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Team Yankee

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  10,518 ratings  ·  234 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
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
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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
Momdad
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. ...more
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.
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Jay Javier
Jun 16, 2010 rated it really liked it
Coyle paints a realistic, gritty and non-patronizing portrait of both American and Russian tank men and soldiers. I especially liked the way he built the story around Hackett's own speculative fictional account of the Third World War, refusing to engage the reader with too much information of the global perspective of the conflict but rather zooms in to the boos on the ground -- or more aptly, the treads on the mud. I've been rereading this book often, much to my poor paperback's chagrin. Maybe ...more
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. ...more
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
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Marijan Šiško
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. ...more
John Thompson
Feb 03, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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.
James
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
James
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
Art
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.
WoW!
Just like what I thought it would be to fight the Russians.
Gordon
Aug 09, 2008 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite books of all time.
Dave
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.
John
Aug 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
An amazing work of military fiction. Coyle sets the standard for military based fiction.
Jeff
Oct 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I've read it multiple times and have always enjoyed it. ...more
Rob
Jun 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
One of my all-time favorite books! Full of grit, guts, and heart.
Stefan Vucak
Mar 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
What so many books try to do, but fail! Superb story of modern warfare.
John Lord
Dec 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Great read. Fast paced and full of action.
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.
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
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Shannon Callahan
May 21, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Imaginative

I have been eyeing this book from day one I saw it. So the conclusion of my review would be 3.5 stars. There’s some area where it could be improved to get 4 stars. I enjoyed the new genre of the military, such as tank battalions and fights. There are not many books with tanks as the main subject. Umm, since this book was kept to one book-length, that which pushed the story to be short even for an imaginary war too. Due to that, it seems like the author pushes a lot of victory skirmis
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The Bauchler
A good read though somewhat marred by the two-dimensional portrayal of the Soviet forces, being portrayed invariably as slow-witted, lacking in military skill or inept.

A willingness to admit that the Warsaw pact forces were formidable and equal to NATO capabilities would have made for a far more interesting and exciting read.
Alex Black
Aug 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
One of the best works of fiction ever written about armored combat.
JJ Marr
Jul 19, 2022 rated it really liked it
This book is for someone who wants to read about American tanks blowing things up during World War 3 without the use of nuclear weapons. If you like to read about detailed tank tactics and America being great, you will love this book.

The protagonist is a squad of M1 Abrams tank, supported by TOW missile vehicles and anti-tank infantry. The enemy is the Soviet Union, who are invading West Germany in the late 1980s. Harold Coyle is smart enough not to bother with writing character-based action; be
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Roberto
Oct 21, 2022 rated it liked it
Shelves: war, russia
Very interesting for tankers tactical procedures.
Nevertheless, quite simple and inconsistent storyline.
Very "American"...
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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
Indrek
Jul 15, 2018 rated it did not like it
I gave up about halfway through. This book is all about decision and maneuver and literally nothing else. "And then commander Bannon fought enemy, discussed this and decided that". "And then cavalry battallion fought enemy, got pounded hard, and retreated". LITERALLY LIKE THAT. What, where, who, how, why, that's irrelevant. Book never tells us anything.

If you come to this book not knowing about difference between SABOT and HEAT tank rounds, don't expect to learn them from the book. All you will
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G
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
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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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