Friday, January 2, 2015

Remember the Lies by Liz Toslma

Very well written. Maybe too well written.  Although very well told, it's a story that I cannot like.

It takes place on Manila, Philippines starting in 1941 with Pearl Harbor, just before and then during the Japanese invasion. In the Internment Camp people were treated so horribly, and the author captures that. The characters are very real and you can feel their struggle.  There are people of strong faith that influence and ultimately extend their faith to our main characters.

For Rand, it's a riches to rags tale.  He's the charismatic owner of two popular casinos, raised in wealth.  Not without some values, he yet walks the line. He has ideas for expansion into Singapore, Hong Kong and Saigon with visions of fame, proud that he would earn it on his own after his father's initial investment. You can feel his deflation as he loses it all. His father's older servant Armando is left behind but is ailing, his son reaching out to Rand for help in letters. Rand's only option is to escape, but it was tried before and failed with fatal results.

Irene works in the censor's office and is the one to remove some key words from the letter sent to Rand about escape. She did her job and retyped the letter with the words left out, but later she feels compelled to tell him the rest of the words, as he may be trying to escape. Thus begins their relationship as she finds him, but it's too late.

This is an excellent book for faith and testimony!

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