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Retreat, Hell!

by W. E. B. Griffin

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Series: The Corps (10)

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It is the fall of 1950. The Marines have made a pivotal breakthrough at Inchon, but a roller coaster awaits them. The bit in his teeth, Douglas MacArthur is intent on surging across the 38th parallel toward the Yalu River, where he is certain no Chinese are waiting for him, while Major Ken McCoy, operating undercover, hears a different story entirely, and is just as intent on nailing down the truth before it is too late. Meanwhile, Brigadier General Fleming Pickering, shuttling between two continents, works desperately to mediate the escalating battle between MacArthur and President Harry Truman, while trying to keep his mind from the cold fact that somewhere out there, his own daredevil pilot son, Pick, is lost behind enemy lines - and may be lost forever.Before Retreat, Hell! is finished, all their fates will be determined - and for some of them, it will be a bitter pill indeed.… (more)

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After Mari Read 08-02-2016
  trexm5qp7 | Jun 20, 2016 |
Every month, I found myself wanting to read the book in this series first. The characters are familiar and the plot is fun, if repeatable. Set in the Korean conflict, it's got all the elements of a fast paced, enjoyable novel. It is very long; almost 18 hours. I particularly enjoyed Griffin's interpretation of Truman's impressions of MacArthur. This is the end of the series and there are so many unfinished threads. It feels like there ought to be another novel. ( )
  buffalogr | May 28, 2016 |
Read 01-04-2015
  trexm5qp7 | Jan 5, 2015 |
A satisfying and fitting ending to the Corps series, if somewhat rushed and clunky near the end. I really enjoyed the sections that dealt with the rescue of Pick Pickering and his recuperation in San Diego, as well as Killer McCoy's exposure of Douglas MacArthur's faulty Korean intelligence where China's involvement was concerned. This one flowed much like the previous nine Corps novels, tracking multiple well-developed characters across history, but I get the sense Griffin tried to kind of wrap everything up quickly. This usually leads to a lot of unanswered questions about what happened to certain characters. Maybe this was his intention...to be described in future novels or series? Overall I still immensely enjoyed this series. ( )
  utbw42 | Nov 19, 2013 |
A slow and awkward book that fictionalizes the beginning of the Korean war, weaving a number of characters, including McCoy a CIA operative, through the first American response to the North Korean Army's attack on South Korea through the point when, despite McArthur's intelligence (and the ignored intelligence of the CIA) that there were no Chinese or Russian plans to enter the conflict, the Chinese attacked from their border and began to drive the US back to the parallel. This book is set around and interesting historical context but is obviously written by a person involved too closely with the day-to-day operations of the military, there were so many characters and unnecessary details that the book was very bogged down. The perspective and voice changed continually and was not satisfying. ( )
  adriel | Mar 3, 2007 |
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The CORPS is respectfully dedicated to the memory of
Colonel Drew Barrett, Jr., USMC
19 April 1919-1 May 2003

Second Lieutenant Drew James Barrett III, USMC
3 April 1945-27 February 1969
Died of wounds, Quang Nam Province
Republic of Vietnam

Major Alfred Lee Butler III, USMC
4 September 1950-8 February 1984
Died as a result of terrorist action, Beirut, Lebanon

Donald L. Schomp
A Marine Fighter Pilot
who became a legendary U.S. Army Master Aviator
RIP 9 April 1989

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Until August 1945, when General Order Number One, the protocol for the surrender-and occupation-of Japan was being somewhat hastily drafted in Washington, the 38th Parallel, which runs across the Korean Peninsula, had been just one line on a map of the globe.
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It is the fall of 1950. The Marines have made a pivotal breakthrough at Inchon, but a roller coaster awaits them. The bit in his teeth, Douglas MacArthur is intent on surging across the 38th parallel toward the Yalu River, where he is certain no Chinese are waiting for him, while Major Ken McCoy, operating undercover, hears a different story entirely, and is just as intent on nailing down the truth before it is too late. Meanwhile, Brigadier General Fleming Pickering, shuttling between two continents, works desperately to mediate the escalating battle between MacArthur and President Harry Truman, while trying to keep his mind from the cold fact that somewhere out there, his own daredevil pilot son, Pick, is lost behind enemy lines - and may be lost forever.Before Retreat, Hell! is finished, all their fates will be determined - and for some of them, it will be a bitter pill indeed.

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