I heard about the book from a DJ on a Manila talk show, a few weeks ago and finally remembered about it while in our local SM Mall outside of the old Clark Air Base. I picked it up and couldn't lay it down for the most part of 3 days I spent reading it. As an U.S. Army retiree and the reader of numerous books of military history I was not aware of the escape even after living in the Philippines for 19 years. The detail of the terrain, personalitys involved in the story, of American, Filipino, and Japanese were an added strenght to the authors ability to paint the picture of the struggle and challenges endured to make the successful escape. The 12 were able to escape the confines of the Davao Penal Colony to only find out their stories and free travel were to remain imprisoned for most of the next year when they (the Americans) returned to America and were restrained from telling their story to assist in the treatment of their still imprisoned brothers in arms.
My compliments to the author for his attention to detail, time spent talking to survivors and their relatives to unearth the buried details that had been restricted for so long during the war and then forgotten over the following decades. Its one of those books that makes you proud of our countries heritage, ethics and struggle in helping an oppressed people during a time of war so long ago.