Jeffrey Miller, USAF, is ”Originally from LaSalle, Illinois, he has been
living and working in Asia since 1989. After serving in the United States Air Force from 1976-1980, attended Southern Illinois
University, Illinois Valley Community College, Eureka College and Western Illinois University.
Jeffrey Miller is currently teaching at Woosong University in Daejeon, South Korea,
he has also been a feature writer for the Korea Times (2000-2006); it was during this time that his interest in the Korean
War led to his coverage of many Korean War Commemorative events in Korea. Eventually this would become the inspiration for
his first novel, War Remains.”
According to the book description of War Remains, “Robert
"Bobby" Washkowiak battles his way through the bitter first winter of the Korean War, longing for home, his wife,
and newborn son. Fifty years later, his son and grandson come across his wartime letters and together, they try to find out
what really happened to him on one of the battlefields of that "forgotten war.”
On reader of War Remains said, “Jeffrey Miller
has penned a gripping story of the Korean War through the eyes and hearts of a soldier, his comrades in arms, and the family
he left behind. Vivid and wrenching battle scenes provide counterpoint for the present-day search of a soldier's grandson
for the grandfather he and his father never knew. With elegant and skillful prose, Miller brings home to the reader the chaos
and terror of battle, the ache of loss, and the bittersweet cup of remembrance. This novel will give those three letters "MIA"
new and deeper meaning to all who read it. In the end, "War Remains" is a deeply satisfying affirmation of the gratitude
and regard due those who sacrificed so much in a war forgotten by too many.”
John Podlaski the Author of Cherries - A Vietnam War Novel said of War
Remains, “Jeffrey Miller penned a fantastic novel about a loving family's quest to learn more about Robert
"Bobby" Washkowiak, who was listed as MIA during the Korean Conflict. The story first introduces us to Bobby and
his closest friends from advanced military training, Harold and Walter, who have all arrived together in Korea during the
fall of 1950. The U.N. troops had the North Koreans on the run and retreating to the North. Victory was eminent and it was
rumored that the American troops would be home for Christmas.
We are then introduced to Bobby's wife, Mary and their young son, Ronnie via the
many letters written home from the war. Bobby was deeply in love with this woman and wanted her not to worry about him while
he was fighting this war. It would soon be over, he'd write, and they would all be together again. In fact, he promised to
return home. Then the Chinese enter the war and it is the U.N. troops that are retreating. Human waves of Chinese soldiers
attack and penetrate defensive perimeters, forcing the American soldiers and those of other nations to hastily retreat south
in an attempt to survive the onslaught. Only to be led through a gauntlet of enemy soldiers where many soldiers did not make
it through to safety.
Several decades later, we find that Ronnie had survived his own war in Vietnam
and later married and had a son of his own, Michael. Both men come upon a footlocker that had been stashed in the attic and
long forgotten in Mary's former home. Inside, they find a treasure trove of letters, pictures and other memorabilia that had
been sent home from Bobby to his wife while fighting in the forgotten war. Their mother and grandmother had saved everything!
Michael takes it upon himself to study the Korean conflict and battles, reading and re-reading his grandfather's letters in
an attempt to trace his route through time. He was surprised to find so many similarities between his grandfather's letters
home and the stories of others. He was finding that he could soon predict what the next letter might say.
Jeff does an excellent job taking the reader though a time machine, back and forth
between current day and then moving back to spend some time with Bobby and his close friends in 1950 and 1951. The author
also had a knack for knowing when to switch gears and move to a different time. In fact, it was something like this that caused
me to stay up much later than I should have so I can go back in time and find out what happened next. Great job Jeffrey! War
Remains is a highly recommended read; it's not only a war novel, but a story of love, hope and honor. Bobby made a promise
to return home to his wife and family. Does he live up to it? Read the book and find out.”