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Team Yankee

4.03  ·  Rating Details  ·  6,641 Ratings  ·  98 Reviews
NATO and the Soviet bloc are at war. The awesome Russian invasion force smashes across the West German border, driving for a breakthrough. With M-1 tanks and a mechanized infantry division, Captian Sean Bannon's "Team Yankee" must defend their vital strategic post. They will engage the enemy with the ultimate in sophisticated weaponry. They will fight beyond all limits of ...more
Hardcover, Large Print, 462 pages
Published December 31st 1988 by G. K. Hall & Company (first published August 1st 1987)
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Eric Edmond When I read it years ago i found it to be quite compelling. Up there with a top notch Clancy novel.
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Oct 01, 2007 Momdad rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Harold Coyle's first novel, and one of his best. This follows a mechanized infantry company in action during the fictional stages of World War III in central Germany during 1985. A good group of characters that have a range of physical and emotional experiences. His narrative is much more balanced between technicial military details and character development. Later books dwell in more detail on the people than the military aspects of events.
Carac Allison
Jun 20, 2014 Carac Allison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

When I was a teenager I liked reading military fiction about World War III. Harold Coyle's "Team Yankee" is one of the titles I have always remembered. It's about an American tank team in Germany when WWIII breaks out. There's some hints as to why the conflict has kicked off but if you want a book about that read "Cardinal of the Kremlin". This book is about young men in tanks trying to kill other young men in tanks. The battlefields are chemical and nuclear wastelands. The action is sudden and
Jay Javier
Jun 16, 2010 Jay Javier rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: military-fiction
Team Yankee is a speculative fiction novel written in 1987 by Harold Coyle, then a major in the United States Army, whose subject is the actions of a company-sized armor unit of the United States Army in the World War III scenario as depicted by General Sir John Hackett in his novel, The Third World War. General Hackett's scenario takes place in 1985; Coyle never specifies the year, but it is assumed to take place in the late 1980s.

Coyle paints a realistic, gritty and non-patronizing portrait of
Sep 20, 2009 James rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Adolescents and adults
A tense and grinding novel - now outdated, of course - about a Warsaw Pact blitz against western Europe, following the experiences of an American Army tank unit. More realistic and less glamorized and Rambo-ized than most military fiction; you get the feeling that this author has actually spent some time being cold, wet, hungry, tired, dirty, and scared. Superior to Tom Clancy's stuff, IMHO, for two reasons, equally important - the characters are more rounded and developed, and there's a more ac ...more
Mike (the Paladin)
Sep 16, 2011 Mike (the Paladin) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: action
The war that never happened...but seemed ready to for 30 plus years. East Germany and West Germany spark the action. This brings about the confrontation that was long feared, the United States vs. the Soviet Union WWIII. Again (I've said this before about other books) the phrase 'I enjoyed it" seems inappropriate in a novel about WWIII. We see the "war" fought from platoon level and follow the soldiers in said platoon. If you like techno-thrillers, action, military fiction or speculative works l ...more
Oct 03, 2015 James rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Team Yankee certainly ranks as one of the best novels concerning armored warfare. Don't let the fact that the book describes fictional WWIII engagements between Soviets and American forces confuse you. Harold Coyle, an Army veteran himself, thoroughly grounds his writing in the doctrine and real world thinking of the US military from the time period. The book does not attempt to describe the diplomatic events leading up to the outbreak of war or the strategic plans pursued by each side. Instead ...more
Johnny Stone
Oct 30, 2011 Johnny Stone rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm an old tanker, and I love this book. Very down to earth from the gun-site view of war, especially since I was in that exact same position while stationed in Germany back in the 80's
Like almost all of Coyle's writing except some of his newer stuff.
A WWIII novel that didn't age well. Plus, writing style leaves much to be desired. Author obviously knows his way around tanks, AFVs and combat organization. Writing, less so. Too much tell, too little show.
Hilmi Isa
Ini merupakan ulasan semula terhadap novel yang bertajuk Team Yankee hasil tulisan Harold Coyle. Hal ini saya lakukan kerana saya merasakan saya telah melakukan ketidakadilan apabila pertama kali mengulas novel ini. Saya juga tidak berpuas hati dengan mutu penilaian buku yang saya tulis kebelakangan ini. Harapan saya,saya mampu melakukan penambahbaikan yang sepatutnya.

Team Yankee merupakan sebuah novel hipotesis mengenai Perang Dunia Ketiga. Sebenarnya,konsep ini bukanlah sesuatu yang baharu at
Ken Miller
May 22, 2010 Ken Miller rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The first and the best cause I knew what I faced in Europe and the civilians in the states didn't.
Al Swanson
Dec 31, 2011 Al Swanson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, military
One of my favorite genres in fiction is and has pretty much always been future history. I'm not talking sci-fi military adventure (though I do like that, too). I'm referring to combat using current gear in plausible war scenarios. Larry Bond's early work (Vortex, Red Storm Rising (with Clancy)) are perfect examples of what I like. Taut stories focused on gear and combat. Too often, these stories, for me, are written by those with a lack of knowledge about the hardware or a lack of knowledge abou ...more
Christian D.  Orr
Oct 28, 2015 Christian D. Orr rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Thriller fans, military fiction fans
Harold Coyle's first novel, and the only one I'm aware of that doesn't have either Scott Dixon or his son as the hero/protagonist (although like Dixon, Capt. Sean Bannon is a "broke-d*ck tanker"). Based on General Sir John Hackett's "The Third World War: August 1985," Coyle, himself a U.S. Army armor officer at the time he wrote "Team Yankee," takes Sir John's premise and examines it from a boots-on-the-ground--or treads-on-the-ground if you prefer--perspective of a tank company commander. An ac ...more
May 19, 2015 Steve rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Really. It was just ok. I wanted to like this more. I was counting on nostalgia for the 80s when I was a teenager convinced that WWIII was just around the corner. In Germany at a place called the Fulda Gap.

