The first time I came across a ‘book within a book’ was in Matthew Reilly’s “Temple”. The theft of a fabled manuscript written by a monk in Peru in the 1500’s ignites a race to find a medieval treasure, hidden in the Peruvian jungle.
The idea intrigued me, and I decided to utilize the same concept when writing my own book. On my teaser page for my novel, under the heading of Books, the second teaser tells a little about the basis for this book within a book – a diary.
'In the midst of the war in the Pacific, not long after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Japan sent various undercover agents overseas with the purpose of gathering resources to help aid the war effort. The agents were tasked with bringing back supplies of copper, nickel, iron, and even more importantly, rubber, oil and steel.
Along the way however, vast amounts of gold and jewels were also collected. Much of this treasure never made it back to Tokyo as intended, in most part due to the allies cutting supply lines as Japan began to lose the war, but also because of the invasion of Okinawa.
What happened to all that treasure? Where is it now? And what does that have to do with Joshua Hawke, a young American teacher working in Osaka?'
Joshua Hawke discovers a decades-old diary belonging to the grandfather of a local Yakuza boss. As he begins to read the diary, he becomes fascinated by the story within, and he learns of the existence of a massive World War Two era treasure. He continues to read and translate the diary in the hopes of finding out what became of the treasure, and where it may be located today, if it still exists…
So, as a bonus to say “thank you for following my blog”, here is the first chapter of Hideki’s Diary. I’ll just put the first few pages here on the writing blog, and if you like it and would be interested in reading more, then you can download the attached file (Hideki’s Diary: Chapter One) for free. Enjoy!