Author – Rolf Margenau
Genre – War, Coming of Age
407 Amazon Pages
Rating 4 stars out of 5 Posted 4/12/17
18 - 2017
The primary character in Public Information is Wylie Cypher.
There are many supporting characters who drift in and out of the story but have little lasting impact on his future. They are just friends and acquaintances of Wylie to carry the story. He is who and what the plot is about.
This is truly a coming of age story. When Wylie nearly flunks out of college, he and his father devise a plan for him to take time off from studies and earn money for future enrollment. His aim is to join the Army with the condition he will be sent to classes to learn the Russian language. They figure he will be sent to California or Europe and miss the ‘Police Action’ being conducted in Korea.
While in boot camp, Wylie discovers he has a rare talent for marksmanship with any of the weapon available to the Infantry. He is soon recognized as an expert marksman and sharpshooter. This is a cherished ability to the boot camp instructors and officers who want Wylie in the infantry ranks where his shooting proficiency can be put to good use. So Wylie eventually ends up on a troop ship headed for Korea.
Before he gets to his assigned infantry unit he is plucked from that assignment and sent to the 53rd Division Headquarters to be a reporter. There the story of Wylie’s coming of age really begins.
In his new role, Wylie has ample time to write to his girlfriend back home and confirm his undying love for her. There is no way for him to know how much his situation will change from week to week or how events will affect him and cause him to grow, develop and mature.
The cast of characters he encounters in the Army are a bizarre bunch who fall into trouble as routinely as waking up. Anyone who has been in any branch of the military will relate to the characters and situations depicted in Public Information.
I enjoyed it and recommend Public Information.
The editing is very good but not perfect. Sentence structure is good. Character development is good for the important supporting characters.
The plot is fresh and extensive research is evident.
This review was provided in exchange for a free book.
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