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Forgotten Soldiers (What Happened to Jacob Walden)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  104 ratings  ·  22 reviews
Cold War saga about Air Force Captain Jacob Walden shot down over Vietnam in 1970 and the untold story of why he never returned home. Forty years later Journalist Ted Pratt investigates what may be the sudden reappearance of Jacob Walden and follows the trail to find Jacob. Ted encounters Charlie Smith, a secretive and seasoned Operative who may have answers to the questio ...more
Paperback, 360 pages
Published May 12th 2012 by Warren Martin Books & Little Elephant Publishing (first published April 21st 2012)
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May 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I agree that it could have benefited from an editor but the basic premise is fodder for a very enjoyable story.
Merrie Harris
May 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
So far this book has been interesting. I am reading the Kindle Edition, which so far has been very distracting with the grammatical and spelling errors. These distractions aside, I've definitely found myself somewhat unwilling to put the book down. This book definitely offers a very different perspective on a time in history. I will update this review when I have finished reading the book. So far I am half way through.

Having finished the book, I must say this book is highly recommended. The stor
Dec 25, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this to be a compelling read. It is written in a historical style and it would be very easy for me to believe that this is a true, rather than fictional story.
Bernard Cenney
May 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A fantastic novel. Tantalizing. A great read. Destined to become a classic.
"Forgotten Soldiers-What Happened to Jacob Walden" is the cleverest thriller I have read this year! It has all the elements of true suspense. Unlike countless other mystery-thrillers, this one was written by a seasoned professional Special Forces soldier. The author, Warren Martin, has plunged into his rucksack of knowledge and experience and crafted a tale that will keep you in suspense until the final page. I highly rec
Jun 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A very enjoyable, easy summer read! The author kept the story moving and provided enough realistic, historical detail that made you want to not put the book down. I look forward to reading other books by this author.
Jul 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
As I read this book, I completely forgot it was fiction! It is written in such a manner that it is very easy to believe it is a true story.
Frank Marsalek
May 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing

Jun 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
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I find it hard to believe this is a book of fiction! I thoroughly enjoyed it and found it hard to put down.
Darryl Greer
Mar 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Warren Martin’s fictional novel "Forgotten Soldiers" spreads across four decades from 1970 to current day. The lead character is Captain Jake Walden, in the earlier part of the story, a 24-year-old flying a sortie in Vietnam during the war. While he is able to eject and land safely he is almost immediately captured by a small group of Viet Cong or at least farmers loyal to the VC. There then begins a 400 mile jungle trek towards Hanoi where he will be handed over to the authorities. When he arri ...more
John Podlaski
May 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Forgotten Soldiers - Fiction?? I wonder... April 23, 2012
By John Podlaski

Although this is a work of fiction, the story could very well have happened and none of us would have been the wiser.

Captain Jacob Walden, 24, had only been in Vietnam for a month when his plane is shot down in 1970. He ejects safely, only to be captured by farmers loyal to the enemy. The author chronicles Jacob's 400-mile trek on foot through the jungles - northward toward Hanoi where he can be turned over to the proper au
Aug 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Captain Jacob Walden and his plane get shot down in Vietnam in 1970, ejects to safety, only to be captured by farmers, is marched through jungles and is later turned over to the North Vietnamese. And therein begins a horrific tale of his captivity under the torturous hands of the Vietnamese and later the Russians as, not a POW but a criminal for well over 30 years. His years of isolation, torture, starvation and the effect they have on him physically, mentally an emotionally makes for hard readi ...more
John Nevola
May 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Warren Martin obviously had a gripping and compelling story to tell and he wove a heart-wrenching tale into Forgotten Soldiers. One cannot read this book without both wondering what happened to so many of our MIAs and becoming determined never to forget them.

I noticed some have complained that the first version of the book was fraught with editing errors but Mr. Martin has gone the extra mile to correct them and provide an updated version. Others have been critical that perhaps 4 and 5 star rati
Jeffrey Miller
May 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
To tell a good story you need some kind of narrative device that brings the reader in and then, once you have the reader, to keep them wanting more. That's what Warren Martin does in his debut novel, "Forgotten Soldiers: What Happened to Jacob Walden." The title alone is enough to entice a would-be reader to find out what actually happened to Jacob Walden. And once you start reading, Martin keeps on enticing you with this remarkable book.

The story itself is an intriguing and captivating one, tho
Lynn Hallbrooks
I meet Mr. Martin through some Military Writers Society of America members.

This book is listed as Historical Fiction but reads like history, or as one of my teachers once told me: His Story.

From the first page, readers know that Jacob Walden dropped into a heap of trouble. What happens after that is believable account of one man's journey through Hell and beyond. After you read it, you may even ask yourself, how could this happen?

Other than some formatting issues, I thoroughly enjoyed the book.
Jamey Mast
Dec 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I really could not put this book down. Jacob Walden a downed pilot during the 70's Vietnam War era remained a prisoner till someone found he was still alive even nthe government deckared him dead. His family went on with their lives until an event turned all ntheir worlds into a mystery no one would ever hear about. After thirty years in camps and the torture ho make a choice. Charlie was the reason he became free and they and the other survivors of two groups would be allowed to live when many ...more
May 21, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: History buffs
Free download = too many grammatical errors? I should be an editor. Good book, though (through ch. 5).

June 9, 2013: Final review. Grammatical errors were distracting. How does that happen?? Other than that, about half way through the book, I realized it was fiction. I honestly thought this was non-fiction. Good story, the author did his research, and the last 25% of the book (Kindle edition, don't know how many pages that involved), I couldn't put it down.

I'm actually torn between 3 and 4 stars,
Sheila Rodden
Dec 20, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Historical Viet Nam era novel

Would have given this book a 5* the except for many multiple redundancies. Enjoyed the plot and heart breaking story of long term survivors of the Viet Nam conflict. Terrible atrocities were inflicted on the POWs from many nations. So glad there was a somewhat happy ending for the small group of rescued survivors.
Aug 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
An excellent read! Although historical fiction, much of the book revolves around actual fact.

A surprise ending!
Iris Smale
May 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Slade me feel like it was real. Bated to put it down.
Sünje Schwarz
Aug 28, 2012 rated it really liked it

Exciting story with a surprising twist. Sadly, the spelling and grammar were terrible and made reading the book difficult at times.
Dec 10, 2013 rated it it was ok
Somehow I understood this as non-fiction book. Don't make the same mistake ;)
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A Veteran of the Cold War, Warren Martin served 21-years in the United States Army and has blended his knowledge and experiences with imagination and historical events to create an exciting and compelling Cold War Mystery.

Warren was born in Baltimore Maryland in 1956. His father Sam was from the Front Royal area of Virginia and was in the Army, stationed in England when he met Warren’s mother Agn