Tuesday, May 9, 2023

Review: The Long March Home by: M Brotherton/T Lee


About the Book:

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: the Japanese have bombed Pearl Harbor. Within hours, the teenage friends are plunged into war as Japanese 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.

My Review:

This book hits home, so much. My dad was in WWII shortly after Pearl Harbor was bombed and he was stationed in The Philippines. Even though I live in AL now and was raised here. My dad was not from here. But it is very similar. He saw things no man has ever seen, done things very few men do and would never discuss it. He would say that was when men cared what happened to this country and that it was their privilege to enlist. These days its rarely seen. 

 The story unfolds as three young friends decide to enlist. And what seemed like a good idea at the time turns out to be something completely different than they had imagined. Its not long before they realize that they are not only fighting for their country, but their very lives.

 Many times a movie will reflect what war seems to be like, books are much the same way. but as these men lived it, we can only imagine what they saw and heard there. It definitely changes you. 

 This story is thought provoking and at many times very real and raw. 

A great read!

**Disclosure**This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the publisher. All opinions are my own.


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