MEANWHILE BACK AT THE FRONT by Gene L. Coon

MEANWHILE BACK AT THE FRONT

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Another look at the Korean War, via a pleasantly broad comedy salted down with soldier lingo and seasoned with dashes of genuine pity for the state of war. The plot generally sets the national enemy at the other side of the lines- off limits- and concentrates on the mities within. Marine chauvinism sets Colonel Moon on the tail of the PIO outfit of press-release-writing civilians under one, Captain Hedges. He doggedly perseveres in smelling out a portable whorehouse that is servicing front linetroops, as the means for his vengeance: it is one of Hedges' men who has engineered same -- the fellow is named and lives the life of Riley until he is ambushed. The effect of the fair sex on the war effort is explosive, as evidenced by various representative encounters with the ""girls"", with a USO grind queen, and the woman reporter who makes the most of her front line opportunities. Mixed in with this sortie are staunch men and true, one of whom turns Senator and saves the day for Hiley et al. One for the gents.

Publisher: Crown