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5.0 out of 5 starsGreat read!
Reviewed in the United States on October 24, 2019
I am not an avid reader, I go through spurts where I enjoy reading. This book was GREAT. Loved the history (I found myself Googling people, locations, battles), the personal stories and testimonies, and the staunch faith that was displayed throughout Roddie's life. Couldn't put it down. I can't imagine living through all those men did. I recommend this to anyone who is a history buff, interested in WW II, needs encouragement in your own faith, or any one looking for their next "good read".
5.0 out of 5 starsRoddy Edmonds, Christian who saved thousands of fellow prisoners while putting his life on the line
Reviewed in the United States on October 27, 2019
Great story about a true hero. We were fortunate that his son decided to ask him for details of his war experiences before it was too late. His strength came from his faith in God and his unbending character. It is so inconceivable to realize what these vets endured during war and even more horrors when in-prisoned by the enemy.
And I kind of did. The basic premise of the true story was so great. I am a combat veteran. Infantry in Vietnam, to give you some perspective. Unfortunately, the book seemed like too much of a campaign piece by the son hoping to get his father a posthumous Medal of Honor. That is fine even if in my opinion, it fell short of convincing me. There is a lot of valor in war. What really made the book not work for me was the constant, unrelenting religious bent the book took. It is a born again Christian story and the author, himself a pastor, never lets up. Hey, to each his own, but the review I read in the WSJ never mentioned this and it honestly detracted from the enjoyment of the book, (at least for me). I'd rather take my sermons at church when I am expecting them. Just my two cents.
5.0 out of 5 starsA fascinating read and an important lesson for all of us in self-sacrifice
Reviewed in the United States on December 20, 2019
An amazing story of courage and heroism discovered by an astonished son years after his heroic father’s death. Roddie Edmonds is another sterling example of humility and self-sacrifice inherent in the greatest generation. Edmonds’ resolve to save his Jewish comrades in a brutal Nazi prison camp brought him to the point of death on several occasions, but he did not take the easy way out. Almost as amazing was his silence about it after the war. What a stark contrast to the me-generations that have followed. Definitely worth the read. A lesson for all of us...this book gave me a renewed appreciation for the sacrifices of the generations that preceded us.
You will wince, you will think you can’t finish reading, you will cry and you will smile with joy and pride at this story. It’s true, it’s terrible, it’s wonderful, it’s heart wrenching but it’s necessary. The story of men who lived thru some of the most hellish times of WWII both as fighting soldiers and then POWs. If you appreciate valor, honor and doing the right thing I highly recommend this book. Guarantee it will impact you!
5.0 out of 5 starsCould not put it down -- a page turner
Reviewed in the United States on March 16, 2020
It is one of the best non-fiction books I have ever read -- and I have read many. I have never wanted to read "war books" but since my own father was in the 11th armoured division at the end of the war, I thought this might give me some insight as to what he went through since he refused to talk about it -- just like Roddie. Boy did it ever give me insight!! It was easy to read and follow even with the many names and locations in the book--some books like that are hard to follow, but this book is as not. I would highly recommend the book to anyone even if they are like me, not a war history buff. A page Turner for sure.
Reviewed in the United States on November 12, 2020
Definitely a must read book!!!! I do not know how to express my gratitude that Christopher Edmonds wrote this amazing tribute to an amazing man who was his father!
I, too, am a child of a WWII soldier. A father who fought in the Pacific after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. He would return home in critical condition from fighting in the Philippine Islands! He couldn't and wouldn't talk about those years. The time at war became a mystery that would never be revealed.
My mom would tell us how difficult life was for her when dad served. My dad loved his kids! That was never in doubt. Yet, for most of my years at home, he worked two full-time jobs to provide for our needs. Sunday was truly our only day with dad. Dad had left mom and four babies behind to serve and four more children were born after the war ended. His days were busy and filled with love.
Mother died suddenly a few years ago. I stayed with daddy at the home place for a few nights. I made the mistake of asking him about the war. His experiences. He jumped up, asking me why I wanted to know, and left the table. Daddy passed away. None of us will never know his war experiences.
You were definitely meant to find out your father's experiences of wartime! War was trauma...never to be relived. Our parents were kids! But, I feel God cracked open a door that he meant for you to walk through. No doubt, you knew his virtues...his deep faith in God.....but it was meant for you to know the truth and the whole truth.
This seventy- year old woman feels blessed to know your father's story of his courage, his grace, his heroic love for his men. As a fellow Christian, i know the power of God! God bless you!