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United States of Japan is set in a gripping alternate history where the Japanese Empire rules over America with huge robots. Is resistance possible in the form of subversive video games?
Decades ago, Japan won the Second World War. Americans worship their infallible emperor, and nobody believes that Japan's conduct in the war was anything but exemplary.
Nobody, that is, except the George Washingtons, a group of rebels fighting for freedom. Their latest terrorist tactic is to distribute an illegal video game that asks players to imagine what the world might be like if the United States had won the war instead. Captain Beniko Ishimura's job is to censor video games, and he is tasked with getting to the bottom of this disturbing new development.
But Ishimura's hiding something...kind of. He's slowly been discovering that the case of the George Washingtons is more complicated than it seems, and the subversive video game's origins are even more controversial and dangerous than the censors originally suspected.
A spiritual sequel to Philip K. Dick's The Man in the High Castle, United States of Japan carries on the legacy of Dick's famous alternate history, focusing on how Americans and Japanese deal with their guilt and troubled relationship to the past.
Peter Tieryas is a character artist who has worked on films like Guardians of the Galaxy, Alice in Wonderland and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2.
His novel, Bald New World, was listed as one of Buzzfeed's 15 Highly Anticipated Books as well as Publishers Weekly's Best Science Fiction Books of Summer 2014.
©2016 Peter Tieryas (P)2016 Audible, Ltd
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3 out of 5 stars
By Jim "The Impatient" on 05-19-16


As soon as I saw this in the Coming soon section, I put it on my wish list. I am a fan of this type of scenario. No, I don't want a foreign government to take us over, but neither do I want a Zombie Apocalypse, yet I enjoy those type of books I am a fan of Vaughn Heppner's Invasion series. I am also a fan of robots, especially giant robots. As another reviewer mentions in the first three hours, a robot is mentioned and that is it. I could not get past three hours. Peter Tieryas tells us things, but shows us nothing. Seemed more like a soap opera about some loser, than anything else. Peter has a great idea, he just needs to get a co/author to help with the writing.
The narrator sounds like he is on the verge of crying his eyes out, no matter what character he is attempting.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Outpatient8 on 03-07-16

weak story, worse reader

the narrator mafe everyone sound like a disinterested, glib, petulant, whining teen. had to force my way through to the end and will avoid his narration from here on out. just awful.
the story was a weak cyberpunk jaunt and an insult to its influence.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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4 out of 5 stars
By R. Maines on 03-05-16

Don't be fooled by the cover..

Giants robots are mostly in the background in this novel.

Nice world building that rather overshadows the actual plot, and an ending that gives a finger to any hopes that this is not a one off.

NarratIon was good and understandable at x2 playback speed.

Still, I'm glad I 'read' this book.

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4 out of 5 stars
By S. Jenö on 08-03-16


The performance is absolutely amazing. The setup is quite unique and well designed. The story is more like a tool that allows facts to be revealed from the past one after the the other, but still the story is pretty much OK. There is a lot of pain and violence in there, very slight optimism, but if you can live with that then you will find this book completely worth to listen.

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2 out of 5 stars
By JK1 on 07-05-16

Didn't really keep my attention.

Good narration but the story didn't hold my attention. Struggled a bit to pay attention and finish.

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