What they are saying about CHAMELEONS, ISBN #9781612968896:

“Mr. Nannini’s blend of real life events, a compelling modern day mystery, and vibrant characters has resulted in a first-class novel which could easily become a lasting gem  in its genre.” OnLineBookClub.org Review

More from the above-mentioned, extensive review:

The cornerstone of an excellent historical fiction novel is research and it is extremely evident that Marcus A. Nannini has spent countless hours researching his subject. He has gone to painstaking depths to make as many elements of his story as real as possible and has done an amazing job. His descriptions of the training undergone by the submarine commanders, the attacks on Pearl Harbor, the landscapes of Hawaii, and the conflicts later on in the book are nothing short of exemplary.

I loved how this book mixed elements from both the past and the present. Either of the storylines could have made an excellent book on their own, but together they add another dimension entirely. The mix of different characters in the present day timeline is also fantastic. There is a refreshing mix of hard-working naval officers, sleazy reporters, traitorous informants, and even a pudgy Petty Officer who lends a smidge of humor (not to mention a few donuts) to the plot.

The thing I enjoyed the most about this book is how the concept of loyalty is addressed. In Lt. Yokoyama’s timeline, he has some tough decisions to make on where his loyalties lie. He needs to determine how to live his life during and after his time in the Japanese internment camps. In the modern timeline, the naval investigation team needs to decide whether their loyalty lies in doing the right thing or doing their job regardless of the consequences. Link to full review: http://forums.onlinebookclub.org/viewtopic.php?f=63&t=42284 

“Based on a true story, CHAMELEONS is a superb recounting of what happened to a surviving crew member of a Japanese midget sub after it attacked Pearl Harbor, complete with details about their preparation, as well as present day American investigators probing his secret identity years later.” Lisa Edelman, Indie Reader.com 

I finished your novel a few weeks ago and wanted to let you know I really enjoyed it.  It was very memorable – one of those books that stay with you for years.  The reason of course is that you did such a remarkable job of placing me into the wartime scenes.  Masaharu Yokoyama is a true WWII hero (though an enemy of the U.S.), and I enjoyed seeing how he evolved into Ken Kida over a 70-year span. A well-written novel requires an author to master many skills.  For me, the most important is to keep the reader so engrossed that he or she finds it hard to take a break.  Based on this…, Chameleons is such a story.” Don Westenhaver, Vice President, Southern California Writers Association.

“Chameleons was a rather entertaining read. Marcus A. Nannini included a little bit of everything in this well-rounded novel, from history and culture to mystery and drama.  It’s a fascinating and fully immersive recipe that’s full of intricate details and surprising twists. Fans of historical fiction or thrilling mysteries will surely be captivated by Chameleons from its very first page.” AuthorsTalkAboutIt.com 4 of 4 star review. http://authorstalkaboutit.com/chameleons-novel-based-upon-actual-events-entered-2017-book-award-contest/ 

“This book, from a Japanese viewpoint, from Hawai’i to Korea and back to Hawai’i, was riveting. Some of the war scenes were enough to keep my fingers gripping my seat, literally. You will not see the ending coming, it is a total surprise.  In a nutshell, if you like historical war fiction, this is definitely for you. The fact that it is definitely based on true events is proven by the pictures in the back of the book. There is enough here to make you wonder what exactly is fiction and what is not.” Full review at: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1974967234?book_show_action=true  

“Overall, I thought it was a great story. I liked your transitions and use of flashbacks, as well as your approach for the presentation of Chameleons.” John Bean, EBooks2Go.

“Chapter Fourteen (the Plank Bar) is the best chapter of any book I’ve ever read.” David S. Mathias, Rebel Woodworking.

Tere Fredericks: On Goodreads and Amazon, I gave you 5 stars. This was/is an amazing book. Please get off Facebook, stop eating, and stop doing anything else and get your next two books done, ok? I simply loved this book. Loved it.

Amazon reviews:          Five out of five stars. A great read that will not disappoint!          By Lisa Moze on March 7, 2017 “I thoroughly enjoyed this novel even though I’m generally not into WWII books. This novel has interesting characters and a fascinating plot line that kept me turning the pages. I highly recommend this really good read!” Five out of Five Stars. Enjoyed the story and the way it took us way back…

By Amazon customer, Nannette Fitz A fast read with surprises! Enjoyed the story and the way it took us back and forth between the different characters. I recommend it for those who love to read and try different genres.

