Red Phoenix Burning

Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
Series: Red Phoenix, Book 2
Length: 15 hrs and 15 mins
4.2 out of 5 stars (290 ratings)

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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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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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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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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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Poor

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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not what I was expecting but not bad.

I was looking for another but updated version of Red phoenix and did not get it. this book is more about what would happen after the kim's regime collapse less a book about a war between 2 nation states. it was interesting and of the same quality as red phoenix but just not selling what I'm buying. thought provoking in a political sense so there's that.

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Realistically written

Slow going at first but picks up in speed in action and plot development. Worthy of reading.

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Worthy successor of a classic

I loved the first book and was not sure if this one would keep up. but it did. great book amazing story and satisfying ending. recommended

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A story of fantasy & hope

A story of fantasy & hope is the best way I can think of to describe this book. For 70+ years, the Kim family has run North Korea with a deadly fist. North Koreans live their life malnourished and those that aren't are slowly starving to death. Well, not everyone. The 3 Kim leaders have all been overly well fed. Whatever revenues North Korea manages to get, a significant portion goes to the Kims and much is also spread around among the elite. Gotta keep the Party leaders in various levels of luxury to help reduce an overthrow of the Kims. For the average North Korean, living is a day by day effort in trying to find food and other simple necessities without being caught for gaming the system. If caught, concentration camps for the entire family. This book is written around a civil war taking place between the 2 Koreas and unifying as one. It even explores to a small extent the problems with North Koreans suddenly having good food, good healthcare and most importantly, free will. That's very tough for generations of North Koreans who have never had any of those things. I felt the novel is well written and the narrator did a fine job. At times it seemed a little over the top, but it never became boring, a sin every author works hard to avoid.