BOOK REVIEW: WAR STORIES II:
Terrorists attempt to spread a terrible virus throughout the world. Dr. Noah Haldane has been expecting such an attempt so he, along with some other medical experts are looking for it. ARCS, Acute Respiratory Collapse Syndrome, turns up in Hong Kong, sending Dr. Haldane with several other medical experts to that area of the world. Dr. Gwen Savard is the Department of Homeland Securities Director of Counter-Bioterrorism, a newly created position. She is in the process of getting a divorce from her husband, Peter. Her feelings are torn, not believing this is actually occurring. But at this time, she has too much on her mind fighting this new super virus to think of her separation from Peter.
Any WWII buff needs to read this book. It is based on the Fox series “War Stories,” appearing on Fox Television network, as presented by Oliver North, a former Lt. Colonel in the United States Marines. I have read many stories about WWII but none have gone into the guts and particulars that this book does. There are many stories told in the actual words of many former military members. Some of the actions described had me shaking my head wondering just how humans could be treated the way the Japanese military did indeed treat the Allied forces. The brutality, physically and mentally, is beyond what most of us could endure. They were brutally beaten, starved, made to dig holes for their fellow dead soldiers, made to march many miles, and know that they would be killed if they could not keep up.
“War Stories II” begins in 1930, before the horrific 1941 Pearl Harbor attack occurred, telling how Japan started successfully attacking other nations to take them over. The United States was forced into this war when Japan made the decision to attack the United States with the huge air and sea attack at Pearl Harbor, then taking by force the islands, one by one, in the entire Pacific area.
Our nation had to pull itself up by the bootstraps and organize our military and industrial needs to get started taking back our own land. From Pearl Harbor through the atomic bombs dropped on Japan, an event that finally persuaded Japan to unconditionally surrender, the story about this war is an epic. Contained are pictures of some of the military and government employees that were involved. Also maps of the various areas as they are chronicled in the book become a part of history during those war years.
The stories personally given by those directly involved in the many battles will make you ask “how” this action and inhumane treatment could occur in our world. The struggle on the home front also is included as it evolves. There is much blood, guts, and gore in this book. This book should be read by anyone who thinks they have given a lot for their nation. Decidedly, you will think different after finishing War Stories II.
REVIEWED BY CY HILTERMAN
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