Richard J. Mcisaac

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Sandakan by Paul Ham
Sandakan by Paul Ham
No story re POW's under the Japanese in WWII could be complete without including the unknown years at Sandakan, Borneo. The expose is so horrendous, brutal, torturous and inhumane as to be unbelievable. But happen it did in 1942-45 with 2428 mostly Australian and a few British - by war's end only six remained alive and only because they had escaped the deadly abuse.

Paul Ham commences with the fall of Singapore - Borneo was captured without a fight earlier. He then introduces us to the main Australian POW's and those Japanese who caused so many deaths. These POW's were herded to Sandakan to hurriedly build a couple of airfields; men grossly underfed, under nourished, full… Read more
The Dark Monk: A Hangman's Daughter Tale (US Editi&hellip by Oliver P÷tzsch
An excellent fast-moving novel involving the hangman and his family, Simon the suitor, Benedikta and various monks. The mid 1600's in Bavaria was plagued with robbers and and murderers - it was Kuisl's job to hunt them down. In the process of one such activity, it was discovered that there may have been a hidden Templar treasure.buried in the vicinity. There are two other violent groups also interested in the search.

The author constantly surprises you with new twists and turns. Eventually the action is accelerated by creating three sites, each occupied by one or a combination of our treasure seekers. The dark monk is never too far and has near deadly encounters with… Read more
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

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