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on 17 November 2006
This book turns into quite a page turner the absolute horror of not only having to walk 800 miles out of the jungle but being wounded by deep gashes on both ankles makes it beggar belief!!!

such a tale as this surely deserves a better title

beyond belief,and courage would do for starters
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on 21 April 2013
What a fantastic story and it's true - This Man really set off on a veritable odyssey without even the bare necesities to get by with - badly wounded and not even a hat or pair of shoes. Because he so obviously had nothing he benefitted from the immumity given by his poverty of possessions He survived because he just wasn't worth the killing and the bandits who succesfully preyed on most his fellow travellers ...almost left him alone. He escaped from Rangoon and made his way all the way across Burma being hunted by the Burmese and the Japanese armed with a vital degree of boy-scout knowledge and a grim determination to get to India.....and live
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on 30 December 2012
This is an excellent portrayal of one soldier struggling to survive under horrendous conditions. The formalised writing style and use of some 'old fashioned" terminology helps to position the reader during the time of the action. A great read.
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on 1 February 2014
Having heard about the story of Middlesbrough man,William Doyle on BBC Radio Tees,I decieded to take a look at the book.
It's not so much a war story,as a story of one man's amazing,against the odds journey 800 miles through an apocalyptic death strewn Burma to follow his final order of 'Return to Plymouth HQ'.
Grotesquely graphic,brutal and well written,Leasor has you every inch of the way with Doyle,making him more human with his 'day dream' moments back in the Boro,which every ex-serviceman can relate to.
There's no heroics in this story,just the extraordinary determiation of an ordinary man.Bill's repatriation with the British will make your jaw drop with disbelief!As a spoiler,Bill went on to move back to Boro, marry and have a family and sadly died in 2008.What a man.I truely wish I'd met him.
The late Mr Leasor is a prolific writer and has had a few films made of his novels.One with David Niven and the more famous 'One that got away' about a German PoW whom escaped,and starred Hardy Kruger.This is another that would make an incredible film in the right hands.
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on 13 February 2013
A marvellous account of determination, endurance and training that led this young marine to make it back to the one hq he was told to make for from the jungle of Burma that was Plymouth. A very good read.
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on 14 September 2014
The weird thing about this book is that there is only ONE chapter, lots of paragraphs though. I like to end my reading at night looking forward to starting a new chapter, maybe that's just me though. The book is such a great read you don't really want to put it down, maybe that's why Leasor left out the chapter definitions. Not many people have a spare 5 hours in their lives.
An amazing story of one mans determination to make it home despite the denseness of the jungle, the brutality of the Japs and the bureaucracy of the British military administration.
I really don't understand why he left all the gold where he found it as he was completely impoverished and needed something to barter with.
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on 24 September 2014
A superb tale of a Royal Marine from Plymouth, who during the Second World War found himself without proper clothes or weapons of any kind and had to endure an epic 500 mile trek through the Burmese jungle with badly injured feet. It is a fascinating tale of courage and endurance. Well worth reading.
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on 9 January 2014
Picked up and read in 3 days the last book took. 3 Month cud not put it down what a man
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on 15 February 2014
Mind I am William Doyles son in law so I am biased he was a very nice man H worked as a rigger in the steel and chemical industries after the war, He did suffer from bouts of Malaria all his life
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on 26 May 2014
Bit slow to start but gets more intense as you get into it felt vey sorry for him in the end.
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