Putnam, July 2002, 24.95, 384 pp.
He is now a salesman in his wife's jewelry store located in the red light district of Song-lan, South Korea, but once he was career military at the Osan Air Base. His three star general destroyed his chances for promotion from Major to Colonel because Burton Webber married a Korean woman. Instead Burt, a career military man, immediately resigned.
Now the very man who forced him out of the military wants to hire him as a civilian to serve as liaison with the Republic of Korea provincial detectives in the investigation of the death of a Korean bar girl. There is circumstantial evidence that an American stationed at Osan committed the crime and if that turns out to be true, it could turn out to be a political disaster. Burt and his Korean counterpart want to see justice done but the FBI, the CIA, the military and the Korean mob at every turn stifle them.
THE COMMANDER is an excellent military thriller starring a truly heroic protagonist who is honorable, trustworthy and loyal to his principles. Burt's willingness to give up his career for the woman he loves rings true and the scenes with his wife are beautiful to behold though this reviewer thought EO would ruin the officer destroying the hero's career. Patrick A. Davis' insight into the culture of Korea is very believable enabling Americans to see themselves as another country views them. Reader's who like a novel set in an exotic locale are going to love this book.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner