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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Mercy's Heroes: The Fight for Human Dignity in the Bangkok Slums is a work of non-fiction in the cultural, social, and volunteer work subgenres. It is best suited to the general adult reading audience and was penned by author Tom Crowley, a Vietnam veteran seeking a meaningful purpose in a broken world. When Tom turns his attention to Bangkok and the street children there who survive in dangerous slums, his volunteer work reveals the shocking conditions and abuses that these children endure on a daily basis. As Tom reconciles his own combat traumas, his work to help others seeks to heal parts of himself as well as make a meaningful impact on young lives in need.
This is the kind of book that really makes you stop and think about your own luck and privileges in life. Author Tom Crowley does a fantastic job of bringing everyone into his world without pointing heavy fingers of blame or alienating anyone from what they too could do to help the plight of others. One of the features that I found so profoundly moving in this work was Tom’s honesty, both about his own feelings of guilt and his PTSD journey, and his initial reactions to the slum children themselves. As he grows and learns, we as readers have our eyes opened to a very important cause and a wider lesson on human compassion that is impossible to forget. Overall, Mercy's Heroes comes highly recommended for non-fiction readers looking to increase their knowledge about humanitarian causes and crises in the wider world.