Surprising ending to a masterfully-crafted true story of a man who found final redemption and forgiveness for his shockingly cruel captors, suddenly appreciating how God had woven the mosaic of his entire life -- his record-shattering giftedness, his unending odyssey at sea and his POW barbarism -- ultimately to orchestrate final joy for the man, his family and all of us, his readers and spectators, many years later.
The beginning of the book didn't hold my interest because I wasn't interested in such in-depth descriptions of the planes and military equipment. However the rest of the book was compelling and heart-wrenching. It was hard to put down. Edward Hermann was the perfect choice for narration. Outstanding!
This is one of the best most incredible books I have ever read! How could this one man endure so much?! I am in awe. The book was very well written, the narrator was perfect for the story. I highly recommend this book!
This book was wonderful -- a gripping tale based on real characters and events. I really felt connected to Louie and could almost feel his pain.
The movie was good, but the book was (as is so often the case) much better. I really liked the additional understanding of him before the war and the troubles he faced after the war. The insights into events in post-war Japan was also very interesting.
I'd highly recommend for anyone interested in WWII, anyone interested in survival, and anyone just interested in a good story. My son just went through AF survival school and I recommended it to him as a great story of survival.