Item description for Remember Wake by Teresa R. Funke...
December, 1941-While the world focuses on the carnage at Pearl Harbor, tiny Wake Island 2,300 miles west is also under attack. On it are 1,200 civilians and a small detachment of Marines. This frightened, under-equipped band of Americans will hold the mighty Japanese navy at bay for sixteen days before succumbing to the sweeping invasion. "Remember Wake" becomes a battle cry for a nation marching to war. Now prisoners of the Emperor, Colin Finnely and the others are crowded aboard a notorious Japanese hell-ship bound for Asia, where they will suffer four long years as slave laborers in disease-infested camps. They will die by the hundreds. With only one reason to live-his love for his fiance, Maggie Braun-Colin struggles to survive torture and inhuman conditions. And on the home front, Maggie, unsure if Colin is even alive, faces agonizing decisions that may alter both their lives.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.8" Width: 4.9" Height: 0.7" Weight: 0.95 lbs.
Release Date Sep 10, 2007
Publisher Bailiwick Press
ISBN 1934649023 ISBN13 9781934649022
Reviews - What do customers think about Remember Wake?
Flawless Jul 15, 2004
Teresa Funke's REMEMBER WAKE is a flawlessly wonderful novel. I'm a reader who rarely reads historical fiction and a fiction editor who rarely reads work that doesn't contain at least a few glitches in grammar, characterization, dialogue, syntax, etc. As hard as I looked, I couldn't find 'anything' to criticize. This book piqued an interest in historical fiction in me. Funke crafted a story that taught me--despite my best intentions--about a time in history I didn't know 'to know' about. I got a feel for the mid-1940's without being hit over the head with wartime vocabulary and jargon. I gained 'a little' insight into the horrible and unimaginable periods of 'not knowing when or if...' that prisoners of war and their families endured. I'm grateful for this book and I'm sure there are Wake survivors and their descendants who feel the same.
Interesting for Adults & Teens Jan 26, 2004
This book alternates chapters telling the story of the plight of soldiers and civilians who were taken prisoner at Wake Island with the problems faced by their families in Boise, Idaho. After obviously researching the matter thoroughly, the author rolled the stories of many survivors of Wake into the experiences of just a few characters in the book, making it an interesting read. It adequately tells about the horrors of war, without getting too graphic.
I required all three of my teenage children to read the book -- it was hard to get them started, but all three quickly finished it and have shown a marked interest in WWII since then. I am recommending it as a good buy for our school library.
Falls short of expectations Aug 27, 2003
While the author should be commended for her research and her effort, the prose is painful, the dialogue sounds fake, and the narrative is cluttered with useless minutiae. While the historical events are certainly of interest, I would not recommend this book.
Cleanly Written, Fast-Paced Apr 29, 2003
"Remember Wake" is a cleanly written, fast-paced novel by Teresa Funke. The story follows two young Americans, Maggie Braun and her fiancee, Colin Finnely. Colin, a civilian working on Wake Island at the start of World War II, is captured and sent to a series of Japanese prison camps. At home, Maggie fights a different sort of battle, struggling against fear, uncertainty, and the expectations of her family.
The history behind the story is intriguing. A handful of Americans held off the Japanese navy for sixteen days at Wake Island, aided by the heroic efforts of armed civilians. The author's depictions of prison camps are authentic and harrowing.
The novel traces the effects of war on its two civilian protagonists, ordinary people caught in the tides of history. Maggie and Colin are heroic, not because they control their circumstances, but because they survive them. The story is always well told, and the scenes between Maggie and William Preston, a would-be suitor, are genuinely heartbreaking. "Remember Wake" is a great read.
This true story really captures the Wake experience Apr 28, 2003
Everyone remembers Pearl Harbor. But did you know that, days later, tiny Wake Island, populated by more than a thousand young U.S. men, was also attacked? Hundreds were killed and hundreds more taken prisoner by the Japanese. Their story was untold-until now. Teresa Funke has written a well-crafted, well-researched account of this little-known episode from World War II. Equally important, she also tells the poignant story of the women and families these young men left behind. Engrossing and meaningful.