The Reprieve by Phil Emmert is a straightforward story told in five chapters of one man’s life experience from child to mature adult at the point where he married and the couple had their first child. Chapter One covered Tommy Neal’s young life on a farm in Indiana. The oldest son in a family of eight, his Christian faith was a large part of his life. Chapter One ends as Tommy prepared to go on a mission with his unit, the Marine Raiders in the Pacific Theater of Operations. Almost every male member of his high school class had volunteered for military service after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Even the town’s minister had enlisted.