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Retreat, Hell!: Book Ten in The Corps Series | [W. E. B. Griffin]

Retreat, Hell!: Book Ten in The Corps Series

It is the fall of 1950. The Marines have made a pivotal breakthrough at Inchon, but a roller coaster awaits them. The bit in his teeth, Douglas MacArthur is intent on surging across the 38th parallel toward the Yalu River, where he is certain no Chinese are waiting for him, while Major Ken McCoy, operating undercover, hears a different story entirely, and is just as intent on nailing down the truth before it is too late.
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It is the fall of 1950. The Marines have made a pivotal breakthrough at Inchon, but a roller coaster awaits them. The bit in his teeth, Douglas MacArthur is intent on surging across the 38th parallel toward the Yalu River, where he is certain no Chinese are waiting for him, while Major Ken McCoy, operating undercover, hears a different story entirely, and is just as intent on nailing down the truth before it is too late. Meanwhile, Brigadier General Fleming Pickering, shuttling between two continents, works desperately to mediate the escalating battle between MacArthur and President Harry Truman, while trying to keep his mind from the cold fact that somewhere out there, his own daredevil pilot son, Pick, is lost behind enemy lines - and may be lost forever.

Before Retreat, Hell! is finished, all their fates will be determined - and for some of them, it will be a bitter pill indeed.

©2004 W.E.B. Griffin (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Tom 09-25-12
    Tom 09-25-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Griffin makes war history fun"

    Retreat includes characters introduced in 2 previous Marine corp books by griffin. We experience the start of the Korean war, with all the intrigue and politics of the day served up with humor, sex and Marine dialog that keeps you listening. I could listen to Dick Hill read the phone Book. He is terrific.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Terri Broomfield, CO, United States 07-13-13
    Terri Broomfield, CO, United States 07-13-13 Member Since 2015

    Sci-Fi, Fantasy, historical fiction, mystery, thrillers with sarcasm are my favorites.

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    "Kudos!"

    The Corps Series is superb! I didn’t want to put it down (figuratively, actually I didn’t want to remove the earphones). The next book in the Corps series was being purchased before the one prior ended and I even had to go to the library & actually read the 2 books that were missing from audible (I got absolutely nothing done for 4 days while I was consumed in the pages).

    This series inserts several fictional characters in the middle of historical events & people. My dad & his brother participated in the Pacific during WWII and it was fun to hear some of the quotes & sayings/proverbs dad has made throughout the years in this series along with the background as to why that saying or quote originated.

    I really wanted to strangle MacArthur’s Bataan at several points in the book for withholding information from MacArthur. President Truman really had his hands full but at least knew enough to find knowledgeable people to tell it like it really was and not what they thought he wanted to hear.

    I thoroughly enjoyed the character of Ken McCoy who while only being a Major had those of higher rank following his directions in short order. A sign that gave me hope that the idiots of this world will not rule in the end.

    This had the feel of the last book in the series and if so, WOW what an end to the tale.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mike Las Vegas, NV, United States 02-25-13
    Mike Las Vegas, NV, United States 02-25-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Good story."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. I'm a big fan of W.E.B. Griffin.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Retreat, Hell!?

    When Pick found the Army.


    What does Dick Hill bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Not much.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Ooh ra.


    Any additional comments?

    None.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    William Ogden, UT, United States 09-24-12
    William Ogden, UT, United States 09-24-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Well-wrought Finale"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It continued the saga of the main proponents of the series, bringing their stories to a satisfying conclusion.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed the continued development of the characters.


    What about Dick Hill’s performance did you like?

    His pace was excellent and his intonations and voices added to the story and listening pleasure.


    Who was the most memorable character of Retreat, Hell! and why?

    McCoy and Pick were the most memorable characters, as I believe was the author's intention.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    KansaKilla MSP, USA 07-18-15
    KansaKilla MSP, USA 07-18-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Good book at beginning and end but middle lacks"

    I am a fan of the corps series. Maybe it's because I have listened to so many of them on such a short time but I can definitely tell the differences between them in terms of flow and flavor of the story. I would like to hear more in the series. The end is good but it kind of abruptly stops. Would like to know what happens to the characters. Recommended.

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    Michael 07-04-15
    Michael 07-04-15 Member Since 2013
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    "The Final Line"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes as it wraps up the series


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Transition from book 9 to 10


    What does Dick Hill bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Characterization!


    Was Retreat, Hell! worth the listening time?

    Very absorbing and gripping until the end


    Any additional comments?

    I gave it only a three since the ending seemed rushed and a little abrupt,

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    William 04-02-15
    William 04-02-15
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    "A great series."

    I like that you have the same reader for all ten of the books in the series. Helps to keep the continuity.

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    Wilburt 03-31-15
    Wilburt 03-31-15 Member Since 2015
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    "great series"
    Would you listen to Retreat, Hell! again? Why?

    I would and will listen to this again and again. this is a great book within a great series. The ending is not up to Griffins normal standards but it is a great book anyway.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    this plot was assume from the first chapter of the first book until the end which had me ordering each book as soon as one was completed. The twist and turns are never ending.


    Which character – as performed by Dick Hill – was your favorite?

    Ken "Killer" McKoy.. He was an enlisted man that learned his craft from the start and though he was always looked down upon by the regular Marine establishment he always found a way to get the job done. This never say die mentality kept those within his working circle and a select few on the perimeter calling his name when the chips were down and a hard job needed to be done.


    If you could take any character from Retreat, Hell! out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    MGNY Zimmerman because though he is a man of few words he is robin to Killer in this adventure and without him some of Mckoys feats of daring may not have turned out good. Everyone needs a good number 2 and they do not get the recognition that they should.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lawrence A. Shedwick Jr. 03-24-15
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    "Sorry to see it end."

    Wish The Corps series could have continued. It is a wonderful piece of historical fiction that could very well continued through today.

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    Elizabeth French 02-01-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Fantastic"

    This series was captivating I could not stop listening to it. The history and the fiction blended together in a very interesting and heartfelt story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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