Major George Eyster V comes from a family of military officers dating back to the Revolutionary War. His tour of duty in Iraq, however, left him disillusioned and questioning. Then he accepted a posting to J-PAC, an elite division whose mission is to fulfill the most solemn promise of the military code: bring all fallen soldiers home to the country for which they gave their lives.
In 1944 Captain Ryan McCown, a dashing young Marine aviator assigned to the USS Nassau, was shot down over the jungles of Papua, New Guinea. McCown's diaries and letters home provide a powerful portrait of the fears and sacrifices of a very different war - and the pathos of the ultimate cost of duty.
Eyster's mission with J-PAC eventually took him and his team deep into the sweltering interior of New Guinea to at last deliver this fallen veteran to his loved ones - while perhaps also recovering something lost in himself.
"A spellbinding, inspirational tale of two impressive military officers: one, a pilot who was shot down in the jungles of New Guinea in WWII, the other, an Army captain and Iraq War veteran who helps find the pilot's remains and, in so doing, discovers something in himself." (General David Petraeus, US Army (Ret.))
"A great read, linking two wars, and young men two generations apart. The tragedies of war, promise unfulfilled, and lives thrown off course have seldom been so sensitively portrayed and skillfully examined. One of the best of the Iraq War vintage books" (General Wesley K. Clark, US Army (Ret.) and author of A Time to Lead: For Duty, Honor and Country)
"An epic drama. . . . This is poignant, exhilarating storytelling." (Doug Stanton, author of In Harm's Way and Horse Soldiers)
"Destined to be a classic." (Pat Conroy, author of The Great Santini and Prince of Tides)
"An amazing story of faith and redemption across the generations. . . It puts real meaning behind . . . leave no man behind' (Col. (Ret.) Peter Mansoor, PhD, General Raymond E. Mason, Jr. Chair of Military History, Ohio State University)
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