A World War II Novel of the Pacific
This book should come with a trigger warning. It is raw, gritty and depicts atrocities of war in a very personal way. It is about a dark time in history: The Bataan Death March and POW camps. Although it is published by a Christian publishing house , I would say it did not clearly present the Gospel message. Some characters were Christian, a pastor and family, but some were decidedly unrepentant.
The authors realistically showed gut-wrenching, heartbreaking situations. The scenes in the Philippines were broken up by those in Mobile, Alabama before the war. The background story of Jimmy, Hank, Billy and Claire was a homey, welcome break from the painful horrors of war.
Although distressing to read, I am glad these authors chose to tell the story. We should not forget or cover up the facts of what brave men endured in order to secure our freedom.
Emotional, haunting, and unsettling, but well written and not soon forgotten.
* A complimentary copy of this book was provided by Revell through Interviews and Reviews. I was not required to post a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*
4 stars World Christian view but not specifically Christian Fiction.
Jimmy Propfield joined the army for two reasons: to get out of Mobile, Alabama, with his best friends Hank and Billy and to forget his high school sweetheart, Claire.
Life in the Philippines seems like paradise--until the morning of December 8, 1941, when news comes from Manila: Imperial Japan has bombed Pearl Harbor. Within hours, the teenage friends are plunged into war as enemy warplanes attack Luzon, beginning a battle for control of the Pacific Theater that will culminate with a last stand on the Bataan Peninsula and end with the largest surrender of American troops in history.
What follows will become known as one of the worst atrocities in modern warfare: the Bataan Death March. With no hope of rescue, the three friends vow to make it back home together. But the ordeal is only the beginning of their nearly four-year fight to survive.
Inspired by true stories, The Long March Home is a gripping coming-of-age tale of friendship, sacrifice, and the power of unrelenting hope.