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Broken Jewel

A Novel

by David L. Robbins

Broken Jewel
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    Nov 2009, 432 pages
    Aug 2010, 528 pages

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A novel set against the backdrop of a historical prison-break in World War II era Philippines

A story set against the backdrop of a historic prison-break in World War II era Philippines turns into an absorbing novel of love, sacrifice, and duty in David L. Robbins's Broken Jewel. Robbins is known for his attention to historical accuracy, and his latest novel does not disappoint. Every aspect of the comfort women system, life in a Japanese internment camp, and details of the American march into Luzon are all perfectly integrated into a story about three struggling people caught in Los Baños.

A novel that could have devolved into a mere retelling of known historical events comes alive through the voices and tribulations of three central characters – Remy Tuck, his son Talbot, and Carmen, a comfort woman. As with the rest of the camp, these three are held against their will, forced to inhabit lives they hate. Remy is the consummate gambler, attempting to ...

Interesting Link: A short history of the liberation of Los Baños internment camp at

Image: The Los Baños internment camp

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