Five out of five stars. Great book! By psyche, on March 7, 2017 From the beginning scene in 1941, inside a hot, cramped midget sub, I was hooked. When the first chapter ended and I began chapter two I found myself standing on a beach in present day Hawaii. Wow! The contrast pulled me in further. There was suddenly a mystery as some workers digging a pool found a skeleton with a handgun, a mysterious box and a sword. Then I had to keep reading. By the time I got to the middle of the book I began viewing the antagonist as more of a protagonist. At 3/4 way through he was the protagonist and the Navy had become the enemy. While the newspaper reporter became vile, I very much appreciated that the author gave some underlying reasons for her behavior. The last ninety pages were a whirlwind. I could not stop reading until the end. Very unique story. I felt as if I were in each scene with the people and locations so realistically described. I highly recommend this book!

Five out of five stars. Get this Book! By an Amazon customer on March 7, 2017 I LOVED this book! I don’t normally read history novels but I have read other short stories by this author and really liked his writing so I bought it. What a fantastic way to learn about both US and Japanese history while being engaged in a suspenseful novel. The author beautifully develops the characters and shows the humanity of both sides. Now my 13 year old son is totally hooked…highly recommend!

Five out of five stars. Fast Read! By an Amazon customer on January 19, 2017 Unpredictable with a great deal of action, twists, turns and surprises.

This is the full OnLineBookClub.org 4 of 4 star review:

Official Review: Chameleons by Marcus A. Nannini

4 out of 4 stars

At the depths of Pearl Harbor, on the morning of December 7th, 1941, Imperial Japanese Naval Lieutenant Masaharu Yokoyama and his engineer Sadamu Kamita await with bated breath aboard their midget submarine. In present day Kailua, Oahu, a skeleton is dug up in Auntie Lee’s backyard, launching not only a full blown naval investigation, but also a race against the clock to beat the media to the punch. Thus begins Chameleons by Marcus A. Nannini, a breathtaking historical fiction novel that has one foot planted firmly in the actions surrounding the attack on Pearl Harbor and the other around a present day investigation that could shed new light on those very events. One stream in the novel follows Lt. Yokoyama, an elite Japanese naval officer hand-picked to be one of the Japanese empire’s secret midget submarine commanders who will attack the United States in 1941.

Upon successfully delivering a crippling blow to the USS Oklahoma, he and his engineer are unable to make it back to their rendezvous point on the submarine from which they launched. They must put into action their contingency plan: slip ashore, meet up with Japanese/American sympathisers, and blend in with the surrounding population as would a chameleon. Lt. Yokoyama is given a new identity, a new job on the island, and a new family history. When the Japanese are gathered up and placed in internment camps, he is sure that he will have the power to motivate his fellow internees to rebel against the American guards and eventually make it back to his Emperor’s navy. However, Lt. Yokoyama quickly realises that there may not be as much animosity towards their incarcerators as he would hope. In fact, he soon finds himself at a crossroads that will challenge the balance between his previous loyalties and his adopted persona. 

The second, concurrent stream in the novel follows Lieutenant Commander Christopher Pastwa and his team who are investigating a skeleton that was unearthed during a routine swimming pool construction. Alarm bells immediately ring in everyone’s head when the artifacts found with the skeleton appear to be of Japanese descent and tentatively date back to the Second World War. A notebook found with the artifacts is recovered, translated, and revealed to be that of a midget submarine commander in the Imperial Japanese Navy. The logbook describes his attack on Pearl Harbor and how he and his engineer slipped ashore. Although often hypothesized, the actions of midget submarine commanders during and after the December 7th attacks never had hard evidence to back them up. To make things worse, Lieutenant Commander Pastwa’s team is on a race against the clock to verify the authenticity of these documents and their potential implications, as the local media has caught wind of the investigation. Between the media’s pilfering of Top Secret documents from the investigation and the realisation that Lt. Yokoyama may still be alive, the team rushes to tie up all the loose ends. Admiral Reardon hates loose ends.

The cornerstone of an excellent historical fiction novel is research and it is extremely evident that Marcus A. Nannini has spent countless hours researching his subject. He has gone to painstaking depths to make as many elements of his story as real as possible and has done an amazing job. His descriptions of the training undergone by the submarine commanders, the attacks on Pearl Harbor, the landscapes of Hawaii, and the conflicts later on in the book are nothing short of exemplary.

