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Thunder in the Morning Calm

Thunder in the Morning Calm

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by Don Brown

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Lieutenant Commander “Gunner” McCormick is assigned as an intelligence officer to Carrier Strike Force 10, being deployed to the Yellow Sea at the invitation of South Korea for joint exercises with the US Navy. During his pre-deployment briefing, he discovers a TOP-SECRET MEMO revealing rumors that the North Koreans may still be holding a handful of


Lieutenant Commander “Gunner” McCormick is assigned as an intelligence officer to Carrier Strike Force 10, being deployed to the Yellow Sea at the invitation of South Korea for joint exercises with the US Navy. During his pre-deployment briefing, he discovers a TOP-SECRET MEMO revealing rumors that the North Koreans may still be holding a handful of elderly Americans from the Korean War in secret prison camps. As it happens, Gunner’s grandfather, who was a young marine officer in the Korean War, disappeared at Chosin Reservoir over 60 years ago and is still listed as MIA in North Korea. Sworn to silence about what he has read, the top-secret memo eats at him. Gunner decides to spend all his inheritance and break every military regulation in the book to finance his own three-man commando squad on a suicide mission north of the DMZ to search for clues about the fate of his grandfather. Risking his career, his fortune, and his life, Gunner will get his answers, or he will die trying. Don Brown is building a loyal fan base by writing what he knows best: thrillers with heart. A former Navy JAG officer and action officer in the Pentagon, Brown pens action-packed plots and finely-drawn characters that are credible and compelling. Thunder in the Morning Calm is a novel of bravery, duty, and family love that will keep readers of all ages reading straight through to the last page.

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Thunder in the Morning Calm

By Don Brown


Copyright © 2011 Don Brown
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ISBN: 978-0-310-33014-1

Chapter One

Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) Suitland, Maryland

The massive Suitland Federal Center, located in suburban Maryland just eight miles southeast of the Pentagon, sprawled across 226 acres of grass, well-manicured shrubbery, and brick-and-mortar federal office buildings.

Reachable by subway off the Washington Metro's Green Line, yet unknown to most Americans, the center is home to several federal agencies, the most recognizable being the United States Census Bureau.

From the Pentagon, the ride to Suitland by car was scenic, even on a barren mid-November day. Crossing the Potomac River, the government-issued Ford Taurus passed by the Jefferson Memorial and the Tidal Basin, the reflections in the pools and basins of Washington's great monuments a reminder of the great force for freedom that America had been, still is, and, hopefully, will remain.

But in a few short minutes, the images of grandeur disappeared as the Taurus left behind the glamorous buildings of government and drove into the crime-infested southeast sector of the city, past the Washington Navy Yard to the right and slumlord government housing to the left.

In the front passenger seat, Lieutenant Commander Gunner McCormick, United States Navy, checked his watch. They had departed the Pentagon thirty minutes after the end of rush hour, with plenty of time to spare, unless one of those notoriously inconvenient Washington-area fender benders paralyzed traffic.

"We've got a few minutes, sir," said the senior chief petty officer driving the Taurus. "Be happy to stop and buy you a coffee."

"Sounds great, Senior Chief," the commander said. "I could use the caffeine. Come to think of it, I could use a smoke." He checked his watch again. "But I'd rather be early than take any chances. How about on the way back I buy you a coffee or, better yet, maybe something a little more substantial."

"That'll work," the senior chief said, sporting a sly grin as the Taurus rolled east across the Pennsylvania Avenue bridge spanning the Anacostia River.

Not much was said for the rest of the trip as the commander gathered his thoughts. Three days ago, they plucked him off his ship in the Pacific, flew him to Hawaii, then to San Diego, and then to the Pentagon for one day. And now they were driving him over to Suitland, to the Office of Naval Intelligence, for a top-secret meeting about a top-secret subject. He still had no clue why he had been called.

His boss at sea, Rear Admiral James S. Hampton Jr., had not been too happy about it. But then, Admiral Hampton had not been happy about much lately. Gunner thought the admiral had been on his case over just about anything and everything. He had no idea what was bothering him. Who knew? He'd learned long ago that in the Navy, you don't second-guess the orders of your superiors. Half those orders never made sense anyway. And you don't try to read officers' minds. Flag officers, especially, could change their minds as quickly as the wind shifts directions. So what was the point?

