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The Marines of Autumn: A Novel of the Korean War

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2004

    sweeps you up tosses you right next to the marines

    I found this to be a very exciting book that sweeps you up and tosses you right next to the marines. This book provides great insight into a war that seems to be forgotten war. The book shows the true nature of war from almost every angle. From the grunts in the trenches fighting in the bitter cold to the officers in the warm tents with all the luxuries of home. You see the marine's hardest and finest hours In the book The Marines of Autumn by James Brady, a Marine captain is thrown back in to action and sent into Korea to monitor Chinese radio traffic and ends up in a fight for the lives of him and his men. The story begins as the Allied forces are pushing the North Koreans back to the Chosin Reservoir. Communist China sends masses of troops to attack in early autumn and fought the military back over 100 miles to the coast during harsh winter. When Captain Verity arrives in Korea he is given a radio and the assistance of Gunnery Sergeant Tate with the radio they pick up a driver Corporal Izzo. The three head out and drive all over the countryside and deciphering Chinese radio traffic. When winter begins the men are sent up to the front and get stuck fighting the Chinese, protecting hills as the Chinese attacked day and night. Verity and his men return to the town where a base of operation is set up only to find that the marines are heading out. They fallback going from town to town while the Chinese stick to their heels. In the depths of the winter the marines make a long trek down to the coast with many of the soldiers freezing to death. Overall, I thought that the book is one of the best I have read the ending is slightly upsetting but is most often the truth about war. I was surprised about how the senior officers acted vastly incompetent in their decisions about the evacuation. One thing that was confusing is that the story will go from the main story to flash backs and little stories of Verity's daughter. But it all fits together in the end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2001

    Not his best but I liked it

    This novel by James Brady was not as gripping as past novels of his. I must say that I was thoroughly intrigued about the Chosin Reservoir campain. The author did a nice job of addressing the fact that both sides, the Chinese and the Americans, were suffering and that neither was right or wrong. They were both simply freezing to death for no good reason and had no real reason for being there in the first place. One thing that I was kind of concerned about was that fact that the author doesn't really address the people who truely suffered during this war....the Koreans. Almost nothing is said about them. I'm also not too crazy about the lame attempt at giving the main character a background which was woven sporatically into the story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2013

    Good book.

    Interesting mix of interaction, introspection, & pathos.

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