- Audible Audiobook
- Listening Length: 2 hours and 24 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Stephen P. Robertson
- Audible.com Release Date: September 24, 2013
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00FE1UMDU
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Jemo: A Fictional Account of the Baker Blast, Operation Crossroads...and of Those Left Behind Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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It is poorly written, poorly edited, not researched and complete rubbish.
The story line is not even plausible for a variety of reasons; not least of these is that Jemo is very much further (>3 times the distance) from the blast than the atoll to which the Bikini atoll inhabitants were moved.
The "Bikinese" survived the blast unhurt but, the same cannot be said of their subsequent treatment by the US.
This "book", far from being a tribute to the service of those involved in the tests, is an insult to the memory of all those unwillingly or unknowingly involved.
My family was exposed to fallout of tests. My father is dead (cancer), my brother is dead (cancer), my mother has had cancer and my health is very poor.
It leaves you feeling for this 27 yr old man.
Easy read as well- took about 3 hours.
Loved the book and looking forward to more from this yet unknown author.
The plot concerns the fate of a half-dozen stereotypically described characters who survive a ship disaster, only to wash up on an uninhabited island just in time to experience the effects of the Baker Test. They all die, most of them in a surprising manner. Read the book if you must know how. I'm sorry I did.
That being said, you do come to care about the characters in the limited time you have with them (character development is tough in a novella of this length) and feel the pathos of their situation.
The author skillfully used a journal format to fully explore the fear, pain, and confusion these men experienced. It all felt horribly genuine for the listener.
The entire novella was filled with so much emotion that it was almost difficult to listen to at times. And the heartbreaking ending left me tearing up.
The narrator, Daniel Penz, did a fantastic job with the audiobook edition. His excellent performance really showcased the emotions of the sailors and their struggle and made an already moving book heart wrenching for the listener.
I highly recommend this very well done novella. It has truly changed the way I view the subject.
"After all, we were going to get rescued. Oh well, that's in the past. This is now. Now it doesn't matter. Or did it ever matter?"
The difficult decisions made by the crew, as well as the ultimate outcome of the story based on these decisions, are indeed heart rending.
As a member of a monthly book club, I have frequently said that books which are of value to me are those which contain several aspects. In reading Stephen Robertson's Jemo, I found these to be present, and because of that I truly feel this compelling book is well worth reading.
The first quality which I find to be important is the presence of a hero. This book not only had one hero, but seven. Each, in his own way, showed courage in a difficult situation, and for that I admired all the characters. They were men of integrity, even with their flaws.
Along with reading a book which contains a hero, I also enjoy learning from reading. Previous to reading the book, I knew nothing about the testing in the Marshall Islands or Operation Crossroads. I have more awareness now of some of the actions of the U.S. government during World War II. Reading this book caused me to want to pursure learning more about this period in history as it raised questions for me.
Lastly, a book which holds my interest is always one which I find worth reading. Jemo was just that, from beginning to end. There was no way to predict what would happen next, and so the anticipation caused me to want to continue reading until the last page. It definately a "page turner".