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Thunder in the Morning Calm (Pacific Rim Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Don Brown
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Lieutenant Commander “Gunner” McCormick is assigned as an intelligence officer to Carrier Strike Force 10, being deployed to the Yellow Sea at the invitation of South Korea for joint exercises with the US Navy. During his pre-deployment briefing, he discovers a TOP-SECRET MEMO revealing rumors that the North Koreans may still be holding a handful of elderly Americans from the Korean War in secret prison camps. As it happens, Gunner’s grandfather, who was a young marine officer in the Korean War, disappeared at Chosin Reservoir over 60 years ago and is still listed as MIA in North Korea. Sworn to silence about what he has read, the top-secret memo eats at him. Gunner decides to spend all his inheritance and break every military regulation in the book to finance his own three-man commando squad on a suicide mission north of the DMZ to search for clues about the fate of his grandfather. Risking his career, his fortune, and his life, Gunner will get his answers, or he will die trying. Don Brown is building a loyal fan base by writing what he knows best: thrillers with heart. A former Navy JAG officer and action officer in the Pentagon, Brown pens action-packed plots and finely-drawn characters that are credible and compelling. Thunder in the Morning Calm is a novel of bravery, duty, and family love that will keep readers of all ages reading straight through to the last page.


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    About the Author

    Don Brown is the author of Malacca Conspiracy, The Navy Justice Series, and Black Sea Affair, a submarine thriller that predicted the 2008 shooting war between Russia and Georgia. Don served five years in the US Navy as an officer in the Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps, which gave him an exceptional vantage point into both the Navy and the inner workings of “inside-the-beltway” as an action officer assigned to the Pentagon. He left active duty in 1992 to pursue private practice but remained on inactive status through 1999, rising to the rank of Lieutenant Commander. He and his family live in North Carolina, where he pursues his passion for penning novels about the Navy.

    Product Details

    • File Size: 5263 KB
    • Print Length: 336 pages
    • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
    • Publisher: Zondervan (August 23, 2011)
    • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishing
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B004HW7IXE
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    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,359 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    19 of 24 people found the following review helpful
    Format:Paperback
    Gunner will get answers. Or he will die trying.

    Lieutenant Commander "Gunner" McCormick is assigned as an intelligence officer to Carrier Strike Force 10 - deployed to the Yellow Sea at the invitation of South Korea for joint exercises with the US Navy. During his pre-deployment briefing, he discovers a TOP-SECRET MEMO revealing rumors that the North Koreans may still be holding a handful of elderly Americans from the Korean War in secret prison camps.

    As it happens, Gunner's grandfather, who was a young Marine officer in the Korean War, disappeared at Chosin Reservoir over sixty years ago and is still listed as MIA in North Korea. Sworn to silence about what he has read, the top-secret memo eats at him. Gunner decides to spend all his inheritance and break every military regulation in the book to finance his own three-man commando squad on a suicide mission north of the DMZ to search for clues about the fate of his grandfather. Risking his career, his fortune, and his life, Gunner will get his answers, or he will die trying.

    My Review:

    I received Thunder In the Morning Calm by Don Brown compliments of Christian Fiction Blog Alliance for my honest review and I was not disappointed. After reading The Malacca Conspiracy, I knew I had to read this one as well. Don Brown's writing style is designed to capture you within the first chapter and from then on, he guarantees to keep you glued to the book until you finish the final page. Believing that there are still missing MIA's that are unaccounted for, I couldn't wait to get my hands on this book and see how it turns out.
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars God Bless America November 11, 2011
    Format:Paperback
    If you like books full of military operations, incompetent hostiles, and navy battles, this is a worthy book in those regards. The fact that everything came from a Christian standpoint made it even better. The mechanics of war are examined in an interesting way, watching them play out as a possible war approaches. Brown develops his characters well, even if they appear for a meager two pages. Gunner, determined to find Americans still held captive and give them freedom at last, keeps in prayer with God all the time. From the start of his deployment to the conclusion of his mission, he shows us that a person can really serve both God and America. God bless America.

    This book was provided free by Zondervan. I was not required to write a positive review, and the opinions expressed are my own.
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic July 2, 2012
    Format:Kindle Edition
    You have no way of knowing if the objective will be accomplished until the very end. It is surpurb in it's development.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the read November 28, 2011
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    I purchased this book during one of Amazon's free offerings, thinking that I would get it for my husband. I started reading it this weekend and could not put it down. It was gripping from the beginning, all the way to the last page. It has some very thought provoking statements - especially about how complacent we have become in the United States - as long as our needs are met - we are not willing to sacrifice for another. The concept of leaving no one behind in our "me" fat baby generation is a foreign concept. I highly recommend this to everyone. It will fire up your patriotism!
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Thunder in the Morning Calm October 30, 2011
    By Sue
    Format:Paperback
    This is another fantastic book authored by Don Brown. He has a very talented way of weaving together a story that keeps you turning the pages and makes you feel as if you have a true connection with the characters and the places where they are. You feel as if you are part of the story...as you read, you are transported from a North Korean prison camp, to Suitland, Maryland, to the USS Harry S. Truman, to South Korea and on and on - truly from one place to the next, one chapter to the next. So perfectly written that it draws you into the action and suspense and you don't even realize it until you look at the clock and see how much time has elapsed. Truly a page turner and once you are to the last page you realize you don't want it to end. I already miss Gunner, Jung-Hoon, Jackrabbit & Pak. Okay, Don Brown, when is your next book coming out?????

