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Red Phoenix

3.94 of 5 stars 3.94  ·  rating details  ·  8,172 ratings  ·  74 reviews
This thundering geopolitical thriller dares reveal the military hardware, global upheavals, and raw combat that a second Korean War would unleash.
Paperback, 736 pages
Published May 1st 1990 by Grand Central Publishing (first published June 6th 1989)
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A superior offering from the genre. Kim Jong Il invades South Korea in a surprise attack, and it's up to the brave plucky men (and one woman) of the US and South Korean military to fight them off. It all works out in the end, with the fighter pilot getting the girl (no Top Gun subtext here) and the rookie young officer becomes a Man. Still, a lot less jingoistic than most, and without the Mary Sues that pollute Clancy's offerings. And the author tricked me in the end just like he did the NKs, wh ...more
Really enjoyed the tactical level of this book, with all the techno-babble and "boots on the ground" perspective. It was fun to read a book written at that level instead of at the higher up, more political tone most of these types of novels follow. The material is definitely a little dated (Soviets, etc.) but still reads as an interesting, plausible story.
Christian Orr
I just finished reading this book for the second time. The first time was in the summer of 1999,ath the age of 24, shortly before I shipped off to Air Force boot camp. I decided to re-read it with the perspective of a military veteran and world traveler under my belt, especially with North Korea having been back in the news in such a big way.

I still found the book highly enjoyable, with harrowing action scenes, engrossing story lines, and interesting characters on both sides of the conflict.

If you are a Tom Clancy fan, you'll like this book (although I think Clancy is a better writer). The premise is that the US imposes sanctions against South Korea because of student rioting (it's a long story)and the economy begins to collapse. North Korea's Kim Jong Il decides that the time is ripe for North Korea to liberate South Korea from the imperialist US influences and begins a war. The books follows several of the US, South Korean, North Korean and Russian combatants as the war progresse ...more
My first contact with Larry Bond was via Harpoon, great strategy focused on naval warfare. Then I read "Red Storm Rising" he wrote in cooperation with Tom Clancy. [return]Although I like techno-thrillers thing that annoys me the most is that political maneuvers are always very highly polarized - you have good guys and bad guys (no gray area) and soldiers fighting (but commendably soldiers are never declared as bad guys because they are always ordered to war by the bad guys) - it is just not the ...more
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Mike (the Paladin)
I read a lot of "Techno-Thrillers" at one time and I really liked this one. This is another time when I'm not sure that using the word "enjoyed" would be appropriate as this book concerns a fictional war in Korea.....however it is a well done book. the technology and the story telling are both first rate and "if you like this type of book" this may be for you.

I recommend it.
In Larry Bond's first departure from co-authoring with Tom Clancy (Bond co-wrote Red Storm Rising), this modern war tale, centered in Korea, is very much in the same style as Red Storm Rising and just as good. This is one of my favorite books ever and I wish there were more like it (but then the few that are around wouldn't be as special).
Corey Friedrich
This book may seem like a typical technothriller, but THIS is the book that made me realize that one could actually read just for the pleasure of it. Everything I'd read up until this book was because I had to read it for a class or because someone thought I'd like it. This is the first book I ever thoroughly enjoyed.
David Marshall
This is good of its time and worth 3.5 stars. The reason for slightly marking it down is that although the military side of action is well-developed, I found the politics somewhat superficial and the plot somewhat formulaic.
Larry Bond’s ability to weave a story is rivaled by very few. From the anxious beginning moments to the dramatic end this story of a world on the brink of war is one that, with the exception of the references to the “Soviet Union” instead of Russia is very realistic.

Tensions are high when the North Korean military pours south across the 38th parallel to “liberate” South Korea from her “imperialist masters” and is met with the fierce resistance of the U.S. Military and the Republic of Korea’s we
"Excellent Kindle value". As stated in the overview, this is all about a hypothetical future war on the Korean peninsula. Plenty of action on the ground, in the air, and on the sea. Normally I finish a book in a few days, this 700 pager took a bit longer, and the action is non-stop!
Christopher Nieman
A solid first novel by Larry Bond, who collaborated with Tom Clancy on Clancy's second novel, Red Storm Rising. I haven't read Clancy's book, but I remember my father read both this and Clancy's book, and said Red Storm Rising was just as much Larry Bond as Tom Clancy--if not more.

Red Phoenix is a what-if novel about a supposed surprise attack by North Korea on the South, and how South Korea and its allies--most importantly the US--respond jointly to the North's aggression.

