and action that course through the novels.

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