The Marine: A Novel of War from Guadalcanal to Korea [NOOK Book]

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A rousing new Marine Corps adventure from the author of the New York Times bestselling Warning of War and The Marines of Autumn

The Marine is Colonel James ("Oliver") Cromwell, a warrior forged at Notre Dame and the Berlin of Hitler's Olympics, and honed by combat at Guadalcanal as one of Carlson's Marine Raiders. With the world at peace, the thirty-five-year old Cromwell is restlessly, if pleasantly, beached on garrison duty in California, aware of how much he misses the war, ...

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The Marine: A Novel of War from Guadalcanal to Korea

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Overview


A rousing new Marine Corps adventure from the author of the New York Times bestselling Warning of War and The Marines of Autumn

The Marine is Colonel James ("Oliver") Cromwell, a warrior forged at Notre Dame and the Berlin of Hitler's Olympics, and honed by combat at Guadalcanal as one of Carlson's Marine Raiders. With the world at peace, the thirty-five-year old Cromwell is restlessly, if pleasantly, beached on garrison duty in California, aware of how much he misses the war, when he is ordered to fresh duty beyond the seas, as military attaché to the American ambassador in a dull Asian backwater half a world away. There, at dawn on a June Sunday, Ollie gets his wish for action. Korea violently erupts and Colonel Cromwell is caught up in the early, panicked, rout. While South Koreans cut and run, the first GIs hurried into battle are brushed aside by advancing Red tanks and tough peasant infantry.

The Marine chronicles the war-hardened Cromwell's experience of the dramatic First Hundred Days of a brutal three-year Korean War, the chaos and cowardice of retreat, the last-ditch gallantry of the Pusan Perimeter, MacArthur's brilliant left hook sending Marines against the deadly seawall at Inchon, and the bloody assault to liberate Seoul and promote MacArthur's 1952 presidential ambitions. Ollie Cromwell's is the story of a "forgotten war" that never truly ended, but for a bitter truce along what a recent U.S. president called "the most dangerous border in the world."

In The Marine, James Brady crafts a powerful novel of one man's service to his country and Corps.

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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: 9781429901970
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2007
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 170,307
  • File size: 862 KB

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2012

    Good read

    The story jumps around a little at times, but all and all a typical James Brady book....very good.

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  • Posted November 14, 2011

    Recommend - Makes you understand why people serve

    This author has written, yet again, about the people who are willing to put their lives on the line for our nation. The author takes us back to the days following the his Warning of War and develops a character who you watch develop as a Marine and as an individual. His character development takes a different tack from that taken by William Butterfield in his The Corps series and focuses on one person and the events and people he deals with in completing the tasks at hand. What is described is not always pretty; but, war and its effect on people never is. It changes people and Brady shows how its changes them, and also how they struggle to retain their inate sense of right and wrong.

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  • Posted August 12, 2011

    I feel bad 4 this dude

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