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Saturday, May 13, 2017

Book Review #22: PUBLIC INFORMATION: COMING OF AGE DURING THE KOREAN WAR by ROLF MARGENAU


TITLE: PUBLIC INFORMATION: COMING OF AGE DURING THE KOREAN WAR
Author: ROLF MARGENAU
Publisher: FROGWORKS PUBLISHING; 2 EDITION
Publication Date: 18 DECEMBER 2016
Genres: HISTORICAL FICTION/ MILITARY
Available at AMAZON and BARNES AND NOBLE

The Adventures of an Infantryman/U.S. Army Combat Correspondent

            Twenty-year-old Wylie Cypher from Hope’s Crossing, New Jersey is a natural-born champion if you followed his life all the way from his childhood to the person he is by the end of this book.  He was a gifted and virtuous guy who kept it at first base with his girlfriend Judy during the early days of their courtship.  Of course there was touching and feeling but no contact between their privates.  It made this book remain true to the stereotypes of the time period it’s set in (though this book had just been released most recently).  From the beginning, Wylie goes off to college but discovered he has no sense of direction while there.  This led to his father planting the “military” idea into his brain to help give direction to his life to which he agreed to.  Wylie went through the basics: training, orientation, and foreign language education in order to grant him “valuable future benefits as well as a good stead and insulation from combat.”  The rest of the novel involves his time in South Korea, where he and his good friend Scott McIlvane battle the enemy alongside each other and mainly with Wylie and his special position as U.S. Army Combat Correspondent, a position that he earned because of his skills in the world of journalism and typing.

            If there was a military novel that was a page-turner, this would be it for me.  It’s got the elements of a comedy with action and romance.  I had initially felt that it would be hard to get through as there will probably be references to graphic violence since it was a military read but no it was a breeze to get through.  The way the author wrote it brings to mind a cross between the French novel Candide with that of the comedic 1970’s film, MASH.  Wylie goes and reports the goings-on of his military life and befriends a group of interesting people throughout the novel.  Public Information will make you laugh, cry, sigh, and open your eyes to the realities of war torn Korea post-World War II. 

            I advise you if you are not into military-themed novels to give this one a chance.  It is one that softens the military experience for you.  Don’t let its serious front cover scare you away because it did that for me at first but when I was into the fourth chapter, I was no silly-willy but was anxious to find out what happens next and so forth.  Take it from me, you will be entertained by this book.  If not, then I don’t know what is wrong with you.  Haha.

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