In almost a separate parallel story we hear of “High Pockets”, one Claire Phillips, a GI’s wife who poses as a girl of Italian descent and starts the Tsubaki night club to earn money, spy on the Japanese and report to local guerrillas. Soon she is using the proceeds of the night club to buy medicine and concentrated orange juice to smuggle into the prison camps. Eventually High Pockets is caught by the Japanese secret police, tortured, and condemned to death. But for some inexplicable reason, she is placed in solitary confinement where she is found by American troops after the fall of Manila.
Sprinkled in between these two stories is the third story of the Rangers that have been given the mission of rescuing the prisoners before the Japanese decide to kill them. This is a very suspenseful story as when the 121 rangers arrive at the prison camp with about three hundred Japanese soldiers in it, they also find tens of thousands of retreating Japanese soldiers, tanks and trucks rumbling down the road next to the prison camp. The rescue is delayed for 24 hours and is then executed after a very delicate approach to the camp. Finally, after the prisoners are rescued and sent home to San Francisco, the city turns out en masse to provide a welcome that will bring tears to your eyes.
`The book as a whole is riveting. Nevertheless, the constant