Broken Jewel: A Novel

Broken Jewel: A Novel

by David L. Robbins
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Broken Jewel: A Novel by David L. Robbins

New York Times bestselling author David L. Robbins presents a riveting novel of war, love, and survival, set against the backdrop of an improbable rescue, the Los Baños prison raid -- one of the most daring episodes of World War II.

For three years after the fall of Manila, 2,100 Allied civilians have been imprisoned at Los Baños Internment Camp, 40 miles to the southeast and notorious for its horrendous conditions. American Remy Tuck, the camp's resident gambler, struggles daily with his Japanese army captors to keep his community of Americans, Brits, and Dutch alive, as they stave off starvation and protect one another from vicious punishments. Remy's son, Talbot, now nineteen, has become a man while in captivity. Headstrong to the hilt and a nimble thief, Tal can move like a snake under the guards' noses and defies their orders at every opportunity.

On the other side of the barbed wire, looking down on the camp, is the Filipina Carmen, a "comfort woman" who has been kidnapped by the Japanese, raped, and forced into sexual slavery to service the Imperial Japanese Army. Carmen battles to keep herself physically and emotionally intact. A favorite of one of the guards, she accepts his occasional kindnesses but has eyes only for Tal, whose fortitude in the face of great suffering astounds her. Tal, in turn, looks up to Carmen's high window and sees the grace and courage with which she endures her imprisonment. Without speaking, the two fall in love above the encampment grounds.

As the tide of the war in the Pacific turns against the Japanese, tensions and danger in the camp escalate. In the face of all but certain execution at the hands of their captors, Remy and Tal enact a daring plan to save their fellow prisoners and the woman Tal loves.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781416593812
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 11/10/2009
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 757,424
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

David L. Robbins is the bestselling author of nine novels including War of the Rats, Last Citadel, and The End of War. He divides his time between Richmond and his sailboat on the Chesapeake Bay. He is currently writer in residence at his alma mater, the College of William and Mary.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Broken Jewel is the story of a little known episode of the Pacific War. Only David L. Robbins can bring to the reader an event that for years has not been revealed. Robbins describes an event that was over looked partially by Japanese Government cover-up, denial, and guilt. He is an author that makes historical events a moving and intriguing chapter in the never ending epic that is World War II. Robbins proves that Good fiction entertains; Great fiction informs.
jspencerJS More than 1 year ago
The The Assassins Gallery is a masterpeice of fiction, or was it fiction? Now come the next masterpeice Broken Jewel. Its an epic and one of the best works of fiction written in a long time.There are authors and then there is David L Robbins.Broken Jewel should be rated in the top 100 books of all time. Little is known about this story, but now thanks to David ,if its read, the heros of a time gone by will spill off the pages into your mind and soul,and will change your life forever.Set in a WWII prison camp in the Philippines, it brings out what we were about in this country. Real courage, valor, the human spirit, trails, and victory, at great sacrifice in the face of the enemy. Men who never gave up,men who put country and honor first. Real times ,real men.A real story for the ages. Buy this book for your friends at Christmas, they will thank you many times over.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Reportedly, this author aggressively engineers a lot of positive "buzz" for his books. But it's just the same as some publicist hyping a celebrity who is neither attractive nor talented---some people will think that celebrity is real special just because they hear it over and over from the publicists' machinations----other people, however, will want to think for themselves. I did not find this book well written, believable, nor interesting. I must admit that I succumbed to giving it a read to see what the hype was about. It promptly went into my recycle.