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The Special Prisoner [Paperback]

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Pages   240
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.24" Width: 5.48" Height: 0.67"
Weight:   0.65 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Publisher   PublicAffairs
ISBN  1586480421  
EAN  9781586480424  

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John Quincy Watson was a young bomber pilot flying the new B-29 Superfortress in a mission over Japan when he was shot down and taken prisoner. Designated a "special prisoner," as were all Allied airmen, he, along with his comrades, suffered and almost indescribably brutal POW experience under a vicious camp commandant that Watson, with his friends, dubs the "the Hyena." When a chance encounter years after the war brings Watson, now Bishop Watson, into contact with a man he believes to be the Hyena, the Bishop must struggle with an anger and a desire for vengeance he thought he had long put aside. "The Special Prisoner" is a taut and dramatic novel.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Jim Lehrer began his career as a newspaper reporter, political columnist, and editor in Dallas, Texas. Since 1975, he has been a news anchor at PBS, where he is currently the anchor and executive director of "The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer." Lehrer has won numerous awards for journalism, including most recently the 1999 National Humanities Medal.

Jim Lehrer currently resides in Washington, in the state of District Of Columbia.

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Stick to the news, dude  Nov 27, 2007
I picked this one up at the library based entirely upon Jim Lehrer's reputation as a news person, and out of curiosity born of knowing that he has written numerous novels and plays. He should stick to news. I'm sorry to report that while his tale is graphic and urgent, perhaps even made-for-TV movie material, it falls short. The story of a WWII pilot and the brutal abuse he and others suffer at the hands of their Japanese captors is, as the author goes to great lengths to impress upon us, under-reported -- and perhaps was even covered up in America's haste to forget the war years and enlist the New Japan as an ally in the Cold War. Lehrer's exposition of the torture, sadism, and murder committed by Japanese prison guards is laudatory. His defense of our use of nuclear weapons and the lives it probably saved on both sides is perhaps rational, if morally corrupt given what we now know about Japan's eagerness to surrender BEFORE Hiroshima. (See my review of THE MYTHS OF AUGUST, Stewart L. Udall, Pantheon Books/Random House,1994.) Alas, the plot is a little too contrived, a little too pat, to allow any deep engagement. Despite the grim details and the device of shifting from then to now and back again, the whole ends up feeling like an in-depth news story rather than a tale of human passion, frailty, error or triumph. The surprise toward the conclusion comes as no surprise, and the conclusion itself, less so. I won't be looking for other titles by Mr. Lehrer any time soon.
Weak  Aug 3, 2007
There's a passage in book where the ex POW hero has his former Japanese camp commander at his mercy in a hotel room. Our hero calls up one of his former POW comrades and despite having both gone through unspeakable horrors, their dialogue is banal. Actually it's downright silly and immature. This reflects a shallowness I found throughout the book. Quite unconvincing!
Good  Jun 27, 2005
Interesting story about war, forgiveness and how things are not always what they seem. It seems only natural that we are pulling for our unfortunate hero because he was victimized all those years ago. But one is gripped with sadness when we realize he has, somewhat rashly, erred. Fine light reading.
Melodrama masquerading as deep thinking  Nov 29, 2004
Jim Lehrer is a smart and talented man, but this book is basically a male soap opera, with melodramatic and unrealistic plot twists.
You would think that someone with a background in television journalism would be able to capture an original take on a 'celebrity' trial, but all he's done is re-use every cliche that every other similar book has used. And, without giving any plot away, the behavior and motivation of the characters is neither sympathetic or excusable even given the most trying of circumstances.
It's a tossed-off work, and it does not do justice to either the POW genre, or as a study of moral behavior.
Lastly, and maybe this was corrected later in the book and I overlooked it, John Quincy Adams was the sixth president of the US.
A most unusual revenge tale  Jun 26, 2004
I recalled the line from "The Wolfman" after reading this well written tale ("even a man with a pure heart" or something to that effect). An unforgetable read. Past sins may be forgiven, but never forgotten. Get this one.

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