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Forgotten Soldiers: What Happened to Jacob Walden based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite Forgotten Soldiers: What Happened to Jake Walden by Warren Martin is an intriguing story, one that is portrayed as fiction but could so easily have happened – and may well have done for all we know. It’s the story of Jake Walden, an American soldier, the only survivor when the helicopter he was flying in was shot down in 1970, during the Vietnam War. The story starts with his capture by the Vietcong and his introduction to life in a Vietnamese prisoner-of-war camp. Forgotten Soldiers follows Jake Walden as he is moved from camp to camp, narrowly missing a rescue attempt, until finally being transported to Russia and placed in a camp with a number of other foreign prisoners. Jake manages to keep track of his time in prison and, despite harsh treatment and torture, he keeps his wits about him and makes a couple of long-lasting friendships. Read the full story to find out what did happen to Jake Walden. I enjoyed reading Forgotten Soldiers – What Happened to Jake Walden by Warren Martin. It’s cleverly written as a fiction story with a lot of fact woven in, so much so that it actually felt like I was reading a narrative from someone who could have been there, a firsthand account. The story was fresh, something different from many other war stories that are on the market and, to my mind, it is recommended reading for anyone who wants an insight into what war is like from a prisoner’s point of view.
Forgotten Soldiers - Fiction?? I wonder... May 1, 2012 By John Podlaski Although this is a work of fiction, the story could very well have happened and none of us would have been the wiser. Captain Jacob Walden, 24, had only been in Vietnam for a month when his plane is shot down in 1970. He ejects safely, only to be captured by farmers loyal to the enemy. The author chronicles Jacob's 400-mile trek on foot through the jungles - northward toward Hanoi where he can be turned over to the proper authorities. Jakes entire world takes a flip upside down when his captors inform him that Vietnam is not at war with the United States, therefore, the Geneva Convention does not apply. Jake is not a POW, instead, he is judged a criminal and sentenced to prison. Thus began his daily ritual of torture, starvation, inhumane treatment and isolation. Thinking his life could not get any worse, Jake soon discovers how wrong he is when a masochistic Russian Major takes over the interrogation and torture. The author uses real events in his story such as the historic U.S. raid on the Son Tay prison camp to rescue seventy American prisoners - a location only 23 miles west of Hanoi, Jane Fonda's infamous trip to the Hanoi Hilton Prison in North Vietnam, and the fall of the Russian empire. Thirty-six years later, Capt Jacob Walden is officially pronounced dead by the United States government. A reporter and Jacob's brother do not believe this to be true and set out on their own to find proof to the contrary. What they find instead is shocking! To tell anymore would be a spoiler - you'll have to read this fine story on your own to see how it ends. Warning: you'll stay up late into the night reading because you won't be able to stop. Highly recommended! Great job Warren! John Podlaski, Author Cherries : A Vietnam War Novel