All This Will Be Lost Brian Payton
A few weeks ago I asked Sophie Orme at Pan MacMillan if she had any books that I could review. She asked if I wanted to stick to my usual genre, Police Procedural, Spy, anything legal, and I said no I’ll give anything a go.
That’s how I started of reading my first book with a tag line of “Sweeping epic romance, war-torn drama” on the front page.
All This Will Be Lost by Brian Payton starts off like many good adventure books with 2 people parachuting into enemy held territory after their plane has been shot down. The territory in question this time is the Alaskan Aleutian Islands, and the enemy is the occupying Japanese Army of the Second World War.
The two are an unlikely pair, a young aviator from the USAF, and one of the books protagonists John Easley, a journalist.
The second protagonist is John’s wife Helen.
The story alternates between the two characters, Johns struggle to survive behind enemy lines, and Helens search for her husband who she refuses to believe is dead.
This book kept me reading well into the night, and I picked it up to finish it as soon as I woke up.
It’s not what I expected. There is no mushy love. The love is the love between a woman and the husband she is scared to admit she might have lost; the same love that drives the husband to survive.
There is another relationship in the book, the one that builds between John and the airman he survived with. The battle between the two initially to establish who is the leader becomes an almost brotherly reliance on each other for survival.
There are twists and turns along the way that caught me by surprise. I am not sure whether that’s usual in genre but this story is bought alive by the fact that nothing can be taken fro granted.
It’s not a long book at about 327 pages but it packs all of those pages with a very enjoyable tale.
I try to learn something from all books. With the internet it is easy to research something you read in a book. This little book introduced me to a part of the Second World War that I had never heard of. I have now, and I feel sorry about my ignorance of it before.
Thank you Brian Payton.
Thank you for a good story
Thank you for opening my eyes to a new genre
Thank you for expanding my knowledge.