They crossed the Maryland state line into Prince George's County. They made a right and then a left on Branch and Alabama Avenues, then stayed to the right for the final stretch along Suitland Road Southeast. As they approached Gate 1, the driver slowed down, then turned in. After presenting their credentials, they drove onto the grounds of Suitland Federal Center. The road dead-ended at Swan Road, the main corridor within the center. Most of the signs pointed to the left, toward the buildings of the giant US Census Bureau. But the senior chief clicked on the right-turn signal and made a sharp right turn.

A moment later, they reached Gate 9, with its armed Marine Corps guards. A Marine staff sergeant snapped to attention and shot a sharp salute.

"Good morning, sir," the sergeant said. "May I help you?"

"I've got a meeting with the admiral at ONI," Gunner said, referring to the Office of Naval Intelligence.

"Aye, aye, sir," the sergeant said. "Your identification and orders, please."

"Senior Chief," the commander said, "show the sergeant our papers."

"Aye, sir." The senior chief passed the orders out the window.

The sergeant studied the papers, then passed them back. He shot another perfectly stiff salute with precision-like bearing. "You may proceed through the gate. ONI is in the building straight ahead. The duty officer is awaiting your arrival, Commander, and will escort you to the admiral's spaces."

"Thank you, Sergeant," Gunner replied, and the Taurus rolled through Gate 9 past two other Marine guards and parked near the National Maritime Intelligence Center building.

Gunner stepped through the double doors into the marble-floored foyer. Flanking the entryway to the left was the flag of the United States. To the right was the US Navy flag.

"Lieutenant Commander McCormick?" A Navy lieutenant smiled and extended her hand. The gold cord hanging from her left epaulette designated her as an aide to an admiral.

"That's me. My friends call me Gunner."

"Yes, I've heard." Hers was a dimple-accentuated smile. "I'm Lieutenant Mary Jefferies."

"You're the admiral's aide?"

"That's right."

"Nice to meet you, Lieutenant." He released her handshake.

"You too, Commander. I'll take you up to the conference room on the sixth deck. We have some background information for you to read. Then the admiral and I will brief you."

"Excellent," Gunner said and followed her onto the elevator. "But you can call me Gunner if you'd like."

Lieutenant Jefferies punched a button and the elevator lifted quickly to the sixth floor—the sixth deck—where the doors parted and Jefferies stepped into the hallway just ahead of Gunner.

"Right this way," Jefferies said, holding her hand out to the left. They walked down to the end of the long hallway. Jefferies stopped in front of a door, punched a combination lock, and pushed open the door to a windowless rectangular conference room, complete with table and chairs. In the middle of the long table was an 8-by-10-inch envelope with the words TOP SECRET in red.

"In the envelope you'll find your orders, Commander, along with general background on the political and military situation surrounding your next assignment. I'll leave you here to go over the material. I'll be back in a few minutes to let you know when the admiral will be ready."

"Excellent," he said, "but you can call me Gunner."

Jefferies beamed at him. "Very persistent, I see. Just like your dossier says."

"You've read my dossier?"

"Would you expect otherwise?"

"I think you're bluffing, Lieutenant. You don't have an actual dossier on me."

"Oh, I'm bluffing, am I?" She raised one eyebrow.

"So just what about me have you read?"

"Hmm. Let's see what I can recall. Graduated from Virginia Tech. Four-year backup quarterback on the football team, but didn't play much. You got to carry a clipboard and wear a headset and send in plays to the starter."

"Ooh, that hurt."

"Did it now?" She smiled at him. "You got tired of not seeing any action, so you joined the Navy."

"I just want you to know I'm in better shape now than I was when I played on the football team. We had a wimpy strength-and-conditioning coach. The guy didn't know how to teach power lifting. An hour a day on weights now does more than two hours in the gym back then."

"Okay. Let's see. You attended Officer Candidate School in Newport, and after OCS, you got picked up for intel, where you finished, unimpressively I might add, in the middle of your class at Dam Neck."

"Unimpressively? Hey, I was a football jock! At least I passed."

"Then you got yourself assigned to a Cruiser Destroyer Group, where you met your surface warfare obligations. Again bored, you got out of the Navy. Took a high-paying job as a commodities analyst in New York. But then you got bored with that too."

"What can I say?" Gunner quipped. "I get bored easily."

"Yes, of course you do. This time you tried something a little less boring. You returned to active duty from the reserves and volunteered as an intel officer attached to a SEAL unit in Afghanistan."

Gunner shrugged. "I flipped on the TV one morning and saw the commercial that said, 'The Navy—it's not just a job. It's an adventure.' Guess I missed that the first time."

