In ‘The Long March Home,’ Friendship and Forgiveness are the Keys to Survival [REVIEW]

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During World War II, the Bataan Peninsula in the Philippines became the stuff of nightmares for POWs. (Photo courtesy Canva)

From a young age, four friends growing up in the American South find joy and solace in their fierce devotion to one another. But as they enter adulthood, war tests the strength of their bond. Will they survive the ravages they endure on foreign soil? And just what will be waiting for them at home if they manage to return? Find out in Marcus Brotherton and Tosca Lee’s unforgettable new novel, The Long March Home.

Marcus Brotherton and Tosca Lee's THE LONG MARCH HOME

Back in 1930s Alabama, Jimmy Propfield is the preacher’s son, a boy destined to attend seminary in Louisville, whether he likes it or not. An only child, he spends his days with Claire Crockett, his best friend and childhood sweetheart, and her little brother Billy, eating homemade ice cream and climbing trees. Then Hank Wright arrives at their school halfway through third grade, and the four of them quickly become fast friends.

Over the years, family tragedies draw them even closer together. And as they blossom from childhood into adulthood, Claire becomes a lady while the three boys work, play, and dream together, ultimately becoming as close as brothers.

As graduation looms and World War II gains momentum, Jimmy must decide what he truly wants out of life, and whether he can summon the courage to disappoint his father and leave Mobile and Claire in his rearview mirror.

Then shocking news sends the entire community reeling, and ultimately pushes Hank, Billy, and Jimmy to enlist.

Assigned to the Thirty-First Infantry in Manila, Philippines, the trio is initially enamored by the paradisaic playground where women, alcohol and fun are freely available.

But everything changes when the Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor and then turn their sights on the Philippines. Suddenly, the three friends must summon every ounce of ingenuity and courage they have to survive, and they vow to do whatever it takes to return home together.

Little do they realize how difficult that promise will be to keep, especially after they are ordered to surrender on April 9, 1942, and are forced to begin a 60-mile death march up the Bataan Peninsula to the horrific prison camps that are completely unprepared to handle approximately 10,000 American troops.

It has been said that while “we know a lot about Pearl Harbor… nobody knows about Bataan.” In this modern masterpiece, Brotherton and Lee deliver a transformative tale readers won’t soon forget. Epic in scope and impeccably researched, The Long March Home is packed with nerve-jangling suspense and fraught with visceral, gut-wrenching emotion. As such, we are confident it will leave an indelible mark on readers hearts.

Without a doubt, this is one of the most powerful books we’ve read in years. The authors make us care about each and every character. We find ourselves laughing with them, cheering them on, and ultimately weeping over them. This is one of those rare books that can break our hearts even as it educates, shining a light on what veterans experienced during their time in the Pacific. Even so, it refrains from getting bogged down in violence, although there are some definite cringe-worthy moments.

Ultimately, this book celebrates the power of the human heart, with all its imperfections and insecurities. It highlights the importance of friendship, family, home, and forgiveness, and reminds us that none of us are above redemption. This is the best book we’ve read about World War II since James Jones’ From Here to Eternity. Don’t miss it!

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About the authors

Marcus Brotherton is a New York Times bestselling author and coauthor dedicated to writing books that inspire heroics, promote empathy, and encourage noble living. His commendations include the Christopher Award for literature “that affirms the highest values of the human spirit.”

He was the writing partner for internationally bestselling historian Adam Makos on the Korean-War era book Devotion, which is now a major motion picture from Sony starring Jonathan Majors and Glen Powell.

Born in British Columbia, he earned a bachelor’s degree from Multomah University in Portland, Oregon, and a master’s degree from Biola University in Los Angeles, where he graduated with high honors. He lives with his wife and their three children in the Pacific Northwest.

To learn more, visit, like him on Facebook, and follow him on Instagram.

Marcus Brotherton
Marcus Brotherton

Tosca Lee is the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of The Line Between, The ProgenyFirstborn, Iscariot, The Legend of Sheba, Demon: A Memoir, Havah: The Story of Eve, and the Books of Mortals series with New York Times bestseller Ted Dekker.

She is the recipient of two International Book Awards, Killer Nashville’s Silver Falchion, ECPA Book of the Year in Fiction, and the Nebraska Book Award. Her work has finaled for the High Plains Book Award, the Library of Virginia Reader’s Choice Award, two Christy Awards, and a second ECPA Book of the Year. The Line Between was a Goodreads Choice Awards semifinalist for Best Mystery/Thriller of 2019. In addition to the New York Times, her books have appeared on the IndieBound bestseller list, and Library Journal’s “Best Of” lists.

Tosca received her B.A. from Smith College and lives in Nebraska with her husband, three of four children still at home, and her 160-lb. German Shepherd, Timber.

To learn more, visit and follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Goodreads, and BookBub.

By Marcus Brotherton and Tosca Lee
400 pp. Revell. $26.99
ISBN 978-0-8007-4275-1

Buy The Long March Home direct from Jathan & Heather Books or anywhere else fine books are sold.

Tosca Lee
Tosca Lee

About Jathan Fink
Jathan is a journalist, philanthropist, and entrepreneur. He is also a travel junkie, foodie and jazz aficionado. A California native, he resides in Texas.

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