Set in locales as diverse as Wall Street and the offices of Japan's powerful Trade Ministry, THE SAMURAI STRATEGY describes a scenario of murder, world-wide currency manipulation, a revival of Japan's smoldering nationalism, and is set against a background of a new high-tech computer milieu.
Matthew Walton, a freelance corporate 'takeover' lawyer is hired by a mysterious Japanese industrialist to purchase a New York office building and begin a massive 'hedging' in the financial markets. Two weeks later, off an island in the Inland Sea, divers working for the industrialist's organization recover the original Imperial Sword, given to Japan's first Emperor by the Sun Goddess, Japan's 'Excalibur', lost in a sea battle in 1185. He forms an '800-Year Fund' and billions of yen flow to his fingertips. He then dumps all the Treasuries Japan had acquired and devastates the American economy.
mebody with your wife, or your life savings, this man would be your pick.
Well, my new client's a mover, I told myself. All the same, I accepted his hand with a vague twinge of misgiving. What was it? Maybe something about him was a little too precise, too calculated.
"Mr. Walton, permit me to introduce my personal consultant." He laughed, a slight edge beneath the charm, and more wrinkles shot outward from the corners of his eyes. "I always seek her approval of major acquisitions, particularly those of the Heian period, her specialty." He turned with what seemed obvious pride and gestured toward the tall Japanese woman standing behind him. I'd been so busy sizing him up I'd completely failed to notice her. "I must confess she is, in fact, my... niece. I suppose that ages me." Another smile. "You may possibly be familiar with her professional name, so perhaps I should use that. May I introduce Akira Mori."
Who? I stared a second before the face clicked into place. And the name. They both
The Japanese are out to regain their world hegemony and are attacking the very foundation of the American way-corporate America! (kind of an exaggeration of their somewhat predatory behavior in the 80s when they undersold US companies at a loss to drive them out of business and then bought the leftover husks.)But this is on a much grander scale. First they must make lots of money....then........
Fast paced, very interesting characters, lots of good cultural content, well crafted, good read all around.