Roppongi is a novel that can be hard to put down at times. If one has ever visited Roppongi district or even just to Japan, then this is your book. The main character Zach returns to Roppongi with a plan to make and save some serious cash and then get out before he manages to get sucked back in again as when he was there before.
Everybody looks to Zach for answers. He knows the place has quite a seedy element to it as do many places where lots of unaccounted money can be made. He is a survivor and knows how to deal with the dark side of humanity very well. He is a bit poetic and romantic as he always seems to find himself in between humanity and the forces of darkness.
If you have no experience working as a bartender or manager of a night club, you will learn some interesting things like what is really involved in keeping everything running smoothly and everyone somewhat satisfied. From what I remember of a dazed few hours I spent in Roppongi one night in the eighties, was that the place was too much and I would never see this place in it entirety unless I was here for weeks. There are many Zachs about that are fearless, connected, experienced, knowledgeable and open to expanding the mind with what the earth has provided us all. This being said, I think Zach has the power to change the world. If there is further writing about Zach, I will be excited to see how he feels and deals with the Fukushima nuclear disaster and the end of conspicuous consumption.
I really liked the page at the end entitled: “care to help.” I found it to be excellent advice that would further help the author as well as anybody else who wants to write their own book and get it out there the best they can. I also very much appreciated the Translated Foreign Dialogue & the Glossary at the end.