Book Reviews

"Ted Pailet’s memoir of his experience in Korea is clear and concise. He tells us about an interesting aspect of war that has rarely been seen in movies and television – the Graves Registration Department, and the importance and honor of the work that they do. It’s filled with new information and insights, and it’s incredibly touching. The author is clearly so moved by his experience with this kind of work, so satisfied with the comfort that they help provide to families of missing GIs, and there’s a clear character arc from the beginning to the end, where he changes from being horrified and disgusted at his assignment to seeing the honor and dignity in it."

"There are also a lot of well-fleshed-out supporting characters, from the little Korean boy, Kim, that Ted loves like a son, to all of the men in his platoon. They each have their own individual voices and backgrounds, and they come together to make a great team. It’s reminiscent of HBO’s miniseries Band of Brothers – there’s plenty of material to develop a miniseries in here, and there are lots of little anecdotes that I can see playing very well on the small screen. The book is rich in historical detail and personal stories."

Ted’s admiration of the Korean people and the way his eyes are opened up to a world outside of the deep South during his tour of duty are interesting and would make him a compelling main character.