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The Mystery of Yamashita's Map
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Title : The Mystery of Yamashita's Map
Author : James McKenzie
Publisher : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Country : United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Language : English
ISBN/ISSN : 978-1512260670
Published year : 2015
Number of pages : 304
Book subject : literature/critical essays
Purchased URL : https://www.amazon.com/Mystery-Yamashitas-Map-James-McKenzie/dp/1512260673
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Presentation Data English:
Prepare to be astounded - A tale of government conspiracies, secret bases where horrific experiments are taking place, all based on actual reports. Now featured in TV's 'Myth Hunters' Series 3.

In 1945 a Japanese officer, General Tomoyuki Yamashita, buried valuable spoils of war in a network of tunnels throughout the Philippine Islands. Maps were drawn of the locations, and plans were made to return to the sites after the war to collect the treasures. However, after his arrest by the American forces and subsequent execution in 1946, all trace of the maps had vanished. The Mystery of Yamashita's Map takes this wartime legend and moulds it into a fast-paced Sci-fi thriller, combining, myth and mystery into a heady combination that is hard to put down. Joe Hutchins, an American adventurer is enlisted by Professor Okada to help him decipher a map that has come into his possession. Since acquiring the map the professor is haunted by strange dreams and visions that both terrify and excite him. Follow Joe and his companions as they engage in a dangerous race to find Yamashita's gold - pursued by the ruthless and cruel gangland boss Tanaka. However, other mysterious forces are at work. Tanaka it seems, is not the only one who desires to thwart them in their quest. The team uncover an unbelievable conspiracy and a threat to the survival of the entire human race. An explosive novel that will keep you gripped until the very last page.

~~From the Author~~
The Mystery of Yamashita's Map was revised after I was invited to participate as a contributor on the History Channel's 'Myth Hunters' Series 3. The episode is about searching for hidden gold in the Philippines. I have published the revised version as an ebook and paperback to coincide with the airing of the program and included some twists that will definitely keep you hooked.

 
Author's Profile:
James McKenzie has had a long career in the cinema industry as a scriptwriter, translator, cameraman and part-time actor. His inspiration for The Mystery of Yamashita's Map came when he was working in the Philippines where he was filming with George Takei, Tatsuya Nakadai and Chris Penn in 'Return from the River Kwai'. He was approached by some Philippine treasure hunters and they asked him if the Japanese actors would translate a map for them. He didn't ask them but the legend of the hidden treasure intrigued him and he went on to write 'The Mystery of Yamashita's Map'.

James was born in Newport, Fife, Scotland. During the 1980s he worked in the Philippines, where he had a very prolific career in B-movie actioners, many of them made for Silver Star Film Co. (called Kinavesa in the Philippines), produced by K.Y. Lim. He had small parts in a few Hollywood movies with such stars as Chuck Norris, Linda Blair, Chris Penn, George Takei and Jackie Chan. The Philippines was a popular location for low-budget films because the costs of production were lower than in many surrounding countries. It was especially attractive to producers of war pictures because of its similarity to Vietnam. For action pictures, Manila Bay often would stand in for Miami, having a similar look. Over the decade McKenzie appeared in countless Filipino features and some Italian productions that were shot in the country. His clean-cut looks meant he was often cast as a pilot, doctor or policeman.

He moved to Hong Kong in 1990, where he worked in many local productions before moving to Aberdeen, Scotland, in 1997. The idea for his book, "The Mystery of Yamashita's Map", was conceived while working in the Far East. The novel was launched at the London Book Fair and went on to enjoy considerable success, especially in Japan where George Takei (Star Trek (1966), Heroes (2006)) featured it on his fan website. He is married with two children and is also an accomplished musician.