Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥
This was our book club pick for January! It was a good story, although in some spots it seemed to drag on a bit and it took me awhile to get through it.
The story is set in a Japanese POW camp near Singapore in early 1945. British, Australian and American prisoners are sick, starving and in a dire situation in hopes of being rescued. All except one American prisoner whom they call “The King”, who somehow manages to eat, live and dress like nothing out of the ordinary while all the others suffer from starvation, skin and bones.
The story revolves around this character, “The King” and his secrets to living as one. Nearly, everyone depends on the King, though, to make a life-saving trade – a watch for a bowl of rice, $20 for an orange, etc. The King decides to take the unaffected Marlowe under his wing as a sort of junior partner.
The King lets Marlowe in on his adventures and his secrets, something the whole camp would like to know, too. Soon, the King comes up with a plan to both make money and get revenge on the camp enemies.
I would recommend this book to readers, it’s an interesting story of the length humans will go to survive.