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Five Years To Freedom Summary

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Five Years to Freedom While reading the book Five Years to Freedom by James N. Rowe. Throughout the book Nick Rowe goes through many obstacles and problems when being captured and becoming a prisoner by the Vietcong. The main idea of the book is while Nick Rowe was captured in the life span of five years he went through many stages of fear, sickness, and hopelessness. To begin, James N. Rowe states that in the beginning of the book the Vietcong ambushed the Americans resulting as war. During the ambush Rowe, Rocky, and Dan are confronted by the Vietcong and Rowe sustained 3 wounds, and rocky was shot in the knee; they had the fear of dying. As a prisoner Rowe thinks of his family and the reasons of why he joined the Army. James N. Rowe then…show more content…
After Rowe physically assaulted one of the guards he was punished to lay bare skinned getting stung by mosquitos that lead to infection and wasn’t released to go to the bathroom. James N. Rowe writes “I had practically ceased to urinate, and when this was brought to a guards attentions, he examined the swelling, poking at the flesh, watching his fingermark remain indented for several seconds before the surface rounded out again” (138). Rowe had woken up one morning to looking like a water-filled balloon, with his eyes swelled shut and he was given herb medicine. The herb medicine turned Rowe intestines inside out, which led to him getting strychnine sulfate and vitamin B. In conclusion Dan is released but since Nick does not understand the truth of the situation in Vietnam he is not aloud to be released. After a couple days of Dan’s release day an L-19 came in bombing and shooting the village. Rowe and the Vietcong were moving to the east for new village, while being there he had permission to do stakeouts and catch fish alone, one day he wanted to escape but got a gut feeling he shouldn’t and turned around and went back. A couple days later at the village, another bombing happens, as Rowe and the Vietcong are travelling through the reeds and the canal, James N. Rowe writes “I’m afraid to follow Ong Sau any further because the helicopters will spot him and the others very
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