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Publisher's Summary

North Korea has one of the world's largest standing armies, capable of unleashing a massive arsenal of chemical and nuclear weapons. With an unstable government, led by the Kim dynasty under absolute dictator Kim Jong Un, North Korea more closely resembles an organized crime ring than a real nation-state. Millions live on the edge of starvation while Pyongyang's ruthless generals, crooked bureaucrats, and vicious secret police wage a covert war against each other to expand their rival fiefdoms. Red Phoenix Burning imagines the collapse of this corrupt regime, an implosion that triggers a bloody civil war among the North's brutal factions. As the conflict worsens, the world is dragged into a violent and rapidly widening confrontation amid North Korea's shattered ruins, right to the edge of an all-out war that could engulf the entire civilized world.

Fans of the original Red Phoenix will be delighted to see favorite characters like Colonel Kevin Little, Brigadier General Tony Christopher, and Colonel Rhee Han-Gil returning to battle, older and wiser, alongside new cast of heroes and villains. Red Phoenix Burning will also offer listeners a deeper look behind today's headlines of turmoil and uncertainty - a look made all the more profound by the in-depth knowledge of war, military technology, and geopolitics brought to bear by Larry Bond and his co-authors.

©2016 Larry Bond and Chris Carlson (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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Confused...

This is a very good story. However, this is "too much book" for this narrator. As an audio recording with this narrator it is so confusing to figure out whether it's the American Military, the South Korean military or North Korean Military speaking. There is little or no difference between the voices of the characters. This book would have been better served by a more accomplished narrator such as Jay Snyder, Lou Diamond Philips or Scott Brick, for example. I don't like to be frustrated when listening to a book and I don't like to constantly rewind to figure out who is speaking. It's too bad because the story is very good. This is one book where you may be best served in reading it rather than listening to it.

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Good story, horrible narration!

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Yes, I'd change the narrator. The narrator made made every character sound like a teenage kid!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Didn't get that far into the book

Would you be willing to try another one of Patrick Lawlor’s performances?

No

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Probably

Any additional comments?

This had the potential to be Larry Bonds best book, unfortunately narration made it impossible for me to finish

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A watered down Red Phoenix with a lousy narrator

I purchased this book because the original Red Phoenix is one of my favorites. While the premise of the book is great the story is far below the standards set by Larry Bond in his prime. There is very little in the way of technical warfare details that made books like Red Phoenix and Red Storm Rising (which Bond co-wrote) so outstanding and believable. The use of some characters from the original seems like a good idea but they are little more than vaguely referenced by-standers, so why even include them? The original gave you a feeling of what it would have been like to be a soldier, pilot, or sailor in a modern Korean War. Not this sequel. More love story than anything else.

The narrator only made it worse. I thought that the narrator on the original was bad, but he is outstanding compared to the narrator of Burning. He only attempts an accent for Russians and he butchers that. So every other character, Chinese, American, and Korean, and whether male or female, sounds like an American high school sophomore who's mad because he didn't make the football team. Just a stupid upset kid on the verge of tears. The narrator should NEVER be employed by Audible again.

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What would have made Red Phoenix Burning better?

Like WEB Griffin once Larry Bond started co-authoring books they became weak and this is very true of Red Pheonix Burning

Would you ever listen to anything by Larry Bond and Chris Carlson again?

No

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Great sequel!

This book was a great sequel to Red Phoenix. In the book, the characters from the last book came alive again. Unlike most war episodes, this book is a win-win for all parties involved in the war.

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Poor character development, totally unrealistic, poor performance

A good story helps you feel like it is plausible - colonels and individual generals accepting surrender without official gov't approval? Really?

Dialogue is far too predictable, very amateur The performer tries hard but doesn't have a true range of characters

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Read book 1 first to enjoy the most

This book can be enjoyable to listen to with out the first book. But I enjoyed revisiting the “old friends” we grew to like in book 1. Besides book 1 was great in its own right

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Interesting idea poor execution

The narrator made a good idea with poor development into a bore. Sorry to offend but I owe it to fellow members to give heartfelt review. Perhaps their next efforts will be better. I wish author and narrator success in the future.

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  • 08-27-21

End of a dynasty!

Contrary to the tome “Red Phoenix” that described events in 1989, “Red Phoenix Burning” is much closer to modern-day 2015. N. Korea remains in the clutches of the Kim dynasty under “Supreme Leader” Kim Jong-un. A high-level assassination changes everything. N. Korea is thrown into chaos. P’yŏngyang, the capital and largest city of N. Korea, where it is known as the "Capital of the Revolution" resembles gang-land Chicago of the 1940s. Military Generals and political officials wrestle for power in the vacuum, the infighting eventually escalating to civil war. This gave S. Korea the advantage they had been hoping and waiting for to advance their goal of reunification. S. Korean battalions began moving north from the DMZ. The United States and China have agreed to stay on their perspective sides; the Chinese north of the Yalu River and the U.S. south of the DMZ. This would supposedly leave the fighting strictly to the Koreans. It is debatable whether the Chinese will honor the agreement should things turn sour for the N. Koreans. The story continues with much military and political maneuvering, the goal of reunification always the principal objective. The historical and current events referenced within add to the legitimacy and realism of the tale. This portrayal of South versus North Korea is quite different than the prior “Red Phoenix” but I enjoyed it just as much. My only issue is the uniform, lackluster performance by Patrick Lawlor. Regardless, I submit a hearty recommendation!

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Red Phoenix Boring

This sequel fallows the same path as movie sequels, not as good as the original. Character building is weak within the story. Simply put this update to the original is a strong disappointment.7