"You certainly made it an adventure the second time, Commander. Let's see. What did it say? While attached to the SEALs, you jumped in a hole, grabbed a live grenade tossed in by the enemy, and tossed it out half a second before it exploded, saving the life of the injured Marine waiting to be medevaced out. You were cited for heroism and bravery and awarded the Navy Cross."

"You're embarrassing me, Lieutenant. Why do you bring this up?"

"You're the one who said I hadn't read your dossier. Just proving I did my homework."

"I would expect nothing less."

"Well, then, I'm sure you know the admiral will expect you to have these papers read prior to your meeting."

"That your way of telling me to shut up and get to work?" He chuckled.

"That is correct," she said. She opened the door to step out, then turned back. "I hope you will find a suitable level of excitement there."

"You did nail me."

She tried suppressing a smile but failed. "I'll see you in a few minutes, sir." She stepped out of the room and the door closed behind her.

Gunner sat down. Time to get to work. He opened the envelope and spread its contents on the table.

Date: November 17

From: Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Dominance (N2/N6) and Director of Naval Intelligence (DNI)

To: LCDR Christianson Pendleton McCormick, USN, Staff Intelligence Officer, Carrier Strike Group Ten

Subj: Initial Intelligence Briefing Carrier Strike Group Ten Yellow Sea Deployment

Classification: TOP SECRET

1. Due to increasing hostilities on the Korean Peninsula, the Republic of Korea has requested joint naval exercises with the United States Navy in the Yellow Sea as a show of unity, solidarity, and force between the US and the ROK to deter possible aggression from North Korea.

2. The National Command Authority has ordered Carrier Strike Group Ten (USS Harry S. Truman Battle Group) into the Yellow Sea to conduct joint naval exercises with the ROK Navy. Commander Strike Group Ten shall be informed of these orders imminently.

3. As senior intelligence officer for the Strike Group, the purpose of this communiqué is to brief you on (a) the historical and political situation of the conflict as relevant to the Strike Group's mission; (b) the positioning of North Korean shore batteries that may pose a threat to the Strike Group; and (c) the positioning of North Korean naval and air forces that are a potential threat to United States naval forces.

4. A summary of the historical and political background is as follows:


In 1910, Japan attacked and conquered Korea. The brutal military occupation ended more than one thousand years of Korea's sovereignty as a nation and was a major source of shame to Koreans.

Thirty-five years later, Japan lost Korea in World War II. Just as Europe was divided along the "Iron Curtain," Korea was divided along the 38th parallel into the American-backed Republic of Korea in the south (ROK) and the Communist-backed Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) in the north. The DPRK was led by a young rebel and disciple of Joseph Stalin named Kim Il-sung.

In 1950, Kim Il-sung invaded the South to unify the country. North Korean Communist forces rapidly drove south, gaining control of almost the entire country before American and United Nations forces, under General Douglas MacArthur, executed a daring amphibious landing at Inchon, which decapitated the Communist supply lines into the South.

After Inchon, the military pendulum swung to the West. American forces pushed the Communists back, driving them back into North Korea—their goal to obliterate the dictatorial regime in Pyongyang. But the surprise entry of overwhelming Communist Chinese forces secretly crossing the border into North Korea changed the dynamic of the war. The US and Korean forces that had advanced north toward the Yalu River border with China on the western side of the peninsula were driven back by the surprise entry of Chinese soldiers, who had crossed secretly into Korea. On the eastern side of the peninsula, Chinese forces attacked the First Marine Division commanded by Major General O. P. Smith near the Chosin Reservoir on their push north. Surprised and surrounded by Chinese forces outnumbering it eight-toone, the division, fighting in subzero conditions, rallied around General Smith and battled through Chinese fortifications, inflicting mortal damage to the enemy before returning south. Many have said that the Battle of Chosin Reservoir was the Marines' finest hour.

In 1953, after three years of fighting, Korea remained divided in almost exactly the same place it had been divided before the war began.

The 38th parallel.

The armistice kept the two heavily armed warring armies separated, 2,500 yards apart, by a no-man's land now known as the "Demilitarized Zone," the DMZ.

As many as four million people died in the Korean War, which had some of the most brutal warfare the world has ever known. The US dropped nearly one million gallons of napalm on North Korea. Eighteen of twenty-two major cities in the North were at least half obliterated.

While most people think the war ended almost sixty years ago, there never was a peace treaty. More than 21,000 days later, the long cease-fire continues.