The book is written wi
Enjoyable techno-thriller depicting a second Korean War. The sort of thing that fans of Tom Clancy (esp. Red Storm Rising, which Bond actually co-authored) would enjoy, although some of it certainly outdated by now - I read it almost 20 years ago.
David Jarrett
This book was a very ambitious project, with many characters, written in third person omniscient, so each major character's thoughts, as well as actions, were revealed. It is a well-written treatise on how a local territorial battle could, little by little, grow into a full-scale world war, sucking in superpower participants through treaties, mutual aid pacts, and the political and economic ambitions of key government officials. Larry Bond obviously knows his subject quite well, and seems to hav ...more
Fantastic book. Held my attention through all 700 pages. Very well put together with great information. Puts you right in the action.
This book is a few years old, but could just as easily have been written in 2014. Kim Jong-Il and the North Koreans launch an invasion of South Korea, using clever planning and the element of surprise. Can the South Koreans and the handful of American peacekeepers hold on until the cavalry arrives?

The book takes a looooong time to get going, and Bond lacks a perfect touch for political intrigue, but it's not bad by any stretch of the imagination. Once the action starts, Bond really excels. Infan
The book that first got me interested in Korea.
Jon Molesan
Great book, couldn't put it down!
brian dean
Having lived in South Korea for, my God, 14 years, it is amusing to read speculative stories based here. I have to say that part of my low rating is based on how things actually turned out and how improbable the story is, from the viewpoint of someone looking back 20-something years. It may have been a more credible book at the time it was published.

Goodreads lists the publication date as 1989, the year the Berlin Wall fell, and only a few years before the USSR followed. I was inclined to be sn
What would happen if the North Koreans pushed across the DMZ in an effort to reunite the Korean Peninsula under Communist rule? That's the premise of the the book "Red Phoenix" by Larry Bond.

Bond writes in a quick paced style, effectively cutting from battle scenes in the air to surviving an artillery barrage in a trench on the DMZ. He creates characters that make you feel like you were in the book, with them, going through the horrors and triumphs of battle. We follow three major characters as
Reverend Stanleigh Chapin
A different story line that tremendous!

I served during the Korean Conflict [war] and have been there many times since actually was caught in rioters near the cathedral and another near a South Korea army base as was described
Alain Dewitt
Think of this book like 'Red Storm Rising East'. Bond is a competent enough storyteller. He knows military hardware and considering the book was written in 1989 it is competently researched. The problem is that his plot has very little intrigue and the characters are rather stock. The fighter pilot who gets shot down and has to make his way back behind his own lines. The green lieutenant who becomes a combat veteran after a baptism by fire. There is also a romantic subplot glued on that really h ...more
Joe Stamber
Started off quite slowly and I began to think Red Phoenix might end up being a bit of a slog. However, this speculative tale of what might happen if North Korea attempted to invade the South in a bid to unify Korea as one Communist state builds up to an exciting middle and end. By then I had realised that the scene setting earlier on was vital to give the individual stories a personal feel. The reader experiences the conflict from every perspective and to me it was rich and authentic, although I ...more
Jud Hanson
What would happen if the US started to withdraw its troops from the Korean DMZ and Russia joined NK to retake the peninsula? Bonds has created a stunning scenario focused on this very possibility. Like all his books, Red Phoenix contains stunning details and amazing battle sequences. I highly recommen this book for anyone who likes Clancy.
This is interesting--apparently there is a series by 'Red Phoenix' which is about a girl or woman named Brie. It deals with bondage and sounds quite titilating!

This, however, is an action novel whose premise is that there is a second Korean War, with the US supporting South Korea, and Russia, and maybe China supporting North Korea. It is all quite exciting for most of the book, but then drags toward the end. The fighter pilot has a girlfriend, and another American officer has a friend who is a S
Bob Conner
Bond gives you a good look into the inner 'sanctuary" of the Navy, their ships and equipment in this. A good military type adventure.
Sammer Abdin
Read it in preparation for my Next War: Korea war game play-through. It delivered what I was hoping to get out of it.
Walter Straus
where are all the good mystery/spy novels. This is another sucky one.
A decent read but nothing compared to red storm rising
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Larry Bond is the author of several bestselling military thrillers, including Crash Dive, Cold Choices, Dangerous Ground, Red Phoenix and the Larry Bond’s First Team and Larry Bond’s Red Dragon Rising series. He was a naval officer for six years, serving four on a destroyer and two on shore duty in the Washington DC area. He's also worked as a warfare analyst and antisubmarine technology expert, a ...more
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