Well, this book was recommended to me so I figured I'd pick it up and rip through it. And it's a passing description of what a tank unit on the front lines in Germany might have to face against similar Soviet forces. I'm not a military man, so I'm assuming the author was spot on with descripti
Joshua Tkachenko
I have read this book no less than 30 times and listened to the abridged book on tape many more. This is typical early Coyle where a typical US Army training exercise is put into the context of a real war. Sword Point was NTC and Bright Star was, well, Bright Star. This was a typical CMTC rotation put inside the universe created by Hackett's books. As an honest to god M1 tanker, this book traveled with me on every field problem or deployment. Might be hard to comprehend if you can't picture what ...more
Cameron Stewart
Jun 16, 2011 Cameron Stewart rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great read. I read this when I was around ten, it was the late eighties and war with the USSR was still a very real possibility.
This is a great insight into company-level mechanized warfare. Sometimes you feel a little in the dark as to the strategic position of the war; I imagine this is intentional to illustrate what the soldiers on the front lines feel.
Alex Reinhart
I'm in no position to judge Coyle's understanding of tank tactics or the technical correctness of this book, but I can judge the writing. Coyle tends to avoid dialogue in favor of describing the content of conversations, and so there isn't much character development or personal interest except the bare minimum. The writing is rather wooden and unimaginative. His focus on the actions of the unit, rather than the broader context of the conflict, certainly contrasts with Clancy's tendency to work f ...more
Aug 09, 2008 Art rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
1st book that I read of Mr. Coyles.
I was a tank Cmdr in Schweinfurt, FRG 2d Plt, Co. D, 3/64th Armor, 1st Bde, 3d ID.
Just like what I thought it would be to fight the Russians.
Tim N Bobbi Bettger
Read it in paperback instead.

I would have rated this a five way back when I read it in the late '80s (in paperback of course.) At the time we were in Schweinfurt, Germany with the 7th Cab and 3rd ID (among others.) Still the same great plot. I enjoyed it so much the first time, I bit the bullet and paid the stinking-high price he's charging for an old book. I found it irritating to find that despite the newly-written price, he published an poorly edited version. (His raw unedited galley perhaps
John Thompson
Feb 03, 2008 John Thompson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Clancy fans
Shelves: military-fiction
Written by a VMI grad ... one of the best bits of mordern armored warfare ever written; on par with Red Storm Rising, if not better than.
Oct 12, 2012 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: military-fiction
A bit dated by now, since it was written at the height of the Cold War, but still a really good piece of military fiction.
A thought provoking account of a fictional land battle in Europe between NATO and WARSAW pact forces.
Rick Wong
Sep 03, 2007 Rick Wong rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty much a World War 3 type book. Good to read, kind of like Red Storm Rising, but on a smaller scale.
Nov 05, 2015 Mark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a World War III scenario book from the perspective of a Tank Commander. Coyle doesn't spend much time building it up, he has about a page and a half of press releases describing the escalation and them bam the war has started. I didn't mind because the political side of the war is not what the book is about.

It definitely reminds me of Red Storm Rising by Tom Clancy, but it is very different in the way it tells the story. It follows the tank company through their various engagements and f
Matthew Houck
May 31, 2014 Matthew Houck rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall, an excellent read detailing what a Warsaw Pact vs. Nato conflict would probably look like. Quite realistic, but mainly aimed at military afficionados and veterans, as there is a great deal of techical jargon that must be overcome to fully understand what is happening. Attempts and often succeeds in painting a vibrant picture of battlefield scenes, but often gets lost in describing battle plans. Without associated diagrams, it would be completely impossible to comprehend these. Very remi ...more
Apr 26, 2009 Dave rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! I recall being impressed by this account of ground combat from a tanker grunt p.o.v.
Aug 14, 2011 John rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An amazing work of military fiction. Coyle sets the standard for military based fiction.
Oct 07, 2011 Jeff rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've read it multiple times and have always enjoyed it.
William Stone
Aug 22, 2015 William Stone rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-military
It takes me back...

I never picked up Harold Coyle's work when I was reading some of his other contemporaries as a boy back in the late 80's and early 90's. As the son of an Air Force and Vietnam veteran, I was led to Dale Brown and Tom Clancy both of which are different from each other, let alone Mr Coyle's work.

Being an Army veteran and M1A1 tank crewman, "Team Yankee" takes me back to my years in the late 90's and sweating my way through field problems from the driver's station. The book picks
Daniel Shellenbarger
Harold Coyle's Team Yankee is a nice companion piece to Tom Clancy's Red Storm Rising. Both tell of a Europe-centric (mostly) conventional World War III, but whereas Clancy tries to tell the big picture through a number of characters seeing the war's crucial battles first-hand, Team Yankee relates a similar war in the context of a single tank company fighting in Germany. Not only does the book provide a more intimate picture of the toll of fighting such a vicious conflict but it also provides a ...more
Scott Rachui
Jun 01, 2013 Scott Rachui rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book of Harold Coyle's I read, and I'll almost certainly be reading everything else he writes. This story is about a small group of tanks fighting against the Russians during the 3rd world war. That premise alone would make you think it's a sweeping story with lots of characters and lots of different locations (sort of like Tom Clancy's Red Storm Rising...which, incidentally, is probably be best modern war fiction book I've ever read). But Team Yankee doesn't go there. It focus ...more
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Harold Coyle is an American author of historical, speculative fiction and war novels including Team Yankee, a New York Times best-seller.He graduated from the Virginia Military Institute in 1974 and spent seventeen years on active duty with the U.S. Army.He lives in Leavenworth, Kansas.
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