CFBA Tour…….Don Brown’s “Thunder in the Morning Calm”

CFBA Tour…….Don Brown’s “Thunder in the Morning Calm”

This week, theChristian Fiction Blog Allianceis introducingThunder in the Morning Calm Zondervan (August 2, 2011)byDon BrownABOUT THE AUTHOR:

DON BROWN, a former U.S. Navy JAG Officer, is the author of Zondervan’s riveting NAVY JUSTICE SERIES, a dynamic storyline chronicling the life and adventures of JAG officer ZACK BREWER. After TREASON, his first novel in the NAVY JUSTICE SERIES, was published to rave reviews in 2005, drawing comparisons to the writing style of John Grisham, Don Brown was named as co-chairman of national I LOVE TO WRITE DAY, an event recognized by the governors of nine states to promote writing throughout the nation, and especially among the nation’s schools.

Paying no homage to political correctness, Don’s writing style is described as “gripping,” casting an entertaining and educational spin on a wide-range of current issues, from radical Islamic infiltration of the military, to the explosive issue of gays in the military, to the modern day issues of presidential politics in the early 21st Century.

Don graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1982, and after finishing law school, continued his post-graduate studies through the Naval War College, earning the Navy’s nonresident certificate in International Law.

During his five years on active duty in the Navy, Don served in the Pentagon, was published in the Naval Law Review, and was also a recipient of the Navy Achievement Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal, and the National Defense Service Medal.


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 readers of all ages reading straight through to the last page.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Thunder in the Morning Calm , go HERE

My Review

Gunner knew the moment he reads a top-secret memo that some older American’s MIA’s could still be held in Korea prison camp, that he was going to find his grandfather, or do everything in his power to do so. He takes leave from his position as Lieutenant Commander, finds a team of 2 more retired service men and plans his trip to Korea.

This is my first book by Don Brown and thoroughly enjoyed it. It is so fast-paced, full of action, suspense and tension that you will not be able to but it down! I just wanted Gunner to find his grandfather, especially for the sake of Gunner’s mom. And I have heard and read about these kinds of prison camps, I was shocked at the way these men were treated, and had been treated for 60 or so years. Even though this book is fiction, reading it made me start to pray for those men who might still be held in camps such as this. Even though we don’t know for sure, it could be happening.

I would encourage anyone to read this book, it will make you think a lot more about the men and women that put their lives on the line fighting for our freedom!

This book was provided by Bethany House through Christian Fiction Blog Alliance. I was not required or expected to give a positive review. The opinions in this review are mine only.

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