North Korea remains the most oppressive regime on the planet. Although intelligence is somewhat sketchy, best evidence from eyewitness reports suggests that North Korea maintains several dozen forced-labor prison camps, reserved primarily for political dissidents who dare to challenge the regime. These camps have been used over the years to dissuade political opposition.

Even to this day, rumors have circulated and circumstantial evidence from the North has suggested that North Korea may be holding a few elderly American prisoners never returned from the war.

"What?" Gunner mumbled aloud. He rubbed his eyes and reread the last paragraph.

Even to this day, rumors have circulated and circumstantial evidence from the North has suggested that North Korea may be holding a few elderly American prisoners never returned from the war.

"I can't believe this." He looked back at the communiqué.

Due to the highly sensitive political nature surrounding enforcement of the tenuous nature of the armistice, the US has been unable to confirm or deny the validity of such rumors.

"What the heck is that supposed to mean ... 'Unable to confirm or deny'?"

A knock on the door. Gunner heard someone working the combination lock, then the door opened. Lieutenant Jefferies was standing alone in the passageway. "The admiral is ready for you now, Commander. If you will come with me, please."

Gunner stood, grabbed the folder, and joined Lieutenant Jefferies out in the hall. His briefing with the admiral would be interesting. But he knew that nothing the admiral could say would erase the idea growing in his mind.

American Marines could be alive in North Korea. And he intended to find them and bring them home.

Chapter Two

Kim Yong-nam Military Prison Camp

Keith knelt on the concrete floor, leaned over the cot, and laid his hand on his friend's forehead. The skin was hot, dry. Over the last few days, Robert's hacking cough had grown worse. His lungs sounded full of phlegm that he couldn't cough out.

"That you, Keith?" More coughing. More wheezing. "Mama? Mama? You there?"

"He's delirious," Frank said. He was sitting on a bunk across the aisle.

"It's the fever talking," Keith said. "He's on fire. If we don't get his temp down, it's over." He lifted Robert's wrist and felt for a pulse. "His pulse is firing like a machine gun."

For Keith, the thought of losing Robert triggered a flash of memories —memories of bygone days when they were young, strong, and idealistic.

Robert was a Marine. And in his younger days, he was a Marine's Marine.

It happened in November 1950 at a place called Chosin Reservoir near the border between Korea and China. The First Marine Division was pinned down, surrounded by overwhelming Chinese forces. Their situation was hopeless. But Brigadier General O. P. Smith, the commander of the division, had rallied the leathernecks with a jolting war cry: "Retreat, hell! We're not retreating! We're just advancing in a different direction!"


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Meet the Author

Don Brown is the author of Thunder in the Morning Calm, The Malacca Conspiracy, The Navy Justice Series, and The Black Sea Affair, a submarine thriller that predicted the 2008 shooting war between Russia and Georgia. Don served five years in the U.S. Navy as an officer in the Judge Advocate General's (JAG) Corps, which gave him an exceptional vantage point into both the Navy and the inner workings "inside-the-beltway" as an action officer assigned to the Pentagon. He left active duty in 1992 to pursue private practice, but remained on inactive status through 1999, rising to the rank of Lieutenant Commander. He and his family live in North Carolina, where he pursues his passion for penning novels about the Navy. www.donbrownbooks.com Facebook: Don-Brown


