• Hooper’s War Now Available for Pre-Order on Amazon!

    April 24, 2017

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    My new book, Hooper’s War: A Novel of WWII Japan is available now for pre-order on Amazon. You can order it here.

    Here’s how one reviewer described the book (more reviews):

    In Hooper’s War, a Novel of WWII Japan, an American veteran remembers his time in Japan during a World War II that might have been.

    In this alternate-history novel, author Peter Van Buren follows both present-day and historical timelines to explore what might have happened if the United States had launched a ground invasion of Japan to end the second world war instead of dropping the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

    In 2017, elderly Nate Hooper is in a retirement home, reflecting on a recent visit to Kyoto, during which he kept a promise to his late Japanese wife. But back in 1945, Hooper is an 18-year-old Army officer leading a group of equally young soldiers through the remnants of Kyoto, dealing with the horrors of war. The narrative jumps between the two timelines as Hooper contends with memories of battle and secrets he’s kept for decades. Readers gradually discover the truth about his wartime actions.

    Van Buren presents a complex world in which no action is ideal but avoiding decisions is impossible. The dialogue captures the raw emotion of war and the soldiers’ struggles for self-preservation amid moral injury. Hooper is an engaging main character, an innocent young man dealing with the loss of his illusions and the demands of a new role.

    Hooper’s War doesn’t provide simple answers, and readers are left with the understanding that decisions made in battle can be both right and wrong at the same time.

    Pre-order your copy of Hooper’s War today!

    A Personal Note: If you enjoy this website and my other commentary, please consider buying a copy of Hooper’s War.

    Unlike most other sites, I don’t ask for donations, run funding drives, try and trick you into handing over your email address or any of the other annoyances out there. Instead, I rely on your book purchases to keep things afloat, and for me to keep running this site I need to ask for your support.

    Please also help out by tweeting about my book, and by recommending it to your local library. Ask for it at your local bookstore and see if they’ll carry it. I appreciate your help.

    — Peter

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  • Recent Comments

    • chuck said...


      Thank you Peter Van Buren. Truth us good.

      04/24/17 2:26 PM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...


      Speaking of war and making a buck, The Wall Street War Party always pays its debts:

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      Obama will appear at Cantor Fitzgerald LP’s healthcare conference in September, Fox Business Network first reported Monday.

      04/25/17 10:47 AM | Comment Link

    • Jonathan L. Seagull said...


      Peter, I would like to read your book but packages take a while to reach me in Japan. Would love to have an accurate release date from the publisher so I can organize my order.

      05/8/17 1:08 PM | Comment Link

    • wemeantwell said...


      If you order from Amazon.jp https://www.amazon.co.jp/Hoopers-War-Peter-Van-Buren/dp/1941311121 you’ll get it via local mail. It will be in English; for better or worse no translation yet! Not sure of shipping date.

      There should also be a Kindle edition out this month if that is useful.

      Otherwise the publisher tells me the release date inside the US is May 15. If all else fails message me and we’ll figure something out.

      05/8/17 5:18 PM | Comment Link

    • Jonathan L. Seagull said...


      Thank you, that is just what I wanted to hear. I will get the Kindle edition! That way I can lend it to online friends as well.

      05/9/17 9:00 PM | Comment Link

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