Oct 29, 11
Read from October 19 to 26, 2011
This is one of my all time favorite novels. It is a realistic depiction of military life at Schofield Barracks in Hawaii just before the beginning of World War Two. I cared about and could relate to all of the main characters in the story. Sergeant Warden is the epitome of the professional soldier, but he begins to question his judgment when he falls in love with the beautiful Karen Holmes, wife of his commanding officer. However, the story revolves around Robert E. Lee Prewitt, an enlisted man who loves the Army, but is being pressured by his peers to join the Company boxing team. And his girlfriend Lorene who loves him, but knows the romance will never go anywhere because she has her own dreams. And then there is Maggio, who hates the Army and its regimentation that will eventually lead to his downfall at the hands of the sadistic Sergeant Judson.
Romance, conflict and suspense set in an exotic location. It doesn't get any better than this.