Ice, Fire, and Blood, the first novel of veteran journalist Norman Black, brings to vivid life U.S. combat infantrymen's experience in Korea, from late 1950 to spring 1951. The story focuses on one company of an infantry battalion and begins in northwestern Korea. It covers those periods when Chinese armies entered the war and inflicted devastating loses on U.S.-U.N. forces and the subsequent turn-around, early in 1951, after Gen. Matthew Ridgway took command. In the following months, new equipment was received, serious loses were inflicted on the Chinese, and it became clear South Korea would not be overrun by Communism.
The book includes the true story of a Korean-speaking Japanese army veteran who worked as a handyman for the battalion at Yokohama Army Base and was allowed to move secretively with the battalion to Korea, where he proved invaluable.
What did you like best about Ice, Fire, and Blood? What did you like least?
I study the literature of warfare - both fiction and non-fiction. This title offered the possibility of discovering a fictional viewpoint of Korean War events by someone who was there.However, the narration made me feel like I was listening to a play-by-play radio broadcast of a baseball game in the Deep South.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Ice, Fire, and Blood?
There were none. I stopped listening at 30 minutes in and deleted the title.
What didn’t you like about Johnnie C. Hayes’s performance?
No subtlety or nuance. All characters were rendered in one voice.
Was Ice, Fire, and Blood worth the listening time?
No, as I said above. I couldn't take it any more. Life's too short to endure that.
Any additional comments?
I'll probably borrow the eBook or a print copy and read it myself.