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  • Pacific Rim Series, Book 1
  • By: Don Brown
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • 5.0 out of 5 stars (4 ratings)

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Thunder in the Morning Calm

By: Don Brown
Narrated by: Dick Hill
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Summary

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 listeners of all ages fascinated straight through to the last second.

©2011 Don Brown (P)2011 Zondervan

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  • Wayne
  • 26-03-18

Foray into North Korea - 3.5 stars!

This is my first Don Brown novel and likely be my last. The publisher's summary tells far too much about Thunder in the Morning Calm, so I will not add to it. Audible classifies the genre incorrectly; it is a suspense thriller. On the positive side, Dick Hill's narration is superb.

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  • Paul
  • 29-08-12

Another wonderful listen

If you could sum up Thunder in the Morning Calm in three words, what would they be?

thrilling and uplifting

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yes. Tense.

Have you listened to any of Dick Hill’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes. He is fine. There are some others better.

Who was the most memorable character of Thunder in the Morning Calm and why?

Obviously the hero grandson

Any additional comments?

Looking forward to the sequel

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  • Terry J
  • 16-09-13

OK...but...!

As a former US Navy personnel for a few years this story had some unconventional situations. For example the ..."the Executive Officer...telling the Admiral not to go up to the bridge, of the carrier, to stay 'below' decks where it's safe" is just ludicrous! There were several other type of "commands" that are unreal to the US Navy jargon that made me wish that author looked for Navy help.

Giving 30 days leave in a alien situation is preposterous! The Admiral sure have been having an "off" day!!

The story just could NOT be realistic--- maybe even fare fetched!!!! Maybe the author meant it to be just that ---- UNREALISTIC??

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  • Hilda
  • 17-06-13

This is an awesome book.

What did you love best about Thunder in the Morning Calm?

I am an avid reader but this is honestly one of the best books I have ever read. I highly recommend this to everyone.

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  • Mary
  • 22-10-13

Chuckles to Tears, this is such a good story.

Don Brown has my vote for writing this book. It moves quick and holds the readers interest. The characters are well done. The narrator is perfect.for the characters. Well done.

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  • Pat
  • 10-06-13

For American Patriots

What was most disappointing about Don Brown’s story?

The premise of the story is great. The presentation of the story is strictly "America is Best".

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Sad to report that this novel could have been much better had the story line been less Pro American, and been more Pro Humanity.

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  • Bodach
  • 07-03-18

Partisan Anti-Science Rhetoric

The first Audible book I refused to finish. Anti Obama and anti science and global warming. He states that a person named John is obviously not American because he looks Korean. This author appears to be a person that incapable of entertaining any views that might challenge his predetermined perspective. I love listening to books and if you look at my other reviews you will recognize that I appreciate books from all perspectives. However, I will not read or support an author that blatantly insults a portion of an audience.

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  • CBDC
  • 12-05-16

Very moving and powerful

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Amazing book - the whole narrative was engaging, but the last hour with the rescue and the revelation that one of the rescued prisoners WAS the grandfather the lead character hoped to find and the Christmas Carols - how beautiful they must have sounded after 60 years of imprisonment - and patriotic songs. VERY powerful. Who cares if it's entirely realistic - it deals with important issues and MIA's int he Asian wars (Korea, Vietnam) great courage. I'm about to order book 2 of the series.

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  • Linda
  • 19-05-13

Stereotypes

Characters are cartoon stereotypes. Too preachy, almost a good adventure story but lacks depth of reality. Would not recommend, however, there are some political and religious brainwashing attempted if you care for that sort of thing.

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  • Constance
  • 20-10-11

Thrilling theme, average storytelling

The story of how a Korean War veteran is held captive in a North Korean prison for decades, then rescued at last highlights an important part of our history that is little known. It also may open many readers' eyes to political conditions that are ongoing and real in North Korea today. I love a rescue story and this one is well structured and full of heart. I gave it a 3 rather than a 4 or 5 because it is less literary than I like. Compare, for example, war stories such as Bridge Over the River Kwai (the book, not the movie), The Thin Red Line, or the Caine Mutiny.

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