On the heels of a victory in World War II, Communist North Korea decides to test the defenses of South Korea and her American backers. Unfortunately for the South, corruption and a state of unpreparedness gives the North a relatively easy path to control great swaths of the country.
“By 1950, in the five short years since the end of World War II, the extraordinary military might of the United States has been deflated almost completely. Throughout the world, governments are far more concerned that the next great war might begin along the hostile borders that now spread through Europe. What military strength the Americans still possess is mostly positioned where they face off against the Soviets along the border between East and West Germany. Korea, like most of Asia, has become an afterthought.”
Perhaps ripped from future headlines…Red Phoenix takes us to a world where South Korea is at war within itself, their neighbors to the North are lead by an insane man emboldened by his Russian and Chinese masters, and the Americans are facing political turmoil from within by weakened elected officials. What would happen if the North Koreans attacked? Who would prevail? Author Larry Bond gives you some insight into this scary scenario.
The Korean War is perhaps the least understood of America’s modern conflicts. It is hard for me to understand the deep hatred between the different countries in the Pacific forged through centuries of occupation and wars. Former enemies are now allies; countries are split apart by ideology. Korea Strait is a novel using this geopolitical canvas as the base for an intense naval exercise reminiscent of Tom Clancy’s Hunt For Red October. While not in the same class as that novel, Korea Strait moves beyond the Cold War to what may be today’s version. Unless one has his head buried in the sand, it is hard not to envision some future conflict with North Korea who may just be capable of nuclear strikes.