John Anthony Miller has written an exciting tale, To Parts Unknown (Taylor and Seale Publishers). Set in Singapore and Indonesia in the darkest days of World War II, Miller tells the story of George Adams, a correspondent with the Times of London.
Trying to cope with the death of his wife–Adams caused her death in an automobile accident–Adams accepts an assignment in Singapore. On the day he arrives, he is caught in a Japanese air raid, and falls in with a band of adventurers.
When the Japanese invade Singapore, the adventurers flee to the Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia), and so begins a series of narrow escapes and miraculous deliverances from the Japanese military.
I was surprised at Miller’s treatment of Japanese brutality, descriptions which would match those of early post-war writing. Miller gives vivid portrayals of Singapore and Indonesia. I don’t know if he visited these areas, but the reader could believe that he or she is there.
If you like journalism, travel, war stories, and blood, guts and gore, this novel is for you.