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.
|Publisher:||St. Martin's Press|
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About 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.
James Brady commanded a rifle platoon during the Korean War and was awarded the Bronze Star for valor. He captured these experiences in his books The Scariest Place in the World, The Marine, his New York Times bestselling novels Warning of War and The Marines of Autumn, and in his highly praised memoir The Coldest War. His weekly columns for Parade magazine and Forbes.com were considered must-reads by millions. He lived in Manhattan and East Hampton, New York.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The story jumps around a little at times, but all and all a typical James Brady book....very good.
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.