During the second half of the 20th century, East and West stood on the brink of war. Nowhere was this more evident than in Central Germany, where 10,000 tanks belonging to NATO stood ready to resist a ground attack spearheaded by 40,000 Warsaw Pact tanks. It was a war that never was. But what if it had? How would the opening days of World War III played out?
Team Yankee, the New York Times best-seller by Harold Coyle, presents a glimpse of what it would have been like for the soldiers who would have had to meet the relentless onslaught of Soviet and Warsaw Pact divisions. Using the geo-political and military scenarios described by General Sir John Hackett, former NORTHAG commander and author of World War Three; August 1985, Team Yankee follows the war as seen from the turret of Captain Sean Bannon's tank.
Through Bannon's eyes, and those of the men belonging to his tank heavy combat team, the listener lives through the first 14 days of World War III. The action is vivid and exciting, the tension palpable. Defeat and death are as close as victory.
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There is nothing better than to read or listen to a book written by one in the know. This book was hard to turn off and split between two days. The tactics and terminology was right on and believable. Great job, sir
"Team Yankee ...Final available in audio unabridged"
A great war of World War III in which US and NATO face Russia and Warsaw Pact in Europe. A bit dated as it was written some 30 years ago and the cold war has ended. However recent events happening in Europe today may still make the story relevant in todays world.
The story POV from tankers seems realistic and believable, as well as the tactics described.
I have read the book many times and listened to the abridged audio version narrated by Charles Durning repeatedly. Cronin's narration was fine in all respects, I just miss Durning's voice and characterization. That was the sole reason I gave a 4 star for performance.
The unabridged audio version has been a long time coming. Thanks to all who made it possible.
"A true classic of ww3 fiction!"
This book was written during a time when the real possibility of global warfare was not only imminent but even at times likely! It is not about heroes, or one incredible character but about trained professional soldiers doing their jobs and safeguarding the western world.
It is a timely rerelease, the world today faces a crisis as bleak and possibly even more dangerous. We live in a time of random terrorism, of economic migration fracturing Western society, of climate change creating new and deadly diseases and weather patterns... We live in a world not at war between huge factions but of dozens of hot and cold wars that spillover and affect our nations.
We don't need heroes, we need the same tough professional soldiers of Iwo Jima, of Normandy, of the Battle for Britain, of Abu Ageila and all the other famous defenses of Western Liberal society.
"Love all things Team Yankee...but"
First I read this book several times. Then I listened to the cassette tape version read by the late great CHARLES DURNING. The bar was set rather high. It is with some regret that I must say this reading does not live up to my expectations. If anyone listened to DURNING version you would know what I'm talking about. Having said that anything to do with armored combat has my attention.
"Well done "what if" tale"
I enjoyed listening to this novel of what might have occurred in WW III. The story was a somewhat believable one of what may have been. The US spent billions of dollars to make sure it never happened.
"Interesting point of view"
The story was interesting from a John Wayne point of view. Having been stationed in Germany twice as an American army officer, I think the story was a bit simplistic and overly confident. Taken from the point of view of one team was a good idea. The individual unit could have had such a success, however overall it is doubtful a war would have gone so quickly. At least not in our favor. Living there at the height of the Cold War the Fulda gap was a source of constant concern. Even taking into account the over estimation of Soviet abilities and forces, and knowing what we know now of the systemic problems within their military, it is very doubtful that our forces could have held them in check during their initial push. A much more likely scenario would have been significant initial losses of both personnel and territory, and then a very long war of slow gains and slow degradation of the Soviet forces over a protracted war. That observation aside the story was ok. The narration was adequate. Overall I would rate it average.
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