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Red Phoenix [Kindle Edition]

Larry Bond , Patrick Larkin
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (397 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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.”
-Tom Clancy

“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


Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

"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.

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  • File Size: 2249 KB
  • Print Length: 640 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008LYZQ74
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the book to have!!!!!!!!! June 13, 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
"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.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A chilling, prescient novel of a Second Korean War.... October 4, 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Red Phoenix Really Holds Up July 17, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
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.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars So Why Should I Read This Old Book From 1989? April 25, 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A 700 plus page techno-thriller. July 24, 1997
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
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.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Writing was very good, with no grammar or spelling errors
Very detailed accounts of air,infantry, and anti- submarine battles.Writing was very good, with no grammar or spelling errors. Read more
Published 4 days ago by michael priester
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Very good and paced well. A lot of action that's easy to follow and imagine with very real characters. Definitely will read again!
Published 9 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars 2nd Korean War
A very interesting, and authentic story. Anyone who enjoys all phases of military and political action will enjoy. Top notch
Published 9 days ago by Joseph Fels
4.0 out of 5 stars worthy successor to Tom Clancy
Picked up without expecting much.but made me sit back and reflect. Unlike Tom Clancy his story has a little more personal touch and less technologies.... Worth reading definitely..
Published 15 days ago by Sujeesh John
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent "what if" military fiction.
Published 1 month ago by corkman
2.0 out of 5 stars The original one was excellent. This one got his time line all goofed...
The original one was excellent. This one got his time line all goofed up. Ex: Ff-16 & M60s, M48s & computers, M-16s & 39th Inf
Published 1 month ago by Jerry Wheeler
5.0 out of 5 stars A definite home run!
Excellent pay turner.
Published 1 month ago by Robert S.
4.0 out of 5 stars pretty good book
It's a pretty good book nearly as good as a Tom Clancy. Realistic political scenario and an interesting background story. Maybe a little longer than ideal.
Published 2 months ago by Boar Groan
5.0 out of 5 stars Seoul is a beautiful city & I hope to re-visit in the future
A very exciting & moving story. Having visited South Korea (specifically Seoul) in the past 3 years made this story very interesting. Read more
Published 2 months ago by John
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, Jarry Bond does write a good story
Not bad, Jarry Bond does write a good story. I need to read more of his books to form a better opn.
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
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