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Remember Wake Paperback – September 10, 2007

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Teresa R. Funke's writing has appeared in numerous national publications, and two of her essays were honered as Notable Essays by Best American Essays. She is also the author of Dancing in Combat Boots, an award-winning collection of women's stories from WWII and the Home-Front Heroes Collection, a series of middle-grade novels about children in wartime America. Teresa is a popular speaker, presenter and author's coach. Visit her website at teresafunke.com. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Victory House Press (September 10, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934649023
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934649022
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,001,511 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Brian Kaufman on April 28, 2003
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"Remember Wake" is a cleanly written, fast-paced novel by Teresa Funke. The story follows two young Americans, Maggie Braun and her fiancee, Colin Finnely. Colin, a civilian working on Wake Island at the start of World War II, is captured and sent to a series of Japanese prison camps. At home, Maggie fights a different sort of battle, struggling against fear, uncertainty, and the expectations of her family.
The history behind the story is intriguing. A handful of Americans held off the Japanese navy for sixteen days at Wake Island, aided by the heroic efforts of armed civilians. The author's depictions of prison camps are authentic and harrowing.
The novel traces the effects of war on its two civilian protagonists, ordinary people caught in the tides of history. Maggie and Colin are heroic, not because they control their circumstances, but because they survive them. The story is always well told, and the scenes between Maggie and William Preston, a would-be suitor, are genuinely heartbreaking. "Remember Wake" is a great read.
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This book alternates chapters telling the story of the plight of soldiers and civilians who were taken prisoner at Wake Island with the problems faced by their families in Boise, Idaho. After obviously researching the matter thoroughly, the author rolled the stories of many survivors of Wake into the experiences of just a few characters in the book, making it an interesting read. It adequately tells about the horrors of war, without getting too graphic.
I required all three of my teenage children to read the book -- it was hard to get them started, but all three quickly finished it and have shown a marked interest in WWII since then. I am recommending it as a good buy for our school library.
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Wake Island is seldom spoken about in most historical accounts of WWII. I think probably it is because the island was defeated and overrun by the Japanese in such a quick manner. It was of course in the shadows of the attack on Pearl Harbor.
This book deals with the lives of both civilian and military personell as they worked on this small speck in the vast ocean of the Pacific.
When it was invaded, everyone that survived was sent to various prison camps in China and Japan.
The author does a fine job of describing these men as they were before the war, as they were in the prison camps and also how the loved ones, at home reacted to their basically disapperance from the face of the earth.
This work describes well the hell these prisoners went through plus the hope and tenacity of some of Americas finest.
A very entertaining and worthwhile read.
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Teresa Funke's REMEMBER WAKE is a flawlessly wonderful novel. I'm a reader who rarely reads historical fiction and a fiction editor who rarely reads work that doesn't contain at least a few glitches in grammar, characterization, dialogue, syntax, etc. As hard as I looked, I couldn't find 'anything' to criticize. This book piqued an interest in historical fiction in me. Funke crafted a story that taught me--despite my best intentions--about a time in history I didn't know 'to know' about. I got a feel for the mid-1940's without being hit over the head with wartime vocabulary and jargon. I gained 'a little' insight into the horrible and unimaginable periods of 'not knowing when or if...' that prisoners of war and their families endured. I'm grateful for this book and I'm sure there are Wake survivors and their descendants who feel the same.
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I thoroughly enjoyed Teresa R. Funke's Remember Wake. It was a part of WWII (or any war for the matter) that I have not read/researched much about. The story revolves around Colin and Maggie, a young couple engaged to be married. Just before the war, Colin decides to take a short term job on Wake Island in the pacific to save money for their new life together. Based on a true story, Colin's story takes us to Wake Island during Pearl Harbor and the taking of the island by Japanese forces. We see life through his eyes as a Japanese POW. Maggie's story takes us through life back home, not knowing what has become of her beloved. Great insight into little known parts of the war and a great romance to boot.
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I won a copy through FirstReads. This book was outstanding. It is both packed with emotion and vivid detail. I found myself unable to put it down. It is not my normal genre, however I will definitely be looking into more from this author in the future. This book is at times disturbingly brutal, but does an excellent job at attempting to portray how the conditions actually were during WWII. Because of these conditions, one is never sure what will happen next. Will it be something good or bad? This emotional roller coaster is one of the things that made the book so hard to put down before finding out how it ended.
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I read Dancing in Combat Boots and bought this book expecting to find honor in Teresa Funke's depiction of the trials of the war. I was not disappointed at all. I know what kind of resurch she has done to write.
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This WWII story is both informative and entertaining. I learned some additional things about WWII, especially regarding POWs and I was very taken with the characters in the story. The story moves along quickly which makes it hard to put down, I am going to recommend this book to my book club.
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