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The Marine from Mandalay Kindle Edition
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such a tale as this surely deserves a better title
beyond belief,and courage would do for starters
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.
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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