Righteous Rescue: Heroism that Healed a Hurting Nation
Author: John L. Rothdiener
Publisher: WestBow Press (2010)
Binding: Paperback, 248 pages
The year is 2010 and deep in the jungle of Vietnam are six POWs left over from the Vietnam War. They resemble the walking dead, each awaiting his final demise. They no longer had the strength to attempt an escape. After forty years is there still hope in a rescue? Has the American people and the government forgotten them? What plan does the Vietnamese Guard have for these six men? Why has General Yo kept them alive for so long and why were they never released? What has happened to their loved ones at home and do they still wait for them or has all hope of their return died out? And what about their faith in God. Had their unanswered prayers meant that even God has abandoned them?
Righteous Rescue is a gripping account of sacrifice and patriotism, responsibility and conviction. Rothdiener skillfully captures the memories of an unpopular war, and the hope of bringing together a nation after forty years.
This is a believable story of six captives surviving decades in a cruel prison camp in communist Vietnam. We relive their brutal beatings and inhuman treatment, and then we are with them as their lives are thrown into an exciting and dangerous escape plan.
The cover is striking with a scene of a prisoner holding his dog tags and a barbed wire with a little girl in faded background making you aware of family waiting for any word of their loved ones.
General Yo is a believable villain and our hero, prison guard Le, wonders if his dangerous plan is the right thing to do. I enjoyed reading this book and I recommend it to any reader of fiction that truly wants a military thriller. The story accurately depicts the altitude of the country during and after the Vietnam War.
Reviewed by: Don Arndt (2010)