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Rising Sun, Falling Shadow

Espionage and betrayal become part of one family’s struggle to survive—the bestselling follow-up to Kalla’s The Far Side of the Sky

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“A vivid, realistic novel that rewards the emotional investment it encourages.” —The Vancouver Sun

“Despite its grim subject matter, this gripping historical novel communicates a hopeful message about the power of love and friendship to overcome hatred.” — Booklist

Rising Sun, Falling Shadow succeeds admirably as a historical drama.” — Edmonton Journal

“Kalla offers a dramatic narrative in an obscure WWII battlefield… does his best work in drawing believable characters.”
Kirkus Review


An amazing novel seeped in vivid descriptions of Austria and China.” —The Huffington Post, (read review here)

“The author of five medical thrillers and a family saga successfully switches gears here. With its unusual setting and blend of terror, hope, and love, this historical novel deserves a wide readership.”– Library Journal,   *Starred Review*

“An exciting, often touching story that combines wartime peril and romance in an attractive mix… (Kalla) knows how to weave a good tale, and his characters are endearing… deftly combines fact and fiction.” —Booklist

“I ate up this novel… Recommended.”
Historical Novel Society,  (read review here)

It’s 1943, and the Japanese war machine has swallowed up Shanghai, the once-thriving “Paris of the East,” upending life for its Chinese population as well as the city’s thousands of American, British and officially stateless European residents. Newlyweds Dr. Franz Adler and his wife, Soon Yi (Sunny), struggle to keep the city’s only hospital for refugee Jews open, but Hitler’s murderous agenda reaches beyond Europe’s borders to Shanghai, forcing thousands of Jewish detainees into a ghetto within the city’s squalid slums.

Within the Shanghai Ghetto, the residents grapple with hunger, disease, and menace, but they are determined to survive with their dignity and culture intact. And when Ernst Muhler, a friend from the past, unexpectedly appears, Franz’s life takes a turn into a dangerous new territory. Drawn by a mysterious Chinese patient, he and Sunny venture into the perilous ranks of Shanghai’s growing Resistance movement, while Franz’s daughter joins a smuggling ring active inside the ghetto.

But as the tide of the war begins turning in the rest of the world, the local Nazis maintain a persistent, menacing interest in Shanghai’s Jewish population. Rising Sun, Falling Shadow blends a rich portrait of a city under siege with medical drama, romance and the intrigue of Alan Furst’s Mission to Paris, showing us both the heroism and the treachery that can result when ordinary people find themselves faced with extraordinary dangers.

Daniel Kalla’s powerful portrayal of a fascinating, little-known chapter in World War II history—told through the eyes of individuals drawn together by compassion, hope and an indomitable will to survive—continues to unfold in his gripping new novel Rising Sun, Falling Shadow. Available September 2013.