Survive the war. Outlast the enemy. Stay alive. That's what Henry Forrest has to do. When he lies about his age to join the Marines, Henry never imagines he'll face anything worse than his own father's cruelty. But his unit is shipped off to the Philippines, where the heat is unbearable, the conditions are brutal, and Henry's dreams of careless adventuring are completely dashed.Then the Japanese invade the islands, and US forces there surrender. As a prisoner of war, Henry faces one horror after another. Yet among his fellow captives, he finds kindness, respect, even brotherhood. A glimmer of light in the darkness. And he'll need to hold tight to the hope they offer if he wants to win the fight for his country, his freedom . . . and his life. Michael P. Spradlin's latest novel tenderly explores the harsh realities of the Bataan Death March and captivity on the Pacific front during World War II.
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Prisoner of War is about the war experience of a fictional young man named Henry “Tree” Forrest and his experiences as an extremely underage and impetuous serviceman imprisoned a Pacific POW camp during World War II. Henry makes friends with his commanding officer, Gunny, and some of the other POWs, and they go through the trials of being a POW for the entire war, trying as hard as they can to survive and fight back. The story is interesting, but it was a bit bland, nothing new in here. It was the oft-repeated story of the truly awful captors being eventually defeated by the righteous “little guy.” There was not much new here, but I do not know if it can ever be said too often that war sucks and that the military is not to be glorified, but respected. Tree was an emotional boy, and I found it hard to relate to him because he did not really have any other characteristics besides his impulsiveness and his over-selflessness. The other characters were all the same. I find it extremely hard to believe that not a single Allied soldier would have done anything treacherous, so the book makes the Japanese too villainous and the Allies too perfect. I do not think most young kids reading this would notice these problems because you would have to be reading quite analytically to notice these, so if your child likes war stories, he/she would probably like this, but if you don’t know, there are plenty of better stories like this out there. Nathan P, 15, Delaware Valley Mensa