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Thunder in the Morning Calm

Pacific Rim Series, Book 1
By: Don Brown
Narrated by: Dick Hill
Series: Pacific Rim, Book 1
Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
2.5 out of 5 stars (2 ratings)

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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
  • 26-03-2018

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
  • 29-08-2012

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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  • Hilda
  • 17-06-2013

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
  • 22-10-2013

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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  • CBDC
  • 12-05-2016

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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  • Terry
  • 16-09-2013

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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  • PerfectSense
  • 01-04-2019

Great story that keeps moving

had no idea at first that Christian faith is woven into characters of story, a definite good surprise.

exciting, timely .

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  • Rick Watson
  • 06-12-2018

good plot

really kept my my interest. had some twists and turns I didn't expect. I would recommend.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-07-2018

Great story and great narration!

I'm a big fan of listening to Dick Hill from all the W.E.B. Griffin books that he's done. He did a fantastic job on this book, the first of Don Brown's I've listened to. I loved the character development, the action, the explanations. It wasn't dry, we didn't get bogged down in any of the technical or military terms. The ending was so emotional and so heartfelt. I highly recommend this book, and anything narrated by Dick Hill!

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  • Michael
  • 29-03-2018

Nice book without all the swear words

The story is good perhaps unbelievable but it was fun and clean. The ending was not what I expected and perhaps that was part of what made it fun and interesting. I'm tired of the cursing and bad words that many authors use to write a book and th e copy and paste techniques that many authors use to write a book. This was pretty clean and a very enjoyable experience