Aug 9, 2011

Thunder in the Morning Calm by Don Brown

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.

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Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Zondervan (August 16, 2011)
ISBN-13: 978-0310330141

This book is a fictional thriller that is definitely full of action. We tend to cheer on the characters in these action thrillers where the hero becomes some kind of super hero as he battles evil characters. This book kept me reading simply because I wanted to find out the final outcome.

Thunder in the Morning Calm is about a secret operation by Commander Gunner and two veteran soldiers as they search for and free old "missing in action" prisoners from a Korean prison camp.

The author included some evidence of faith in God in the attempt to give some meaning and debt to the plot. Many readers will like this book, and I must admit it was an enjoyable read. However, I didn't find it to be terribly memorable.  I give this book a 3 out of 5.

Disclosure: I received an ARC of Thunder in the Morning Calm courtesy of Zondervan, in exchange for my honest review.

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