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harstan More than 1 year ago
.S. Navy Lieutenant Commander Gunner McCormick as the intelligence officer assigned to the Pacific Rim Carrier Strike Force 10 arrives at the office of Naval Intelligence in Suitland, Maryland for a top secret briefing on the fleet joining the South Koreans in a joint exercise in the Yellow Sea. However, the historical background catches Gunner's attention when the report states there are probably still POWs in North Korea though the "Forgotten War" ended in an armistice six decades ago. Back on the USS Harry Truman in the Yellow Sea, Gunner debriefs the officers and obtains permission for leave from Admiral Hampton as long as he leaves a number where he can be reached. He says he will spend time in Seoul. Thinking of part of the Soldier Creed "will never leave a fallen comrade" and using his inheritance, Gunner obtains the help of two retired soldiers, Jung-Hoon and Jackrabbit, to make a daring unauthorized three person commando raid to liberate the POWs. The entertaining first Pacific Rim military thriller will obviously remind readers of Rambo (even Gunner's recruits tell him that), but is much more as Don Brown places a spotlight on the Korean Police Action with its sixty years' armistice. The story line rotates between following Gunner and what has happened and is happening in a prison camp in North Korea. Although over the top of Baekdu Mountain, readers will appreciate this terrific rescue attempt with a fascinating late twist as Thunder In the Morning Calm is a super thriller that pays homage to our military especially those who fought in the 1950s in Korea. Harriet Klausner
stumpyTN More than 1 year ago
I'm a hard nosed sun-of-a-gun of 67 yrs, but I gotta tell ya, the ending of this book had me in tears. This is a must read. Will be reading more of Don Brown.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book pulls you in right from the beginning and does not let you go until the very end. A very good book to read. A great war time read without all the gore and swearing you see in so many other books
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A book every American should read. The truespirit of our military forces and Christains around the world. Could not put down.
WintersRead More than 1 year ago
If you enjoy books full of military operations, incompetent hostiles, and navy battles, this is a worthy book in those regards. The fact that everything came from a Christian standpoint made it even better. The mechanics of war are examined in an interesting way, watching them play out as a possible war approaches. Brown develops his characters well, even if they appear for a meager two pages. Gunner, determined to find Americans still held captive and give them freedom at last, keeps in prayer with God all the time. From the start of his deployment to the conclusion of his mission, he shows us that a person can really serve both God and America. God bless America. This book was provided free by Zondervan. I was not required to write a positive review, and the opinions expressed are my own.
Ailanthus More than 1 year ago
I really loved this book. It's full of military action and suspense, but the storyline is very touching. It is set in modern times and a young marine is stationed in the Yellow Sea when he finds out that POWs, listed as MIA from the North Korean War, might still be in North Korea and one of them might be his grandfather. At times this book had me holding my breath, but the ending was worth it.
saxston524 More than 1 year ago
This book captures your attention from beginning to end. It's the first book I've read by Don Brown but won't be the last. Our hero, Lt. Commander "Gunner" McCormick reads a top secret report about a joint exercise in the Yellow Sea. In it he reads a section which states there may be POW's in North Korea in a secret camp. He asks for and receives permission to take a leave in Seoul, there he recruits two retired soldiers and the action begins to locate that camp. His grandfather just might be one of those prisoners and if not, he would still bring those there home. It is indeed worth reading and you won't be disappointed...
Ichabod08 More than 1 year ago
This is an action packed story that is set in modern times. Cdr McCormick, Intelligence Officer stationed aboard the U.S.S. Harry S. Truman, is recalled to the States for a briefing regarding a deployment in the Yellow Sea. Information contained in the briefing notes prompts the Cdr to request leave in order to pursue a personal mission. Thunder in the Morning Calm is an excellent example of christian fiction that will be enjoyable to all audiences. I recommend this as a must read to anyone who enjoys thrillers in the category of Flynn, Thor, Clancy, etc.
Cathy Reynolds More than 1 year ago
What an incredible story. I laughed and cried and cheered. I cannot even conceive of spending most of my life in a brutal prison forgotten by everyone but family. There are still about 8,000 missing. I will read more of Don Brown. He's already on my wish list. Highly recommened.
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
Gunner will get answers. Or he will die trying. Lieutenant Commander "Gunner" McCormick is assigned as an intelligence officer to Carrier Strike Force 10 - deployed to the Yellow Sea at the invitation of South Korea for joint exercises with the US Navy. During his pre-deployment briefing, he discovers a TOP-SECRET MEMO revealing rumors that the North Koreans may still be holding a handful of elderly Americans from the Korean War in secret prison camps. As it happens, Gunner's grandfather, who was a young Marine officer in the Korean War, disappeared at Chosin Reservoir over sixty years ago and is still listed as MIA in North Korea. Sworn to silence about what he has read, the top-secret memo eats at him. Gunner decides to spend all his inheritance and break every military regulation in the book to finance his own three-man commando squad on a suicide mission north of the DMZ to search for clues about the fate of his grandfather. Risking his career, his fortune, and his life, Gunner will get his answers, or he will die trying. My Review: I received Thunder In the Morning Calm by Don Brown compliments of Christian Fiction Blog Alliance for my honest review and I was not disappointed. After reading The Malacca Conspiracy, I knew I had to read this one as well. Don Brown's writing style is designed to capture you within the first chapter and from then on, he guarantees to keep you glued to the book until you finish the final page. Believing that there are still missing MIA's that are unaccounted for, I couldn't wait to get my hands on this book and see how it turns out. From the time, Gunner reads a small blurb outlined in a top-secret memo that it may or may not be true about MIA's still being held in North Korea in prison camps and that one of them may just be his missing grandfather, he takes a chance to fund a risky search and rescue mission. Relying on retired US Army Lt Colonel Jack Davenport "Jackrabbit" and retired Colonel Jung-Hoon Sohn of the Army of the Republic of Korea to help him locate the prison camps, Gunner is prepared to save any American being held there even if it turns out its not his grandfather. Where this journey will lead them will completely alter the lives of everyone involved and bring about an unexpected ending. I award this novel a perfect 5 out of 5 stars and can't wait to keep adding more novels by Don Brown to my library. If you love military, black ops, rescue stories, then this one will not disappoint but make you a fan for life!
Elisha40 More than 1 year ago
I love all of Don Brown's books but I think this latest is my favorite. It was a fantastic story with great characters. I could not put this book down and found myself at times holding my breath. I really enjoyed learning more about Korea and the Korean War.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book shows us what we are lacking in our government, and the pride we had in our country. Because of Obama were have lost so much.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Plot is a bit of a stretch. Nothing complicated here, but a pretty good read on the airplane.
fernweh428 More than 1 year ago
Action-packed from start to finish, this unabashedly patriotic tale has the makings for a made-for-TV movie. This work is labeled faith-based fiction, and that theme is evident throughout. You may recognize performer Dick Hill from the Jack Reacher audiobooks. If you like his narration in that series, you will almost certainly enjoy this performance.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good fast moving novel
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MarB1 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoy reading military fiction. I'm no expert in navy terminology and I found this book very understandable. It also provides maps of the places where Gunner and his team were going--this is very clarifying. Gunner is a Luitenant Commander on a navy ship, stationed in the Yellow Sea nearby South and North Korea. He heard about the possibility that older American Marines are held captive in North Korea. Gunner's grandfather was captured during the Korean war 60 years ago and he's determined to find out where those older American Marines are imprisoned and to free them and bring them back to their families in the US. Gunner asked for some time off to visit South Korea. He didn't tell the Admiral about his plans. He has contacted two retired warriors--an American living in South Korea nicknamed Jackrabbit and a South Korean Colonel named Jung Hoon. Both hate the communists and want to help Gunner on his mission to try to free the Americans. They start planning the mission and soon they're on their way to North Korea. Of course you can't get into North Korea very easily and they run into some resistance. Will they find the Americans? Will they all get out of North Korea alive? The author did a great job writing this book. I literally found myself on the edge of my seat a good couple of times. This was my first book by Don Brown and I'm looking forward to read more of his books. Great job, Don!
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CBH More than 1 year ago
The North Korean War, Police Action, or Korean Conflict, whichever one would call it, occurred many years ago in the 1950’s and has been mostly forgotten except for those that survived, their families, and the families of those that were killed or missing. This excellently written story revolves around a prison camp in North Korea where a few American prisoners could possibly still exist from that war, now being quite old in their 80’s, if any survived. The story starts in a North Korean Prison where three that did survive that war were still alive but their day-to-day health was quite delicate. Their treatment, even for a healthy young prisoner, was torturous with no regard for age or health consideration. Keith, Robert, and Frank only existed, since no human should have had to endure those conditions. There was a woman that came in from outside the prison camp who would do some things to assist these men but she was limited to very little in the way of supplies. Lieutenant Commander Gunner McCormick, United States Navy, was summoned to a meeting at the secret location of the Office of Naval Intelligence, unaware of the subject of his meeting. When Gunner left the meeting he knew there was a possibility that some Marines still could be alive in North Korea and he would do anything to attempt to rescue them. Gunner traveled across the nation and was then flown to the aircraft carrier, The USS Harry Truman, which was in the Yellow Sea just off the Korean Coast. Thus started the adventures of Gunner that caused international intrigue, infiltration of enemy territory, battles of life or death, and even some live battles that were unexpected. The story takes Gunner from the ship and started him on his way to attempt to find some Marines that might or might not be alive. His travels through some very hostile areas, both militarily and where nature showed its fury, had danger with every step. Gunner had two others with him to assist him, John “Jackrabbit” Davenport, and Colonel Jung-Hoon, both of who had been in special missions most of their lives. They made a tight knit group who eventually bonded to safeguard each other’s lives during this dangerous and wild mission. You will learn a lot of history of the area, geography, people in general, and a vast knowledge of the locations of various important areas as you roam through enemy territory. Gunner’s grandfather had gone missing in North Korea. It was unknown if he survived or not but this quest to find any still existing prisoners prodded Gunner even harder. Don’t miss this adventure.
QapaOhSo More than 1 year ago
If you like stories about the military, you will love this one! I could not put it down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A nice easy read...just a bit predictable.
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