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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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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.

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  • Terri
  • Colorado
  • 07-13-13

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.

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  • Mike
  • Las Vegas, NV, United States
  • 02-25-13

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.

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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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  • Marc
  • La Verkin, UT, United States
  • 03-15-17

great ending

love w e b Griffin and his 10 volume set about the Marine Corps this absolutely fantastic

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Please Another Corp Book!!!!

I love this series and after reading the entire series again for numerous times, I am once again left wanting more to find out more of the story of the main characters. This last book is very good and ends as McArthur is about to be dismissed by Truman. But the real story in the book is What happens to Pick and McCoy and the others? I would love a book to take us through peacetime and the Cold War into Vietnam. Please follow up with at least 1 more Corp Book!!!!

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Another solid, more of the same, book.

This book continues to follow our characters through the Korean War. They continue to grow and mature, and then the book is over. I don't know if Mr. Griffin had planned to write another in the series, but we are left hanging in more than one instance. I hope he, or another, writes one more, if he is going to finish off Korea. Maybe more if he will touch Viet Nam, Beirut, Iraq, and other conflicts. After investing the time in these characters it would be nice to see where the author has some of them ending up.

A couple of the books were a bit punishing in their repetition of information we had been given in previous books. This one wasn't as heavy with it as some.

Dick Hill continues to do solid work.

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Sadly this is how things work!

10 books that show how the military cast system works. Want to know the Truth?

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Great Finish to a Great Series

I just finished listening to this series for the second time. It is really good and educational. I highly recommend it to anyone who loves to learn more about the military and what members of it have done for this country.

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Where's the Next One?

Every month, I found myself wanting to read the book in this series first. The characters are familiar and the plot is fun, if repeatable. Set in the Korean conflict, it's got all the elements of a fast paced, enjoyable novel. It is very long; almost 18 hours. I particularly enjoyed Griffin's interpretation of Truman's impressions of MacArthur. This is the end of the series and there are so many unfinished threads. It feels like there ought to be another novel.