The Last Ring Home

  • by Minter Dial II
  • Narrated by Erin deWard, Minter Dial II
  • 6 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Traveling 40,000 miles and inspiring love and despair in equal measure, Lt. Minter Dial's lost Annapolis ring altered the lives of many - not just those who gazed upon its blue stone.
The spellbinding account of one man's obsession with a family mystery - and the product of decades of research and inquiries - The Last Ring Home explores author Minter Dial's pursuit of the true story of his namesake, his late grandfather Lt. Minter Dial, USN, a celebrated war hero whose suffering and trauma nearly buried his memory forever.
A prisoner of the Japanese in the Philippines after the fall of Bataan and Corregidor, Lt. Dial discovered the cruelest meaning of the Bushido code. Moments before he was killed, he gave his treasured Naval Academy ring to a friend. In the ensuing chaos, it disappeared.
Armed with a passion for history and a desire to uncover his grandfather's legacy, Dial's epic quest for the ring transports him to prisoner-of-war memorials and ex-POW conventions, military and press archives, and the homes of those affected by the Second World War across the world.
Sweeping as far back as the American Civil War, The Last Ring Home combines rigorous research with more than 100 interviews with experts, survivors, and descendants of the Greatest Generation to tell the powerful story of American prisoners of war in the Pacific.

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The Subject is Far Batter than the Execution

I wanted to love this book. The subject is so interesting- following the Annapolis class ring through many hands and generations. What fails is a shortage of facts to build the narrative. The author, the grandson of the hero of the story, pads the story with so much background information, and readings of personal letters, he fails to build a story that is compelling. The author reads the story himself, interspersed with a woman reading the letters from the hero's wife. The effect is jarring and distracting. This story would have been a better short story, not padded as it it to make it a middling book.
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- Blake

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-10-2017
  • Publisher: Audible Studios