by Edward J. McNeill


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Mactan is a fictional story based on a true incident in WWII. General MacArthur needs to get the wounded out of Manila before the Japanese invade and most likely kill them. Edward Forbisher is ordered to go into Manila ahead of the invasion and find seaworthy transportation for these troops to Australia. The first few chapters put us in the thick of the war in the Philippines and enmesh us in the difficulty of Forbisher's assignment along with his adventures and entanglements on the treacherous trip on a rickety inter-island ferry, Mactan.
These first chapters alternate with a separate story set in the present of Matthew Wintercorn from Texas who lands in Manila anticipating adventure in his new job assignment with the American Red Cross. Wintercorn becomes interested in a photo of the Mactan on a wall at the AMC and seeks to find out the story behind it. Matthew finds more adventure than he ever dreamed, along with a mystery and love interest.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780989360548
Publisher: Charlotte McNeill
Publication date: 08/26/2013
Pages: 280
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.59(d)

About the Author

Mactan is one of 4 novels finished over the 30 years since the author was told he had a neuro-degenerative disease (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), which would slowly take his life - doctors said he had at most five years to live. McNeill had completed 4 years in the USMC and left as a Captain. He had worked his way through a BS in English from U. of Dayton and a Masters in Business from Fairleigh Dickinson in NJ before getting married and becoming father to 3 girls. His ALS diagnosis came when he was 44, settled in a job he loved, with his youngest daughter just entering second grade. The whole family was thrown into emotional and financial turmoil. Seven years later (way past his life expectancy) they moved to CA and he began writing. See his website for more information:

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