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Along the Broken Bay

Length: 12 hrs and 56 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
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From the bestselling author of A Pledge of Silence comes a story of resistance, intrigue, and risking it all in the WWII Philippines.

December 1941. War has erupted in the Pacific, spelling danger for Gina Capelli Thorpe, an American expat living in Manila. When the Japanese invade and her husband goes missing, Gina flees with her daughter to the Zambales Mountains to avoid capture - or worse.

Desperate for money, medicine, and guns, the resistance recruits Gina to join their underground army and smuggles her back to Manila. There, she forges a new identity and opens a nightclub, where seductive beauties sing, dance, and tease secrets out of high-ranking Japanese officers while the wildly successful club and its enemy patrons help fund the resistance.

But operating undercover in the spotlight has Gina struggling to stay a step ahead of the Japanese. She’s risked everything to take a stand, but her club is a house of cards in the eye of a storm. Can Gina keep this delicate operation running long enough to outlast the enemy, or is she on a sure path to defeat that will put her family, her freedom, or even her life at risk?

©2019 Flora J. Solomon (P)2019 Brilliance Audio, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • Diane
  • 18-07-19

Did not want this one to end!!

Great story! Great narration! I've pretty much exhausted the WW2 Historical Fiction books that take place in France, Poland, and Britain, and was hesitant to delve into the Pacific side of the war. Now, I'm frantically searching for more books like this one!

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  • James
  • 20-07-19

Important View of the Pacific War

The book brings he civilian and resistance side of the war against Japan to life. Well done!

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  • R. L. Roeck
  • 05-09-19

Eye-opening historical novel on war with Japan in the Philippines

I was riveted to this Philippine story, a twist on most WWII stories taking place in Europe. We, the spoiled generations, including myself, need to have this emotional experience of those who fought, suffered and died for the United States in order for us to live as well as we do. If we don’t heed these caution stories, ignorance will be our weakness and downfall. I appreciate my eyes being opened in such an excellent, exciting but devastating story form. I applaud the narrator who kept me riveted throughout the tale. The personal growth of the main character is shared by the personal growth of the reader by the ending.

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  • UT77PLM
  • 05-09-19

Slow start, but stick with it

The setup of this complex situation takes a bit to get in place, but stick with it. it is worth the wait.

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  • squishy
  • 20-08-19

Found little to sympathize with.

Besides the irritating chronic “breathy” narration during any dialog, the entitlement of these women kept me from enjoying this book. They all have maids to “help” with one child and demanding shopping days. After Pearl Harbor and bombing of Manila, these ladies decide to leave. Of course they need their maids,even tho they make them leave their own families, including elderly parents, “I can’t do this alone” poor me. After trips to the banks and emptying their safes of much elegant jewelry, loading the cars, its time to flee. Sorry, I couldn’t give a flip about their impending “struggle”.

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  • Helen Olson
  • 15-08-19

Life at it's worst

Spell binding. Read beautiful with all the passion of life in those horrible days. A book with a story you can't put down

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-08-19

Powerful rollercoaster of a! story

I enjoy historical fiction and this is a great story about how families from many countries were affected by WWII in Manilla.

Painfully depicted details make you feel like you are in the midst of the war-time experiences.

Told with compassion, honesty, sorrow and joy.

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  • Linda
  • 05-08-19

Strong Women Aid Guerrillas in Philippines

Strong women support the allied forces in Manila. Gina didn’t think she could do it but she returned to Manila from the guerrilla camp, opened a night club, wooed the Japanese officers and sent the information gained and the money to the guerrilla forces in the mountains. Gina left her 9 year old daughter with her best friend in the mountains while Gina made her way among the occupied Japanese soldiers risking her life with every step. She became a spy of sorts in the network that helped the prisoners keep faith. She survived imprisonment and along the way found her inner strength. I listened to the audible version read by Sarah Mollo-Christensen and felt that I was in the midst of the war. We never know how strong we are until challenged. Great story about WWII in the Philippines and the hidden camps fighting the Japanese.

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  • Ranger's Dad
  • 31-07-19

A Well Done Book

I found that I really enjoyed this book. Well done by a fresh author. Good pacing and a credible story on a part of the war we don’t read much about.

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  • Evelyn Schumacher
  • 07-07-19

Thought provoking

The story filled in an area of the war of which I had no kmowledge. Excellent read