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His tour is over, but the war rages on for Dickie, one of the forever-haunted veterans who gave up his soul during the Forgotten War. Here is a glimpse of his story, of the battleground he can never leave. Only death can conclude his final objective: closure, and peace. Join him on his road, the Korean Road, as he battles horrors he carries and those that he meets along the way.

"Korean Road nailed the hell so many of us live with. It left me craving more - more of this tragic story, and more from this capable, engaging storyteller. I'm looking forward to seeing what this new author brings us next." - Heath Stallcup, creator of the Monster Squad series

©2017 Brian Scutt (P)2018 Brian Scutt

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  • TU
  • 04-13-18

Brutal but well written PTSD story

I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

This was a well written and narrated story of the impacts PTSD can wreak on a person and those around them when not treated. As a veteran myself, this was a hard listen. More out of empathy, and it hitting closer to home than is comfortable, than anything else. Not all people with PTSD experience things as Dickie does in this story, but there ARE many soldiers that lose it like this and do horrible things. Many more commit suicide... Anyway, I'll get off my soap box and back to my actual review. If you want to see inside the mind of an extreme case of PTSD, you should check this out.

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Fictionalized war PTSD experience...

I can't even image what some of these soldiers went through and how PTSD affected them, but Korean Road by Brian Scutt did a good job of giving me an idea. The novella spans three time periods during Dickey's life-During the war, right after the war and finally, when Dickie's kids are older. This novella is based around Dickie's experience and his own PTSD and the widespread effects that it can have on a person and in truth, others around them, hence the various time periods. It gets pretty intense at time and I just really can't imagine what it's like for anyone to go through that. If you're interested in a fictionalized war PTSD short story, then I would definitely recommend Korean Road.

S.W. Salzman did a great job with the narration. The variations between characters and his regular narrator voice really added to the listening experience. This is my first time listening to one of her narrations, but I'll definitely be looking for more of his performances. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher for an honest review.

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Awe-inspiring...

Wow. I don't often say this of indie books, mainly because so many are poorly done, but this was an absolute gem of a novella! I was blown away by where the story took me. I went into it thinking it would just be about a poor guy suffering PTSD and this young man getting a story out of him and some melodrama. I was expecting to enjoy it on that level as well. But this turned into a fast-paced bloodbath, and my jaw was hanging open at the end.

I won't go into the details for fear of spoilers, but also because I hope you'll come away from this review and RUN to purchase a copy of this book. It's very short as well, but you don't walk away feeling you missed out on anything or that the story was underdeveloped. Again, I was blown away. You NEED to read this book. You NEED to listen to the audio version. It's that good.

SW Salzman did the narration in the audiobook, and he knocked it out of the park. I've listened to a few of his narrations, and he always does a good job, but this was his best performance thus far, IMHO.

Get this book. You'll find a dark treasure within.

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Korean Road

A haunting fictional memoir about the effects of PTSD. Very well written and narrated!

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  • Henely Brook, Australia
  • 03-20-18

Brutal story of PTSD and it's effects

Brian Scutt's Korean Road tells the story of 'Dickie' a Korean veteran who never really left the war and brought it home to his family, to painful and horrific effect.

The story mixes three time periods - the Korean War, the initial years after the war, and decades later once Dickie's kids are grown - to tell a harsh, compelling story of PTSD and the impact on families. How there can be generational damage done. The story is, at times, brutal and saddening, but also insightful.

S. W. Salzman does good work with the narration. He is well paced, clear and he provides voices and accents for all the characters. A solid performance.

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Everyone should have this book in their library

What an incredible book. This is my first introduction to Mr. Brian Scutt's work and I am very impressed. What a heartbreaking story. I didn't know who to feel sorry for the most. The tragedy of PTSD is real for so many veterans and Mr. Scutt's Korean Road brings the true
brutality of PTSD to the forefront. The toll it takes on an entire family and those around them is tragic. I listened to Korean Road 4 times already and will listen many more times. This is a book that needs to be read, this is a book that needs to be heard, this is a book that needs to live in our minds well after we have listened to the last chapter. I would love to see a sequel to Korean Road. And it goes without saying, but I'll say it anyway, S. W. Salzman gives another 5 star performance and brings a heartbreaking voice to an already powerful book. To say I loved this book is an understatement.

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  • Jason
  • Sacramento, CA
  • 04-20-18

A moving and tragic reality!!!

Korean Road was very well done. It was paced nicely and thoroughly enjoyable. The tragic figure at the center of the story was very well developed. The struggles he went through with PTSD are very realistic. The author has obviously done quite a bit of research. The terror that someone who has seen war goes through is very real to them and they often will retreat into themselves. This is clearly on display here. Bravo, well written tale.

The narration was deftly handled by S. W. Salzman. He was able to convey the sadness and instability of the character as he went through his final journey.

I requested a free preview copy of this audiobook and I am leaving a voluntary and honest review.

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Wonderful

Alan just needs to hear a war story from a Veteran for his boy scout badge. Dickie, a dying Korean war Veteran, has a part of him still in Korea with his friend and sons namesake, Ronald. Poor Alan never knew what he was in for when he picked Dickie out of all of those Veterans.

There is not a whole lot left I can say without giving a bunch away, so I won't, you will have to find out for yourself. But I can tell you there is a bunch of action, there is suspense, and maybe some blood involved as well. This is a wonderfully spun tale Brian Scott has written for us and narrated so gracefully by S W Salzman, who kept the reverent parts just that and the exciting part revved up it, was a joy to listen too, Salzman is truly a master at his craft.

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Korean Road

The setup too long. Interesting flashbacks. I liked the narrator. Didn't see the twist coming at the end. I received this audiobook for free through Audiobook Boom for my unbiased review.

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