Danny and Ito Are Growing Up…

November 15, 2019

During The Great Depression and the historic events that followed, children were forced to do one thing prematurely – grow up. We watched Danny and Ito turn from boys to young men in my first novel, Honed Virtue. We watched them battle bullies, talk about girls, venture through school, and become entrepreneurs. We left the pages of Honed Virtue with a feeling of safety and security – the boys were out of harm’s way and they were growing into fine young men. They lived next door to one another and they were inseparable.

Well, as it happens so often in war, people get separated. Loved ones are pulled apart and taken from one another. The seed for war was planted in Danny and Ito’s heads at the beginning of my new book ,The Blade, The Blood, The Bigotry, so that was their first wake-up call that it was time to grow up even further.

They grew up quickly during The Great Depression, fending for their families, working hard and learning all about the hardships of life, but they really had to grow up when it came to war.

And the first taste of that for Danny and Ito was when Ito’s family received executive orders to leave. Here’s a passage from chapter one of my new book:

With the uncertain duration of their separation ahead, there was an urgency to hold onto one another. So much was still unsaid—arms enclosed, hands linked securely, heads touched as they held to each other in a single emotion. The unity of their lives was fully understood. The moments left allowed for only the most meaningful words. Their permanent bond was confirmed. All that they believed, felt, and valued had become one enduring family: Father Watanabe, Mother Watanabe, Ito, Gran, and Danny.

There was a sense of unreality about what was happening. It defied all reason. Some marching off to war, some marching off to internment, and everyone marching off into an uncertain future.

 The whistle blew, and the train did what trains inevitably do.

The gravity of saying goodbye to a best friend is something that would never leave Danny or Ito. But it was just the beginning of something far worse. These boys faced the brutalities of war and everything it involved. I hope you’ll continue this journey with them as they embark on the new chapter of their lives.


David Radmore





“Honed Virtue caught my interest right from the start. I loved the interaction… Back in the 1930s, things were tough and kids had to grow up fast. The closeness of the two families was very natural and ethnic backgrounds did not matter. They learned from each other. We should have more of that in this day and age… …very entertaining and kept my Interest… enticed me to want to read the next book to find out what will happen… Two thumbs. It was refreshing and delightful.”

-Barbara Kaufhold Licensed Massage Therapist

5 Stars - Wonderful Insight into Growing Up During The Great Depression. I so enjoyed this book! The story of this young man growing up in rural Oregon during the Great Depression was absolutely spot-on. It echoed my family’s oral tradition as well as stories from my own youth.The story is so well told that I became totally invested in it by the end of the first chapter. It was such a page-turner that I made myself take breaks so that I could savor the story. I can’t wait to read the rest of this young man’s story along with Ito and his other friends. The next book in the series can’t come quickly enough for me. This author’s writing style is very easy to absorb. His segues into the background of the other characters feels seamless. The characters, their emotions and their conversations ring absolutely correct. This book will be in my permanent ‘Keepers’ collection. I will be reading all of this author’s work.”

-Janet R. Graham Water Quality Control Analyst