Reviewer Mary Lignor: Mary is a retired librarian, originally from Connecticut but now living in New Mexico. All her life Mary has loved books and has passed this love on to her daughters. Mary started working in a library when her children were young as an Assistant Librarian and ended up as its Director. Her favorite books are suspense, political intrigue and anything involving the World War II era.
Author: Tom Gauthier
The second book by this author
featuring Major Amos Mead, USMC. Major Mead is sent on a
mission with the OSS that goes from Burma and into China. This
assignment takes the Major into danger that he hadn't expected to
find along with the possibility that the Vice President of the US at
that time, Henry Wallace, might be involved with the Communists to
weaken the power of President Franklin D. Roosevelt in fighting World
Major Mead and his colleagues and friends are sent into Burma to investigate so called friends in the Far East to see if they are on the up and up. His plane is shot down and the pilot is killed. However, Mead and his team are still alive and are walking toward the Thailand Border. During World War II the China/Burma area was a mixed up mess of different people competing with each other for dominance of the area. The country that the Mead team has to pass through is enemy territory and various governments in the area are fighting each other for some sort of control over the US. The team doesn't know until the end of their trek about the schemes of local governments and officials that are influenced by these governments that could possible include the Vice President of the US. Some friends have turned into enemies and vice versa, as Major Mead and his team are pulled into a situation that has been brewing in the area for many years.
The conclusion of the book is an eye-opener. I have read many books about WWII but, never one that takes place solely in this area (Burma/China). My thing was always the European Theater of Operations. Until I read Mead's Trek I didn't really know a lot about the Japanese, except for Pearl Harbor and the Phillipines. Now, thanks to Mr. Gauthier, I have a new understanding of their importance in what happened in WWII and also the wars that followed. The author has done his homework and the book is very interesting because it's about real people and what they went through in that war. I highly recommend this book to readers who are interested in the history of World War II. Even though Mead's Trek is listed as fiction, these characters are very real and you can imagine them going through the horrible things that they saw. I intend to find a copy of Orion's Eye simply to see what went on before for Major Mead and friends. Thanks to Mr. Gautier for a very interesting and informative read.