Korea, June 1, 1950. Captain Ken McCoy’s report on
probable North Korean hostilities meets with so much bureaucratic displeasure
that not only is it promptly suppressed, but McCoy himself is kicked out of the
Corps. At least two outfits, however, are not impressed by such infighting: the
fledgling CIA, which promptly hires McCoy; and the North Koreans, who on June 25th invade across the thirty-eighth parallel. Immediately, veterans scattered
throughout military and civilian life are called up, many with only a seventy-two
For Fleming Pickering and Pick, his daredevil son,
and Ed Banning, George Hart, Jack Stecker, Jake Dillon, Ernie Zimmerman, and
for the women who love them, names such as Inchon and Pusan will acquire a new,
bloody reality, and Korea will become not only a new battlefield, but their
greatest challenge of all.
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