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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Voyager 2: Full Circle is an historical fiction novel written by D.R. Vervalin. Hiroshi Ishikawa was excited to be graduating from the Imperial Naval Academy. It was 1941 and, like many other graduates, he had dreams of being assigned to a Yamato-class battleship. This dream was also his father's and Hiroshi felt sure, with his being among the top ten percent of his graduating class, that when he walked up to receive his assignment his dream would become a reality. He looked for his father in the crowd and saw that Admiral Kumamoto was there with his parents. After he received the sealed packet containing his orders, he joined them. Opening the packet, he was confused and disappointed to see that it was empty -- there were no orders and no appointment to a battleship. Instead, his father and the Admiral explained that his assignment would be a top secret one and one of great importance to the Empire.
D.R. Vervalin's historical novel, Voyager 2: Full Circle, is a fascinating and exciting story set during World War II in the Pacific arena. Ishikawa's story is framed by that of Bane Skiles, a veteran now living in a retirement home in Maui. Vervalin's story is impeccably researched, and he includes a comprehensive list of references at the back of the text. His characters are compelling and believable, especially the young Naval graduate, Hiroshi Ishikawa, his fiancee, Emiko, Bane Skiles and April Downs. The historical aspect of this story really ramps up the significance of the hunt for sunken treasure in which Bane and April become unwillingly involved. April Downs and Emiko Yamagata are strong, independent female characters whose roles in the story are significant, especially considering the cultures and the historical eras to which they belong. I had a grand time reading this historical novel which mingled wartime with a hunt for gold. It's highly recommended.