First Line Friday — The Scepter And The Isle

19 Aug

Happy Friday! I am again spotlighting a guys book this week. My husband enjoyed The first book in The Islands series by Murray Pura and Patrick E. Craig. I picked up book 2, The Scepter And The Isle as soon as I could! Book one featured Guadalcanal, and this one is set in Tarawa and Saipan. A third book is also planned. Check this series out for those who love the WWII-era time period.

Here’s the first line:

The world has changed — at least for the men of the 2nd Division.


It did not end with Guadalcanal. It did not end with one island. There were more islands… an island with snow-capped peaks, friendly people, blue seas, where Bud found love with his Tongan princess. Where Billy breathed the clean air of mountains where no danger lurked. Where Johnny found a way to drain the hate that drove him mad. They found life again after the death-filled frenzy of Guadalcanal. But the God of war was not done with them. More islands sent their siren call from beyond distant horizons and they were cast upon dark shores. Islands with coconut palms, dense green jungle and death. Islands that took more life than they ever gave back. Islands where women killed like men, islands filled with the most brutal soldiers the Japanese Empire could offer. Tarawa. Saipan. Islands that had to be endured. Islands they had to survive. There was no other way to bring the war to an end. There was no other way to get home again.

3 Responses to “First Line Friday — The Scepter And The Isle”

  1. Paula Shreckhise August 19, 2022 at 11:18 am #

    My first line is from Deception by Patricia Bradley:
    Today was not a good day to die.

  2. Cindy Davis August 19, 2022 at 1:30 pm #

    I hope you enjoy it, happy reading!

  3. Patrick E. Craig | @patrickecraig September 20, 2022 at 10:04 pm #

    Book one, Far On the Ringing Plains, won a First Place award in the Chanticleer International Book Awards— Hemingway Division, and The Scepter and The Isle was a finalist. Book 3, Men Who Strove With Gods is out and doing well.

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