The Marine: A Novel of War from Guadalcanal to Korea

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Overview

Praise for James Brady

“Brady has emerged as one of the best novelists of his generation.”—-Dan Rather

“Mr. Brady knows war, the smell and the feel of it.”—-The New York Times

“Mr. Brady captures the heart and soul of the Marine Corps in this stunning new novel. [He] writes with passion and great insight.” Nelson DeMille, author of The Lion’s Game

“Brady has stormed publishing high ground to become, arguably, our foremost novelist currently writing on the subject of Marines at war.”—-Publishers Weekly

The Marines of Autumn is right up there with the very best of combat writing and is destined to become one of the defining novels of the genre.”—-Nelson DeMille, author of The Lion’s Game

The Marines of Autumn is a masterpiece that recalls the era with awesome authenticity. The novel’s outcome is one of thunderous dramatic beauty and power.”—-The Associated Press

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Straight-ahead prose tempered with wry humor distinguishes this latest war chronicle by Brady (The Marines of Autumn, etc.). Tracking Col. James "Oliver" Cromwell from college to retirement, the novel sometimes reads more like memoir than fiction, but marches smartly up to its dramatic high points. At Notre Dame, Cromwell learns to box well enough to go to the Berlin Olympics in 1936. In World War II, he joins Evans Carlson's famous Raiders and participates in the bold Makin Island Raid, vividly depicted as a near disaster. By 1950 he is a decorated lieutenant colonel, assigned as aide to Ambassador John Muccio in Seoul, South Korea, only days before the North Koreans storm south. Here the novel kicks into high gear, portraying one of the roughest patches in U.S. military history. Through the first summer of hostilities-"the gritty stand at Pusan, the tides at Inchon, the arrogance of demanding Seoul by a date definite"-Cromwell sticks by Muccio as his boss attempts to keep track of a South Korean government that is running away as fast as it can. MacArthur is shown as both a genius and a madman, backed by an army that must relearn the art of war. Through it all, Cromwell's steps are dogged by a former college classmate, Ben Sweet, a conceited war correspondent and novelist who becomes a kind of nagging alter ego. Brady weakens the novel's climax by letting Cromwell take a serious wound offstage, but this soldier's tale of key conflicts in two mid-century wars is a solid achievement. Agent, Jack Scovil. (June 3) Forecast: The split focus of this novel may make it a harder sell to new readers than The Marines of Autumn, but Brady's strong fan base will enjoy the wider perspective. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Brady balances his glitterati-clotted, high-fashion Hampton novels (Gin Lane, 1998) with blood-and-guts war stories full of bitter ass-hauling and despair. Brady (The Marines of Autumn, 2000, etc.), himself a commander of a rifle platoon in Korea, tells of war from Guadalcanal to Korea. New hero Colonel James ("Oliver") Cromwell bears some likeness to his last, Captain Tom Verity, both having served on Guadalcanal and in Korea. Cromwell, assigned as a military attaché to the American ambassador in Korea, finds himself up against the North's surprise midsummer Sunday invasion (echoing Pearl Harbor) into South Korea and the First Hundred Days whose wild rout turns on the stand at the Pusan Perimeter and then MacArthur's famed Inchon pincer movement that reopened Seoul. Cromwell, a superb athlete who fought in the Berlin Olympics and later was heavyweight champion of the Pacific fleet, leads a platoon of raiders from the 'Canal across the Pacific to Bougainville and Koiara. Thus he's tempered for action in Korea and as the war there goes badly he longs to dump diplomacy and get back to work in his true calling as a Marine: his wish is granted, putting him face-to-face with the fierce defenses of Red infantry. Brady enfacts novels, gives them sweep and action, but stylelessly so.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312291426
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 4/30/2003
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.46 (w) x 9.68 (h) x 1.11 (d)

Meet the Author

James Brady commanded a Marine rifle platoon during the Korean War and was awarded the Bronze Star for valor. He wrote weekly for Parade Magazine and for Advertising Age. He lived in Manhattan and in East Hampton, New York.

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