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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
A Warrior's Heart: Perseverance is Volume 2 of L. Neil Thrussell's inspirational fiction series. Graham Alexander Connelly is on his way back to the island where his friend and mentor, Master Akio, is waiting. He's made arrangements for a year-long stay this time, and he's actually signed a 50-year renewable lease for the island. His friend and co-pilot, Blaine, is making the trip back with him and will be staying for one month. At the end of his stay, his wife Katie, and their two young daughters, Vikki and Gracie, will be coming for a 5-day visit as well. Master Akio is thrilled to see his friend back on the island and is excited to welcome Blaine, who wants to share in the experiences that have so radically changed his once dour and bitter friend.
L. Neil Thrussell's second volume in the A Warrior's Heart series, Perseverance, continues the heart-warming and inspirational tale of the friendship between a formerly cynical and angry pilot and the World War II Japanese soldier who'd been living in solitude for decades. While it's possible to read this book as a stand-alone novel, I strongly recommend reading its predecessor, The Awakening, beforehand. I was thrilled to be back on the island with Master Akio and Graham, and any hesitations I felt about Blaine being along for this stay were quickly swept away by the training adaptations the master and his student make to accommodate the new arrival. This volume has a bittersweet edge to it as Graham notices that his mentor has aged in the less than three months since he left, but the story continues this inspiring saga marvelously. Thrussell's writing is assured and easy on the eyes, and his plot works beautifully. A Warrior's Heart: Perseverance is most highly recommended.