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Hardcharging army lieutenant Bickham Deth's only desire is to lead soldiers in combat. In the bloody winter of 2006, he expects to finally earn his baptism by fire on the streets of Kabul or Baghdad.

Instead, he finds himself trapped in Oklahoma on funeral detail.

Deth is honored to pay tribute to the veterans of Vietnam and World War II, but his patience is pushed to the breaking point by incompetent morticians, squabbling family members, and a mishap with the color of his socks that threatens to derail his entire military career.

As the "needs of the army" turn a three-day task into a never-ending odyssey, Deth finds solace from his grim work in the gallows humor of his partner, Sergeant Bela Packs. In his 15 years of service Packs has seen it all, and his war stories are a welcome distraction from the painful task of burying the dead.

As the honors team weaves its way through the American heartland, seeing both the sublime and ugly sides of small town life, Packs unravels the spellbinding tale of the worst Soldier who ever lived...

©2021 Stephen Kozeniewski (P)2022 Stephen Kozeniewski

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Fantastic Story!

From the cover and title, I figured this was going to be a war story, which isn't usually my Jam. What I ended up getting was a great story with clever dialog and well built characters. It really speaks on Kozeniewski's writing that he can write a story like this where there's not a ton of action, but can keep you hooked just for the characters and dialog.

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