BOOK REVIEW

THE FLAME KEEPERS:  THE TRUE STORY OF AN AMERICAN SOLDIER'S SURVIVAL INSIDE STALOG 17
          NED HANDY & KEMP BATTLE

Approximately 3100 Americans were brought to Stalog 17 in 1943.  Ted Handy, author of this book, was brought to Stalog 17 in 1944.  He stresses that out of every ten man crew shot down only a few would survive. 

The Americans already in Stalog 17 were glad to see new faces arrive because they hoped to hear news from home.  The main goal of Handy and his comrades was to find ways to stay alive.  Handy states that no one taught them anything about how to survive imprisonment.  These men were told they could try to escape on the ground as long as no civilians were hurt in the process.  The men planned their escape by digging one of Stalog's most memorable tunnels.

Ned Handy and Kemp Battle have written a moving and powerful story.  The book provides a great deal of anticipation especially when the men were working on their escape.  This book is inspiring and shows how these men were devoted to working on the idea of an escape.  This devotion is what kept their spirits alive.  The authors provide an in-depth account of what it was like to be a prisoner in Stalog 17.  There are also several photos that were taken inside the camp with a smuggled camera.

Everyone should read this book.  It will give all citizens some insight as to what our troops endure to protect our freedom.  This is also an excellent book for history buffs.  Be sure to add this one to your reading list. 

REVIEWED BY NANCY EATON

DO NOT REPRINT WITHOUT PERMISSION OF THE REVIEWER, NANCY EATON

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