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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.

Critic Reviews

"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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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 Because of the inherent limitations of the genre, the story quickly became outdated, notice that it was copyrighted in 1990, meaning that it came out the same year Iraq invaded Kuwait, making it something of a time capsule of military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.

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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.

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A bit aged but ok

This book is part of the Cold War war thriller library. It is a fun book to destruct you for a few hours. It has not aged well but that point in time is now 20 plus years in the past! If you enjoy the ride down memory lane and this book will be fine.

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not bad

worst voice for a recording ever. pretty sure it was a computer program speaking half the time, just terrible.

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Not a bad preview of a possible Korean conflict

Pretty interesting book with well researched technical details. For some reason I had to laugh every time the narrator went into his Asian characters.

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One of the best author's love Larry Bonds books.

One of the best author's out there loved his game Harpoon and all of his other great books!

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Sped up

Story and performance is great. The only issue I have is that the default playback speed was increased for some reason. It got very irritating to listen to and at first I thought it was the narrator himself. however, once I reduced the playback speed to 0.85 - 0.95, it was ok.

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a great listen

a great listen. full of action. a story that draws you in with characters you can feel

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Enjoyed the Book

I’ve been looking for a book about North Korea and what would happen if they attack South Korea. This book did not disappoint. The characters were very interesting and you’re worried about their fate. I’m looking forward to reading the sequel to the book RED Phoenix burning. The book is 24 hours long it will keep your engrossed throughout.

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Amazing story and great Narrator!

Same narrator as The Hunt For Red October. could easily be made into a fantastic TV show, mini series or movie especially in late 2017 context of potential conflict with NK