What is the true nature of the Soviet / Japanese non aggression pact? Like the non-aggression pact between Hitler and Stalin is it simply the cynical attempt of two empires bent on world domination to stave off immediate conflict or was it intended to be more lasting? Certainly with the German army pounding on the door to Moscow and the Japanese having instigated an all-out war with the United States, Australia and New Zealand, neither Russia nor Japan has the time, material, or troops to devote to a conflict over Siberia.

Regardless, American fliers escaping to Asiatic Russia while flying missions over Japanese controlled territory were supposed to have been interned for the duration. Secretly, however, the Soviets pass them along an underground railway to British authorities in Iran. From there they make their way back to the conflict. If Russia is going out of it’s way to help the United States, is Japan using clandestine activity to probe Soviet defenses, possibly preparing for an invasion of Siberia?

Madden is contracted to the local Russian authorities, flying routine coast guard missions in the area north of Vladivostok.

When a seemingly abandoned freighter is sighted in an inlet near the mouth of the Kumuhu River, Madden goes in for a closer look.On that snow bound coast he uncovers the mystery of an American ship forced to deal with a mutiny and the news that Pearl Harbor has been attacked. The ship is carrying Lend Lease war material for Russia and though Japan has an agreement with Russia, what would their position be on the American ship?


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