Don Jose, An American Soldier's Courage and Faith in Japanese Captivity

Title: Don Jose, An American Soldier's Courage and Faith in Japanese Captivity
Author: Ezequiel L. Ortiz and James A. McClure
Genre: Non-Fiction Biography
Reviewer: Barbara Peacock

ISBN (links go to the MWSA Amazon store): 086534857X

In 1941 the Japanese invaded the Philippines with overwhelming force and forced the surrender of American troops at Bataan and Corregidor. Prisoners of war were subjected to brutal captivity and thousands did not survive. This is the story of an American soldier who survived and became a hero. When American troops liberated the Niigata POW camp after the Japanese surrender, Corporal Joseph O. Quintero greeted them with a homemade American flag that had been sewn together in secrecy. The son of Mexican immigrants, Joseph Quintero grew up in a converted railroad caboose in Fort Worth, Texas, and joined the Army to get $21 a month and three meals a day. He manned a machine gun in the defense of Corregidor before his unit was captured by the Japanese. When prisoners of war were transported to Japan, Joseph survived a razor-blade appendectomy on the ''hell ship'' voyage. In the prison camp he cared for his fellow prisoners as a medic and came to be known as Don Jose. Joseph's narrative is an enlisted man's view of the war with first-hand descriptions of conditions in the POW camps and personal glimpses of what he and his buddies did, endured and talked about. The authors have drawn on other histories and official documents to put his story into perspective and focus on a little-known chapter of World War II.

Author(s) Mentioned: 
Ortiz, Ezequiel L. and McClure, James A.

You Might Be an RVer If...

Title: You Might Be An RVer If...
Author: Thomas Van Hees
Genre: Humor
Reviewer: Rob Ballister

ISBN (links go to the MWSA Amazon store): 1462625657

Every RVer started out in a tent in the wilds of this great nation even if it was only in in their own backyard. As RVers, we endure the difficulties of the camping and RVing because we love it and would have it no other way, regardless of the outcome. Besides the worst camping and RVing experience is better than the best day at work! Why do we do this? Because we are RVers and we are nuts!

Author(s) Mentioned: 
Van Hees, Thomas

Kathy Rodgers' THE FINAL SALUTE #1 Amazon's Top-rated War Fiction based on customer reviews

After years of rejections, numerous revisions and too many roadblocks to mention, I am happy to report that my novel, THE FINAL SALUTE, Together We Live On, has made it to #1 on Amazon's Top-rated War Fiction based on customer reviews.

I am grateful to every single reader who took the time to post a review or tell a friend about my book. Many thanks to MWSA for believing in my story enough to award it a Silver Medal in 2009.

Kathy (MWSA member since 2008)

In the Shadow Of a Badge

Title: In the Shadow Of a Badge
Author: Lillie Leonardi
Genre: Spiritual/Religious
Reviewer: Dick Hrebik

ISBN (links go to the MWSA Amazon store): 1595717390

It is a narrative non-fiction, first-hand account of the spiritual experience
Lillie encountered while serving in her professional capacity as the
Community Outreach Specialist with the Federal Bureau of Investigation,
Pittsburgh Division.

The book reflects her story of the visitation of Angels in the initial
moments at the Flight 93 crash site in Shanksville, Pennsylvania and her
personal interpretation of the historic facts leading up to and following the
events of September 11, 2001.

Lillie's memoir also details her subsequent diagnosis of Post Traumatic
Stress Disorder (PTSD) and her on-going journey to heal and recover from its effects. Through the reconciliation of heart, mind, body and soul, her
trauma ultimately led to triumph by providing the catalyst needed to regain
her voice through writing.

Author(s) Mentioned: 
Leonardi, Lillie