A war story of jungle fighting in the Philippines in World War II and the exploits and experiences of a young Army lieutenent is bound to raise the question of the suitability of this type of war fiction for young people. The blind hatred of the Japanese is resurrected here- (racial tensions are dangerous in juvenile fiction) - and the character of the hero is necessarily purified of Army gripes and profanity toward a Merriwell ideal. But Pashko has done a good job in recreating the horror and agony of war. Lieutenent Ross Duncan fights with his American and Filipino buddies through the terrible last days on Bataan against tremendous odds -- snipers, nest of machine guns and under constant fire. After ingenious and successful raids, he is wounded, finally captured and tortured by a former Japanese prisoner, and manages to escape.