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Blessed Are the Merciful Paperback – April 5, 2011
From the Author
Joyce Shaughnessy lives in Midland, Texas with her husband and has written two other books, A Healing Place, Merciful are the Blessed, and Texas Gold.
From the Back Cover
Nine hours after Pearl Harbor, the Japanese attack the Philippines, starting a war against the United States that was to last four years. Elton and Susan have fallen in love and there is no escape from the Japanese.
The soldiers fight desperately for six months on the Bataan Peninsula, with the Army nurses at their side, rendering aid when possible. Finally, dying of starvation and disease the Army discovers that the U.S. cannot send any supplies or men to help because they are committed to the European campaign first. The Army ultimately must surrender.
Elton is forced to walk the Death March and to witness horrifying attrocities during the rest of the war at Camp O'Donnell, Cabanatuan, and on the Hell Ship, where Americans are murdered by Japanese cruelty and neglect. Susan is interred at Santo Tomas and secretly aids the Filipino Guerilla movement.
Following his escape from a Hell Ship, Elton becomes involved with the Sixth Army Rangers when they free Cabanatuan Prison Camp behind Japanese lines. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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face the Japanese without replacement of any needed supplies. To tell you more would spoil the story of how they survived the brutal treatment of the Japanese. As Joyce told me by e-mail, this book is full of surprises. I like the way she uses parallel plots which she eventually, skillfully brings together. I also like her development of characters who are persistent and are constantly improving themselves in life. For a "sentimental slob (my sister's definition) like me, I was frequently brought to tears by some of the occurrences in the book. It is an
enjoyable story, but keep a kleenex handy.
If, like me, you're a bloke - don't be put off by the Mills & Boone romantic cover. (but ladies - there is some! so don't let me put YOU off!)
This is a gritty story - without being gross or overly graphic displaying some of the worst atrocities of the war. But does it have a happy ending? Read it and see!