God Must Be Weeping by J.D. Winston
Release Date - January 31, 2013
Book Review by Tracy Farnsworth
Montgomery "Monty" Mason is the storyteller in God Must Be Weeping. He's a journalist who ditches his career to enlist and serve his country in WWII. His mother, she's already lost loved ones to war, is beside herself but will not stand in his way. From there, the story progresses through Monty's experiences from the round of tests to actual battle.
Along the way, he forms a lasting friendship with Hunter, a soldier with little fear and a little recklessness; Mako, a soldier whose background is a little more sheltered than the others; and Mo, a man from the south who struggles with the war due to his religion. When they're all sent to the Pacific, their friendships are put to a very real, very emotional test.
It took me a while to get into the groove with God Must Be Weeping. As the story starts out, you don't know much about the narrator, even his name. It's the scene at his mother's home that started to draw me in. The story itself is incredible descriptive and a pretty accurate account to an extent.
My issue is that I grew up listening to the story of my uncle who was a POW in Asia for two years. I know some of the horrors he experienced, though not even he talked about them all. Some of the brutalities, he took them to his grave. When some soldiers are taken prisoner and given orders like "Prisoner, you won't like the way we get information." That part ended up drawing me from the story. My uncle once told us that one of the hardest parts of being held prisoner was that the captives never spoke English. They had no idea what was being said. I started to doubt that a commandant like the one depicted here would have been kind enough to speak English to the hostages.
Despite that one niggle, if you like war stories and want one that focuses on the realities of war, this is still a solid choice.