Retreat Hell

Version: Abridged
Author: W.E.B. Griffin
Narrator: James Naughton
Genres: History, Fiction & Literature
Publisher: Putnam Pub Group (Audio)
Published In: January 2004
# of Units: 5 CDs
Length: 6 hours
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It is the fall of 1950. The Marines have made a pivotal breakthrough at Inchon, but a roller coaster awaits them. The bit in his teeth, MacArthur surges across the 38th parallel toward the Yalu River, only to encounter the Chinese in full force, who drive him back in turn. Back and forth, the bloody tides of war shift, and swept along with them are Captain Ken McCoy and Master Gunner Ernie Zimmerman, caught in the fight of their lives; Brigadier General Fleming Pickering, working desperately to mediate the escalating battle between MacArthur and Truman; and Pickering's daredevil pilot son, Malcolm, lost somewhere behind enemy lines-and maybe lost forever.

Reviews (6)


Written by DON WEESNER from Tonto Basin, AZ on December 3rd, 2008

  • Book Rating: 3/5


Retreat Hell

Written by Anonymous on June 11th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 3/5

The book was ok. I felt like the second half of the book was missing.

retreat hell

Written by Lee Werley from Chapel Hill, NC on January 23rd, 2006

  • Book Rating: 2/5

I did ot enjoy this one as much as others by him. I finished it because my father is a marine.

An Interesting Tale Worth Your Time

Written by Tonytoga from Houston, TX on January 20th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 3/5

W.E.B. Griffin tells a pretty good story here. It's intrigue is not unlike that of many other war books but it is one of only a few set with Korea and America's involvement there as its theme. This is a decent abridgement that doesn't leave huge gaps in the story or simply loses characters through some editor's butchery. If you like the war story genera of books, this one is worth your time.

Retreat Hell

Written by Robert Mathieu on May 31st, 2005

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Typical W.E.B.Griffith, but not as much action as usual, maybe because it is abridged. I prefer the unab. versions.

Retreat, Hell

Written by Anonymous on December 17th, 2004

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Albeit not exactly what the title or summary suggests, a good story all the same.

Author Details

Author Details

Griffin, W.E.B.

"William E. Butterworth III (W.E.B. Griffin) was born on November 10, 1929, in Newark, N.J. to William Edmund and Gladys (Schnable) Butterworth. He served in the U.S. Army, 1946-1947, 1951-1953 and as a combat correspondent in Korea. He is married with three grown children and lives in Fairhope, Alabama. He's written under the pseudonyms of W.E.B. Griffin, Alex Baldwin, Webb Beech, Walker E. Blake, James McM. Douglas, Eden Hughes, Edmund O. Scholefield and Patrick J. Williams. Honors: Alabama Library Association, Alabama Author's Award, 1982. He was awarded honorary and/or life memberships in the Special Operations Association, Marine Combat Correspondents, and Marine Raider Association. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Philosophy in Military Fiction by Norwich University and addressed the cadets at West Point. He has been invested into the Order of St. George of the U.S. Armor Association and is a member of Gaston-Lee Post #5660, Veterans of Foreign Wars. ""Nothing honors me more than a serviceman, veteran, or cop telling me he how much he enjoyed reading my books,"" says Griffin. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1946 after schooling at various public and private schools. After basic training, he received counter-intelligence training at Fort Holabird and was assigned to the Army of Occupation in Germany where he was ultimately assigned to the staff of then Major General I.D. White, commander of the U.S. Constabulary.

During the Korean War, he was recalled to active duty, interrupting his education at Philips University in Marburg an der Lahn in Germany, and again served under General I.D. White, both at Fort Knox and in Korea, earning the Expert Combat Infantry Badge and serving as a combat information officer and as acting X Corps (Group) information officer.

On his release from active duty, he was appointed Chief of the Publications Division of the Army Signal Aviation Test & Support Activity at the Army Aviation Center in Fort Rucker, AL. After successfully publishing three novels, he left his civilian employment with the Army and has since published more than 128 books, including both fiction and non-fiction.

He is the author of the bestselling Brotherhood of War, Badge of Honor, The Corps and Honor Bound series. He lives in Alabama. He also writes under the pseudonym Alex Baldwin. Soldier Spies was originally published in 1986 under the name of Alex Baldwin - it was republished in 1999 under W.E.B Griffin's name."