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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 San Francisco, CA, United States 09-25-12
    Tom San Francisco, CA, United States 09-25-12 Member Since 2005
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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 2008

    The deal of the day is awesome! 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 2013
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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.


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    Reed Marlborough, NH, United States 01-18-14
    Reed Marlborough, NH, United States 01-18-14 Member Since 2007
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    "An unworthy ending to the series"
    What disappointed you about Retreat, Hell!?

    Where to start? When the series started, Griffin could spend 100 pages describing a day in the life of his characters and keep me interested in what was going to happen to them the next day. Then out of the blue, with this "afterthought" of a conclusion, we pick up the story years later in a different war and speed recklessly to a conclusion that leaves me desperately wishing I had just finished this tale in my own mind instead of entrusting it to the actual author.


    Would you ever listen to anything by W. E. B. Griffin again?

    Of course. I can forgive him a lot for having told a damn good yarn up to this point.


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