My expectations for a book about Maine veterans by a high school kid were low. Very low.
Sure, Morgan Reilly has “a passion for history and stories.” And certainly, Maine’s living World War II veterans have many compelling stories to tell. I didn’t doubt that.
But I did doubt Rielly’s interviewing and writing skills. And boy, was I wrong. Very wrong.
This is one terrific book. This high school senior is an extraordinary young man, with a real sense for a good story. His interest in history was sparked when he was just five years old and spotted his neighbor, John Malick, a World War II Veteran, walking down his street. Malick was missing an arm, and Rielly’s father explained that the arm had been lost in a World War II fight on the island of Guam. The precocious five-year-old then asked his Dad, “What was World War II?”