Highly recommended! Five Stars!
Although this is a work of fiction, the story could very well have happened and none of us would have been the wiser.
Captain Jacob Walden, 24, had only been in Vietnam for a month when his plane is shot down in 1970. He ejects safely, only to be captured by farmers loyal to the enemy. The author chronicles Jacob’s 400-mile trek on foot through the jungles - northward toward Hanoi where he can be turned over to the proper authorities. Jakes entire world takes a flip upside down when his captors inform him that Vietnam is not at war with the United States, therefore, the Geneva Convention does not apply. Jake is not a POW, instead, he is judged a criminal and sentenced to prison.
Thus began his daily ritual of torture, starvation, inhumane treatment and isolation. Thinking his life could not get any worse, Jake soon discovers how wrong he is when a masochistic Russian Major takes over the interrogation and torture.
The author uses real events in his story such as the historic U.S. raid on the Son Tay prison camp to rescue seventy American prisoners – a location only 23 miles west of Hanoi, Jane Fonda’s infamous trip to the Hanoi Hilton Prison in North Vietnam, and the fall of the Russian empire.
Thirty-six years later, Capt Jacob Walden is officially pronounced dead by the United States government. A reporter and Jacob’s brother do not believe this to be true and set out on their own to find proof to the contrary. What they find instead is shocking!
To tell anymore would be a spoiler - you’ll have to read this fine story on your own to see how it ends.
Warning: you’ll stay up late into the night reading because you won’t be able to stop. Highly recommended! Five Stars! Great job Warren!
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Forgotten Soldiers by Warren Martin pulls the reader into an intriguing Cold War saga filled with mystery. What ever happened to Jacob Walden, an Air Force Captain who was shot down over North Vietnam during the height of the war? The answers are revealed in this pulse racing mystery that takes the reader on a fantastic journey around the world!
A quick and enjoyable read; be prepared for adventure!
Highly recommended! Five Stars!
A quick and enjoyable read;
Be prepared for adventure!
"Forgotten Soldiers-What Happened to Jacob Walden" is the cleverest thriller I have read this year! It has all the elements of true suspense. Unlike countless other mystery-thrillers, this one was written by a seasoned professional Special Forces soldier. The author, Warren Martin, has plunged into his rucksack of knowledge and experience and crafted a tale that will keep you in suspense until the final page. I highly recommend it.
" Clever Thriller! ...The author, Warren Martin, has plunged into his rucksack of knowledge and experience and crafted a tale that will keep you in suspense until the final page."
A Remarkable Story
To tell a good story you need some kind of narrative device that brings the reader in and then, once you have the reader, to keep them wanting more. That's what Warren Martin does in his debut novel, "Forgotten Soldiers: What Happened to Jacob Walden." The title alone is enough to entice a would-be reader to find out what actually happened to Jacob Walden. And once you start reading, Martin keeps on enticing you with this remarkable book.
The story itself is an intriguing and captivating one, though I would have liked the author to show more than tell, especially some of the prison scenes. The story would have more effective and gripping had the author make those scenes resonate strongly; instead, the reader is left wanting more. While I was reading those scenes, I wanted to feel, hear, taste, and see more
Prison scenes aside, what keeps the reader's interest throughout the book is what really happened to Jacob Walden; it's what drives the story from page to page. Martin has a good story to tell and his heartfelt undertaking is not to be underestimated.
Jeffrey Miller, author of the award-winning Korean War novel War Remains and his modern history of Korea, Waking Up in the Land of the Morning Calm
" A Remarkable Story
To tell a good story you need some kind of narrative device that brings the reader in and then,.. what really happened to Jacob Walden; it's what drives the story from page to page."
" Won't Be Able to Put This Book Down"
Won't Be Able to Put This Book Down
The only disappointment I had with this book was the fact I finished it in less than a day. A fantastic read that captures the reader. Jacob Walden's journey is a remarkable story - and at times I found myself wondering if the story could be true...
I highly recommend the book for all readers - and not just history or military buffs - but for anyone that has a space in their heart to keep the spirit of our Forgotten Soldiers alive. - Jen
...open to page one at about 2pm and could not put it down finished at 1130pm... I would advise anyone who is going to buy it make sure your schedule is clear…
...open to page one at about 2pm and could not put it down finished at 1130pm
Ok Warren, I should have known you bear considerable watching, got your gd book, open to page one at about 2pm and could not put it down finished at 1130pm, a real productive day for me. One of the best books I have read this year! Congratulations, and well done! I would advise anyone who is going to buy it make sure your schedule is clear… Andy