Allen, TX (PRWEB) December 24, 2008
"In The Shadow Of Death", a new novel by Walter B. Littlejohn, revisits the Bataan Death March of 1942, telling the story of two brave men caught against their will in the horror of war. "Many people don't always remember that in times of war, there are countless human epic dramas, involving men of great bravery, of good and evil," says Littlejohn. "In its essence, this is a story of war and what it does to the men who fight them."
The Bataan Death March, a Japanese war atrocity, involved the forcible transfer of 75,000 American and Filipino prisoners of war after the Battle of Bataan in 1942. After the forced march of around 60 miles, only 54,000 of the prisoners survived, and two out of every seven prisoners were brutalized.
Littlejohn, a retired United States Air Force officer, developed a keen interest in World War Two's Pacific theatre when he was stationed in Japan, Okinawa and the Philippines. Particularly intrigued by the Bataan Death March, he visited many of the places along the trail, and "In The Shadow Of Death" reflects his extensive research.
Called "a suspenseful thriller equipped with the volatility of a ticking bomb" and "a rewarding read" by Kirkus Discoveries, "In The Shadow Of Death" follows a former World War Two prisoner of war who goes on a vengeful murder spree, only to be hunted by the Japanese soldier who once saved his life. The reader is divided between rooting for Jack Collins, the POW, and Kenji, the Japanese soldier.
"The Bataan Death March was a horrific, horrific event, which took a back seat to the war in Europe and the Nazi brutality," says Littlejohn. "With this book, I want to bring greater attention to this largely forgotten event of history."
About the Author:
Col. Walter B. Littlejohn has a Bachelor's from Texas A & M University and a Master's from The University of Texas at Dallas. During his Air Force career, he served in numerous flying assignments stateside and overseas. Serving in Vietnam in 1968 and 1969, he flew a total of 165 combat missions in the B-57 Canberra. For his service, he was awarded The Distinguished Flying Cross, The Air Medal with Eight Oak Leaf Clusters and the Meritorious Service Medal. Col. Littlejohn also served in numerous staff positions. When he retired, he was the Chief of The Air Defense Exercise Branch, Air Defense Command Headquarters at Colorado Springs. For more information, please visit http://www.walterlittlejohnwriter.com.