Review of “Desperate Journey”

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“Desperate Journey” eBook was published in 2016 (May, written in 1944 but not published on paper until 1979) and was written by Francis Clifford (pen name of Arthur Leonard Bell Thompson https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francis_Clifford_(author)). Mr. Clifford published nearly 20 novels, this being his own harrowing story.

I received a galley of this Non-Fiction novel for review through https://www.netgalley.com. I categorize this novel as ‘PG’ because it contains scenes of Violence. This novel tells the true story of Arthur Thompson who, with a hand full of others, traversed 900 miles in four months across what was then known as Burma to escape the Japanese during early World War II.

The ordeal began in April of 1942 when British Army Captain Thompson heard that the Chinese defensive line had broken. Thompson was in command of a Karen Company from the 1st Battalion Burma Rifles. These were men indigenous to Burma. The story tells of how they struggled through Japanese occupied areas, lived off the land, and fought to make their way back to Allied lines.

I enjoyed the nearly 6 hours I spent reading this 192 page account of heroism and ordeal. This account covered an aspect of World War II I had not read about before. I found it a very interesting story. I give this novel a 4 out of 5.

My book reviews are also published on Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/31181778-john-purvis).

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