Pacific Monograph Publications and Productions
Pacific Monograph's BLACK OCEAN
BLACK OCEAN
A Mystery in History
By Rick Blaine

LIKE NOTHING YOU'VE READ BEFORE
An exciting, fact-based thriller that turns the attack on Pearl Harbor inside out, as American and Japanese agents vie for the control of Hawaii as well as the hearts and minds of those caught up in the maelstrom.


PUBLICATION DATE:
Dec. 7, 2004
Media Contact: Katharine Weber, Marketing Coordinator
Pacific Monograph: 1124 Kahili Street Kailua Hawaii 96734
Phone: (Hawaii) 808-753-6742 or (national) 650-712-9649
Email: (Hawaii) burl@burlingame.name or (national) kweber@coastside.net
Download: A press release in pdf format
Download: Editorial artwork in TIF format

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING
"Raw, riveting and rambunctious, this witty deconstruction of Pearl Harbor mythology also has an emotional authenticity that grabbed me from the first page. A real page-turner that kept me up at night."
— John Arturo Martini, author of "Fortress Alcatraz"

"More than a murder mystery, this is a fascinating tale of what might have been. Real-life historical characters rub up against a strong heroine and a conflicted policeman as they struggle to solve a brutal mystery in a kingdom dominated by a foreign power. You just can't beat sex, violence, espionage and political intrigue in a tropical locale. Whoa, it's a killer."
— James Delgado, host of National Geographic Television's "The Sea Hunters"

"With all the style and jaw-clenching intrigue of Terry and the Pirates comes this extraordinary vision of speculative history, a finely detailed parallel universe in which the world of 1941 is turned inside out. It takes a canny historian and accomplished storyteller to craft a tale like this one. Black Ocean is a white-hot read."
— Steven Taylor Goldsberry, author of "Luzon"

WHERE TO GET IT
Amazon.com

Bookstores in Hawaii can get the book directly from Pacific Monograph. Bookstores elsewhere can get it via Ingram book distribution services.

THE BUZZ
"... interesting to read an exploration of the 'what if?' of this turn in history, when Kalakaua actively courted a stronger alliance with Japan..."
— blog.hawaiiankingdon.info

REVIEWS
"Hawai'i's Alternative Past"
— Wanda Adams, Honolulu Advertiser, 3/13/05

"A Dark Thriller of Twisted History"
—John Berger, Honolulu Star-Bulletin, 3/20/05

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Historian, journalist and documentarian Rick Blaine has been studying modern Hawaiian history for more than 50 years. Rarely photographed and never interviewed, he keeps a low profile. This is likely his first novel, although no one knows for sure. The picture here is the only one we were able to find of Blaine.

THE REAL CHARACTERS
In this section we'll post photographs of the extraordinary real characters portrayed in the pages of BLACK OCEAN:
In the back row, in the dark bearskin, is Star-Bulletin editor Riley Allen as he worked with the Red Cross during the Russian revolution in Siberia.

Mysterious Japanese
Army secret agent Col.
Masanobu Tsuji

Kwangtung Army
assassin Maj. Kenji
Doihara
.

John Burns as governor of Hawaii

ABOUT THE PUBLISHER
Pacific Monograph is a Kailua-based Hawaii company that specializes in historical interpretation, including publishing, documentary production, exhibitry construction and museum design.

JUST THE FACTS
ISBN: 0-9629227-3-0
Title: Black Ocean
Publication Date: 12/7/2004
Language: English
Book Type: 6 x 9 in or 229 x 152 mm Perfect Bound
Page Count: 440
Suggested Retail: $19.41