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Carlos: A Tale of Survival Hardcover – June 27, 2007


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: I-Socket Presse (June 27, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979682215
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979682216
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.9 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,196,884 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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<div>J. L. Kunkle was born in 1964 and he lives in Murrieta, California with his wife of 25 years, Torrie K. He has one son, Joshua, and one daughter, Tandy. A graphic designer as well as a writer and blogger, he was a U.S. Marine during the Reagan administration.</div>

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ed Gehead on February 29, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is a biographical sketch of the life of Carlos Montoya, an American Latino from New Mexico who, seeking to supplement his meager income, had the misfortune of joining the National Guard shortly before the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. Unknown to Carlos, FDR had anticipated war with Japan and sent Carlos's unit to Clark Field in the Philippines to beef up its defenses. On December 8, the same day (due to date-line differences) as the attack (December 7) on Pearl Harbor, the Japanese attacked the Philippines, destroying virtually all the American planes on the ground. Carlos ended up with the defenders on the Bataan peninsula and was among the thousands of American and Philippine troops eventually forced to surrender when their supplies ran out. Thus began the nightmare Carlos was to endure at the hands of his inhuman captors until the conclusion of the war in 1945. He barely survived the Bataan Death March, starvation and illness in the prison camps , death at sea while being transported to Japan, and brutal conditions while doing slave labor at a coal station in Northern Japan. His story reads much like "Unbroken", by Laura Hillenbrand, recounting the life of Louis Zamperini and his survival of the prison camps of Japan during WWII. Both are worthy reads, although Hillenbrand's book is clearly superior literature. Nonetheless, the author of "Carlos", J.L.Kunkle, does an admirable job of preserving this fascinating tale of survival by an ordinary American Latino that would otherwise be lost to history. Highly recommended.
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By Ruth on June 18, 2014
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We knew a man that was on this "Death March". History isn't always good, but it is good to know,
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Very interesting as he is from my home town. I know him and his immediate familyvery well. I learned a great deal about him through the book. Thank you very much for your interest. Mollie Montoya ...Pena Blanca, NM
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