Red Phoenix Paperback – 1 Apr 1999
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A direct hit! The technothriller has a new ace, and his name is Larry Bond. (Tom Clancy)
Larry Bond has proven himself a master of military adventure. (Clive Cussler)
New cover re-issue of Larry Bond's first bestselling techno-thriller.See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
Actually, it was a joint project between Clancy and Larry Bond, although Clancy only ever seems to have gotten the credit for it. And that's the injustice: read RSR, then read this, and you will see that the books are written in exactly the same style: a relatively decent plot, but breathtaking combat descriptions.
If you liked RSR, you'll LOVE this.
First of all, the battles and the tech. On this matter, both books are more or less the same quality, with many accurate descriptions of battles, tactics, weapons and soldiers. Both are great books for high tech war. You've got everything from rifles to grenades to nuclear submarines.
However, I will give Red Phoenix only four stars from a very prosaic reason. Red Strom Rising was about the land battle in Europe, about the Soviet Union attacking NATO.
Perhaps I'm a fault but I just cared less about Red Phoenix. It's probably because I cared less about the war in the Korean Peninsula. It was just less interesting. However, this is just me. Others could see this differently.
Every Larry Bond book delivers, agree with other reviewers this is in the same league as Red Storm Rising
With a much more belligerent Kim Jong Il, North Korea takes the lead in an invasion of the South, which gets gradually weakened by student protests that lead to very damaging and protectionist US legislation looking for a withdrawal of all US forces. And while the South gets weakened, Kim manages to secure additional Soviet backing.
The war covers the army, naval and air force aspects and operations and does a credible job of comparing some strengths and weaknesses of the combatants. And while one is fairly certain of the type of outcome - if not of all the details - from the start, the book is still a gripping read.
While some aspects - such as the strength of the North Korean artillery - are underplayed, the author manages to bring some balance into the book and he hopefully shatters the illusion that a conflict with the North would be a walk in the park, even for the US armed forces. While a war with North Korea would certainly be winnable, the costs would be pretty high - in equipment, people (military and civilian), as well as in the general preparedness for conflicts in other theatres of war.
The descriptions of the capabilities of many of the weapons systems are OK, and while there is the odd factual error in there, I would still rate the accuracy as way better than some of Tom Clancy's earlier efforts.
Overall a good read (the author even managed to sneak in a not too disturbing love story), which is likely to appeal to those looking for an end of Cold war techno thriller.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
FANTASTIC read could not put it down,Larry Bond is a true master of fiction. It had me enthralled from first page to last.Published 1 month ago by andrew Graham
Loving this book.. read it before but it's great and reminds all of the policies and politics of the 80s/90s.. great readPublished 1 month ago by mickthehammer
Good book from an author I had not read before, really enjoyed it, it is a bit complex with the action switching places all the time. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Ian jolliffe
Larry bond has allways been one of my favourite authors.This is the fourth time I'm reading Red Phoenix and it was still fresh. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Chris Davidson
This was entertaining but in the end too far fetched to fully engage with. As i say in the title, I would prefer more detailPublished 3 months ago by ross anderson
If you enjoy war stories and political thrillers I can recommend this book and I got it for free enjoyPublished 4 months ago by Mr. P. A. Atkins
Extremely well written by a very knowledgable writer