REVIEW: THE LONG MARCH HOME by Marcus Brotherton & Tosca Lee

Tuesday, May 9, 2023

 Hey everyone! I had the opportunity to read The Long March Home by Marcus Brotherton and Tosca Lee, which is a gripping WWII novel. If you're a history buff, you'll definitely want to pick up a copy of this book. 


Jimmy Propfield joined the army for two reasons: to get out of Mobile, Alabama, with his best friends Hank and Billy and to forget his high school sweetheart, Claire.

Life in the Philippines seems like paradise--until the morning of December 8, 1941, when news comes from Manila: the Japanese have bombed Pearl Harbor. Within hours, the teenage friends are plunged into war as Japanese warplanes attack Luzon, beginning a battle for control of the Pacific Theater that will culminate with a last stand on the Bataan Peninsula and end with the largest surrender of American troops in history.

What follows will become known as one of the worst atrocities in modern warfare: the Bataan Death March. With no hope of rescue, the three friends vow to make it back home together. But the ordeal is only the beginning of their nearly four-year fight to survive.

Inspired by true stories, The Long March Home is a gripping coming-of-age tale of friendship, sacrifice, and the power of unrelenting hope.


This is such a personal, deeply impactful book. Wow. With "Hacksaw Ridge"-like details and depth, but with character storylines characteristic of a "coming of age" story, this historical war novel is an absolute MUST read. I haven't torn through a historical book like I did this, ever. Such deep themes of personal growth, of tearing down what we thought we were just to rebuild ourselves how God wants us, of sacrifice and the horrors of WWII, some of which I don't think anyone is really taught about. The characters will stay with you for a long time, and the book is definitely re-read worthy. Masterfully written. Do you enjoy reading historical fiction about wars?

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