My inspirational novel of an American Airman’s enslavement as a Japanese Prisoner of War has just received another 5 star review on Amazon. The review is written by another quality author, Diana Wilder. A copy of the review follows:
The Land of Fearful memories is a terrible place. They gather in the dark corners, thoughts lived and relived… Impressions, the patchwork of images, sounds. A place firmly in the past, where it belongs, never to be thought of. Or so Grant Metzger feels in the quiet of his own mind. He lived through the horror of imprisonment by the Japanese during World War II, he survived, came home, and left it all behind him, where it belongs. …until the day he learns that his son, a Green Beret, will be deployed to Vietnam.
The memories return, but now with an added barb: his son might be facing the same horrors. The horrors that Grant remembers all too clearly.
This is a story of love, of courage, and of liberation, Grant finds the courage to speak to his son of the dangers he faced, and the sources of strength that he found, and in telling his story, he is freed from fear, horror and grief that bound him for two decades.
This is a good story. It is told in a quiet voice: Grant speaking, telling what he remembers. The events themselves, and the impressions, are clear, and the quality of Grant’s voice relaying them from a twenty year vantage point works very well. This is a story of courage, of love and of healing, and I enjoyed it.
Disclaimer: I purchased a copy of this book because I had interacted with the author on various message boards, and the story interested me as the descendant of veterans of the Pacific Theater of WWII, with relatives who spent time in Japanese POW and concentration camps. The focus of the story interested me, and I wanted to read it. I was given no incentive to read and review.