Under The Cover of Light: The Extraordinary Story of USAF COL Thomas “Jerry” Curtis’s 7.5 Year Captivity in North Vietnam by Carole Engle Avriett
Published May 2, 2017 by Tyndale House Publishers
Genres Nonfiction, Military
In 1965, Col. Thomas “Jerry” Curtis’s helicopter was shot down over North Vietnam. He was immediately captured and spent 71/2 years confined in a filthy 5′ x 7′ cell at the notorious Hanoi prison camp. Thousands of miles from home and unable to communicate with his wife and children, Jerry endured months of solitary confinement, suffocating heat, freezing cold, grueling physical and psychological torture, constant hunger, and unimaginable mental duress. And yet, time and again, the Light that darkness cannot overcome became his beacon of hope. Now, for the first time in print, Jerry shares the full story of his 2,703 days in captivity and what he learned about faith, hope, and the indomitable power of the human spirit.
I read a fair amount of nonfiction books, my favorite genres being anthropology, history and military. I haven’t read much about Vietnam in the past so I was very excited when I received this book from the publisher. This book is the story of Col Thomas “Jerry” Curtis was was shot down over North Vietnam in 1965 and then was held captive for the next 7.5 years. This story in itself would have made for an excellent book, but the story also tells the tale of how this man’s faith was tested and strengthened during everything he endured. Not only is it an amazing story of how this man survived captivity in horrible conditions for so long, but also how he held on to his faith and beliefs through all of it. I have to attempt I didn’t know a great deal about Vietnam when I began reading this book. Although I love history, I have tendency to either read about World War II or most recent events, say in the last 20 years but I did learn a great deal about Vietnam while reading this book. The writing style wasn’t my favorite at times, but overall it was a very interesting and inspiring story. Thank you to the publisher for sending my an ARC.