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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 26, 2012
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Great story from little told part of Philippines during WWII. It is hard to imagine what those men endured. The story is well told and makes the book hard to put down once you start reading.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 6, 2012
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History can be painful, but heroes are forever. The men who were captured on the Bataan Death March and survived have an awesome unbelievable story to tell. My heart was heavy as read this true account, but the story should be told. It is not just a living history story, it is the story of overcoming personal doubts and setting aside any thoughts of failure. A call to inner strength in times of unimaginable horrors - these horror being lived daily without a seeming end ... the wondering if America had forgotten them; if their families remembered. This story is a testament to the bravery of all, those who died and those who lived. In overcoming obstacles that were foreign; in overcoming hungry and cruelty, and making this escape with untold challenges ahead of them, these heroes made it possible to tell America and the rest of the world of the horrific conditions American prisoners of war were being subjected to in the Philippines. Yes, this is a story of the past, but is all Americans story and it is the story of our future. I started reading the book, tried to put it down when the story became so painful, but found myself drawn back instantly to the survival of brave Americans and the Philippine people who assisted in making "Escape from Davao" a reality. A "must read" for all history lovers and all who need to find a way to thank our World War II heroes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 7, 2012
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I thought that I had read nearly every account of POW's held in japanese camps in the Pacific. It was hard to believe that I had never come across this book before. That being said, I am glad that I did. This was one of the most riveting,engrossing accounts of escape from a POW camp that I have ever read. The characters are brought to life in such depth that I felt like I knew each of them personally. This book is definitely a page turner that is hard to put down. Don't start reading it late at night or you will not be able to tear yourself away from it and you may find yourself still up into the wee hours of the night like I was. I believe this is the only large escape of POW's from a Japanese camp during the entire war in the Pacific(excluding small individual escapes).The japanese were able to discourage large escapes by forming the POW's into teams of ten and would execute the remaining members of the team that were still in captivity as retribution for the escape of others.Not only do we get a feel for the horrors of life in a Japanese POW camp,but we also get an insight into the incredible struggles and hardships endured by the POW's during their escape from the Davao POW camp. Whether or not you are an avid WWII buff like me or not, I heartily encourage you to read this book. it will give you a new perspective into the indomitable spirit and will that humans have to survive under the most exhausting circumstances imaginable!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 26, 2012
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This was an excellent book. The story of their escape was incredible. All the books I read on World War 2 make me very proud of the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country and the world.
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on December 6, 2011
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While the Pacific war too often takes a back seat to the European theatre, events in the Philippines tend to be given even less notice by historians and media alike. Yet, the stage for ultimate victory in the Pacific was set by the valiant struggle of Americans and Filipinos against a brutal, sadistic enemy. Mr. Lukacs provides a well-researched and well-written account of how each Davao escapee ended up in the Philippines at the outbreak of war, their experiences as POWs, their harrowing escape through the swamps and jungles of Mindanao, and the heroic contribution of individual Filipinos to their escape.

One of the things that annoys me about many authors these days is that they 'phone it in.' By that I mean that they seem to put their name on the cover but let interns do the research, and it always shows. Not John Lukacs. He is out there trudging through Pacific battlefields (Guadalcanal, Tarawa, Mindanao, Hong Kong, etc.) and interviewing the few remaining survivors to put together his narratives. I hope that this great book is the first of many from Mr. Lukacs.

And for what its worth, I recently bought a copy for my Godfather, who stoked my interest in the Pacific war many years ago. He said that Escape from Davao is one of the best he's ever read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 5, 2011
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This book is a must read for anyone who has an interest in World War II. I've read hundreds of books covering this era and Escape from Davao was one of the most interesting and descriptive of any that I've read. The author goes into so much detail that you almost felt as though you were actually there during this horror story. It was exciting from beginning to end and very well-written. I would have liked to hear more from the last survivor but the updates on the others were very much appreciated.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 20, 2011
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What they went through boggles the mind. We owe it to them to keep their suffering and sacrifice on the front burner.
Let us never forget.
JB
Phil 1:3
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 27, 2012
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Great book if you are interested in the Pacific theater of WWII. It talked about American POWs in a Japanese camp in the jungle. Some of the Americans decided to escape and tried to find their way to freedom on the Philippines. I did enjoy reading this book and I liked that less is known about being a POW to the Japanese than other POWs in Europe.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 4, 2014
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Chilling true story of escape from one of the monstrous Japanese slave labor death camps in the Philipines in WWII. The brutality, suffering and deprivation these men suffered at the hands of the Japanese barbarians would never have come to light without their courage and tenacity. A great read and a history lesson never to be forgotten.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 27, 2011
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Great read, can easily put a book down, but it was hard to put this one down. Lukcas has done a great job (through extensive research I'm sure) detailing the accounts that are hard to believe were possible at times. Gripping and intense, you will not be let down after reading this book especially if you're a history buff like me.
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