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.
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.
Sci-Fi, Fantasy, historical fiction, mystery, thrillers with sarcasm are my favorites.
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.
Yes. I'm a big fan of W.E.B. Griffin.
When Pick found the Army.
Yes. Great character development and story line strung through all 10 books
Yes. Kept me involved with the characters and constantly searching on the internet to confirm the historical incidents mentioned that I had not been familiar with from other reading.
I have listened to him in the past and think he does a great job.
I wish this series had been made into a TV mini-series. It could be great.
The Corps Series is great fiction written within the parameters of actual events. I loved the characters, the review of both WWI and the Korean War and am sad to finish the series. I highly recommend it.
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.
Yes as it wraps up the series
Transition from book 9 to 10
Very absorbing and gripping until the end
I gave it only a three since the ending seemed rushed and a little abrupt,
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.
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.
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.
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.
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