The heroic figure of Missioner Bishop James Edward Walsh, still a prisoner of the Red Chinese, deserves more dramatic treatment than that which this book offers. This modern-day martyr to communism offers real-life situations which do not happen often and hence should be pointed up for the inspiration of others. In the hands of a craftsman of the word the result would be first rate adventure story. What we have here is an adequate and extended feature story. The facts are recounted but too much is included. The author does inject human interest events into his narrative but in much the way of the reporter rather than the biographer who uses such incidents to illustrate a development in character. The book will serve a purpose, however, in making it possible for a future biographer to concentrate on the writing to vitalize the drama in this story of a willing prisoner of the Chinese Reds whose courage, devotion to duty, and loyalty to the people he was serving will prove for all the inspiration they are in reality.