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Dec 8, 2013 12:57 AM by Sean Mooney

Local author tells story of redemption after Pearl Harbor

Tucson- For more than 70 years the attack on Pearl Harbor has been remembered as a day of infamy. On December 7, 1941 over 2400 Americans were killed by Japanese forces. It was the battle that launched the United States in to World War II.

So many decades later, local author, T Martin Bennett, has written a screen play and a book, based on a true story that all began that dark day, a story he says contains a message we can all learn from.

Bennett says, the main character in "Wounded Tiger" is a man who was responsible for carrying out the devastating raid from the air at Pear Harbor, "It is the true story of the pilot who led the attack on pearl harbor whose life was changed by an American prisoner and a girl he never met."

At the time of the attack the pilot, Mitsuo Fuchida, truly believed the loss of so many American lives that day was justified in his country's quest for world power. After the war, though, the stories of two people whose lives were dramatically impacted by japanese atrocities...forever changed Fuchida's life. "He was in to it all the way, " Bennett said, "but after the war he totally regretted what he did, and that's the cool part of the story."

Fuchida's transformation began after he read about an American prisoner of war who went from hating the Japanese to forgiving them while in captivity, after converting to christianity. Fuchida also learned of an American college girl who also displayed great forgiveness for the suffering she endured during the war.

T Martin Bennett, first wrote the story as a screen-play, then as a novel. Bennett says Mitsuo Fuchida's journey to redemption is a lesson for us all, "This story moves me and I know it moves others, that's why I have spent so much time on it. It's not about the money or anything else, it's about encouraging people"

The book "Wounded Tiger" will be available this February. The book can also be pre-ordered at story is also expected to premiere as a major motion picture in the fall of 2015.


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