I loved how this book mixed elements from both the past and the present. Either of the storylines could have made an excellent book on their own, but together they add another dimension entirely. The mix of different characters in the present day timeline is also fantastic. There is a refreshing mix of hard-working naval officers, sleazy reporters, traitorous informants, and even a pudgy Petty Officer who lends a smidge of humor (not to mention a few donuts) to the plot.

The thing I enjoyed the most about this book is how the concept of loyalty is addressed. In Lt. Yokoyama’s timeline, he has some tough decisions to make on where his loyalties lie. He needs to determine how to live his life during and after his time in the Japanese internment camps. In the modern timeline, the naval investigation team needs to decide whether their loyalty lies in doing the right thing or doing their job regardless of the consequences.  The only part of this book that I had issues with was the ending. There was a lot of build up toward the end of the book and I feel that some of the major conflicts which persisted throughout the novel were resolved a bit too quickly. To be clear, I liked how it ended, but I feel that it could have contained a bit more detail and depth for it to be realistic. As well, I felt that in the last couple of chapters Mr. Nannini was introducing new and irrelevant information to the story (new characters, conflict, etc.) I realise now that this is likely as a build up for future books with the same characters, but I found myself wondering how this fit into our current storyline.  I thoroughly enjoyed Chameleons by Marcus A. Nannini and therefore have no problem giving it 4 out of 4 stars.

The quality and complexity of this book, along with how much I enjoyed the subject matter, swayed me from giving it a lower score. I would particularly recommend this book to anyone that has a soft-side for historical fiction, those that enjoy military history, or those that are interested in WWII/Pearl Harbour. If historical fiction really isn’t your cup-of-tea and you have no interest in books focused around military campaigns or investigations, this book won’t be for you. Mr. Nannini’s blend of real life events, a compelling modern day mystery, and vibrant characters has resulted in a first-class novel which could easily become a lasting gem in its genre. Link: http://forums.onlinebookclub.org/viewtopic.php?f=63&t=42284

Apr 19, 2017 Tere Fredericks rated it: FIVE OF FIVE STARS!: historical, read-again, highly-recommended, action, adventure, favorites, war-stories.

GOODREADS REVIEW:

Although I am female, I am fascinated by the events at Pearl Harbor. When I saw this book was available at Kindle Unlimited, I grabbed it. I will look for more of Mr. Nannini’s books, believe me! A body is found on a beach on Oahu, Hawai’i. Contained within the grave is a box and a gun used by the United States army prior to 1940. Unbeknownst to those who investigated this finding, a sword was also found, but taken by the owner of the property where the grave was located. The admiral of the naval Although I am female, I am fascinated by the events at Pearl Harbor. When I saw this book was available at Kindle Unlimited, I grabbed it. I will look for more of Mr. Nannini’s books, believe me! A body is found on a beach on Oahu, Hawai’i. Contained within the grave is a box and a gun used by the United States army prior to 1940. Unbeknownst to those who investigated this finding, a sword was also found, but taken by the owner of the property where the grave was located. The admiral of the naval base near where the body is located believes the body belongs to a Japanese naval officer from a minisub, responsible for the real reason the U.S.S. Oklahoma “turned turtle.” Once the box found with the body is opened, a logbook is found inside. A naval officer who is already involved in the investigation translates the book. As a side story, an old man whose name is Ken, starts telling his grandson about his “first life.” This is extremely fascinating as it may explain how World War II was looked at from the Japanese point of view, but also how minisubs came to be part of the Japanese navy’s arsenal. As an aside, during parts of the story, although where the Americans got their beer, it was interesting that the Japanese just found their sake. Just an observation. As the navy tries to quietly discover whose bones have been found, they are betrayed. A local newspaper offers a huge reward for the same information the navy is trying to uncover. The detail of the atmosphere inside a Japanese minsub during the war is fascinating. Reading about the Nisei who joined the United States Army from their forced “protection” from a Japanese point of view is incredible. Most joined to fight the Germans, this is how they were recruited. However, it was not always the Germans they fought against. Descriptive sentences and paragraphs used completely thorough out the book made up for some typographical errors. Those were slight enough to be read through, although I did note some. I’m sure there will be many in this review. This book, from a Japanese viewpoint, from Hawai’i to Korea and back to Hawai’i, was riveting. Some of the war scenes were enough to keep my fingers gripping my seat, literally. You will not see the ending coming, it is a total surprise. In a nutshell, if you like historical war fiction, this is definitely for you. The fact that it is definitely based on true events is proven by the pictures in the back of the book. There is enough here to make you wonder what exactly is fiction and what is not.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34273041-chameleons-a-novel-based-upon-actual-events