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I'm going to start this review by saying that this is not Jeff Shaara's finest novel. This is the ninth Shaara novel that I've read, and I have to rate this as the least of those. That being said, a bad Shaara novel is still excellent by most other standards. So, I might sound a little harsh, but it is still a good novel, just not up to my expectations for this outstanding author. My problem with this particular book is the scope. Shaara usually covers an entire war from start-to-finish unless the novel is meant to be part of a series (such as the two-part Revolutionary War series, the Civil War battle novels and the four-part WWII series). This novel really just covers one battle, the Battle of Chosin Reservoir. In historical context, this battle was part of a much larger campaign, which this novel fails to fully appreciate. The novel glosses over the earlier Battle of the Pusan Perimeter, which was a larger battle both in size and casualties. The novel also barely touches the Battle of Inchon, which is one of the most daring landings in history. The novel ends in late 1950/early 1951 with an unsatisfying, brief conclusion summarizing the next two years of the war.
Again, this is a Shaara novel, so it's still a very well written novel. Shaara on a bad day is still better than most authors.
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Having grown up in Germany during the 70's I never knew much about the Korean War. Which in hindsight is rather sad as it was an UN mission. I am so grateful to Jeff Shaara for writing this book and opening my eyes. Also the narration by Paul Michael is beyond superb! I listen to Audible books as well as the Great Courses all the time and this narration put one right into Korea and with the Marines.
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