Red Phoenix by Larry Bond is a military fiction book. It follows the story of war between North and South Korea told mostly from an American perspective.
The book is okay. I had a few quibbles with the book, the characters are very stereotyped, the Americans are big, brave and macho. The South Koreans are obedient, the North Koreans are evil, etc.
One of the only prominent females in the book, Anne, started off really well, but in the end followed a very typical ‘I’ve found a man, and I love him and I don’t know what I’m going to do without him.’
Also, if I hear the phrase ‘frozen rice paddies’ one more time, I think I might just have to lash out.
Despite its faults, the book is entertaining. The beginning is intriguing, it kind of wavers towards the middle, and then picks up again toward the end.
The biggest success, for me, was that the book made me want to read more about Korean history and the history of the Korean War. It’s a perfectly decent book, and I can see why people would like it, and I did enjoy reading it, but it is also not typically a book I would have stuck with.
The book was also very well executed, it followed a lot of characters and different countries. They were all set up well, and once you learnt names and places you remembered them well.
My two favourite characters of the book were definitely Kevin Little and Lieutenant Rhee. They were the two that really stood out to me, and I found myself really wanting to find out how everything was going for them more than anyone else.
What did you think of the book? Let me know in the comments!