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Hell's Guest Hardcover – September 1, 2007
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Top Customer Reviews
The quality of the writing is outstanding. Not a word is wasted, and the reader RELIVES every instant of Col Frazier's service, captivity, and the painful aftermath that haunted him for 30 years after his return to the USA. Every page is fascinating, but here are some of the highlights:
1. Col. Frazier's introduction on how he enlisted in the army and came to be in the Philippines when the Japanese invaded is an amazing story in itself.
2. His exploits during the Japanese invasion of the Philippines are the stuff of legend. On his own initiative and with incredible courage he improvised ingenious defenses that slowed the Japanese conquest of the islands and bought time to shore up defenses of Australia and other Pacific islands.
3. The brutality of his capture in the Philippines and captivity in Japan is so vividly portrayed that the reader feels that he is sharing it day by day with Frazier.
4. The aftermath of his release from Japanese captivity and how its horror affected the rest of his life is life is yet another amazing story. I have never read a book by any other WWII Veteran that expresses the lasting consequences of the horror of captivity. The way in which Frazier finally overcame the horror of these memories after more than 30 years is perhaps the most important part of the book.
5. As well, the breath and scope of Frazier's life after WWII is amazing. After the war he worked in many amazing careers in Alabama, Georgia, Chicago, Washington, Missouri, Texas, Arizona, Nevada, California, and Florida.Read more ›
His life after the war is very interesting.
Whether you are a WWII fanatic or not, this book will affect you page after page. With so many of our WWII vets passing away, there is an important part of history well preserved in Hell's Guest.
This author is a hero, and I thank him for his service and for his insightful book. Your stories, your life, will stay with me.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Col. Frazier is 94 years old and survived the Bataan Death march. What an amazing man!
I couldn't put it down once I started reading.
I have read countless history books about the experiences of our soldiers and veterans from the Civil War up to Vietnam and I can honestly say this was the most moving and... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Dr. R Lee Viar IV
Written first person which is difficult to do in this type of narrative.Published 9 months ago by Al
I bought this book for my Husband who is an Airforce veteran. Could not have been any better!Published 10 months ago by Kelly Brockman
What a great read! It will make you cry, but in the end, you'll be inspired by Col Frazier's solution.Published 11 months ago by Ben Mathews
I had the pleasure of meeting Col. Frazier to hear his story first hand. A very intriguing story.Published 11 months ago by James D. Holt
I, too, met Col. Frazier at the USS Alabama in Mobile. I'd never heard of him or his book, but after half an hour chatting with this lovely gentleman I bought one. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Amazon Customer