3 out of 4 stars
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Hilltop Doc Second Edition by Leonard Adreon is the author’s memoir about his experiences in the Korean War during the early 1950s. The writer describes his memories as a corpsman for the US Marines during battles in the hills of Korea. He mentions the gruesomeness and despair of war, highlighting that it took more than sixty years before he finally manages to open up about his experiences in the Korean War. He uses casual, simple, and direct language to effectively share his story.
The writer begins his memoir by sharing some of the poems he wrote about the Korean War. He later writes that his job in the war was that of a corpsman. In other words, he was a doctor that treated injured soldiers on the ground during the battles. He discusses his training as a Navy corpsman during 1944 when he was drafted in the Navy. After being on the Reserves for some years, he was recruited again as a replacement corpsman when the US went to war in Korea during 1951. He describes some gruesome scenes, such as one of his colleagues using a pen to open up an injured soldier’s air passage.
This memoir was very original and realistic, so I really enjoyed it. To begin with, I liked the memoir’s structure, as the author managed to depict the events of the war in a clear and concise manner. I also appreciated the writer’s poems, as they were creative, authentic, and unique, painting a vivid picture of the horrific events of the war. In addition, the writer described the events of the war in accurate detail, utilizing dialogue and various narrative techniques to engage the reader and create tension in the text. What I liked most about this book was that it included some pictures from the author’s life, which added interest and liveliness to the memoir.
What I disliked most about this book was that it had a number of errors, which reduced the memoir’s quality and degraded the author’s professionalism.
This book is best suited for older male readers who served in the US military. Men will enjoy this book more, as the memoir is written from a male perspective and the events in the story are mainly about men. Older readers, especially veterans, will also relate to the author’s point of view. Readers of all religions can appreciate this book.
To conclude, this book deserves a rating of 3 out of 4 stars. The errors in the memoir forced me to remove a star from this book. However, I gladly give it the next highest rating, as it is engaging, vivid, and authentic.
Hilltop Doc Second Edition
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