• Retreat, Hell!

  • Book Ten in The Corps Series
  • By: W. E. B. Griffin
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 17 hrs and 53 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (1,325 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

It is the fall of 1950. The Marines have made a pivotal breakthrough at Inchon, but a roller coaster awaits them. The bit in his teeth, Douglas MacArthur is intent on surging across the 38th parallel toward the Yalu River, where he is certain no Chinese are waiting for him, while Major Ken McCoy, operating undercover, hears a different story entirely, and is just as intent on nailing down the truth before it is too late. Meanwhile, Brigadier General Fleming Pickering, shuttling between two continents, works desperately to mediate the escalating battle between MacArthur and President Harry Truman, while trying to keep his mind from the cold fact that somewhere out there, his own daredevil pilot son, Pick, is lost behind enemy lines - and may be lost forever.

Before Retreat, Hell! is finished, all their fates will be determined - and for some of them, it will be a bitter pill indeed.

©2004 W.E.B. Griffin (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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Griffin makes war history fun

Retreat includes characters introduced in 2 previous Marine corp books by griffin. We experience the start of the Korean war, with all the intrigue and politics of the day served up with humor, sex and Marine dialog that keeps you listening. I could listen to Dick Hill read the phone Book. He is terrific.

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Please Another Corp Book!!!!

I love this series and after reading the entire series again for numerous times, I am once again left wanting more to find out more of the story of the main characters. This last book is very good and ends as McArthur is about to be dismissed by Truman. But the real story in the book is What happens to Pick and McCoy and the others? I would love a book to take us through peacetime and the Cold War into Vietnam. Please follow up with at least 1 more Corp Book!!!!

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LOVED THIS SERIES!!! Wish it wouldn't have ended.

This series was absolutely phenominal! I couldn't stop listening to it. Wish it wouldn't end...

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Kudos!

The Corps Series is superb! I didn’t want to put it down (figuratively, actually I didn’t want to remove the earphones). The next book in the Corps series was being purchased before the one prior ended and I even had to go to the library & actually read the 2 books that were missing from audible (I got absolutely nothing done for 4 days while I was consumed in the pages).

This series inserts several fictional characters in the middle of historical events & people. My dad & his brother participated in the Pacific during WWII and it was fun to hear some of the quotes & sayings/proverbs dad has made throughout the years in this series along with the background as to why that saying or quote originated.

I really wanted to strangle MacArthur’s Bataan at several points in the book for withholding information from MacArthur. President Truman really had his hands full but at least knew enough to find knowledgeable people to tell it like it really was and not what they thought he wanted to hear.

I thoroughly enjoyed the character of Ken McCoy who while only being a Major had those of higher rank following his directions in short order. A sign that gave me hope that the idiots of this world will not rule in the end.

This had the feel of the last book in the series and if so, WOW what an end to the tale.

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Good story.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. I'm a big fan of W.E.B. Griffin.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Retreat, Hell!?

When Pick found the Army.

What does Dick Hill bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Not much.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Ooh ra.

Any additional comments?

None.

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Well-wrought Finale

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. It continued the saga of the main proponents of the series, bringing their stories to a satisfying conclusion.

What did you like best about this story?

I enjoyed the continued development of the characters.

What about Dick Hill’s performance did you like?

His pace was excellent and his intonations and voices added to the story and listening pleasure.

Who was the most memorable character of Retreat, Hell! and why?

McCoy and Pick were the most memorable characters, as I believe was the author's intention.

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Author or narrator

Are you serious? So many screw-ups. First, Author or narrator forgets Patricia Pickerings name isn't Patricia Fleming over and over again. So who was best man at Martha Culhane's wedding, James " captain mustache" Carstairs or James Weston? Numerous screw-up throughout the series. It would be very enjoyable, for the historical factor if nothing else. But thr reader/listener isn't stupid, and when one listens as much as I do, it grows very irritating. I have to be positive that WEB Griffin was a much better author than that. I submit that, with the listener in mind, all ten of these titles be re-done, Audible recover the money wasted by paying the narrator/director and put a much more enjoyable AND believable product out. Also, did women really call men son of a batch and bastard as much as these women did, in at least every other breath? I know that folks cuss, women included, and I have no issue with that, but every other breath? Not hardly.

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I'm Sad This Series Is Over

History repeats itself, as it actually did in the Korean War. After having been caught by surprise by North Korea initiating the war, it is clear that MacArthur and his staff are about to be caught by surprise again by the Chinese entering the war. The military part of this novel is all about Pickering (Assistant Director of the CIA) and Kenneth “Killer” McCoy trying to prove what they know—that the Chinese are preparing to invade in overwhelming strength if the U.S. continues to destroy North Korea’s military forces (and thus take over North Korea). It’s frustrating to watch happen, because the reader, of course, knows that Pickering and McCoy will ultimately fail. That doesn’t stop it from being intensely exciting.

An important subplot is that of Pickering’s son (and McCoy’s best friend) who was shot down and is trying to survive behind enemy lines. Searching for Pick is a good plot, but in many ways, the story gets even better after he is rescued and we get to see what happens to pilots who are recovered in this fashion. The military knows that many have problems after the trauma they endured, and we see their efforts at mental health care.

This is another good book in the series. Unfortunately, it’s also the last. I for one would like to see another book to complete the Korean War and then watch Pickering, McCoy, and everyone else in the early stages of Vietnam.

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Leaves you hanging at the end

It's W.E.B. Griffin so what's not to love? "Retreat Hell" was excellent in most respects. The audio book presentation was first rate. My biggest peeve with the story is with the M-26. The M-26 is a Pershing, not a Patton. The Patton's were M-46 and M-48 tanks.

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The reading was terrible.

Dick Hill is usually very good, but this time something is wrong. McCoy’s voice often changes from a regular Marine to a Marlin Brando impersonator doing a Godfather act.
It’s distracting.

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