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38 NORTH YANKEE [Mass Market Paperback]

Ruggero
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When North Korea once again invades the South, the U.S. responds with a light infantry division; Ruggero focuses on a rifle company's deployment, initial patrols, rear-guard action and climactic final air assault. "While the characters are adequate for the novel's purpose, this military procedural emphasizes doctrine, training and weapons," said PW.
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Readers who enjoy the school of military realism/suspense found in novels by Tom Clancy and Stephen Coonts should welcome this first novel set in today's Korea. The code "38 North Yankee" means that the North Korean People's Army has crossed into the demilitarized zone to invade South Korea and that American units are to engage them. Sent to counter this military adventurism, Captain Mark Isen and his men of C Company, 25th Light Infantry Division, move from Schofield barracks in Oahu to hostilities in Korea. What follows is a realistic account of men in difficult battle situations, as Isen tries to keep enemy forces contained until U.S. reinforcements arrive. Recommended for popular fiction collections. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 3/1/90.
- William C. McCully, Park Ridge P.L., Ill.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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It's 1990. The Cold War is over, and Communism is being rejected by most of the dying Soviet Union's former vassals. Only a handful of die-hard regimes still hangs on to Marxism-Leninism, grasping at power with the grip of those who are about to die. One of these nations is the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, which rules the northern half of the Korean peninsula with uncommonly fanatical dedication to socialism and the discredited theories now being discarded by Eastern Europe and even the cradle of World Revolution, the USSR.
With a population of less than 20 million, North Korea has the largest per capita standing army in the world, with some 784,000 men under arms. It is also a poor country, has little contact with the outside world, is heavily into the "personality cult" of the Great Leader Kim Il Sung and his succesor, Kim Jong Il, the Dear Leader.
Now, with South Korea once again embroiled in a cycle of student riots and apparent political instability, and with a power struggle between two factions within the Communist party in Pyongyang, the North Korean Army suddenly and deliberately attacks its southern neighbor -- an invasion that the United States has hoped to forestall ever since the July 1953 cease-fire agreement that ended the first Korean War.
Caught up in the horrors of war are Captain Mark Isen and the men of Charlie Company, part of the 25th Light Infantry Division. Deploying quickly from their base in Oahu, Hawaii in the largest such operation since Vietnam, the 25th LID arrives in Korea in the wake of several guerrilla attacks against American personnel and a huge buildup of North Korean military forces across the 38th Parallel.
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4.0 out of 5 stars 38 North Yankee is stunning debut for underrated writer.... May 5 2004
By Alex Diaz-Granados - Published on Amazon.com
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It's 1990. The Cold War is over, and Communism is being rejected by most of the dying Soviet Union's former vassals. Only a handful of die-hard regimes still hangs on to Marxism-Leninism, grasping at power with the grip of those who are about to die. One of these nations is the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, which rules the northern half of the Korean peninsula with uncommonly fanatical dedication to socialism and the discredited theories now being discarded by Eastern Europe and even the cradle of World Revolution, the USSR.
With a population of less than 20 million, North Korea has the largest per capita standing army in the world, with some 784,000 men under arms. It is also a poor country, has little contact with the outside world, is heavily into the "personality cult" of the Great Leader Kim Il Sung and his succesor, Kim Jong Il, the Dear Leader.
Now, with South Korea once again embroiled in a cycle of student riots and apparent political instability, and with a power struggle between two factions within the Communist party in Pyongyang, the North Korean Army suddenly and deliberately attacks its southern neighbor -- an invasion that the United States has hoped to forestall ever since the July 1953 cease-fire agreement that ended the first Korean War.
Caught up in the horrors of war are Captain Mark Isen and the men of Charlie Company, part of the 25th Light Infantry Division. Deploying quickly from their base in Oahu, Hawaii in the largest such operation since Vietnam, the 25th LID arrives in Korea in the wake of several guerrilla attacks against American personnel and a huge buildup of North Korean military forces across the 38th Parallel. And no sooner has Charlie Company reached its assembly point when the radio crackles with the code phrase "38 North Yankee," meaning the North Koreans have indeed crossed the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) and that American forces are committed to combat.
Ed Ruggero, a captain in the Infantry branch and assistant professor at West Point at the time, made his writing debut with this engrossing novel that truly captures the heart and soul of the American soldier. Each character is described so well that he or she seems to be a living, breathing human being, and Ruggero takes us into the mind-numbingly terrifying and bloody battlefields of the Korean peninsula, describing night patrols, ambushes against armored columns, air assaults, and harrowing firefights in an amazingly realistic and honest fashion.
Ruggero went on to write a second Mark Isen novel, Common Defense, but for some reason he hasn't found the same literary success as Larry Bond, Stephen Coonts, or Harold Coyle, all former officers turned novelists. Pity, because he writes amazingly vivid prose that is at once both elegant and realistic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Novel worth a reread Jan. 8 2002
By Kevin Agnew - Published on Amazon.com
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I read this book when it first came out in paperback. I have really liked it and was disapointed to see it dropped from publishing. Good writing and technical considerations. This book also shows how some of the best military plans are reused over and over with the same results through out history.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well Written and A Good Scenerio Feb. 19 2000
By Crossfit Len - Published on Amazon.com
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A 2nd Korean War is unfortunately a scenerio that could very well happen. Red Phoenix and 38 North Yankee are two excellent fictional attempts at depicting this scenerio. If you like Military fiction, you will enjoy this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Second Korean War from an Infantry Point of View Dec 8 1999
By Karl Compton - Published on Amazon.com
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A worthwhile read with lots of realism, though perhaps a just a bit more of the 'hours of sheer boredom' and less of the 'moments of sheer terror' than I'd prefer. On the other hand, I felt like I new what fighting a serious war in a LID would be like and wasn't at all sure I wanted to be part of it.
One of the classic-generation cold-war techno-thhrillers.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Portrayal Of How The 2nd Korean War Can Happen Oct. 28 2012
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This book gives a good idea of how the 2nd Korean War could begin and run. I thought it was very realistic on how it talked about the mechanized force battles in the Western Corridor and the light infantry fight along the rest of the front. It was missing the airborne and sea landings behind the lines which is a very likely scenario that does get war-gamed each year in the ROK.
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