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Reviewed by Ruffina Oserio for Readers' Favorite
The Militarized Zone: What Did You Do in the Army, Grandpa? by Wayne E. Johnson is a humorously written story that explores one man’s journey in the military and the lessons he learned from the experience. Enlisting in 1969, Jensen, a twenty-three-year old graduate, business owner, and music aficionado decides to turn the experience into a great one. But he will meet with odds far greater than what he imagined. Watch as he goes through untold ordeals at the Eighth Army Headquarters in Seoul, Korea, experiences loss and love, and gets insights that will alter the way he sees life and reality and the way he lives.
The Militarized Zone: What Did You Do in the Army, Grandpa? is an enjoyable read. I enjoyed the first person narrative voice. It is unique and jovial, and it immediately connects the reader to the protagonist. The writing is good and it features great dialogue. One of the things I enjoyed about the dialogue is that it captures the military language and jargon succinctly without distracting the reader. The dialogue is entertaining as it enhances the plot and deepens the characters. Wayne E. Johnson has a peculiar gift for humor and one doesn’t need to read much into the story to discover this. The book is packed with intense, powerful, and dramatic scenes and moments that will have the reader smiling or laughing out loud as they read. But one of the important elements of this book is the lessons that readers will learn as they journey with the protagonist. It was an awesome ride.