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Sworn brothers—one American, one Chinese—captured, imprisoned, tortured. Survival is just the beginning of the battle...

In 1942, Birch Bai, a Chinese pilot, and Danny Hardy, a downed American pilot, become sworn brothers and best friends.

In the summer of 1945, both airmen’s planes go down in Yunnan Province of China during one of many daring missions. They are captured, im
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Published January 28th 2019 by Open Books
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Paul Falk
Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Iris Yang presented an intriguing saga with her second installment of the illustrious, Flying Tigers. As the scenes unfolded, the main characters became so well-honed, they no longer seemed fictional. Drenched from all the misery and pain, the author paid special tribute to the carnage and countless, shattered hearts that came to endure the worst of atrocities. The cast of supporting characters were well-drawn and added fuel to the fire of this intense drama. The narrative concluded with an asto ...more
Sharon
Feb 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"Being alive can be harder than dying."

The sequel to Wings of a Flying Tiger continues the story of Flying Tiger sworn brothers Birch and Danny who are shot down by the Japanese and taken prisoner by the sadistic and savage Captain Zhang who promised they would not get out alive.

When a seriously injured Birch is saved from death in a mass grave, he swears he will find his brother Danny no matter what, but the Chinese Civil War happens and he is forced to leave the Mainland for Taiwan.

"Birch seri
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Reviewer The Brown Bookloft
Summary: Birch Bai, a Chinese Air Force Pilot and Danny Hardy, an American Flying Tiger, are engaged in a fierce air battle with the Japanese when their plane is shot down. Both men are captured and sent to a POW camp. At the camp, they and their fellow prisoners continue to suffer under the hands of their cruel, tormenting captors. The war is coming to an end; the Americans have just dropped the bomb on Hiroshima. But this just spurs one Japanese officer, a man they call the Jackal, to further ...more
Susan Sage
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
After finishing an engrossing book, I’ve learned—in that digestive phase—to wait and see what words or phrases bubble up from the swallowed stew of story, characters, and plot. What came to me after closing the last page of Iris Yang’s second novel, Will of the Tiger, was the phrase: nobility of soul. Her well-written, larger-than-life characters possess this. What brings this ‘nobility of soul’ to the surface is the intensity of their suffering, both physical and emotional, wrought from the cru ...more
Denis Mcgrath
Mar 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This exciting sequel to her previous WWII novel takes place in the jungles of Burma. Downed and crippled Flying Tiger pilot Birch is captured, interred with other prisoners and tortured by the Japanese. His concern is for his fighter pilot buddy Danny. He is rescued from a burial trench by local natives and is hospitalized for months in a coma. While recovering from his wounds the young family house maid Xiao Mei reads to him and fortifies him with Chinese herbs. She follows him when the family ...more
Rebecka Jäger
Mar 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A power load of emotional impact and suspense

Another suspenseful masterpiece from Iris Yang who writes about the heart-wrenching consequences of WWII with power-charged emotional impact. The main characters face tremendous loss, but fight on- and find new beginnings. The price of sacrifice during wartime is something which needs to be told, and Yang writes the story with grace and torture.

Yang also describes the Chinese customs and the vivid setting with artistic brushstrokes. I could smell, hea
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Rebecka Jäger
Mar 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another suspenseful masterpiece from Iris Yang who writes about the heart-wrenching consequences of WWII with power-charged emotional impact. The main characters face tremendous loss, but fight on- and find new beginnings. The price of sacrifice during wartime is something which needs to be told, and Yang writes the story with grace and torture.

Yang also describes the Chinese customs and the vivid setting with artistic brushstrokes. I could smell, hear and feel the book's world around me. I give
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Karen
Feb 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“Sworn brothers – One American, on Chinese – captured, imprisoned, tortured. Survival is just the beginning of the battle” (from the front cover).

Continuation of Wings of a Flying Tiger. What happens next.

Danny Hardy and Birch Bai have taken an oath as brothers, they would each die for the other. They’ve been flying together and fighting the Japanese to defend China ever since Birch rescued Danny in the mountains of Yunnan.

The struggles of the Chinese after war turns inward. Now they have to fi
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Priscilla King
Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
After the war between China and Japan ended in 1945, the war veterans found themselves caught in a civil war between political factions. This fictional study of China in the late 1940s shows a disabled veteran who really believes in brotherhood, Birch, searching for his buddy Danny or news of what happened to him, practicing brotherhood even while people who don't practice that virtue are behaving as badly as their hated enemies in the war. Though some people thank him for his service, others se ...more
Anna Casament Arrigo
Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What happens after Danny and Birch are faced with even greater challenges and the devastatingly brutality of the war they have fought against Japan and for China? Once again, after reading Yang’s first book,”Wings of the flying Tiger,” she masterfully captures the heart-wrenching reality of the horrific tests encountered during war.An enormously moving, pull at your heart strings,skillfully written historical fiction. Her characters will capture your heart,and,as with her first book,page turning ...more
Píaras Cíonnaoíth
Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A must-read for those who love historical fiction...

In this sequel to ‘Wings of a Flying Tiger’ author Iris Yang weaves another well-crafted historical fiction. Skillfully constructed, this is a novel that authentically depicts every aspect of the time period. It’s a story that will have you glued to the pages from the opening chapter.

The book description gives a sneak preview: ‘In 1942, Birch Bai, a Chinese pilot, and Danny Hardy, a downed American pilot, become sworn brothers and best friends.
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Cynthia Prosser
Will of a Tiger is the sequel to Wings of a Flying Tiger and continues the story of Birch Bai through the end of WWII, the Chinese Communist Revolution, and his later life on Taiwan. It tells of his struggle to adapt to his war wounds, both physical and emotional, and to move forward in his life taking into account the vows he made and the reality of the present world. It is a compelling story that takes you into the personal thoughts, feelings, and struggles of Birch. As with Wings of a Tiger, ...more
Geraldine
May 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Wonderful sequel to 'Wings of a Flying Tiger'. If you read the first book, this is a must read if you were wondering what would happen next.
I think the combination of these two books would make a wonderful movie.
Leigh Ann
Mar 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is the absolutely heart wrenching tale of two brothers - one American and one Chinese - and their role in World War 2.

The book is very well written, if hard to get through emotionally at times.
Carolyn
Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I found this book to be captivating. The characters are well developed and the plot leads us across the lives, loves and customs.

Well written!!
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Iris Yang, a Chinese-American author, wrote two historical novels to thank the Flying Tigers (American Volunteer Group) for their sacrifices and contributions in WWII in China. Now she has been invited to the Flying Tigers WWII Veterans Reunion in September 2019, and she was interviewed on National Public Radio (WUNC's The State of Things) for her hard work.

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