If you liked Red Storm Rising, you'll like this. I largely bought Red Phoenix because I was looking for something similar to RSR, and Bond uses precisely the same formula. Again, the circumstances behind the outbreak of hostilities in Korea are believable, enough to make you wonder whether this is a treatise written against US disengagement from the country. The emphasis is on military hardware, what it can do, and how it is operated. Bond also takes a slightly more realistic view of the US armed forces than Clancy: they are fallible, they do stupid things, and they can be caught on the hop by a cunning foe. They also run away when subjected to sustained artillery bombardment. As a consequence, the book is more believable than some of Clancy's work, which portrays the US military as a cosy little family that rarely puts a foot wrong. It is also still topical, in that the North Korean threat remains today, and some of the political questions raised by the US military presence in Korea are still the same, many of them dealing with the sensitive relationship between the US military and its South Korean counterparts, and left wing Korean politicians.
If this makes this book sound more intellectual than it reads, don't worry, there's plenty in the way of dogfights, artillery duels, and scrabbling around in the snow getting shot at to keep most readers happy. It's hard to believe how anyone could pose a credible conventional military threat to the US today, but Bond does a good job of showing how the US could find itself thing spread, and unable to react quickly enough to a localised problem.