Lieutenant Commander "Gunner" McCormick is assigned as an intelligence officer to Carrier Strike Force 10, being deployed to the Yellow Sea at the invitation of South Korea for joint exercises with the US Navy. During his pre-deployment briefing, he discovers a top-secret memo revealing rumors that the North Koreans may still be holding a handful of elderly Americans from the Korean War in secret prison camps. As it happens, Gunner's grandfather, who was a young marine officer in the Korean War, disappeared at Chosin Reservoir over 60 years ago and is still listed as MIA in North Korea.
Sworn to silence about what he has read, the top-secret memo eats at him. Gunner decides to spend all his inheritance and break every military regulation in the book to finance his own three-man commando squad on a suicide mission north of the DMZ to search for clues about the fate of his grandfather. Risking his career, his fortune, and his life, Gunner will get his answers, or he will die trying.
Don Brown is building a loyal fan base by writing what he knows best: thrillers with heart. A former Navy JAG officer and action officer in the Pentagon, Brown pens action-packed plots and finely-drawn characters that are credible and compelling. Thunder in the Morning Calm is a novel of bravery, duty, and family love that will keep listeners of all ages fascinated straight through to the last second.
©2011 Don Brown (P)2011 Zondervan
thrilling and uplifting
Yes. He is fine. There are some others better.
Obviously the hero grandson
Looking forward to the sequel
I am an avid reader but this is honestly one of the best books I have ever read. I highly recommend this to everyone.
Don Brown has my vote for writing this book. It moves quick and holds the readers interest. The characters are well done. The narrator is perfect.for the characters. Well done.
Like action, adventures, war stories, militay happenings, historical readings-fiction, & mysteries. Unabridged only! Reader IMPORT!
As a former US Navy personnel for a few years this story had some unconventional situations. For example the ..."the Executive Officer...telling the Admiral not to go up to the bridge, of the carrier, to stay 'below' decks where it's safe" is just ludicrous! There were several other type of "commands" that are unreal to the US Navy jargon that made me wish that author looked for Navy help.
Giving 30 days leave in a alien situation is preposterous! The Admiral sure have been having an "off" day!!
The story just could NOT be realistic--- maybe even fare fetched!!!! Maybe the author meant it to be just that ---- UNREALISTIC??
Good read/listen. It's plot is a private snatch of 80 year old Korean War POWs...makes you think. The adventure is non-stop even if the plot is a little far fetched; two white guys in "dear leader's" Korea? I liked DeMille's "Charm School" a little better; it's a similar plot in Russia.
The premise of the story is great. The presentation of the story is strictly "America is Best".
Sad to report that this novel could have been much better had the story line been less Pro American, and been more Pro Humanity.
The story of how a Korean War veteran is held captive in a North Korean prison for decades, then rescued at last highlights an important part of our history that is little known. It also may open many readers' eyes to political conditions that are ongoing and real in North Korea today. I love a rescue story and this one is well structured and full of heart. I gave it a 3 rather than a 4 or 5 because it is less literary than I like. Compare, for example, war stories such as Bridge Over the River Kwai (the book, not the movie), The Thin Red Line, or the Caine Mutiny.
Characters are cartoon stereotypes. Too preachy, almost a good adventure story but lacks depth of reality. Would not recommend, however, there are some political and religious brainwashing attempted if you care for that sort of thing.
The narrator in this book makes most of the characters sound like a hillbilly family reunion. The silly verbal sound effects were hard to get through.
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