    I have bought this book for my father-in-law and I plan on buying one for my father who served in Korea. When you read about the sacrifices our brave soldiers make for us, it makes you so proud to be an American.
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    4.0 out of 5 stars Captivating Story April 7, 2012
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    Once again Don Brown delivers a story that kept me reading every spare moment I had. I could not put it down. The story revolves around a Prison Camp in North Korea and the efforts to find and retrieve any POWs that still remain from the Korean War. Each page and chapter brought so many different emotions that I felt I was there with them. The ending was extremely emotional. I would absolutely recommend reading this book and all other books by this very talented author.

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    5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read!!!! March 16, 2012
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    I would have to say that this book is probably one of my favorite top ten!!!! I was totally hooked from the beginning and couldnt wait to see how it ended. Of course it ended with me holding my breath with tears streaming down my face. I loved his writing style and the way he put such detail with his words. This is the first review I have written and cannot praise this book enough. Do yourself a favor and read this fantastic book.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Great book loved it.
    Published 7 days ago by Patricia Kick
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book!
    I know from a college history course I took in 2007 that Americans are still held captive in Korea, and this book is written on that concept. Bring them home!
    Published 23 days ago by Fishergirl
    5.0 out of 5 stars Thunder in the morning calm
    I thought that it was a very interesting read. I think that I've found another favorite author of action and a very good read.
    Published 1 month ago by Shirley Doering
    5.0 out of 5 stars These books are great reads and very refreshing
    Don Brown writes suspenseful stories without using any obscene and/or swearing. Also there's not sexual situations. These books are great reads and very refreshing.
    Published 1 month ago by crossstitcher
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Another Don Brown winner. He can't seem to write a medeocre book.
    Published 1 month ago by Richard
    5.0 out of 5 stars Super story
    This is a story of Marines, one young, one old, and many who believed a Marine acts like one. A forgotten POW camp in North Korea, a South Korean whose hatred for what North... Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Marilynne Smith
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Don Brown always write great books.
    Published 2 months ago by Mayo M. Striegel
    5.0 out of 5 stars It is just another Great story by a great writer who knows how to ...
    It is just another Great story by a great writer who knows how to keep the reader at the book instead of doing house chores. The book can also keep a person up past there bedtime. Read more
    Published 2 months ago by Gary Heyel
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    I enjoy Don Brown always a good read
    Published 4 months ago by Cliff
    3.0 out of 5 stars Not a great read
    While I applaud a story regarding a POW rescue, I had to suspend my disbelief so many times that I began skipping through the novel. Read more
    Published 4 months ago by Cynthia G. Rush
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    More About the Author

    BESTSELLING AUTHOR DON BROWN,a former US Navy JAG Officer who served in the Pentagon, where he provided legal advice to the Secretary of the Navy and the Judge Advocate General of the Navy, now pens legal and military thrillers about the Navy. In so doing, he has developed an uncanny track record for prognosticating future events in his novels.

    In 2003, Don began writing TREASON, his first novel in the NAVY JUSTICE SERIES, chronicling the life and adventures of JAG officer ZACK BREWER. TREASON explored the dangers of radical Islamic infiltration in the United States Military. Don wrote the novel, in part as a warning to the public about those dangers. TREASON was released in 2005.

    Then, on Thanksgiving Day of 2009, TREASON rocketed to the number 1 bestselling novel for fiction on the prestigious Amazon.com bestselling list for fiction, where it remained for more than a week. Why? Because the novel included a scene depicting virtually the same scenario which later occurred at Fort Hood, where a radical Muslim member of the United States military opened fire indiscriminately at a US Military base, in furtherance of a radical political agenda. Some even said the novel had "predicted" the Fort Hood tragedy.

    In June of 2008, Zondervan released Don's fourth novel, BLACK SEA AFFAIR, which featured a shooting war between Georgia and Russia. Two months later, in August of 2008, war broke out between Russia and Georgia, in what has become known as the 2008 South Ossetia War. This marked the second time that one of Don's novels in fact predicted a future event.

    In August of 2009, Don Brown completed the manuscript for fifth novel, MALACCA CONSPIRACY, a novel which began with oil tankers being attacked by radical Islamic terrorists as those tankers transited the strategic Strait of Malacca. In the novel, terrorists use speedboats full of explosives to attack tankers. Ten months later, in May of 2010, the Singaporean Navy issued terror warnings about oil tankers being targeted for attacks by terrorists in the Strait of Malacca, with explosive-laden dinghies and speedboats, the exact scenario laid out in Brown's novel. Did Don Brown have access to classified information?

    On May 26 of 2010, OnlineUniversities.com ranked Don's three novels of the NAVY JUSTICE SERIES -- TREASON, HOSTAGE and DEFIANCE -- among its list of "50 Best Legal Novels for Both Lawyers and Laymen." TREASON, HOSTAGE and DEFIANCE were rated 3,4 and 5 in the "Supsense" category among the list of 50.

    In August of 2011, Zondervan released Don's sixth novel, THUNDER IN THE MORNING CALM, an explosive thriller about North Korea. THUNDER IN THE MORNING CALM examines the question -- "Did America leave men behind in North Korean Prison Camps some sixty years ago?" Will this, too, turn out to be prophetic?

    In November of 2012, FIRE OF THE RAGING DRAGON, Don's seventh novel, examined a fictional war in the early 21st Century between China and Taiwan. The US President sends in the Seventh Fleet to try and break up the war between the two Chinas. But with America trillions of dollars in debt to the Commmunists, and with the President's daughter's life on the line, can America still stand for freedom?

    DON BROWN served on active duty for five years in the Navy as a JAG officer, during which time he served as military prosecutor, a Special Assistant United States Attorney, and also won the New York City Bar Association Trial Advocacy Award for winning the trial advocacy championship at the United States Naval Justice School. DON BROWN remained on inactive reserve status with the Navy through 1999, rising to the rank of Lieutenant Commander. He currently lives in his native North Carolina.

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