Mission: Shanghai by Jamie Dodson (original cover art by Andy Whyte) is a softcover fiction book, 205 pages in length.
It's 1936 and Lieutenant Commander Toshio Miyazaki of the Imperial Japanese Naval Intelligence Directorate and member of the secret Black Dragon Society receives a new mission. He is to steal the secret US Naval radio codes that keep American communications secure. Miyazaki is pleased as the mission provides another opportunity to kill Nick Grant.
Nick's family moves to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil out of the reach of Miyazaki and the Black Dragons. In Rio, Nick is reunited with his old boss, Bill Grooch. But Grooch is really there to recruit Nick into the US Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI). ONI has missions for Nick under the guise of being a Pan American pilot.
The duo fly to Stratford, Connecticut to pick up a new Sikorsky S-43 amphibian and fly it to Alameda. Meanwhile, Miyazaki has arrived in San Francisco. He steals the US Naval codes and escapes on a French passenger ship headed for Shanghai, China. Grooch comes up with a mad plan: Fly ahead to Shanghai and use Nick as bait to trap Miyazaki. If the Black Dragon bites, Nick and Grooch will recover the stolen codes. It's risky but Nick has sworn to make Miyazaki pay for murdering Mac, his mentor and Roger Tanaka, his friend.
Join Nick on his most dangerous mission to date, where he risks all to settle an old score.This book is an excellent read for young and old alike, highlighting the pre-WWII era of intelligence intrigue in the Pacific between US and Japanese intelligence agencies as well as Pan American Airways. During this period, Pan Am was instrumental in opening up Pacific aviation routes to the Far East and established island bases across the Pacific to support their Pan Am Clipper flying boats.