The Paddy Field Tigers
The Prequel to The Bridge On The River Kwai. John Montigue is a spy (SOE) for the British government. On Christmas Day, 1941 Japan bombs Rangoon and invades Burma. His orders: destroy anything of use to the enemy, then evacuate. Before he can escape he finds himself having to flee on foot thru 1,800 miles of jungle to India leading 25,000 people. More
No one knows John Montigue is a spy for the British government. As editor and publisher of the Rangoon Examiner he outwardly leads a common life with his wife and children.
On Christmas Day, 1941, Rangoon, Burma explodes into a firestorm as Japan’s surprise invasion begins. A price on his head, John must evacuate his family then stay behind to complete strategic demolition and destruction of top-secret intelligence documents.
He soon discovers that he and his remaining officers must escape on foot while forced to lead 25,000 remaining colonials on a 1,800-mile “Death March” through the treacherous jungles to India. With the Japanese Army in hot pursuit.
By a strange quirk of fate, John’s future seems to be integrally linked to that of his boyhood Burmese friend, Danang, who is head of the powerful Golden Triangle. Together they are the only hope for thousands.