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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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    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.<br/>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?

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    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.

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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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    James Brancucci 07-18-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great War story of great men!"

    What a great peace of living history of Marines in harms way, never giving in to whatever odds that are put before them. Thanks to the outstanding leadership that saved lives, and inspired bravery in every level of men.

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    torpedo alley 07-18-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Not Forgotten any more!"

    Being a Vietnam vet, I have always wanted to know more about the other war/police action. this book answered a lot of questions. I really enjoyed Shasta Civil War books, this is as good!

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    David Baranowski Houston, TX 07-18-17
    David Baranowski Houston, TX 07-18-17 Member Since 2014

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    "The frozen chosin - A+ work by Jeff Shaara"

    Retreat, Hell!
    Very interesting to see the Chinese point of view, enjoyed those chapters, and also interesting how quickly Gen. Almond handed over the reigns to Smith as soon as the "situation" was finally realized their plans were a bit too ambitious.

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    Patrick 07-09-17
    Patrick 07-09-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Another winner!"

    Another outstanding "novel" by the author. One of the best books I have ever read on this portion (the first winter campaign), of the Korean War.

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    Sail Boy 07-07-17
    Sail Boy 07-07-17 Member Since 2016

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    "Reads like a novel and a history book"

    Well researched and smoothly written story about a mostly (and sadly) forgotten war. Much like Shaara's other books (and his father's writing) the style is direct and simple, but effective. Narration was excellent, making this book a better listen than a read.

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    J. Walker 07-03-17
    J. Walker 07-03-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Well done. Kudos to Jeff Shaara and Paul Michael."

    Well done. I am in the process or reading/listening to all of Shaara's books.

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