Korea, June 1, 1950. Captain Ken McCoy's report on probable North Korean hostilities meets with so much bureaucratic displeasure that not only is it promptly suppressed, but McCoy himself is kicked out of the Corps. At least two outfits, however, are not impressed by such infighting: the fledgling CIA, which promptly hires McCoy; and the North Koreans, who on June 25th invade across the 38th parallel.
Immediately, veterans scattered throughout military and civilian life are called up, many with only seventy-two hours' notice. For Fleming Pickering and Pick, his daredevil son, and Ed Banning, George Hart, Jack Stecker, Jake Dillon, Ernie Zimmerman - and for the women who love them - names such as Inchon and Pusan will acquire a new, bloody reality, and Korea will become not only a new battlefield - but their greatest challenge of all....
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That we started in 1950'ish no account of what haapened from 1943 until then.
Yes - Dick Hill reads an amazing stroy
I wanted to know what happened from the Gobi Desert to the end of the war that should have been book IX.
As a former military member, I loved this series and the Army series. I would love to hear a series about the Army air corps/ Air Force.
I really like WEB Griffin's stories of military fiction. The Corps is an excellent series of books in both text and audio.
No particular moment. It is an all around good strory.
Yes.. Dick Hill does an excellent job of narration.
Yes, but it like the others, is long. You cannot complete this book in one sitting. But, I keep sneaking back for more. I have already read the texts.
There is a timeline gap from from 1943 until 1950. I think Griffin could have, or intended to, use it for another book. He had plenty of material to work with. Also, the story line in this book and the next (continuation) of McCoy's work is based on a mission of a Lt who worked behind the lines at Inchon. That book, in non-fiction, is a great read -- not available in audio.
Narrator was good throughout the story. The adventures of the Marines and in this case the CIA operatives was told in a way that kept me engrossed till the end. Can't wait to begin the next book in the series.
I liked this book but I confess I wanted more out of the end of World War II and I had hoped this book would chronicle more off the final pacific battles of that war. Nonetheless, I enjoyed it.
"The Gadget Guy"
At first I thought we were going to lose the main character, Ken McCoy; however, he was rescued at the last minute by his former WWII boss. From there, it's back to familiar grounds and political/military intrigue.
Another good read by Dick Hill and I'm now going to start book 10.
Korea is often refered to as the Forgotten War, sandwiched between the Honorable and Noble WWII and the Controversial and Maligned Vietnam War, it has many times been overlook in history classes, novels and movies (Even though one of the most successful TV shows ever, M*A*S*H, was set during Korea.) Griffin does an outstanding job bringing the courage of the Korean War to the public eye in both "Under Fire" and "Retreat, Hell!" As with the rest of The Corps series, fictional characters blend cleanly with historic figures and events to make an interesting and exciting read as well as a great audiobook for those long car rides.
McCoy and a band of former Marine Raiders and South Korean Police plan to take islands that could bombard the ships in the convoy to Inchon that will land the troops who will push the North Koreans back above the 38th parallel.
Of course, General MacArthur takes the credit for Brig. General Pickering's plan and achievements, because he thinks he has ultimate accountability. However, Pickering works for the CIA, and is not subordinate to MacArthur.
Great story, and almost all the way through you keep watching for Major Pickering to be rescued from North Korea, where his plane crashed after taking out another "choo-choo." Maybe he will, maybe he won't,
I've listened to the Corps Series from the beginning as each new book was released.
Excellent reading !!
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