Jeff Shaara, bestselling author of historical fiction about World War II, the Revolutionary War, and the Civil War — including Gods and Generals and The Last Full Measure, which complete the Civil War trilogy that began with his father’s Pulitzer Prize-winning classic, The Killer Angels — will be at the Poinsett Club in downtown Greenville on Tuesday, May 30th, at 6:00pm. Mr. Shaara will be talking about his new book, The Frozen Hours: A Novel of the Korean War (Ballantine, hardcover, $28.99, on sale 5/23/17). Written with the propulsive force Shaara brings to all his novels of combat and courage, The Frozen Hours transports us to the critical moment in the history of America’s ‘Forgotten War,’ when the fate of the Korean peninsula lay in the hands of a brave band of brothers battling both the elements and a determined, implacable foe. Join us for hors d’oeuvres from 6:00-6:45pm, then at 6:45pm Mr. Shaara will give a talk, take questions from the audience, and sign books.
*Note: Tickets for this event are $50 each. Each ticket admits one and includes one copy of The Frozen Hours as well as hors d’oeuvres. The club will also offer a cash bar. The dress code requires NO DENIM. Sport coats or suit jackets are requested for men, but ties are not required.
The master of military historical fiction turns his discerning eyes to the Korean War in this riveting new novel, which tells the dramatic story of the Americans and the Chinese who squared off in one of the deadliest campaigns in the annals of combat: the Battle of Chosin Reservoir, also known as Frozen Chosin.
June 1950. The North Korean army invades South Korea, intent on uniting the country under Communist rule. In response, the United States mobilizes a force to defend the overmatched South Korean troops, and together they drive the North Koreans back to their border with China.
But several hundred thousand Chinese troops have entered Korea, laying massive traps for the Allies. In November 1950, the Chinese spring those traps. Allied forces, already battling stunningly cold weather, find themselves caught completely off guard as the Chinese advance around the Chosin Reservoir in North Korea. A force that once stood on the precipice of victory now finds itself on the brink of annihilation. Assured by General Douglas MacArthur that they would be home by Christmas, the soldiers and Marines fight for their lives against the most brutal weather conditions imaginable — and an enemy that outnumbers them more than six to one.
The Frozen Hours tells the story of Frozen Chosin from multiple points of view: Oliver P. Smith, the commanding general of the American 1st Marine Division, who famously redefined defeat as “advancing in a different direction”; Marine Private Pete Riley, a World War II veteran who now faces the greatest fight of his life; and the Chinese commander Sung Shi-Lun, charged with destroying the Americans he has so completely surrounded, ever aware that above him, Chairman Mao Tse-Tung watches his every move.
Praise for Jeff Shaara’s Civil War Series
“Outstanding…Shaara combines his extensive knowledge of military history with his consummate skill as a storyteller to vivify [Sherman’s March to the Sea]…Shaara has opened a welcome literary window to some of the less familiar Civil War battles and campaigns.” —Booklist, on The Fateful Lightening
“[An] exciting read… This novel is meticulously researched and brings a vivid reality to the historical events depicted.” —Library Journal, on Blaze of Glory
“Shaara’s historical accuracy is faultless, and he tells a good story… The voices of these people come across to the reader as poignantly clear as they did 150 years ago.” —Historical Novels Review, on A Chain of Thunder
“Shaara’s mastery of military tactics, his intimate grasp of history, and his ability to interweave several supporting narratives into a cohesive and digestible whole…will appeal to a broad range of historical and military fiction fans.” —Booklist, on The Smoke at Dawn