Title: The Frozen Hours
Author: Jeff Shaara
The master of military historical fiction turns his discerning eye to the Korean War in this riveting new novel, which tells the dramatic story of the Americans and the Chinese who squared off in one of the deadliest campaigns in the annals of combat: the Battle of Chosin Reservoir, also known as Frozen Chosin.
June 1950. The North Korean army invades South Korea, intent on uniting the country under Communist rule. In response, the United States mobilizes a force to defend the overmatched South Korean troops, and together they drive the North Koreans back to their border with China.
But several hundred thousand
Chinese troops have entered Korea, laying massive traps for the Allies. In November 1950, the Chinese spring those traps. Allied forces, already battling stunningly cold weather, find themselves caught completely off guard as the Chinese advance around the Chosin Reservoir in North Korea. A force that once stood on the precipice of victory now finds itself on the brink of annihilation. Assured by General Douglas MacArthur that they would be home by Christmas, the soldiers and Marines fight for their lives against the most brutal weather conditions imaginable–and an enemy that outnumbers them more than six to one.
The Frozen Hours tells the story of Frozen Chosin from multiple points of view: Oliver P Smith, the commanding general of the American 1st Marine Division, who famously redefined defeat as “advancing in a different direction”; Marine Private Pete Riley, a World War II veteran who now faces the greatest fight of his life; and the Chinese commander Sung Shi-Lun, charged with destroying the American he has so completely surrounded, ever aware that above him, Chairman Mao Tse-Tung watches his every move.
Written with the propulsive force Shaara brings to all his novels of combat and courage, The Frozen Hours transports us to the critical moment in the history of America’s “forgotten War,” when the fate of the Korean peninsula lay in the hinds of a brave band of brothers battling both the elements and a determined, implacable foe.
Title: Without Warning
Author: Joel C. Rosenberg
After ISIS terrorists attack the U.S. Capitol building during the president’s State of the Union address the entire world waits to se how the most powerful nation on earth will respond. But the Taylor administration is more committed to political correctness than to justice and it falls to other nations to lead the way in hunting down Abu Khalif, the criminal and religious mastermind who heads the Islamic State.
When New York Times journalist J. B. Collins reeling from a tragedy closer to home suddenly finds himself in possession of vital information that could help in the search he is once again thrust into the crosshairs of global politics. But this time it’s personal.
As he joins the hunt for the world’s most wanted and dangerous man, his quest takes him from Bar Harbor, Maine, to Tel Aviv to Cairo to Istanbul and beyond. Through it all he has one goal” find Abu Khalif and hold him accountable for the terrible actions. But the clock is ticking and more attacks are coming. Will Collins locate the ISIS emir before it’s too late? He will stop at nothing to do so. But at what cost?
Title: A Land Remembered
Author: Patrick D. Smith
In 1858 Tobias Maclvey abandoned his Georgia farm, loaded his meager possessions and his wife and infant son in a wagon, and headed south into the Florida wilderness to search for a new life. What follows in A Land Remembered is a big, rougy-to7ugh, folksy Florida saga — three generations of the MacIvey family (1858-s1968) from a dirt poor cattle-droving cracker (cattle rancher who cracks a whip) to a Miami real estate tycoon.
But it is also an epic portrayal of the American pioneer will to survive against all odds. And finally it is the story of the land, how at first bare survival is scratched from it and then how it is exploited far beyond human need.
The sweeping story that emerges is a rich, rugged Florida history featuring a memorable cast to crusty, indomitable crackers battling wild animals, rustlers, Confederate deserters, mosquitoes, starvation and hurricanes and freezes to carve a kingdom out of the swamp. But their most formidable adversary turns out to be greed, including finally their own.
Love and tenderness are here too: the hopes and passions of each new generation, friendships with the persecuted blacks and Indians, respect for the land and its wildlife.
Title: Liar’s Key
Author: Carla Neggers
Emma Sharpe is suspicious when retired Special Agent Gordon Wheelock, a legend in FBI art crimes, drops y her Boston office for a visit. Gordy says he’s heard rumors about stolen ancient mosaics, Emma, an art crimes specialist herself, won’t discuss the rumors. Especially since they involve Oliver York, an unrepentant English art thief. Gordy and Emma’s grandfather, a renowned private art detective, chased Oliver for a decade. Gordy knows Wendell Sharpe didn’t give him everything he had on the thief. even now, Oliver will never be prosecuted.
