The true story of a soldier who survived Japanese capture, a sinking hell ship, and the bombing of Nagasaki, all while his family fought their own battle in the Burmese jungle.
While leading an attack on Hong Kong’s Golden Hill, Jack Devereux of the Royal Scots is shot through the head. Then a Japanese officer attempts to behead him in order to blood his samurai sword. Waking briefly, Devereux kills his would-be executioner, impressing his captors. Fascinated by their prisoner’s grisly wounds, they allow him to live, but Devereux’s trials are only beginning.
In a precarious physical state, the wounded soldier experiences the horrific sinking of the Japanese freighter LisbonMaru, in which hundreds of POWs drown; survives the shark-infested South China Sea; and burrows in the mines of Nagasaki as the atom bomb falls. Meanwhile, his family hides in Burma, hoping against hope that they will one day be reunited with Devereux.
Written by his son, Brian Devereux—whose mother carried him from Mandalay to the deserted medieval city known today as Bagan—this is an amazing account of the terrifying wartime journey of a soldier and his family.
Casemate Publishers; July 2016
- ISBN 9781504040211
- Read online, or download in secure EPUB format
- Title: Escape to Pagan
- Author: Brian Devereux
Imprint: Casemate Publishers
In The Press
“Pulse-pounding . . . The Devereux saga is tremendously gripping and gory. . . . Escape to Pagan is also a story of hope.” —South China Morning Post
“A gripping true story of survival . . . The beautiful landscape of Burma and the tragedy of warfare are evocatively portrayed in this haunting and moving book.” —The Daily Telegraph
About The Author
Brian Devereux was born in Burma in 1940. For twenty-five years, he worked as a freelancer and stuntman in the film industry, once doubling for Michael Caine, performing all the stunts in Deadfall. Devereux’s business endeavors have also included owning a country-house hotel.