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April 10, 2016


Marnie Mellblom


(from Amazon)
The Reluctant Soldier spotlights the "forgotten war" - Korea, in hundreds of letters written by Neil Mellblom, an Army combat reporter with the Pacific Stars & Stripes and the Third Division's Public Information Office, the United Nations sanctioned police action comes to life. Neil received the Bronze Starr for "aggressive reporting" which made the division one of the best known of the Korean war. It may be the definitive book on a soldier's life in wartime. Funny, yet deeply moving, it records Neil's growth from a cocky Montanan to a seasoned adult.

  • Paperback: 290 pages
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press (December 8, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 147875740X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1478757405

 Marnie Mellblom was born in Tientsin, China, and grew up on Army posts in the United States, the Territory of Hawaii and Trinidad, BWI. As a pre-World War II Army brat, she and her sister Jackie had many adventures from climbing Diamond Head to teaching a new recruit how to drill his platoon.  She also includes stories of her father's experiences in the war and her responses to Neil's letters. She currently lives in Coconut Creek, Florida, with her yellow tiger-strip tomcat, Fred.
If you are intrigued by historical books that this one will interest you.A soldier, Neil Mellbolm, is a combat reporter for the Pacific Stars and Stripes. A collection of over one  hundred letters written by Neil Mellbolm of the wartime experience. This is a non-fiction book mainly about his letters to his  Marnie. Will romance bloom during this time of fear.? War at some time or another, is inevitable.  There will always be a group of people who can't or won't get along with another group. The war in this book, World War II, has forever remained in the hearts and minds of those left behind.  Whether you were part of the war, part of a family in the war or born later, World War II will never be forgotten.  War brings fear, and that fear is from, what is going to happen to me, to us?  War is a loss on all sides, loved ones are lost and souls are scarred for life.  Neil received the Bronze Star for "aggressive reporting". He wrote of a soldier's life, the funny, the sad and the transformation of a  cocky Montanan into a mature adult. Any man or woman who goes into the military field, whether it be war or not, should be treated with respect. Some lay down their lives for those at home, those who are friends, family and those who are unknown. The book is well written and has a pace that keeps your attention and yet, doesn't bore you. Grab a copy of  THE RELUCTANT SOLDIER and journey through the world, seeing it through the eyes of Neil. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author, Marnie Mellbolm in exchange for my unbiased view.  No other compensation took place.

I would give this book 4 STARS.


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