A Marine veteran of the Korean conflict, Brady (The Marines of Autumn) has stormed publishing high ground to become, arguably, our foremost novelist currently writing on the subject of Marines at war. Here, the distinguished columnist and author brings under close scrutiny the sorry disarray of the U.S. military during the two months (beginning November 27, 1941, and ending Jan. 27, 1942) just before and after the infamous attack on Pearl Harbor. Playing tennis by day with his friend, an American-born Japanese colonel, and by night enjoying posh clubs with his White Russian mistress, Marine Capt. Billy Port, a Back Bay Bostonian, sees his pampered life among the cosmopolitan set in exotic, Japanese-occupied Shanghai come to an abrupt halt on November 27, 1941, when FDR orders the complete evacuation of all Marines stationed in China under an official "warning of war." A decorated veteran of the 1920s Nicaraguan campaign, Port is given the task of taking a rifle squad of combat-seasoned Marines and rounding up a scattering of isolated detachments and leading them over the Great Wall and across the Gobi into icy Siberia. Taking his personal majordomo, a naval lieutenant, a French former Grand Prix race driver, and an exiled White Russian general, he loads four military trucks and his own Bentley touring car aboard a rusty Portuguese ship and sails north to rescue the isolated Marines, unaware that his Japanese tennis partner will become his relentless pursuer. Authentic atmospherics and crackling action are sure to keep fans turning the pages of this newest Brady combat thriller, which succeeds equally as entertainment, history and morality lesson. (Apr. 10) Forecast: The Marines of August was a New York Times bestseller, and Brady's latest looks likely to follow in its footsteps. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
In November 1941, U.S. marines were stationed in North China and fighting the Japanese well before the attack on Pearl Harbor. This novel tells the story of the days just before and shortly after the "official" fighting began. Capt. William Port, 4th Marines, is stationed in Shanghai, a city wracked by poverty, corruption, and intrigue, as the Japanese army looms on the horizon. Wealthy and educated, he is comfortable with his White Russian girlfriend, Natasha. While some members of his regiment are ordered to the Philippines and to the subsequent horrors of Bataan and Corregidor, Port is left behind with a small group of marines whose task is to rescue American missionaries trapped in the far reaches of the Gobi Desert. Port's trek through the desert constitutes the heart of this story of adventure, conflict, heroism, and tragedy. A former marine and magazine publisher, Brady (Marines of Autumn, The Coldest War) offers a fascinating tale of a virtually forgotten time and place. For all general collections. Robert Conroy, Warren, MI Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Brady returns to his beloved Corps (the memoir The Coldest War, 1990) to write his second Marine Corps novel (The Marines of Autumn, 2000). Here, Brady retells the traditional story of "Billy Port's Ride"-an epic about US Marines stationed as sentinels in chaotic North China. No authority, in the States, Mongolia, Japan, or Moscow, however, will admit that Billy Port's ride ever took place. By 1941, four years into the Sino-Japanese War, the treaty cities of Shanghai, Canton, Peking, Tsingtao, and other places flourish, with black Chicago musicians playing swing at Jimmy's Place in Shanghai, despite Japanese occupation. For ten years, Marines have defended US business interests, doctors, missionaries, nurses, and teachers. Brady is right at home with the tony set at the clubs and on the tennis courts and quickly draws us into China's wartime atmosphere. Born to Boston Back Bay wealth, Port chose Annapolis over Harvard, then the Marines, was written up for the Medal of Honor for killing Sandinistas in Nicaragua, became known as a blooded killer and barfighter. Port is ordered to move his troops out on a hired tramp steamer; instead he heads an armed convoy (and his Bentley) toward the Great Wall and the Gobi Desert, where he faces "bandits and warlords, Mongol separatists, food riots and fuel shortages, Chiang and the Reds fighting each other, [and] the Japs fighting both. . . ." On the road they hear of Pearl Harbor, know they are at war, see Zeroes flying over them and know that 50 miles of rough country lie ahead. Passing through the Great Wall allows Brady to drum up a wonderfully amusing scene as Port, smiling and saluting with his Navy sword, beheads a bandit general who demands amachine gun as tribute. And then it's into the frigid Gobi and a trek to the Russian border. After many hurdles, they reach the border and, fatally for Port, the KGB. Shapely, an absolute natural for film.
“Brady has emerged as one of the best novelists of his generation.” Dan Rather
“Brady has stormed publishing high ground to become, arguably, our foremost novelist currently writing on the subject of Marines at war. Authentic atmospherics and crackling action are sure to keep fans turning the pages of this newest Brady combat thriller.” Publishers Weekly
“Brady sculpts an image of an ideal Marine.” The Los Angeles Times Book Review
“Colorful and pithy, Warning of War is the most enjoyment one can have reading an adventure war novel.” Leatherneck magazine
“An enthralling read! James Brady captures the proud swagger of real Marine esprit-de-corps and the true hard-edged violence of close combat during a time that deserves the Brady spotlight. Warning of War is a must-read.” General James L. Jones, U.S. Marine Corps
“James Brady"s tremendously engaging tale has captured the drama and desperation of a unique and nearly forgotten facet of American history.” Lieutenant Colonel Jon Hoffman, U.S. Marine Corps, author of Chesty: The Story of Lieutenant General Lewis Puller, USMC
“James Brady has written another gripping military novel.... [A] page-turning adventure.” The New York Post
“James Brady is a skillful novelist and journalist who excels when he writes about the U.S. Marine Corps. Warning of War...is a thrilling, enjoyable adventure.” Chicago Daily Tribune
“Captain James Brady has once again brilliantly employed the medium of the historical novel to poignantly capture the timeless reality of Marines at war. Set in one of the most storied periods of Marine Corps history – but among the least known outside the Corps – Warning of War transports the reader to the world of the China Marines. In so doing, Brady provides a window into the culture and ethos of the Marines – a lethal assemblage of diverse and often colorful personalities forged as one by an indomitable commitment to mission accomplishment and each other.” Lieutenant Colonel Ward E. Scott, II, U.S. Marine Corps