Sixty years after his grandfather disappeared in Korea, a young naval intelligence officer seeks the truth behind rumors that American POWs are still being held there. Risking his life, fortune, and freedom, he leads a daring mission into the dangerous dictatorship of North Korea – all for the love of his country and a grandfather he never knew.
Lieutenant Commander “Gunner” McCormick is assigned as an intelligence officer to Carrier Strike Force 10, being deployed to the Yellow Sea at the invitation of South Korea for joint exercises with the US Navy. During his pre-deployment briefing, he discovers a TOP-SECRET MEMO revealing rumors that the North Koreans may still be holding a handful of elderly Americans from the Korean War in secret prison camps.
As it happens, Gunner’s grandfather, who was a young marine officer in the Korean War, disappeared at Chosin Reservoir over 60 years ago and is still listed as MIA in North Korea.
Sworn to silence about what he has read, the top-secret memo eats at him. Gunner decides to spend all his inheritance and break every military regulation in the book to finance his own three-man commando squad on a suicide mission north of the DMZ to search for clues about the fate of his grandfather. Risking his career, his fortune, and his life, Gunner will get his answers, or he will die trying.
Don Brown is building a loyal fan base by writing what he knows best: thrillers with heart. A former Navy JAG officer and action officer in the Pentagon, Brown pens action-packed plots and finely-drawn characters that are credible and compelling. Thunder in the Morning Calm is a novel of bravery, duty, and family love that will keep readers of all ages reading straight through to the last page.
You can read an excerpt of Thunder in the Morning Calm here (in PDF format)
About The Author:
Don Brown is the author of Malacca Conspiracy, The Navy Justice Series and Black Sea Affair, a submarine thriller that predicted the 2008 shooting war between Russia and Georgia. Don served five years in the U.S. Navy as an officer in the Judge Advocate General's (JAG) Corps, which gave him an exceptional vantage point into both the Navy and the inner workings of "inside-the-beltway" as an action officer assigned to the pentagon. He left active duty in 1992 to pursue private practice, but remained on inactive status through 1999, rising to the rank of Lieutenant Commander. He and his family live in North Carolina, where he pursues his passion for penning novels about the Navy.
This is the first of Don Brown's books I have read and I really enjoyed it. It is the first in the Pacific Rim Series and if this book is any indication, it is going to be a great series. It is fast paced and you are confronted with action from the very first pages.
If you, or someone you know, enjoys military novels, Thunder in the Morning Calm will be right up your alley! I loved all the characters and felt they were all very well-developed. No one character stood out to me, per say, as I really enjoyed them all, each with very distinctive personalities, positive and negative, and quirks. It will be interesting to see what Brown does in the future Pacific Rim novels.
With each page I read, I felt as if I were right in the middle of each scene, thanks to the descriptive writing of Dan Brown. Clearly his own experiences and research have impacted his writing, and that is a good thing. Although military novels are not typically ones I am drawn to, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Of course, throughout the novel Christianity is mentioned but it is done in such a way to not offend anyone, thus making it a great read for both Christians and non-Christians alike.
I highly recommend this novel and give it a huge thumbs up!
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