Since the Iliad and the Odeyssey, and even before that, in the drawings in caves readers have been fascinated by stories of wars. William Shakespeare understood that when he wrote his Henry plays and, indeed, many of his dramas are encapsuled in various stages of war. Howeveer, Shakespeare gave his plays characters that were in conflict withe others and themselves to create his dramas.
Paul G. Petredis, in Escape From North Korea, a non-fiction account othe THE FORGOTTEN WAR, inserts himself as the character in conflict. In this first person narrative he decribes his terror in the first contacts with the enemy,then relates his fears in long, scary nights in fox-holes, bloody battles as the North Koreans invade the troops again and again, and in horrific heat and cold as fall turns into winter. Gradually we see this eighteen year old, "Pete" as he is called, transform into a courageous young man capable of extricating himself from a country the public now sees as a fromidable, repressive society.
The narrative is profoundly engaging capturing the reader at every trist and turn of this remarkable adventure. Mr. Petredis displays keen powers of observation combined wth a flawless memory.
I do recommend this book. Mary Turner, Silverdale, Washington