It's 1942, and Harry Flynn leaves behind the love of his life to journey into East Asia, a world of tigers, elephants and Himalayan Mountains. He enlists to fight, expecting to find the thrill of danger and honor of military service. Instead, Harry is ordered to the Forgotten Front in the Indian subcontinent as an ordinary supply officer. There, General Joseph 'Vinegar Joe' Stilwell is constructing a 'road to nowhere' through Japanese-occupied Burma—and he’s willing to complete it at any cost.
In an exotic world with Naga headhunters, opium-smoking Kachin tribesmen, and marauders who scorn both life and death, Harry must entrust his life to others if he is to survive the war. During a time when boys are forced to come of age on the battlefield, and where death and insanity seem to be the only ways out, Harry must find what makes his life worth living.
The lessons learned in WWII apply to all wars where men walk away carrying unspeakable memories about the lives that could have been. Behind the Forgotten Front takes you to the overlooked battles in the China-Burma-India Theater of World War II and shows you that history is about facts driven by the passions and sometimes the mistakes of real people.
Barbara Hawkins used her father's WWII diary, now in the Library of Congress Veterans Project, to write the story he could never complete. Her first book, Behind the Forgotten Front, led her to visit India and Burma, where as an engineer she walked the now overgrown Stilwell Road and explored the jungles along the Chindwin River. These days, if she isn't writing she's traveling. You can find her at BarbaraHawkins-writer.com or her father's Signal Corps photos of WWII at https://www.pinterest.com/virtualtravele.