Richard J. Mcisaac

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Rising Sun, Falling Shadow by Daniel Kalla
Rising Sun, Falling Shadow by Daniel Kalla
RISING SUN, FALLING SHADOW, Daniel Kalla, Harper Pub., 2013, pp.344

It is 1934 and the Japanese have taken control of Shanghai where Dr. Franz and family forcibly reside in a Jewish ghetto of refugees. Franz and his wife attempt to operate a Jewish hospital with diminishing supplies, surrounded by smugglers and Underground activities, all of which affect their relationship with the Japanese.

He is subject to the whims of various Japanese personalities but has the unusual sympathy of one, Col. Kubota. Their relationship stems from a deeper understanding of human frailty and a grasp of the horrors of war. Complicating his desire to protect the Jewish community are… Read more
The Gift of Rain: A Novel by Tan Twan Eng
The Gift of Rain: A Novel by Tan Twan Eng
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THE GIFT OF RAIN, Tan Twan Eng, Weinstein Bks, 2008, pp. 435

A very powerful story of friendships, love, loyalty, family, friends and death  all woven in the background of war in Malaysia, 1941-45. There is much sadness, pain, doubt, death, violence, inhumanity, hatred and anger directed around Philip Hutton, collaborators and the Japanese. The war is long over and Hutton, now age 72, relates his version and understanding of what propelled him to behave as he did  an apparent collaborator.

The author creates powerful friendships of true love which will be constantly tested. Some will be misunderstood, some will lead to betrayal but the strongest love  that… Read more
Escape From Davao: The Forgotten Story of the Most&hellip by John D. Lukacs
Many chapters are devoted to the Bataan March and the eventual surrender and dispersal to various POW camps.
When a few American POW's are moved to Davao they escape. Their plight, ordeal and generous assistance from Filipinos is revealing.

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