This is an interesting and well written paper-back book which details the author's experiences as a young soldier during the Second World War. Of particular note is his participation in the defence of Hong Kong in 1941 and the cruel reality which he and his comrades experienced during captivity and forced labour while Japanese prisoners of war. Mr. MacDonell also writes of his release from Japanese captivity by Allied forces and his eventual re-integration into Canadian society. The book provides a very interesting and comprehensive snapshot of Canadian civilian and military life during and just after the Second World War. Mr. MacDonell provides his narrative in a clear positive manner without rancour or bitterness toward his former captors. The narrative is supported by a number of period photographs. This is an impressive story on many levels, however most impressive is the spirit and tenacity shown by Mr. MacDonell and his comrades who survived the horrors of captivity to build a better Canada. This is an inspirational book and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to learn of the events, directly from someone who was actually there.