This book is a tribute to the Filipino people who stood by America during her darkest hour and in the end persevered and triumphed under the most trying circumstances. It is the story of friendship and loyalty set in the Philippines during WWII beginning with the Japanese attack on Clark Field and ending with the liberation of Manila. A Filipino priest, a Philippine Scout, and an American airman form a lasting bond of friendship that touches the lives of a nun, a schoolteacher, a communist activist, a Huk commander, and a Japanese pilot.
Posted by Dan Lanahan on 2nd Mar 2015
"Taong Labas", a novel by Ken Sayler is a fictional recount, based on historical events of the Japanese occupation of the Philippine Islands during World War II from a Filipino view, of which little has been written until this time.
The skillfully crafted novel could be called a "love story" with many objects: a love of country, a love of freedom, a love of family and close friendships, a love of very special ones in their life and how horrific events shaped who they and their families became. All during the most fearful time of the Greatest Generation in Philippine history.
I highly recommend this well written story that brings to life the sacrifices that parents, grandparents and great-grandparents made insure the freedom for generations to come, no matter how difficult the sacrifice was.