The Edge of Terror: The Heroic Story of American Families

The Edge of Terror: The Heroic Story of American Families Trapped In Japanese-occupied Philippines [PDF / EPUB] The Edge of Terror: The Heroic Story of American Families Trapped In Japanese–occupied Philippines A gripping account of courage, death, and survival in the war torn islands of the Philippines As Japanese military strategists planned their secret offensive against the United States in 1941, they de A gripping account of courage, of Terror: PDF/EPUB ä death, and survival in the war torn islands of The Edge PDF or the Philippines As Japanese military strategists planned their secret offensive against the United States in Edge of Terror: Epub Ú , they designed a simultaneous two pronged attack to wipe out American military might in the Pacific While American battleships blew up and sank in Pearl Harbor, Japanese bombers approached the Philippines, soon destroying both American air and naval forces and leaving General Douglas MacArthur s ground forces in disarray As the shipping piers in Manila harbor burned, nearly six thousand American civilians were suddenly trapped in the islands for the duration of the war There would be noocean liners or Pan Am Clippers to transport them to safety These unfortunate individuals and families became the largest body of American citizens ever captured by an enemy army Soon most of these hapless civilians realized that they had little option but to surrender to the invading Japanese and be placed in squalid internment camps However, on the small island of Panay, a group of American missionaries and gold miners bound their fates together and withdrew into hiding in the jungle Some joined with the Filipino guerrilla forces, actively resisting the Japanese Others quietly continued their humanitarian tasks amidst the horrors of war But all of them experienced living hell together For the first time inthan fifty years, the little known story is told of these brave American civilians on Panay Drawing on diaries, memoirs, family interviews, and military archives, Scott Walker describes daily life during the occupation and the danger these Americans faced in their efforts to serve both God and country Both a story of profound tragedy and miraculous escape, The Edge of Terror is one of the most intense and dramatic accounts to emerge from World War II.


10 thoughts on “The Edge of Terror: The Heroic Story of American Families Trapped In Japanese-occupied Philippines

  1. says:

    My dad recommended this book I wasn t sure it was going to be interesting, looked like a lot of war stuff in it but I found it very compelling, in fact I would think about it when I wasn t reading it which is always the sign of a good book I learned so much about the Philippines the history WW II, and the missionaries who lost their lives there in a little village called Hopevale which is also the name of a church in our town and I knew the church was named after some missionaries who were martyred in the Philippines but I never knew the whole story.now I do and it is AMAZING Those people were so unbelievably strong, what they went through for years, during the war, etchaving a baby out in the Philippine jungle with no modern conveniences and then rescue by a US submarine which I found of interest since my son is currently serving on a submarine in the Navy right now in the Pacific Definitely recommend this if you like history and stories of courageous people


  2. says:

    This book had a slow start, but then was hard to put down It records the true lifves of missionaries and civilians that were trying to escape possible death by the Japanese during the war Many times they were walking without shoes for miles and miles in the jungles of the Phillipians Brave, tough families I cannot even imagine the lives they had to live in this very scary time in history We have so much to be thankful for in our peaceful country now.


  3. says:

    An outstanding account of the Hopevale martyrs in the Philippines during WWII The author s concluding remarks at the end of the book are extremely eloquent Exceptional rendering of this terrifying ordeal and tragic story I was especially interested in this story, as it focuses on several American Baptist missionaries and their families.


  4. says:

    Be thankful for living in AmericaI couldn t put it down once I started reading It makes you really thankful for the relative peaceful easy life we ve had in the U.S Since WW2.


  5. says:

    In the writings about World War II very little has been said about the civilians working or preaching in the Philippines The Edge of Terror addresses the story of religious missionaries and other American families once the Japanese attacked My only fault is that at times the author does not appear to recognize Catholics as Christians such as the phrase Catholics and Christians Other than this fault, a nic e little work that is easy to read.


  6. says:

    Actually, I d like to make this 3 1 2 stars because of a slow start It wasn t enough to stop me reading, and the tension built once the author got on with it The Philippines was not a place to be when the Japanese conquered it during WWII This is the story of a group of miners and missionaries who decided to hide out in the jungle instead of surrendering Appropriate title.


  7. says:

    First rate research by an older peer of mine, with personal roots in the location and personalities involved American Baptist ABWE missionaries hunted, persecuted and martyred by the Japanese in the Philippine Visayas during WWII.


  8. says:

    This truly is an amazing story of courage.


  9. says:

    Incredible true story about the Philippines and the missionaries who suffered during WWII Brings tears to your eyes.


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