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Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite
The Quest for Freedom by J.L. Rothdiener is the poignant story of life in a POW camp in Vietnam. Six American soldiers, captured during the Vietnam war, are still being held as POW's 40 years on. The reason is that General Yo saw his whole family killed in a bomb attack on his village and has now declared war on any American. For 40 years he tortures prisoners until they die. Prisoner number 7 is an unknown. Communication between the prisoners is in Morse code, using taps of the feet, and prisoner Number 7 is there to learn what he can and pass the information on to General Yo. Prisoner Number 7 is a Vietnamese prison guard. As time goes by, he learns the stories of the 6 surviving prisoners and has a change of heart. Plans are made to help them escape and transport them back to the USA to live out the rest of their lives in freedom. This story follows that escape plan and the lives of the soldiers.
The Quest for Freedom by J.L. Rothdiener is an amazing story. Although it is a novel, it has been written in such a way that you almost feel as though the author is reciting a true story. It's a story that has been written from the heart and written so well that you feel transported into it, feel as though you are living the terrors that haunt the POW's. Readers will find themselves rooting for the prisoners and for the guard who frees them. Anyone who reads this will be lost in the story right from the beginning. Excellent novel, hats off to J.L. Rothdiener - hope there's more where this came from.