The story is compelling. Though fictional, it conveys an underlying truth, the horrible conditions under which millions live and the wanton disregard of the rest of the world. The characters are skillfully developed and the unthinkable and unbelievable becomes thinkable and believable.
The story is true, and some of it interesting. However, those who expect the emotional power and impact of his first book will be quite disappointed. The facts of the illegal killings of the flyboys could have been told in a few pages. In a war in which millions were murdered, by Germans and Japanese, this tragedy was just that, an all too common event. Disclosing the further treatment of the bodies to the families was at best, cruel.
For those who wish to really understand the nature of the Japanese occupational forces, I recommend the Rape of Nanking by Iris Chang.
The main character is flawed, which is his strength. The plot is ambitious, but draws the reader in. The twists and surprises are believable and welcome. A really great read, involving traditional evil pitted against even greater forms of evil, ending in personal redemption.
A fascinating book which is quite consistent with the four gospels, except for its defense of Judas. I determined it was worth reading when I discovered that it is read by Archbishop Desmond Tutu. It is surprising that this fact is not noted on the site.
One of the most engrossing novels I have ever read. The pathos and tragedy of the history setting seems to drive the "innocent" people to even more pathetic actions. More approachable by far than Satanic Verse, and more powerful because the characters are so real.
The Poetry of Robert Service ranges from excellent to amazing. The imagery is vivid and nuanced. While describing scenes and events, he carries the reader into the psyche and sole of the characters and narrators.