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Nothing ever exists entirely alone; everything is in relation to everything else.

Every human being is the author of his own health or disease.

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The reviews have been unanimous in their praise:

Midwest Book Review: “Very Highly Recommended.”

Chosen by Publishers Weekly as one of the very best books. Published 10/02/2017.

Winner, Military Book Category, 2017 International Book Excellence Awards.

A little background about Chameleons, An Untold World War II Story.


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Midwest Book Review, 2017 Book Excellence Award category winner and Publisher’s Weekly Review.

I am pretty happy these days. 

A week ago Midwest Book Review gave me their top “Very Highly Recommended” Review.

Yesterday I took first place in the “Military” category at the 2017 Book Excellence Awards and am now competing for the over-all prize. 

Today, October 2, 2017, Publisher’s Weekly reviewed me and they only review a handful of the “hundreds” of books they receive each month.

Chameleons: An Untold World War II Story

Marcus A. Nannini. Black Rose Writing, $19.95 trade paper (261p) ISBN 978-1-61296-889-6

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Publisher’s Weekly Review:

A shocking present-day discovery on Oahu sparks an investigation into the aftermath of the devastating Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in Nannini’s well-researched thriller. As two workers excavate earth for a backyard pool, they call in the police after coming across a skeleton gripping a pistol. Further digging reveals a small metal box bearing the insignia of the Imperial Japanese Navy. That evidence leads the local authorities to pass the matter along to the U.S. Navy, which assigns Lt. Cmdr. Christopher Pastwa and Lt. Karen Yamura to identify the remains and the circumstances of their burial. The pair focus on the box’s contents, a logbook purported to have been written by someone who manned a Japanese midget submarine that torpedoed the battleship Oklahoma and, later on Dec. 7, 1941, made his way onshore. Pastwa and Yamura prove able detectives as they follow the very cold trail to a satisfying resolution of the mystery. WWII buffs will find much to like. (BookLife)


Reviewed on: 10/02/2017 Release date: 06/01/2017

Paperback – 296 pages – 978-0-692-81435-2

“Very Highly Recommended”

The prestigious Midwest Book Review has given my WW II book, Chameleons, An Untold World War II Story, the coveted “Very Highly Recommended” review.

Critique: An original and inherently engaging novel from beginning to end, “Chameleons: An Untold World War II Story” is a truly extraordinary and deftly written entertainment that reveals author Marcus A. Nannini’s genuine flair for taking an actual historical incident and crafting it into a detailed and compelling narrative. While very highly recommended, especially for community library General Fiction collections, it should be noted for the personal reading lists that “Chameleons: An Untold World War II Story” is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $6.99).

Small Press Bookwatch: September 2017 James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief Midwest Book Review 278 Orchard Drive, Oregon, WI 53575

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Chameleons: An Untold World War II Story

Marcus A. Nannini Black Rose Writing PO Box 1540, Castroville, TX 78009 9781612968896, $17.95, PB, 266pp,

Synopsis: “Chameleons: An Untold World War II Story” by Marcus A. Nannini begins in1941 with the Japanese midget submarine I-16-tou lurking unseen in the depths of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. When the shock waves of the commencing Japanese aerial attack on December 7, 1941 wake its crew, they rouse the machine from its silent slumber and begin an attack that will take down a U.S. battleship. 

More than one American sailor swore revenge for his comrades that day. But the submarine crew of the I-16-tou, however, was never found. 

Then in present-day Hawaii U.S. Navy investigators Lieutenant Commander Christopher Pastwa and Lieutenant Karen Yamura puzzle over a mysterious skeleton unearthed in Kailua. When it is confirmed to be one of the submarine’s lost crew, Pastwa and Yamura begin to unravel a dark secret lurking at the heart of their beautiful island. This member of the crew might be confirmed dead, but what happened to his shipmate?

He may be a chameleon, hiding in plain sight.

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Chameleons, not just another war story.


The I-16-tou, a Japanese midget submarine, successfully penetrated Pearl Harbor early on the morning of December 7, 1941. It launched 2 torpedoes, one of which turtled the mighty U.S.S. Oklahoma. Eventually the 2 man Crew abandoned their badly damaged little submarine in West Loch. They swam ashore, connected with pre-arranged contacts and melded into the population as if human Chameleons. This is their story.          EBook:

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The U.S.S. Oklahoma, sunk by I-16-tou.