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The master of military historical fiction turns his discerning eye to the Korean War in this riveting new novel, which tells the dramatic story of the Americans and the Chinese who squared off in one of the deadliest campaigns in the annals of combat: the Battle of Chosin Reservoir, also known as Frozen Chosin.
June 1950. The North Korean army invades South Korea, intent on uniting the country under Communist rule. In response, the United States mobilizes a force to defend the overmatched South Korean troops, and together they drive the North Koreans back to their border with China.
But several hundred thousand Chinese troops have entered Korea, laying massive traps for the Allies. In November 1950, the Chinese spring those traps. Allied forces, already battling stunningly cold weather, find themselves caught completely off guard as the Chinese advance around the Chosin Reservoir in North Korea. A force that once stood on the precipice of victory now finds itself on the brink of annihilation. Assured by General Douglas MacArthur that they would be home by Christmas, the soldiers and marines fight for their lives against the most brutal weather conditions imaginable - and an enemy that outnumbers them more than six to one.
The Frozen Hours tells the story of Frozen Chosin from multiple points of view: Oliver P. Smith, the commanding general of the American 1st Marine Division, who famously redefined defeat as "advancing in a different direction"; marine private Pete Riley, a World War II veteran who now faces the greatest fight of his life; and the Chinese commander Sung Shi-Lun, charged with destroying the Americans he has so completely surrounded, ever aware that above him, Chairman Mao Tse-Tung watches his every move.
Written with the propulsive force Shaara brings to all his novels of combat and courage, The Frozen Hours transports us to the critical moment in the history of America's "Forgotten War", when the fate of the Korean peninsula lay in the hands of a brave band of brothers battling both the elements and a determined, implacable foe.
©2017 Jeff Shaara (P)2017 Random House Audio
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By Anke Smith on 08-28-17

Highly educational insight into the Korean War

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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By Ark1836 on 08-22-17

Not as Good as Most Shaara Books

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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