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Red Phoenix [Kindle Edition]

Larry Bond , Patrick Larkin
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (379 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

Bond, Tom Clancy's collaborator on Red Storm Rising , here makes his first--and impressive--independent contribution to the technothriller. "Red Phoenix" is the code name for the novel's catalyst: a North Korean invasion of the south. Bond establishes a credible scenario of megalomanic North Korean leadership taking advantage of disruptions caused by ill-advised U.S. economic sanctions against the Seoul government. He then proceeds to "refight" the first weeks of the Korean War, this time with things done right, resulting in a kind of conflict for which U.S. forces are ideally suited: a mid-intensity conventional war for limited objectives. South Korea's government and armed forces prove resolute and efficient. The U.S. President declares a national emergency. The implied contrasts to Vietnam hardly seem accidental. But the nature of the response to the attack combines with the exponential discrepancy between the combatants' military strengths to make the novel's individual episodes more suspenseful than the course of the war as a whole. Bond's writing is strongest at the tactical and operational level. Whether describing infantry combat, air-to-ground attacks or anti-submarine operations, he demonstrates a sure grip on weaponry and military methods. His principal characters--the U.S. commanding general in Korea, an infantry lieutenant and his South Korean counterpart, an F-16 pilot--carry their parts of the story effectively, not least because Bond concentrates on what they do rather than on who they are. 100,000 first printing; major ad/promo; author tour.
Copyright 1989 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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32 of 34 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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13 of 13 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
4.0 out of 5 stars An oldie but a goodie.
An oldie but a goodie. Good story line with very likable haracters. Even though it takes place in the 90's much of it still applies today.
Published 15 hours ago by JD
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
hard to put down somewhat realistic
Published 12 days ago by robert e hieb
3.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed the novel
I enjoyed the novel, good reading but was not satisfied with the ending. Nothing was resolved at the end.
Published 13 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Read
An excellent read, really gripping and very 'Lateral' in its delivery with numerous threads, which I personally found made the book extremely readable and interesting. Read more
Published 19 days ago by R. Lavers
4.0 out of 5 stars I really like it!
I really like it! It pulls you in, and does not let go until the end.

The climax wraps up a little too quickly for my taste. Great book, nonetheless.
Published 20 days ago by Kristian Berntzen
5.0 out of 5 stars Red Phoenix excellent read
Worth reading more then once if a what if by Larry Bond is your cup of tea. Great detail and characters.
Published 23 days ago by Jeff
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of the better books I have read.
Published 28 days ago by COS Engineer
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
This is a long book but I could hardly put it down. There are several characters to relate to and Larry Bond gives them all personalities you can relate to. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Agnes Logan
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read
There wasn't anything to dislike. Typical Larry Bond, he writes with authenticity, keeps your interest. I would recommend the book to my friends.
Published 1 month ago by Pursuit of the P-51 Mustang
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Nice, long read!
Published 1 month ago by Kevin Heck
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