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In the aftermath of a series of student riots in Seoul, the U.S. Congress rushes a bill into law calling for the complete withdrawal of American troops from South Korea. This sets off a chain reaction: North Korea attacks across the DMZ, Russia supports North Korea, the Chinese remain neutral, and the United States fights again alongside its South Korean allies. The full range of ground, air, and naval forces take part in vicious combat, first to hold off the North Korean onslaught, then drive them back.
“A direct hit! The techno-thriller has a new ace, and his name is Larry Bond.”
“Displays a Knowledge of modern weaponry and war that can only be described as state-of-the-art.”
-Stephen Coonts, best-selling author of Final Flight
“Fast, furious, and powerfully realistic. A stunning scenario of modern war.”
-W.E.B Griffin, bestselling author of Brotherhood of War
Red Phoenix is a shocking new chapter of a tragic disaster that might very well stun the world by becoming a reality. Larry Bond has proven himself a master of master of military adventure.”
-Clive Cussler, bestselling author of Treasure
Exciting, realistic, hard-hitting! I predict great things for Red Phoenix.”
-Dale Brown, bestselling author of Flight of the Old Dog
“A superb storyteller. Bond seems to know everything about warfare.”
- New York Times Book Review
“Harrowingly real and persuasive.”
- New York Newsday
Gripping … masterfully accurate … Mr. Bond is in complete command.”
- Baltimore Sun
“Bond clearly knows what he’s doing. Submarine warfare, dogfights in the air, and combat in the trenches are handled with authority and accuracy.”
- San Francisco Chronicle
“He sets a new standard for the techno-thriller.”
- Orlando Sentinel
“Highly readable … the drama is compelling … the characters are believeable.”
- San Diego Tribune
“The action is intense … You’ll enjoy Red Phoenix.”
- United Press International
"Tom Clancy's collaborator on Red Storm Rising here makes his first--and impressive--independent contribution to the techno-thriller," wrote PW . Bond establishes a credible scenario of a North Korean invasion of the South, although the novel's individual episodes are more suspenseful than the course of the war as a whole. Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From Library Journal
In the aftermath of a series of student riots in Seoul, the U.S. Congress rushes a bill into law which calls for complete withdrawal of American troops from South Korea. This sets off a chain reaction: North Korea attacks across the DMZ, Russia supports North Korea, the Chinese remain neutral, and the United States fights again with its South Korean allies. Bond, a retired naval officer and collaborator with Tom Clancy in writing the best seller Red Storm Rising (LJ 9/1/86), uses all his vast knowledge of things military to keep reader interest level at a peak. This techno-thriller has everything going for it except the mind-boggling use of the Communist Chinese as the new U.N. peacekeepers. - Jo Ann Vicarel, Cleveland Heights-University Heights P.L., Ohio Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.
"Red Phoenix" is the authority in the world of "What if's" as far as the Korean theater of operations is concerned. The "puzzle palace" was probably wondering how he figured all this out. I'd originally read this amazing story when it first came out and was just floored by the realism, the character interactions and the author's knowledge of military operations. A few years later I was scheduled to go to South Korea on tdy and picked it up to read again. It was amazing to be reading this book and seeing a lot of the areas he'd talked about in the book, in person. To see the river's and the rivetments on the banks, to see the tank barricades all around Seoul and all the bases north of Seoul and be reading this book again at the same time. Absolutely amazing! Thank you very much to Larry Bond for an excellent book.
