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[Review] Wounded Tiger by T Martin Bennett

Title: Wounded Tiger
Author: T Martin Bennett
Publisher: Onstad Press March 2014
Genre: Non-fiction Novel, Biography, World War II, Japan, Pacific War, Pearl Harbor, Atomic Bomb, Doolittle Raiders, Jake DeShazer, Covell family.
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 472
Rating: 5 Stars for excellent
Source: Free copy from T Martin Bennett in exchange for a review.

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Kindle edition $7.99

Summary: Wounded Tiger, YouTube book trailer/Author T Martin Bennett shares in his words a summary of Wounded Tiger. 

My Thoughts:
I'm amazed (more like blown-away) by the story T Martin Bennett, has captured in Wounded Tiger.
It's an epic account of three families whose lives were a historic part of the Pacific War during World War II. How the families came to be connected is only through a miracle of God. A distance of thousands of miles could have prevented an encounter. Hatred, bitterness, and unforgiveness, could have prevented a union.
A war and the aftermath of destruction could have dampened any effort for communication, or resolve of the past. But, with God all things are possible.
The three families are:
1. Mitsuo Fuchida, and his wife Haruko, and children.
2. Jimmy, and wife Charma Covell, and children. The eldest daughter Peggy, will have a principal role.
3. Jacob or Jake DeShazer, and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Andrus.
The book reads similar to watching a film. The author stated he'd first written the screen play, then the book. While reading Wounded Tiger, I imagined each scene in my mind---actually a large panoramic screen. My technicolor vision was full of powerful images, for example: the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the Battle of Midway, the devastation of the atomic bombs in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Wounded Tiger has contrasting elements: the hate and cruel nature of Japanese soldiers versus the love and forgiveness of the Covell family, or the vengeance and need for retribution of a POW versus a changed heart.
There were tender moments when I was captivated by the significance of a characters courage and faith.
"Early the next morning, the sun broke through the sky over the eastern mountain ridge and glazed the front porch in gold. Mr. Andrus carried two blue-speckled enameled cups of steaming coffee out through the screen door. Mrs. Andrus sat rocking in her high back chair staring at the distant mountains, creaking the wooden deck with each rock. As he held the cup to his wife, she looked up with a smile and an unusual appearance of contentment. 'Thank you, dear.' She blew across her cup, took the slightest sip, and sat back and slowly rocked some more, still with a peaceful grin. Mr. Andrus gently set his cup on the table between them and sat down, keeping his eye on his wife, mystified by her demeanor, even wondering about her sanity. 'Jake's not dead,' she stated flatly, then slowly sipped again." Page 265-266. 
T Martin Bennett spent several years researching the story, reading archive material, interviewing family members, and "consulting" with historians. Bennett explains in the book: "I have made every effort to ensure accuracy and honesty to history, to culture, and to the individuals. Simply stated, the essence of every scene in this story is true."
I am heartbroken over man's inhumanity to man, but man does not have the final word, God does. Only God can radically alter another person's heart. Only God can cover evil with grace.
In seven years of writing reviews (and I've never stated this before), this book stands alone as a must be made story into a film.
Wounded Tiger is a powerful story! It's a God story.
While reading Wounded Tiger, I envisioned certain actors portraying the roles, a few examples are:
Jimmy Covell-Matthew McConaughey, or Kirk Cameron.
Peggy Covell-Shailene Woodley
Mitsuo Fuchida-Shigeki Hosokawa
Mrs. Andrus-Roma Downey
Jake DeShazer-Theo James

Mitsuo Fuchida
Jake DeShazer

Doolittle Raiders, Jake DeShazer on the far right. 
The Covell family. 


Becky said…
This one sounds wonderful! Thanks for reviewing and recommending!