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.
“….a ‘bottom-up’ account of tank warfare, unique in the annals of WW II, based on the cold, hard, terrifying facts of armored combat. The way the author develops the humanism of the characters, their language, their down-to-earth thoughts and emotions is truly remarkable.”
Col. Arthur F. Pottle, WW II troop commander, 86th Cav Rcn Sqdn, 6th Armored Division, Third Army
“Fate’s Finger is a great military micro-historical achievement, telling it like it was for the men on the line in WW II armored divisions, and it reeks with verisimilitude: the contemporaneous U.S. newspaper headlines, and the wonderful human insights in the letters to and from the folks back home. Absolutely authentic, a ‘been there, done that’. I couldn’t put it down!”
Capt. Perry Swirsky, WW II tank company commander, 752nd Tank Bn.
“Only a rare few WW II accounts have captured as this one has the turmoil that small groups of tankers and their machines endured to make the ‘big picture’ succeed. A must read for old – and new – tankers.”
1st Lt. George A. Campbell, WW II tank platoon leader, 8th Armored Division.
IRWIN SHAW A Perfect Morning (from The Young Lions)
J. G. BALLARD Lunghua Camp (from Empire of the Sun)
JAMES JONES The Big Day (from From Here to Eternity)
JAMES A. MICHENER The Landing at Kuralei (from Tales of the South Pacific)
RICHARD HILLARY Shall Live for a Ghost? (from The Last Enemy)
KURT VONNEGUT Billy Pilgrim (from Slaughterhouse Five)
EVELYN WAUGH Battalion in Defence (from Officers and Gentlemen)
NORMAN MAILER Anopopei (from The Naked and the Dead)
GUYGIBSON, VC Some were Unlucky(from Enemy Coast Ahead)
JOSEPH HELLER Major Major Major Major(from Catch 22)
RAYMOND PAULL The Invasion of Papua (from Retreat from Kokoda)
RONALD SETH Stalingrad- the Story of the Battle (from Stalingrad-Point of Return)
NANCY WAKE The White Mouse and the Maquis d'Auvergne (from The White Mouse)
JOHN STEINBECK The Invaders (from The Moon is Down)
NICHOLAS MONSARRAT The Compass Rose (from The Cruel Sea)
JOHN HERSEY Hiroshima - The Fire (from Hiroshima)
The year is 1863. The Civil War is leaving its bloody trail across the nation as Peter Wake, born and bred in the snowy North, joins the U.S. Navy as a volunteer officer and arrives in steamy Florida for duty with the East Gulf Blockading Squadron. The idealistic Peter Wake has handled boats before, but he's new to the politics and illicit liaisons that war creates among men. Assigned to the Rosalie, a tiny, armed sloop, Captain Wake commands a group of seasoned seamen on a series of voyages to seek and arrest Confederate blockade-runners and sympathizers, from Florida's coastal waters through to near the remote out-islands of the Bahamas.
Wake risks his reputation when he falls in love with Linda Donahue, whose father is a Confederate zealot, and steals away to spend precious hours with her at her Key West home. Their love is tested as Wake learns he must make the ugly decisions of war even in a beautiful, tropical paradise—decisions that take him up to the edge of honor.
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In an enthralling new historical novel from national bestselling author Kate Quinn, two women—a female spy recruited to the real-life Alice Network in France during World War I and an unconventional American socialite searching for her cousin in 1947—are brought together in a mesmerizing story of courage and redemption.
1947. In the chaotic aftermath of World War II, American college girl Charlie St. Clair is pregnant, unmarried, and on the verge of being thrown out of her very proper family. She's also nursing a desperate hope that her beloved cousin Rose, who disappeared in Nazi-occupied France during the war, might still be alive. So when Charlie's parents banish her to Europe to have her "little problem" taken care of, Charlie breaks free and heads to London, determined to find out what happened to the cousin she loves like a sister.
1915. A year into the Great War, Eve Gardiner burns to join the fight against the Germans and unexpectedly gets her chance when she's recruited to work as a spy. Sent into enemy-occupied France, she's trained by the mesmerizing Lili, the "Queen of Spies", who manages a vast network of secret agents right under the enemy's nose.
Thirty years later, haunted by the betrayal that ultimately tore apart the Alice Network, Eve spends her days drunk and secluded in her crumbling London house. Until a young American barges in uttering a name Eve hasn't heard in decades, and launches them both on a mission to find the truth...no matter where it leads.
“Both funny and heartbreaking, this epic journey of two courageous women is an unforgettable tale of little-known wartime glory and sacrifice. Quinn knocks it out of the park with this spectacular book!”—Stephanie Dray, New York Times bestselling author of America's First Daughter