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The Frozen Hours Audiobook

The Frozen Hours: A Novel of the Korean War

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Publisher's Summary

The master of military historical fiction turns his discerning eye to the Korean War in this riveting new novel, which tells the dramatic story of the Americans and the Chinese who squared off in one of the deadliest campaigns in the annals of combat: the Battle of Chosin Reservoir, also known as Frozen Chosin.

June 1950. The North Korean army invades South Korea, intent on uniting the country under Communist rule. In response, the United States mobilizes a force to defend the overmatched South Korean troops, and together they drive the North Koreans back to their border with China.

But several hundred thousand Chinese troops have entered Korea, laying massive traps for the Allies. In November 1950, the Chinese spring those traps. Allied forces, already battling stunningly cold weather, find themselves caught completely off guard as the Chinese advance around the Chosin Reservoir in North Korea. A force that once stood on the precipice of victory now finds itself on the brink of annihilation. Assured by General Douglas MacArthur that they would be home by Christmas, the soldiers and marines fight for their lives against the most brutal weather conditions imaginable - and an enemy that outnumbers them more than six to one.

The Frozen Hours tells the story of Frozen Chosin from multiple points of view: Oliver P. Smith, the commanding general of the American 1st Marine Division, who famously redefined defeat as "advancing in a different direction"; marine private Pete Riley, a World War II veteran who now faces the greatest fight of his life; and the Chinese commander Sung Shi-Lun, charged with destroying the Americans he has so completely surrounded, ever aware that above him, Chairman Mao Tse-Tung watches his every move.

Written with the propulsive force Shaara brings to all his novels of combat and courage, The Frozen Hours transports us to the critical moment in the history of America's "Forgotten War", when the fate of the Korean peninsula lay in the hands of a brave band of brothers battling both the elements and a determined, implacable foe.

©2017 Jeff Shaara (P)2017 Random House Audio

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    Brian Asalone carlsbad, ca United States 06-05-17
    Brian Asalone carlsbad, ca United States 06-05-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Korean War first phase"

    Mr Shaara does his usual excellent job portraying the individual characters involved in conflict. One gets a true sense of the extremely difficult conditions under which these very brave men fought. The only difficulty with the audio version of this is that you have to be quite familiar with the geography--specifically the locations of some obscure towns around the Chosen reservoir. As a war story or simply to better understand what happened to the Marines in Korea in 1950, this book is quite good.

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    Samuel G Watkins Jr 06-04-17
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    "Well written and executed. The Frozen Hours."

    I liked the portrayals and historical accuracy. A map of the Chosin area down to Kotori would have been helpful. Since I have David Halbertam's "The Coldest Winter" I had access to the maps. This audio gave me a more human perspective to the war in Korea as was covered so completely in Halberstam's book.

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    Howie Calgary, AB, Canada 05-31-17
    Howie Calgary, AB, Canada 05-31-17 Member Since 2011

    Espionage, Spy, Mysteries and WWI and II, Cold War and Scandavian Thrillers....

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    "Shaara always does a Great Job!"

    Great story around the Chosin Reservoir and the lead up to the conflict. Entertaining, and more insight into the Generals that planned this penidng disaster.

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    Rev. "Duke" Wayne Army Post, USA 06-15-17
    Rev. "Duke" Wayne Army Post, USA 06-15-17 Member Since 2012

    American Soldier

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    ""Another Shaara Triumph!""

    I never tire of Mr. Shaara's incredible gifts in research, writing, and means of honoring important events in American history. This take honoring US Marines was particularly moving. After feeling sad, then victorious, I am now even more saddened - I just finished the book.

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    Amazon Customer 06-15-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Sharra never disappoints - neither does Paul Michael"

    Sharra never disappoints - neither does Paul Michael for that matter. Excellent performance, it feels like you are in the story

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    Wayne 06-08-17
    Wayne 06-08-17

    like thrillers, spymasters, espionage, some sci-fi. S.M. Stirling, Lee Child, W E B Griffin, Clive Cussler, Tom Clancy

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    "Brings the horror of war to you"
    Would you listen to The Frozen Hours again? Why?

    The story is told from the viewpoint of leaders on both sides and of men on the line doing the actual fighting. Listening to the description of the suffering of the brave Marines makes you admire them, and hope that no one will ever go through this again, sadly we continue to send young men into harms way.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Frozen Hours?

    Watching the political gamesmanship at high command level screwup things for the frontline troops


    What about Paul Michael’s performance did you like?

    His voice and narration was excellent


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    At times I had tears forming as I saw posturing leaders put mens lives at risk.


    Any additional comments?

    Jeff Shaara has written many books about war, he makes it real and never glorifies it.

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    Husky45 06-07-17
    Husky45 06-07-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Unbelievable,"

    What those soldiers went through is unbelievable. I served at Osan AFB in 1966. Even down there the winters were cold but can't image fighting at 30 below. Our fuel tank farm was on a hill, we found where a fighting position must have been, as there were thousands of spent shell casings and even some live rounds.

    I was a little upset by the authors view of the Chinese moral ground. He seems to praise Mao Zedong and considers South Korea as "puppet government".

    As with Vietnam, the people who's decision was to split countries in half should have fought in those wars.

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    AGreviewer 06-05-17
    AGreviewer 06-05-17
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    "A well-known story well told."

    Shaara's back to his usual goodness. Hope he does more on Korea. Task Force Smith maybe?

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    Ms. V Ohio 06-10-17
    Ms. V Ohio 06-10-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Great story; narrator is questionable"
    What did you like best about The Frozen Hours? What did you like least?

    I will be honest; the narrator spoke in monotone and VERY slow...so slow that I even checked the settings a couple times because I could not imagine an author wanting someone to narrate his book in such a way as this.
    In fact, I set my speed to 1.5 times (and it helped) but it did not improve the lack of expression on the narrators part.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    No. When the action increased, the narrator didn't...he continued reading as if he was sitting down for a beer or taking a leisurely walk.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    see above.


    Do you think The Frozen Hours needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    N/A


    Any additional comments?

    There was much hard work invested into this book; it is always a shame when a great author has a sub-par narrator.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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