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Red Phoenix Audiobook

Red Phoenix

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Publisher's Summary

From the author who collaborated with Tom Clancy on Red Storm Rising, this is the book that dares to show us the military hardware, global upheavals, and raw combat a second Korean War would unleash. How F-16s would blast across the 38th Parallel. How ultra-modern submarines would vie for the seas. And how two armies would turn the snowfields of Asia red with blood. A thundering geopolitical thriller of vast scope, this is Red Phoenix - and a new standard for military/political suspense fiction.

©1990 Larry Bond; (P)2006 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"A big, big book...A superb storyteller...Larry Bond seems to know everything about warfare, from the grunt in a foxhole to the fighter pilots far above the earth...Red Phoenix is wonderfully entertaining and deserves to be the best seller it is." (New York Times Book Review)

"Gripping...masterfully accurate...Mr. Bond is in complete command." (Baltimore Sun)

"Harrowingly real and persuasive." (Newsday)

"A direct hit! The techno-thriller has a new ace, and his name is Larry Bond." (Tom Clancy)

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    Aser Tolentino Vacaville, California USA 04-13-12
    Aser Tolentino Vacaville, California USA 04-13-12 Member Since 2017

    I am a blind lawyer and aspiring writer, trying to read a little bit of everything but partial to sci-fi and military fiction.

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    "A Second Korean War, as Fought in 1989"

    One of my favorite books growing up was Red Storm Rising. The silent partner behind that Cold War classic went on to produce this what if exercise of a novel. Because of the inherent limitations of the genre, the story quickly became outdated, notice that it was copyrighted in 1990, meaning that it came out the same year Iraq invaded Kuwait, making it something of a time capsule of military thinking. At the same time, this necessary anachronism does not in and of itself render the book irrelevant. As the critical acclaim quoted above notes, it was considered at the time a thoroughly credible hypothetical scenario for a Second Korean War.

    Another reviewer criticized the plausibility of the politics and military technology depicted in the conflict. It is important to remember though that at the time, strategic focus was centered squarely on Europe, meaning political calculations and allocation of modern hardware flowed accordingly. Thus, the stage is set for a sort of worst case scenario, where US and South Korean forces standing alone without the benefit of the 1980s modernization face the best Soviet armor employed with the sufficient numbers and ruthless disregard for losses that made the American military modernization at the end of the Cold War such a priority for so many, or so it seems to an armchair quarterback looking back over two decades.

    At any rate, like he did with Clancy, Bond asks a number of interesting questions, and enlists a number of unfortunate characters to act as observers in his thought experiments. This includes anti-submarine warfare officers trying to get convoys into Pusan with North Korean and Russian subs prowling the shallow approaches, navy and air force pilots trying to outmatch MIG-29s while not being drowned by a tide of MIG-21s, carrier crews trying to sustain combat operations against built up air defenses, infantry officers leading what was meant to be a tripwire force asked to hold against an unending stream of heavy armor, and even logisticians trying to manage the flow of needed supplies from the states while trying to avoid being blown up.

    So long as one heeds another reviewer's warning to be mindful of the time in which this book originates and is nominally set, there's quite a bit to chew on here. Unfortunately, the narration leaves something to be desired. I actually have a copy of this book in what I believe to be its original form, eight cassettes with a different track on the left and right stereo channels. On that medium, the quality of the production was thoroughly satisfactory, when heard from a digital player and held up against modern offerings produced by Audible and others, it borders on embarrassing at times, possibly downright offensive.

    Nonetheless, it is a worthwhile listen to those interested in sussing out what such a war might have been like.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    jrrich 03-24-13
    jrrich 03-24-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Good action story, average narration."

    This is a good action story about a late cold war era outbreak of war in Korea. The story is plausible and flows well. The narrator is a little too upbeat in his characterizations. Everybody kind of has a happy sound to their voice. He does a decent job of giving each character their own sound. I enjoy cold war era stories and was not disappointed with this Larry Bond title. If you enjoy Harold Coyle or Tom Clancy you should be happy with Larry Bond's Red Phoenix.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kyle Sal 06-19-17
    Kyle Sal 06-19-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great war story, painfully awful romance."

    Overall, a compelling and page turning read. I've read it several times. Always enjoy the war and politics, always cringe at the terrible attempt at romance.

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    Jon92 06-04-17
    Jon92 06-04-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great story, horrible narration!"

    The plot of this book is very exciting if you like political and military thrillers. If you like Tom Clancy's Red Storm rising, you will enjoy this book.
    The one negative about this book, and it is a huge one in my opinion because you are listening to it, is the narrator. The way he does the accents of some of the characters is like listening to nails on a chalkboard!! Several characters in the book have a southern accent and J. Charles absolutely butchers it! Being from the south myself, nothing is more annoying than a obnoxious fake southern accents. He makes one of the fighter pilots in the story sound more like Roscoe P Coletrain from the dukes of hazard than a Air Force officer. His fake Korean accent is just as bad, and when he impersonates some of the politicians in the story he talks in a exaggerated cartoon 1920's gangster voice. All in all if you can put up with the narrator's obnoxious accents and voices the story is pretty good, but looking back I had rather have just bought and read the book myself instead of listening to it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gary Godsoe Carmel, Indiana United States 05-01-17
    Gary Godsoe Carmel, Indiana United States 05-01-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Dated but fun"

    I read this back in the 90's. With all of the current events happening in Korea now, I wanted to read this again, but I could not find my book. I happened to have some Audible credits left so I chose to listen to it instead.

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    Kindle Customer 04-13-17 Member Since 2017
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    "really enjoyable what could have been"

    great story, fast paced. plenty of action. filled with geopolitical factor's. you get the view of national leader's on down to the grunts on the front lines.

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    Pete 04-12-17
    Pete 04-12-17
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    "Non-Stop Action!"

    The 23 hours and 23 minutes of the performance sped by. Larry Bond kept multiple story parts going, and before switching to the next story part, he hooked me with a cliffhanger to guarantee my return.

    J. Charles did an excellent job of keeping the story moving by using believable character voices throughout. He was awesome!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer Oregon 01-30-17
    Kindle Customer Oregon 01-30-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Great Read!!"

    Great Read, set in the late 1980's Korea, with realistic combat and setting. you will not be disappointed if you l8ke good military fiction.

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    EchoFiveHotel 11-15-16
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    "It's an alright book."

    I've read every Tom Clancy book out there and this is alright. The story can speed through fast action sequences that beg to be lengthened at times. so I had periods where it took me a minute or two to figure out what was going on. Also the performance of the reader could have been better. his Korean voice and normal US soldier voice were a bit annoying. One was the stereotypical "ten dollar too boo koo" voice fit any Asian culture and the other sounded like the worse most Podunk southern accent ever.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Vinay Sastry 10-06-16 Member Since 2015
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    "The worst narrator I have ever seen"

    The narrator's performance kills a perfectly acceptable but clichéd plot line. He attempts to portray a Korean character by affecting a nasal tone of voice and little else. It actually ends up sounding patronising or if I dare to be politically incorrect, a racist person mimicking an Asian person. It is truly bad.
    He also speaks too fast, I have had to slow down the speed on the app to around 85%

    From a plot point of view, it's a clichéd the communists have attacked theme. Good on the military aspects, but predictable. Would have made for a good read except for the narrator who kills it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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