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Review: THE LONG MARCH HOME by Marcus Brotherton and Tosca Lee


Jimmy Propfield joined the army for two reasons: to get out of Mobile, Alabama, with his best friends Hank and Billy and to forget his high school sweetheart, Claire.

Life in the Philippines seems like paradise--until the morning of December 8, 1941, when news comes from Manila: Imperial Japan has bombed Pearl Harbor. Within hours, the teenage friends are plunged into war as enemy warplanes attack Luzon, beginning a battle for control of the Pacific Theater that will culminate with a last stand on the Bataan Peninsula and end with the largest surrender of American troops in history.

What follows will become known as one of the worst atrocities in modern warfare: the Bataan Death March. With no hope of rescue, the three friends vow to make it back home together. But the ordeal is only the beginning of their nearly four-year fight to survive.

Inspired by true stories, The Long March Home is a gripping coming-of-age tale of friendship, sacrifice, and the power of unrelenting hope.

REVIEW by Christina Boyd

Masterfully researched, The Long March Home is a multi-layered, action-packed, emotive historical fiction set in the Philippines during WWII. From the first chapter, I was invested in the three young American soldiers and their plight, survival, and resurrection. This is a novel to mull over, read again, cherish. Perfect read for book clubs—the novel and authors wowed my own book club. Co-writers Marcus Brotherton and Tosca Lee bring a phenomenal immediacy to their writing.

In November, my #totallylegitbookclub hosted Marcus Brotherton at our monthly gathering in Washington State, and Tosca Lee joined the discussion from Nebraska via Zoom. They were gracious to answer our many, many questions. The experience added another layer to an already powerful novel. If you haven’t read this gritty, emotive, honest historical fictional about three young US soldiers in the Philippines during WWII, I can’t recommend it enough. The Long March Home drew me in and haunted me for days after the last page. I dare you not to weep, then weep for joy.

#mytotallylegitbookclub and the authors of The Long March Home, Marcus Brotherton and Tosca Lee. November 2023


Tosca Lee is the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of twelve novels including The Long March Home (with New York Times bestselling author Marcus Brotherton) The Line Between, The Progeny, The Legend of Sheba, and Iscariot. Her work has been translated into seventeen languages and been optioned for TV and film. She is the recipient of two International Book Awards, Killer Nashville's Silver Falchion, ECPA Book of the Year, and the Nebraska Book Award, and has finaled for numerous others including the Library of Virginia People's Choice Award, the High Plains Book Award, a second Silver Falchion, and the Christy. When she's not writing, Tosca loves binging television shows, looking for something good to eat, cooking when she can't find it, traveling with her husband, and sleeping in. You can find Tosca on social media or hanging around the snack table. To learn more, please visit her website.

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NY Time bestselling author Marcus Brotherton

Marcus Brotherton is a New York Times bestselling author and coauthor dedicated to writing books that inspire heroics, promote empathy, and encourage noble living. Four of Marcus’ books are New York Times bestsellers, six are national bestsellers, four have been optioned for movies, and one is an international bestseller. His books have also appeared on USA Today, Publisher's Weekly, Wall Street Journal, and ECPA bestseller lists.

His commendations include the Christopher Award for literature “that affirms the highest values of the human spirit.”

For more information, please visit his website.


It's wonderful that you're able to bring authors to your book club! I love when books, especially those addressing meaningful issues, become a conversation between readers and authors.

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Thanks! I’m never afraid to ask. They can always say no. And this it’s just on me to make sure they feel like the experience was worth their time. Our club usually comes through with good food and great questions.

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