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Team Yankee

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  9,775 ratings  ·  182 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
Mass Market Paperback, 330 pages
Published September 1st 1988 by Berkley (first published August 1st 1987)
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Kevin Ryan Written by a Tanker and very accurate to what tank tactics were at the time. I read it when it first came out (I was a tanker also) and remember it be…moreWritten by a Tanker and very accurate to what tank tactics were at the time. I read it when it first came out (I was a tanker also) and remember it being very good.(less)
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Joe Krakovsky
Dec 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book was written around the time I was a "19 Echo," that is an armored crewman. Though I was never 'killing Russians" (that was our motto back then) the story sure brought back memories of my training and reason for enlisting. "GUNNER-SABO-TANK!" said a lot in those three words; of course you need to read the book to understand.
The comment of a guy being so tired he sounded like a 45 being played at 33 speed shows the age of the book.
Just as many today have no idea how close we were to
Mike (the Paladin)
Dec 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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 01, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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.
Johnny Stone
Oct 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I'm an old tanker, and I love this book. Very down to earth from the gun-sight point of view, 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 work. It started getting too big and just seems to lose touch with 'the soldier's' war.
Jay Javier
Jun 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Ken Miller
May 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
The first and the best cause I knew what I faced in Europe and the civilians in the states didn't.
Joshua Tkachenko
Apr 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
Carac Allison
Mar 04, 2014 rated it really liked it

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
John Thompson
Feb 03, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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.
Dec 11, 2007 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 29, 2015 rated it liked it
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.
Aug 09, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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.
Aug 09, 2008 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite books of all time.
Aug 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
An amazing work of military fiction. Coyle sets the standard for military based fiction.
Oct 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I've read it multiple times and have always enjoyed it.
Chris Stoesen
Aug 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fun cold war read

It was a good and engaging book despite a few typos. Reminded me of growing up in the cold war in the 80s. Not a balanced book to be sure but a fun read.
Sep 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
One of my all-time favorite books! Full of grit, guts, and heart.
Alex Black
Aug 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
One of the best works of fiction ever written about armored combat.
John Lord
Dec 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Great read. Fast paced and full of action.
Apr 26, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Wow! I recall being impressed by this account of ground combat from a tanker grunt p.o.v.
Stefan Vucak
Mar 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
What so many books try to do, but fail! Superb story of modern warfare.
I.F. Adams
Sep 04, 2018 rated it liked it
I'm a sucker for Cold War gone Hot novels. To my limited ability to judge, very few people can criticize the relative accuracy of how Coyle approaches armored combat,

I also appreciated the portrayal of a mixture of exhaustion, confusion and trauma that he evokes in combat and in between the action. Its a book of moments and I think if it'd stayed true to maintaining a singular, narrow viewpoint it with a little background to the various characters it could have really shined, not just as a milit
Al Swanson
Dec 31, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Al Datum
Jun 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I normally don't right review for books, even the ones that I like immensely. But this book just goes up and beyond that. Team Yankee is the cold war book and war book to read. It manages to capture the essence of modern combat and the effects on the soldier. As i was lead through the story, i felt the chills the soldiers did, the worries, and the excitement. This is one of my favorite war books, way better than Red Storm Rising, and I recommend it for anyone interested in the military, modern c ...more
Nov 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I first read this book in the late 1980s and quite enjoyed it at the time. Now having re-read it years later (2012), I find that the story holds up very well. I think Team Yankee was originally intended to be a "what could happen" story, but it is now a "what could have happened" story. In other words, it is firmly in the speculative fiction genre.
That said, it is still one of the best novels about armored warfare available. Highly recommended.
Geoff Woodland
Jun 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
First read this book not long after it was published as a paperback in 1989, and really enjoyed it, so I kept it in to my library. While re-cataloguing my books last week, I came across it again and decided to re-read ‘Team Yankee’. A twenty five year gap has not spoiled the pleasure of my first reading. To quote Tom Clancy’s comment on the cover – ‘So real, you can smell the smoke’ – how true, twenty five years later!
John T. Dueker
Sep 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is Cold War dated but we'll done

Accurately depicts the possible ground conflict in Europe during the Cold War and how the tank heavy forces would engage. In retrospect it understates the first hit and single shot kill poet of the Abrams sabot round based on the Middle East. The action is non stop and the character are well developed.

It contains more typos than my old print version, but that's my only gripe.
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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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