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
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