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A rousing new Marine Corps adventure from the author of the New York Times bestselling Warning of War and The Marines of AutumnThe 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 iA rousing new Marine Corps adventure from the author of the New York Times bestselling Warning of War and The Marines of AutumnThe 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....

Title : The Marine: A Novel of War from Guadalcanal to Korea
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ISBN : 9780312291426
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 320 Pages
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The Marine: A Novel of War from Guadalcanal to Korea Reviews

  • Francis Gahren
    2019-05-13 23:04

    Abstract: It has been 50 years since the end of the Korean War, and Brady sets his latest novel during the first 100 days of the conflict--beginning on June 25, 1950, when the North Koreans launched their surprise attack on South Korea. Cromwell joins General Douglas McArthur in the invasion at Inchon and in his fiercely fought drive to reach the capital city of Seoul. Brady paints Cromwell as a true patriot who--when not fighting--reads Caesar's Gallic War in Latin. 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."Author of Warning of War (2002), The Marines of Autumn (2000), and 12 other novels, Brady served in the Korean War. In The Marine, James Brady crafts a powerful novel of one man’s service to his country and Corps.Recommendation: Outstanding book about the Korean War—read it!

  • Wayne
    2019-05-11 23:54

    This was the fourth book about the Marines written by James Brady that I have read. James Brady has a style of writing about the Marines that make his stories very moving and entertaining. His books are based upon his personal experience and other factual sources in his real life experience. Brady was a rifle platoon leader with 7th Marines in North Korea's Taebaek Mountains during the fall and winter of 1951-52. In November 2001, he was awarded the Bronze Star with combat "V" for his actions during a firefight against the Chinese army.This book was about Ollie Cromwell, a Marine Colonel who fought in WWII and Korea. Many of the Events written in the book I remember reading about in the news. Further my friends who also fought in the Korean war confirm what Mr. Brady wrote.This book is a must read for those who want to learn more about contemporary history of this country and the military who fought to protect our freedom.

  • Frank Cavanaugh
    2019-05-21 20:53

    3/5 4/17/13 this is a novel / biography. It follows one man from prior to deciding to become a Marine, through his experiences and disappointments from pre WW2 through the early days of the Korean War. Strangely chosen timeframe and battles. The lead character is not in the major battles but is involved in interesting events such as bodyguard to MacArthur and an Ambassador. There is plenty of fighting both first hand and discussions of strategy and troop movement. His personal life while included is inadequately addressed. It isn't omitted, just left hanging in a way that doesn't properly fill out the story. Your left with a story about an above average man who doesn't quite achieve his potential. If it were true it would be insightful. As fiction it is worth a read but like his character, it misses greatness.FC

  • Bill Shuey
    2019-05-04 22:03

    First time I have read a James Brady book and in all honesty, I thought this author was the James Brady who wrote "Flags of our Fathers." While they share the same name, they are not the same person.The Marine is a fictional account of Colonel Cromwell, but the events described in the book as pertains to the Korean War is filled with detail and insights not normally cited for wide consumption. The Korean War was a mess, filled with poor intelligence, both of the human and generalship of the conflict.This is an excellent book and I would suggest it to anyone who is interested in military history and the Korean War.

  • DROPPING OUT
    2019-05-13 18:48

    After finishing Tomasi di Lampedusa's The Leopard earlier this week, I decided to follow this gourmet banquet with a bite of "fast food." I know a lot of people like James Brady's books - and I admit this is the first one I read. The story line was good, especially capturing the first disastrous months of the "Korean Conflict." But the protagonist is two-dimensional, surrounded by caricatures. A nice book for the beach or airport. That's about all.

  • Elaine
    2019-04-23 20:51

    This was the first book I've read on the Korean War. It was written through the eyes of a Marine who also fought in WWII. It only touched on the first few months of the invasion which showed how unorganized and chaotic it was run by the top brass, named MacArthur whose presidential ambitions got in the way of making wise decisions.

  • John
    2019-04-28 19:49

    I felt like I read 2 books. The first part was pre-WW2 & during the war. That read like fiction. The second book started with Korea. That read more like history with a bit of fiction thrown in. All said & done it was a good read.