Archive for July 2010

A Healing Place

July 2, 2010

This is a small excerpt from a graphic description of my character’s, Jed Wilson, march from Bataan in the Philippines.  30,000 men, who are made to surrender to the Japanese and are made up of American and Filipino soldiers, die on the walk from Bataan to  prison camps.  Jed is sent to Cabanatuan.  I cried when I wrote it because these are historical facts, part of what some of our American soldiers were forced to do during World War II:

It was common to see the Japanese inflict beheadings, cutting of throats, bayonet stabbings, disembowelment, rifle-butt beating, and a deliberate refusal to allow the prisoners food or water while keeping them continually marching for nearly a week in tropical heat….

Jed thought, God, I’m going to throw up. He knew if he stopped, he’d be killed, so he vomited all over the front of his uniform.  Who cares? He thought, I don’t care.  I don’t care anymore, as tears ran down his face.

I’m certain that many participants in any war live and tell about cruel treatment.   It’s also hard on their families because the man or woman who comes back from a war is not the same person because of what he’s suffered.  We owe a great deal of gratitude to the people in uniform and their families.  We certainly wouldn’t be living in freedom if the soldiers in World War II hadn’t put themselves “in harm’s way.”

A Healing Place is one of only five Xlibris books to be chosen to participate in the world’s largest book fair in Frankfurt, Germany in October this year.  I’m really excited   to see how the book will be received there.