The Long March Home: A World War II Novel of the Pacific

Revell. May 2023. 400p. ISBN 9780800742751. $26.99. CF
.immy Propfield is expected to follow in his hard-nosed preacher father’s footsteps, but he has bigger dreams. He views the second World War as his chance to escape rural Alabama and see the world. Soon he’s in the Philippines, living large with his childhood friends Billy Crockett and Hank Wright. When the Japanese military invades the island country, though, Jimmy and thousands of other Allied soldiers are stranded behind enemy lines and all his daddy’s preaching on hell “ain’t done it a lick of justice.” Forced to obey the whims of soldiers disregarding the Geneva convention, Jimmy and his pals vow to return home alive. Brotherton (A Bright and Blinding Sun) lends his research prowess to Lee’s (The Line Between) suspense expertise in this gritty tale of suffering and redemption.
VERDICT A great read for those enthralled with real-life stories of war and survival such as Laura Hilderbrand’s Unbroken and Adam Makos’s Devotion. Recommend to those looking for a new angle on World War II fiction.
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