The Frozen Hours
A Novel of the Korean WarBook - 2017
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 oadvancing in a different directiono; Lieutenant Colonel Don Faith, the ill-fated frontline Army officer whose men are sacrificed in a hopeless attempt to slow the Chinese advance; Marine Private Harry Thomas, a World War II veteran who now faces the greatest fight of his life; and the Chinese commander, Song Shi-Lun, charged with destroying the Americans 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 oForgotten War,o when the fate of the Korean peninsula lay in the hands of a brave band of brothers battling both the elements and a determined, implacable foe.
PRAISE FOR JEFF SHAARA'S RECENT CIVIL WAR SERIES
A Blaze of Glory
o(An) exciting read . . . This novel is meticulously researched and brings a vivid reality to the historical events depicted.o - Library Journal
oDynamic portrayals (of) Johnston, Grant and William Tecumseh Sherman.o -The Wall Street Journal
A Chain of Thunder
oShaara continues to draw powerful novels from the bloody history of the Civil War.o -Kirkus Reviews
oThe voices of these people come across to the reader as poignantly clear as they did 150 years ago.o -Historical Novels Review
The Smoke at Dawn
oBeautifully written . . . Shaara once again elevates history from mere rote fact to explosive and engaging drama.o - Bookreporter
oShaara's mastery of military tactics, his intimate grasp of history, and his ability to interweave several supporting narratives into a cohesive and digestible whole . .
From Library Staff
Canadians formed part of the British Commonwealth Forces in Korea, and joined the fighting in 1951 when the attrition phase began. The Frozen Hours explores "Frozen Chosin," a turning point where the Allies fought weather that even Canadians would shudder at while surrounded 6-to-1 by e... Read More »