|Plot Summary of Stay Safe, Buddy|
Promised that he won't have to fight in combat, instead of being drafted for 2-years, 19-year old John Lefter enlists for a 3-year hitch in the Army Security Agency and ends up in the Korean War.
At first, Lefter has a “candy ass” assignment 30 miles behind the fighting area. He spends a lot of time drinking beer, laughing and partying. Then he is forced to face his own mortality after being assigned bunker duty in the fighting area.
He breaks down after his foul mouth buddy is hit with burp gun fire while saving Lefter's life. In a hospital psychiatry ward, his recovery is aided dramatically by an innovative doctor and the only man he has ever hated.
Back on the front line and atop the bunker celebrating just after the cease-fire, Lefter is again confronted with a shocking incident that takes him over fifty years to find closure.
This synopsis report prepared by John C. Cheek
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|Chapter Analysis of Stay Safe, Buddy|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
descript. of violence and chases - 10%
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 10%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 60%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 20%
Tone of story
Time/era of story:
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
- infantry soldier
- Mid-Atlantic states
- climbing on trails
- Dirty, dangerous (like New York)
- fort/military installation
Accounts of torture and death?
- very gorey references to deaths/dead bodies and torture
Amount of dialog
- significantly more dialog than descript
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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