The Marine by James Brady
A Novel of War From Guadalcanal to Korea

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A rousing new Marine Corps adventure from the author of the New York Times bestselling Warning of War and The Marines of Autumn

The Marine is Colonel James ("Oliver") Cromwell, a warrior forged at Notre Dame and the Berlin of Hitler's Olympics, and honed by combat at Guadalcanal as one of Carlson's Marine Raiders. With the world at peace, the thirty-five-year old Cromwell is restlessly, if pleasantly, beached on garrison duty in California, aware of how much he misses the war, when he is ordered to fresh duty beyond the seas, as military attaché to the American ambassador in a dull Asian backwater half a world away. There, at dawn on a June Sunday, Ollie gets his wish for action. Korea violently erupts and Colonel Cromwell is caught up in the early, panicked, rout. While South Koreans cut and run, the first GIs hurried into battle are brushed aside by advancing Red tanks and tough peasant infantry.

The Marine chronicles the war-hardened Cromwell's experience of the dramatic First Hundred Days of a brutal three-year Korean War, the chaos and cowardice of retreat, the last-ditch gallantry of the Pusan Perimeter, MacArthur's brilliant left hook sending Marines against the deadly seawall at Inchon, and the bloody assault to liberate Seoul and promote MacArthur's 1952 presidential ambitions. Ollie Cromwell's is the story of a "forgotten war" that never truly ended, but for a bitter truce along what a recent U.S. president called "the most dangerous border in the world."

In The Marine, James Brady crafts a powerful novel of one man's service to his country and Corps.


About James Brady

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James Brady commanded a Marine rifle platoon during the Korean War and was awarded the Bronze Star for valor. He wrote weekly for Parade Magazine and for Advertising Age. He lived in Manhattan and in East Hampton, New York.
Published April 1, 2007 by Thomas Dunne Books. 320 pages
Genres: History, Action & Adventure, War, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Cromwell, assigned as a military attaché to the American ambassador in Korea, finds himself up against the North’s surprise midsummer Sunday invasion (echoing Pearl Harbor) into South Korea and the First Hundred Days whose wild rout turns on the stand at the Pusan Perimeter and then MacArthur’s f...

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Brady weakens the novel's climax by letting Cromwell take a serious wound offstage, but this soldier's tale of key conflicts in two mid-century wars is a solid achievement.

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Marine Corps Gazette

We knew from conversations just prior to his sudden death last October that Parade Magazine’s James Brady was working on a book about the legendary Marine, “Manila John” Basilone.

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