'A Year in the Sun' Reveals Wartime Romance
War has constantly plagued Korea since the Second World War. The first instance was when the Japanese invaded Korea and colonized it for most of the war. Then a few years later, the Korean War erupted and thousands of Korean civilians were caught in the crossfire between the South and North Korean factions. Even today North and South Korea are still hostile nations since they have not signed a peace treaty. Tensions between the two countries constantly arise, centering around the DMZ (demilitarized zone) that borders them. A nuclear war, for many military analysts, is most likely to start in the Korean peninsula. Author Brian D. Pardo's "A Year In The Sun" is a story about the Korean conflict and the many lives it has affected.
Set in the late 1960's, it revolves around the life of a young American soldier named Hawk Youngblood. Fresh out of boot camp and ready and willing to prove himself as a soldier, he is assigned to an army base in South Korea, a few miles away from the DMZ. He becomes accustomed to the daily life of a soldier and soon falls in love with a young beautiful Korean girl named Bonnie who lives in a village nearby. Being a skilled and intelligent young man, he is soon promoted rapidly in the ranks. All in all, life is good for Hawk. That is, until hostilities break out between the two Korean factions and Hawk is assigned to be a sniper, an extremely dangerous job. He is forced to leave Bonnie, who is pregnant with his child, to face the cold, harsh realities of war. He experiences the brutality of war, the loss of many brave comrades, but things are worst for him when he thinks about Bonnie and their unborn child. Hawk is caught between two hard choices: that of being a real husband or a dutiful soldier.