The Slightest Chance
by Paul Letters
Publication Date: June 7, 2019
Paperback; 296 Pages
Genre: Historical Fiction/Military/WWII
In war, you can pretend to be someone you’re not. Yet, in war, people find out who you really are.
Hong Kong, 1941. Anglo-Australian civil servant Dominic Sotherly’s colonial sojourn in Hong Kong becomes complicated by his double life in both war and love. Enigmatic Englishwoman Gwen Harmison possesses secrets of her own – plus an unrelenting desire for liberty.
From gaiety at the Peninsula Hotel to persecution both inside and outside of internment, the story journeys from war-ravaged Hong Kong to war-weary China.
From real history, meet the Chinese admiral who led Hong Kong’s daring ‘Great Escape’ and the Japanese Christian soldier who risked his life for the enemy. And, uniquely during the occupation of Hong Kong, discover how one Englishwoman made history in her defiance of Imperial Japan.
About the Author
Paul Letters is a novelist, journalist, broadcaster and part-time teacher of history and politics. He moved from London to the jungled fringes of Hong Kong in 2001. His earlier World War II novel, A Chance Kill, topped the South China Morning Post book charts.
In addition to historical features, he writes opinion pieces and magazine articles. Paul also broadcasts on Radio Television Hong Kong. His ‘This Month in History’ segment can be found as a podcast. Paul and his son James also present the chart-topping history podcast for kids and adults, ‘Dad and Me Love History’.
His website, and his daily on-this-day-in-World-War-Two twitter feed, can be found at paulletters.com.
Coffee and Ink’s Review
My apologies for the lateness of this review!
I have mixed feelings about this book, but I do recommend it if you like a good, fast-paced World War II drama. It would have been an easier read for me in the beginning if the author hadn’t used ?! in dialogue or put the story’s theme and title in italics, in case the reader might miss it. I’m not comfortable with the ending, and I can’t say why without giving too much away. I loved Gwen and her determination to reveal Japan’s atrocities in China to the world. Her journey is harrowing, helped and hindered by the three men in her life. Once the author turns to Gwen’s point of view, the story really takes off, and the last days in China as the country falls to Japan is very well told. Excellent research and attention to detail, the story had me on the edge of my seat.
Blog Tour Schedule
Monday, October 21
Review at Passages to the Past
Wednesday, October 23
Feature at Maiden of the Pages
Saturday, October 26
Interview at Passages to the Past
Tuesday, October 29
Review at Locks, Hooks and Books
Thursday, October 31
Review at Coffee and Ink
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