Rain in August (Paperback)Blair Chamberlin (author)
Paperback Published: 10/11/2009
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World War II is raging, and still mourning the tragic death of his submariner brother, Matthew Lang, a Merchant Navy officer, embarks on a risky voyage to Hong Kong to join his new ship as chief officer. The last thing he's looking for is lover, but on the long journey he meets Elizabeth Wolsey, a fellow passenger, and they begin an ambivalent relationship. The relationship blossoms in the exotic and sybararitic lifestyle of pre-war Hong Kong and with marriage planned, their future seems predictable and assured. But as the long perceived threat of a Japanese invasion becomes reality, they find themselves embroiled in a desperate struggle to escape the colony and find safety in Australia - about the only haven available for those fleeing the Japanese. Matthew finds Elizabeth a berth on one of the last ships to escape before the Japanese onslaught finally overwhelms the defenders and then himself manages to get away in a dramatic last moment effort in a semi-disable vessel. What follows for him is a hellish 12-months journey through the jungles and swamps of the Far East - the Philippines, Borneo and New Guinea as he battles for survival in an attempt to reach Australia and a re-union with the woman he loves..."Rain in August" is a sea-faring novel, based on a true story, which is filled with romance, adventure and the dogged spirit and resolution which saw people through one of the darkest periods of the 20th Century.
Publisher: Austin Macauley Publishers
Dimensions: 200 x 130 mm
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