The Marine: A Novel of War from Guadalcanal to Korea

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Macmillan, May 1, 2004 - Fiction - 320 pages
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A rousing new Marine Corps adventure from the author of the New York Times bestselling Warning of War and The Marines of Autumn

The Marine is Colonel James ("Oliver") Cromwell, a warrior forged at Notre Dame and the Berlin of Hitler's Olympics, and honed by combat at Guadalcanal as one of Carlson's Marine Raiders. With the world at peace, the thirty-five-year old Cromwell is restlessly, if pleasantly, beached on garrison duty in California, aware of how much he misses the war, when he is ordered to fresh duty beyond the seas, as military attaché to the American ambassador in a dull Asian backwater half a world away. There, at dawn on a June Sunday, Ollie gets his wish for action. Korea violently erupts and Colonel Cromwell is caught up in the early, panicked, rout. While South Koreans cut and run, the first GIs hurried into battle are brushed aside by advancing Red tanks and tough peasant infantry.

The Marine chronicles the war-hardened Cromwell's experience of the dramatic First Hundred Days of a brutal three-year Korean War, the chaos and cowardice of retreat, the last-ditch gallantry of the Pusan Perimeter, MacArthur’s brilliant left hook sending Marines against the deadly seawall at Inchon, and the bloody assault to liberate Seoul and promote MacArthur's 1952 presidential ambitions. Ollie Cromwell’s is the story of a "forgotten war" that never truly ended, but for a bitter truce along what a recent U.S. president called "the most dangerous border in the world."

In The Marine, James Brady crafts a powerful novel of one man’s service to his country and Corps.
  

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SOUTH BEND INDIANA THE CAMPUS OF NOTRE DAME UNIVERSITY SEPTEMBER 1933
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STANLEY KETCHEL THE MICHIGAN ASSASIN WAS HAVING BREAKFAST WITH A MANS WIFE
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BERLIN THE 1936 OLYMPICS HITLER AT A DISTANCE BEER AND THE DU DU DONG
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NO HES NOT A SAILOR SAID BULL HALSEY GOD SAVE US HES A MARINE
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SAN DIEGO THE PACIFIC FLEET CHRISTMAS WEEK 1937
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A PAGEONE STORY ABOUT THE SPANISH CIVIL WAR WRITTEN BY BEN SWEET
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HIS RIB WAS BROKEN MIGHT PUNCTURE A LUNG NO GOOD FOR A FIGHTER OR ANYONE
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THOSE LAST FEW ROUNDS OLLIE THEY SCARED ME
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HE AIRSTRIP AT SUWON AND A BRIEF INSPIRING GLIMPSE OF DOUGLAS MACARTHUR
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YOU DONT CREATE AN ARMY IN A FEW WEEKS NOT ONE THAT CAN FIGHT
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THIS WASNT AN ARMY MACARTHUR HAT YET
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AMERICAN BOYS SHOT THROUGH THE HEAD WITH NOBODY DOING ANYTHING ABOUT IT
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THE DEAD MEN WERE FLATTENED LIKE SQUIRRELS OR DEER BACK HOME JUST ROADKILL
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ANNIHILATE REMNANTS OF THE ENEMYCUT OFF HIS WINDPIPE
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THE TIME OF TRADING GROUND FOR TIME IS ENDED GENERAL WALKER ORDERED
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THIS FOUL LITTLE HILL WERE HANGING ON TO CRAIG SAYS ITS THE KEY
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THE RAIDERS
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NOW THAT IS A KEEPER YOU FIND A GIRL LIKE THAT YOU KEEP HER
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MARINES LEARNED TO EAT SNAKES AND IF THEY HAD TO DOG AND RAT
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FIRST BLOOD ON MAKIN ISLAND
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THE JAPS ZEROING IN ON JIMMY ROOSEVELTS BALD HEAD GLEAMING IN THE SUN
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LYING IN THE SHADE SO THEY WOULDNT SWELL UP OR STINK WERE SIX OR SEVEN DEAD MARINES
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SOME SAID THE MARINES WERE SHOT OTHERS BEHEADED THE JAPS ENJOYED A GOOD BEHEADING
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YOULL NEED CASH LOCAL MAGISTRATES WONT TAKE MARINE CHECKS FOR BAIL
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ADMIRAL MCCAIN WOULD MISS THE MARINE GENERAL AND THE TOUGH EGGS UNDER YOU
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THEN WHO PUNCHED THAT HOLE IN YOUR HAND AND SHOT OFF HALF THAR EAR?
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BEFORE THE WAR DID YOU USE YOUR HANDS? YES DOC I WAS A BOXER
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NOW CARLSON WAS DEAD SO OLLIE SAT DOWN AND WROTE TO JIMMY ROOSEVELT
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KOREA
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THE BEACH AT DANA POINT CALIFORNIA EARLY JUNE 1950
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SEOUL THE CAPITAL OF SOUTH KOREA JUNE 27 1950
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FOR THE FIRST TIME THE MARINE COLONEL WORE A HOLSTERED REVOLVER
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THERE WAS AN UNEASY EDGE TO THE SERGEANTS VOICE WE HEARD ABOUT YOU SIR
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THE MARINES PROPPED UP THE DEAD SOLDIER AND STUCK A CAMEL BETWEEN HIS TEETH
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THE NIGHT BEFORE YOU LAND ON A HOSTILE BEACH YOU DONT MAKE ENEMIES
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LUGGING HER PORTABLE MAGGIE HIGGINS AND OTHER REPORTERS CAME ASHORE IN THE FIFTH WAVE
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MACARTHURS AN OLD MAN AND CRAZY HES ALSO ONE HELL OF A SOLDIER
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THE TWO KOREAN PRISONERS BROKE FOR IT AND WERE SHOT DOWN RIGHT AWAY
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LIKE SERVING AT PORT ZINDERNEUP BEAU GESTE AND HIS BROTHERS
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THE THIRD PLATOON OPENED UP AND JUST CUT THE FORMATION TO RIBBONS
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AN APPARENTLY UNKILLABLE KOREAN OFFICER THEY CALLED FIREPROOP PHIL
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A NAKED THREAT TO SEND AN ARMY DIVISION TO RELIEVE AND SHAME THE MARINES
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JUST CRAPOUT ON THE SIDEWALK OR IN A DOORWAY OLLIE TRY TO GET SOME SLEEP
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THE CRAPPIEST ROUNDHOUSE EVER SAID PEACHY WHO USED TO WORK ON THE RAILROAD
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REMEMBERING RICHARD LIONHEART GOING OVER THE WALLS OF ACRE AGAINST SALADIN
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WHAT ABOUT BUGGY? WHAT ABOUT THE SERGEANT?
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MACARTHUR SAID HED TAKE THE CITY BY SEPTEMBER 25 AND BY GOD HE DID
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AUTHORS NOTE
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James Brady commanded a Marine rifle platoon during the Korean War and was awarded the Bronze Star for valor. He wrote weekly for Parade Magazine and for Advertising Age. He lived in Manhattan and in East Hampton, New York.

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