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The master of military historical fiction turns his discerning eye to the Korean War in this riveting new novel, which tells the dramatic story of the Americans and the Chinese who squared off in one of the deadliest campaigns in the annals of combat: the Battle of Chosin Reservoir, also known as Frozen Chosin.June 1950. The North Korean army invades South Korea, intent on uniting the country under Communist rule. In response, the United States mobilizes a force to defend the overmatched South Korean troops, and together they drive the North Koreans back to their border with China.
But several hundred thousand Chinese troops have entered Korea, laying massive traps for the Allies. In November 1950, the Chinese spring those traps. Allied forces, already battling stunningly cold weather, find themselves caught completely off guard as the Chinese advance around the Chosin Reservoir in North Korea. A force that once stood on the precipice of victory now finds itself on the brink of annihilation. Assured by General Douglas MacArthur that they would be home by Christmas, the soldiers and Marines fight for their lives against the most brutal weather conditions imaginable--and an enemy that outnumbers them more than six to one.
The Frozen Hours tells the story of Frozen Chosin from multiple points of view: Oliver P. Smith, the commanding general of the American 1st Marine Division, who famously redefined defeat as "advancing in a different direction"; Marine Private Pete Riley, a World War II veteran who now faces the greatest fight of his life; and the Chinese commander Sung Shi-Lun, charged with destroying the Americans he has so completely surrounded, ever aware that above him, Chairman Mao Tse-Tung watches his every move.
Written with the propulsive force Shaara brings to all his novels of combat and courage, The Frozen Hours transports us to the critical moment in the history of America's "Forgotten War," when the fate of the Korean peninsula lay in the hands of a brave band of brothers battling both the elements and a determined, implacable foe.
PRAISE FOR JEFF SHAARA'S RECENT CIVIL WAR SERIES
A Blaze of Glory
"Dynamic portrayals [of] Johnston, Grant and William Tecumseh Sherman."--The Wall Street Journal
A Chain of Thunder
"Shaara continues to draw powerful novels from the bloody history of the Civil War."--Kirkus Reviews
"The voices of these people come across to the reader as poignantly clear as they did 150 years ago."--Historical Novels Review
The Smoke at Dawn
"Beautifully written . . . Shaara once again elevates history from mere rote fact to explosive and engaging drama."--Bookreporter
"Shaara's mastery of military tactics, his intimate grasp of history, and his ability to interweave several supporting narratives into a cohesive and digestible whole . . . will appeal to a broad range of historical and military fiction fans."--Booklist
The Fateful Lightning
"Powerful and emotional . . . highly recommended."--Historical Novels Review
"Readers . . . looking for an absorbing novel will be well rewarded."--The Clarion-Ledger
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June 28, 2017
Shaara returns with another blockbuster piece of war fiction that is sure to impress many. Turning away from many of the well-documented wars and battles that fill school textbooks, Shaara creates a well-balanced story about the Korean War, nicknamed the ‘Forgotten War’. It becomes apparent early...
May 28, 2017
A big thank you to Jeff Shaara, Ballantine Books, and Netgalley for the free copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review.
This is the fictional account of the 1950 battle of the Chosin Reservoir against the Chinese during the Korean War.
I don't typically quote from an author's copy, but I...
June 14, 2017
Mr. Shaara has once again delivered an outstanding look at Americans at war. In this novel he turns his eyes and pen to Korea. Specifically the first 6 months of the war. In telling his story he follows the 1st Marine Division (1 MarDiv) from MacArthur’s masterpiece at Inchon in September 1950 th...
November 04, 2017
The Frozen Hours states that it is a novel about the Korean War. It is. But it follows the war from Sept of 1950 through December of 1950. In terms of historical context that is when MacArthur's Inchon invasion commenced through the Chinese involvement that pushed the UN forces back.
I did find it...
February 03, 2018
My father said very little about his service time during the Korean War. He did mention that it was cold. He left out the part about equipment, and gear freezing: boots, weapons wouldn't fire, engines to move artillery.
June 24, 2017
Jeff Shaara is an author I follow and collect. I have not as yet read a bad or even mediocre book by him and I expect I never will. For those not familiar with Jeff's work it is "technically" historical fiction. I say technically because he does use a fictional element, dialogue, but beyond that...
February 12, 2018
5 stars because this book was really really, really good. I recommend this book to anyone.
May 22, 2017
“’All right. They’re on our left. They’re on our right. They’re in front of us, they’re behind us. They can’t get away this time’.”
Fans of Jeff Shaara’s military historical fiction won’t have to wait much longer; with the ambitious rendering of the Chosin Reservoir battle during the Korean War, h...
May 01, 2017
Outstanding, as always!
Shaara has created another masterpiece. This time it's a stand-alone novel of the Korean War. Well written and superbly researched. As in all of his novels, Shaara explores the conflict through the eyes of a variety of people. In this book, he shows the war through three m...
July 05, 2017
Author Jeff Shaara takes a fresh look at General Douglas MacArthur's 1950 campaign to wrap up remnants of a defeated North Korean enemy at the Choisin Reservoir after his brilliantly executed invasion of Inchon. Shaara focuses on how this ill fated campaign impacted three key people; First Marine...