David L. Robbins' Broken Jewel
Until Broken Jewel was brought to my attention by BookBrowse, I was completely unaware of Robbins and his work. I was skeptical at first because I don't care too much for war fiction, but I was surprised by how much I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Also, to classify this as war fiction is a tad too broad. Clearly, the novel takes place in a Japanese prison camp towards the end of WWII, but the plot has much more to do with human grit, love, and the adventure of attempted jailbreaks than it does with the movement of troops. This is a great read, the history is accurate and detailed, and the characters are absorbing.