When a shocking death occurs, Emma is drawn into the investigation. The evidence points to a deadly conspiracy between Wendell and Oliver, and Emma’s finace, deep cover agent Colin Donovan, knows he can’t stay out of this one. He also knows there will be questions about Emma’s role and where her loyalties lie.
From Boston to Maine to Ireland, Emma and Colin track a dangerous killer as the lives of their family and friends are at stake. With the help of their friend, Irish priest Finian Bracken, and Emma’s brother, Lucas, the Sharpes and Donovans must band together to stop a killer.
Title: Treachery At Lancaster Gate
Author: Anne Perry
Gripping and provocative, the latest Thomas and Charlotte Pitt mystery by New York Times bestselling author Anne Perry peers unflinchingly into the corrupt affairs of Victorian society on the brink of the century’s turn. The world is poised for social and political change, but England holds tight to its traditions, classes, and prejudices.
When an explosion in London kills two policemen and seriously injures three more, many believe that anarchists are the culprits. But Thomas Pitt, commander of Special Branch, knows the city’s radical groups well enough to suspect that someone with decidedly more personal motives lit the deadly fuse. As he investigates the source of the fatal blast, Pitt is stunned to discover that the bombing was a calculated strike against the ranks of law enforcement.
But still more shocking revelations await, as Pitt’s inquiries lead him to a member of Parliament hoping for a lucrative business deal, a high-ranking police with secrets to keep, and an aristocratic opium addict seeking murderous revenge. As he pursues each increasingly threating lead, Pitt fines himself impeded at every turn by the barriers put in place to protect the rich and powerful–barriers that, as they start to crumble, threaten to bury him alive.
Title: Forty Thieves
Author: Thomas Perry
Sid and Ronnie Abel are a first-rate husband-and-wife detective team, both ex-LAPD. Ed and Nicole Hoyt are married assassins-for-hire living in the San Fernando Valley. Except for deadly aim with a handgun, the two couples have little in common–until both are hired to do damage control on the same murder case. The previous spring, after two days of torrential rain, a body was recovered from one of the city’s overwhelmed storm sewers. The corpse was identified as James Ballantine, a middle-aged African American who worked as a research scientist for a large corporation and was well liked by his colleagues. But two bullets to the back of the head looked like nothing if not foul play. Now, with the case turning cold, Ballantine’s former employers bring in the Abels to succeed where the police have failed, while the Hoyts’ mysterious contractors want to make sure that the facts about Ballantine’s death stay hidden, no matter the cost.
As the Abels and Hoyts proceed on their respective missions, both couples find themselves up against an enemy the likes of which they’ve never seen. Dramatic car chases, illicit affairs, and a notorious ring of Eastern diamond thieves all play into the plot as the book races toward its high-octane climax, and the Abels circle ever closer to the dangerous truth.
Author: Ronald Fry
Two years before the disastrous events in Lone Survivor, U.S. Army Captain Ronald Fry led an elite Special Forces team into the same remote and notorious region of north-eastern Afghanistan. In Kunar Province’s Pech Valley, the Green Berets of Hammerhead Six hunted “high-value targets,” seized weapon stockpiles, and dodged Taliban ambushers. But their greatest success came through unconventional warfare–the men’s efforts to “win hearts and minds” of Afghan villagers.
In a country known as the “Graveyard of Empires,” the Pech stands out as a particularly brutal killing ground, where more than 100 American soldiers have lost their lives. Huddled in shadow of the Hindu Kush mountains, fiercely independent Pashtun tribesmen have for centuries resisted intrusion. It was here in 2003, in a place where the line between civilians and armed zealots blurred, that Hammerhead Six established Camp Blessing, the first Special Forces “A” Camp set up since Vietnam.
Captain Ronald Fry, whom locals took to calling the “Red-bearded Commander,” recounts how his team–despite the constant threat of rocket attacks and Taliban fighters–chose to engage locals, respect their economic and cultural norms, and show them, if only for a few fleeting months, that Americans could serve as liberators. The Green Berets, in keeping with their motto De Oppresso Liber (To Free the Oppressed”0, repaired schools, offered free medical care, helped settle village disputes, trained local security forces, and created an atmosphere of trust.
For the first time, an ungovernable province seemed governable. But it was not to last. When Hammerhead Six left the valley in 2004, their successors reverted to a conventional search-and-destroy strategy. Tragedy would follow.
In Hammerhead Six, Fry recalls the seemingly forgotten accomplishments of his unit–and makes a passionate argument that its mission is a blueprint for how the American military can succeed through unconventional warfare in the wars of the twenty-first century.