Lawrence Hill edition (USA, 1984)

Avon paper edition (USA, 1986)

Angus & Robertson edition (Australia & the UK, 1985)

photo of my father and me on back of the Angus & Robertson edition

iUniverse edition under the Author's Guild back-in-print imprint (2000)

My father is on the right, his friend Andor "Andy" Landeren is on the left

my father at home after the war

The Hotel Tacloban

Letter from Elmer Voss regarding the liberation of the prison camp in Tacloban on 20 October 1944.

Letter from Ft. Hood curator Rudeford Norman confirming the existence of the prison camp
The initial reviews were great. Critic Paul Bach called it "A soldier's fascinating story of wartime survival and betrayal...a shocking denouement." James Kaufman at the LA Times called it "A very true book and a story well told, chilling in its accumulation." As I mentioned, there has been steady interest in Hollywood. But the powers that be, in industry and government, can kill any book, especially one that reveals their crimes. The closest I ever got to official confirmation was the letter to left from the curator at Ft. Hood, Rudeford Norman. But as my father and I learned the hard way, the only truth is official truth, even when the official truth is a Big Lie.

In the 26 September 1984 Christian Science Monitor, reviewer Thomas D’Evelyn said, "After the dust settles, The Hotel Tacloban will be there, bearing witness to man’s inhumanity to man, to the impotence of pain, and to the durability of the love of father and son. It sheds light on these dark times. Read it.”

That is the true meaning of The Hotel Tacloban. But the military and it's lackeys in the media had their fun, waving the flag. One edition of the Hill hard cover, one of the Angus & Roberston hard cover, and one of the Avon paperback were all that were ever printed. The book was relegated into noble anonymity until 2000, when the Authors Guild started it's "back in print" series at iUniverse, and offered The Hotel Tacloban new life. But on-demand publishers offer no promotion, which is what brings books to peoples' attention, and Amazon reviewers have almost uniformly followed the official line. Although I love the book more than any of the others I've written, it has been an arrow in my heart for 30 years. Such is a writer's fate: the magic of telling a great story, and reconciling with an estranged parent in the process, is never quite powerful enough to slay the dragon.

from Parade Magazine 17 June 2001


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