A Bright and Blinding Sun
A World War II Story of Survival, Love, and Redemption
Marcus Brotherton — 2022
For fans of The Boy Who Followed His Father into Auschwitz and Unbroken comes an incredible true war story of an underage soldier who experiences his first love and loss on the battlefields of Bataan and Corregidor, by New York Times bestseller Marcus Brotherton. Joe Johnson Jr. ran away from home at the age of 12, hopping a freight train at the height of the Great Depression. Two years later, he managed to talk his way into the U.S. Army. Seeking freedom and adventure, he was sent to the Philippines. After a misstep with a teenage prostitute, he vowed to right the wrongs he’d done and help the girl have a better life. Yet when the Japanese attacked on December 8, 1941, his hopes of being with the girl had to wait. Joe and his fellow soldiers fought for four brutal months in Bataan and Corregidor, until they were forced to surrender. Joe endured years of horror as a prisoner of war, only dreaming about seeing again the girl he’d come to love. This lyrically written and deeply encouraging saga will remind you that every life can be lifted, forgiveness is the patron of restoration, and redemption is available to all.