South by Java Head

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First Officer Nicholson is on a mission to rescue and help the civilians and soldiers evacuate a ruined Singapore that has fallen to the Japanese army. When both tankers that intend to take the people to safety are destroyed, Nicholson leads the people to sea on open boats, where nobody knows how long they will survive.

What makes this book stand out?

The clarity with which MacLean communicated the shocking horrors of war and the desperation that refugees feel.

Read it for

The convoluted plot with a twist at every corner.

Don't read it for

The ending of the book is seemingly rushed and does not conclude the story very well.

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