A few months before the fall of the Berlin Wall, Larry Bond and Patrick Larkin's first collaborative effort, Red Phoenix, became a New York Times bestselling novel. In this novel, Bond (Tom Clancy's uncredited co-author of Red Storm Rising) uses his superb writing skills, experience as a former Navy intelligence expert and talents as a war game designer (he is the creator of Harpoon) to write a terrifying scenario for a second and even more destructive Korean War. Red Phoenix is set in the early 1990s. North Korea's elderly Great Leader, Kim Il-Sung, is still alive but clearly frail. Day to day control of this isolated and paranoid Stalinist nation is now in the hands of Kim's ambitious son, Kim Jong-Il, the Dear Leader. Ruthless and mercurial, the younger Kim seeks to surpass his father and accomplish what the old man had failed to do in the 1950s: the reunification of the Communist North and the capitalist South. At first, Kim's plans almost become undone when a team of South Korean and American soldiers discovers a tunnel dug under the DMZ by North Korean combat engineers. In it is a vast stockpile of weapons, ammunition, and even Soviet-made tanks, enough for a battalion of invaders. But events elsewhere, including the office of a Michigan Congressman and the Interior Ministry in Seoul, soon create a perfect convergence of events that enables North Korea's nefarious Dear Leader to mobilize his forces and launch a lightning invasion of South Korea. Bond and Larkin's novel depicts units, weapons systems, and tactics which were state-of-the-art 14 years ago, and the political makeup of the world has changed since its publication. (Modern day readers might see as archaic Bond's references to the Soviet Union, East Germany, and other Warsaw Pact nations. In early 1989, these may have sided with North Korea, at least nominally. Today, of course, the USSR is no more, East Germany reunited with West Germany and is part of NATO, as is Poland.) However, considering the current and alarming situation as the real Kim Jong-Il races to build and openly deploy nuclear weapons, Red Phoenix is no longer a relic of Cold War-era popular fiction; it is a chilling vision of what a conventional conflict in the Korean Peninsula could have been like before North Korea upped the ante and developed weapons of mass destruction.Read more ›
It's amazing how little difference 23 years have made in the world of war and geopolitics. Today you might have some slight differences in the choice of fighter planes, and there's the whole subject of aerial drones for surveillance and attack. But the considerations of going into a shooting war and the tactics you'll use there haven't changed much since this book first came out. (And how many compelling dogfights can you write about when the pilots on one side are sitting half a world away in easy chairs, pushing joysticks and sipping slurpees?) The most amazing thing is that North Korea still has its pygmy empire, and South Korea and the Sea of Japan are still vulnerable to its antics and have a whole lot to lose. Red Phoenix, like others in the Bond-Larkin collaboration, takes you through the experience of war on many levels. Anyone interested in what modern war looks and feels like should read this book.
Because North Korea's leader Kim Jong Il may STILL believe he can pull off an invasion of South Korea in a way similar to what is described in "Red Phoenix". This is a very enjoyable and readable military techno-thriller written by Larry Bond who collaborated with Tom Clancy in writing "Red Storm Rising" in the mid 1980s. This book mixes remarkably accurate details of military activity and combat planning in Korea to create a very plausible plot in 1989 for the start and action in a Second Korean War. Some of the details are now dated by the introduction of 'smart' technology but, speaking as the US Air Force veteran of Desert Storm that I am, this is what it was like in military culture towards the end of the Cold War. Larry Bond uses his knowledge of the geography and politics of the Koreas to create very plausible events and characters that make this book a real pageturner. He tries to get you into the minds of the 'Cult of Kim' so you can understand why North Korea acts in the belligerant, Stalinist way it still does to this day. Time, so far, may not have proven this book accurate, but it will help you to understand about why Kim Jong Il and North Korea are still threats to Asia and America to this day. I have been told that "Red Phoenix" is still 'required reading' for many American military personnel who get assigned to posts in and around South Korea. Give it a try if you enjoy military thrillers and like to be up on world events.
Larry Bond has written a number of techno-thrillers. Most are very similar, as many of Louis L'amour's western novels carried the same settings and themes. The techno-thriller, first pioneered by the James Bond (no relation, ha-ha)novels has been growing in popularity as well as in the length of the novel itself. Most techno-thrillers have created intricate storylines surrounding the techno-babble used to impress or gloss over gray areas in the story.
Red Phoenix has the advantage of being an earlier techno-thriller and therefore has more original and less obscure references and gizmos.
If you like Tom Clancy or even Ian Fleming, you will probably like this book as well.