''Look Who I Won In a Poker Game!''
A Love Story
by Mark Druck
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This novel is based on a rumor. The author was among the very first combat officers to arrive on the island of Kyushu, one of the islands of Japan, immediately following the signing of the peace aboard the USS Missouri on 9/3/45. The Japanese civilians had been propagandized for years what monsters Americans were. This story went around the Air Base about a very innocent pilot – too young to get a driver’s license back home – in a poker game had won a Geisha House. If, indeed, he were to fall in love with one of the adorable, feminine young ladies, trained to tend to a man’s every wish, what effect that would have on him – which, in turn, would have influence on her. Also, what would the officers in that command do about all this – an American officer owning a geisha house? Add to that, the Stateside Commanders, officers who spent the whole war in the Training Command back home, who were sent overseas to relieve men with ‘combat points,’ who were ready to get back home. Also, add to relaxed, free-wheeling combat troops, these ‘spit & polish’ commanders who wanted to run their new commands ‘by the book.’ This story is all about mixing those two sets of complete opposites and this is one result.
- Xlibris US, May 2006
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