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Trapped in Eastern Europe by a united Germany with atomic weapons, an American army--led by Lieutenant General Big Al Malin--must fight its way to the safety of the Baltic Sea....

Title : The Ten Thousand
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ISBN : 9780671718749
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 377 Pages
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The Ten Thousand Reviews

  • Nicole
    2019-06-06 06:39

    I really enjoyed all the hypotheticals Coyle presented in this book. There's a lot to think about in regards to human motivation and war.

  • Διόνυσος Ελευθέριος
    2019-06-09 01:54

    I read Harold Coyle occasionally as a teenager and remember those books of his that I read for their having provided me with delicious—though vicarious—warrior fare. Now however, hoping to satisfy a recent urge to procrastinate on much more important academic work, I picked this up and thought I could justify my reading the unjustifiable by insisting that my interest in this book was—though perhaps loosely, I could say—academic. “Yes, you see? This is, ahem, academic work I’m doing here.” Faced with any imagined skepticism, or even outright disdain, I thought I could insist that Coyle’s having borrowed his title from a famous account of antiquity could respectably warrant the excuse “closer look that such an important allusion merited,” which I intended to use as my cover for what was, of course, just an unnecessary distraction. But everything failed: I never got to try out my shiny absurd excuse on anyone, and the book is just an awful book, a distraction so bad that I kept looking for distractions from it. The whole premise behind the main plot (modern day Germany elects a closet Hitler Youth as Prime Minister) was so absurd and so poorly planned that it was simply impossible for anything to come to life. Better would have been to make an even more ridiculous premise, and thereby enter openly into the realm of science fiction or even outright fantasy, then sell it as such, and allow the reader so much greater freedom from having to think, “Gosh, this is silly.” And alas, even those juvenile delights of mine could not be revived and served again: in 600 pages there were only two or three good fights. My recommendation: read the better book.

  • Rich Putnam
    2019-06-11 03:37

    Harold Coyle's first novel, Team Yankee, was by far his best. The Ten Thousand has an interesting premise and is prehaps well-written, but his characters are simply unbelievable. They come off as strutting, arrogant super-soldiers with no humanity, in short, as cardboard 1-dimensional characters. Coyle must be misogynistic, the way he treats his female characters, they're either simpering and weak or - like the compnay commander - a super bitch. If I'd had a MALE commanding officer like the woman in this book, I'd have quickly been charged with assaulting a superior officer, and willingly taken the punishment for it. I hated this book, and I only recomend it for those who have no personal military experience themselves.

  • Sue
    2019-05-18 23:59

    I just could not find any interest in or compassion for the characters so I had to stop reading.I wish I saw what some of the other readers did.

  • Ian Pattinson
    2019-05-30 00:32

    The depiction of the combat and tactics was okay, but the premise was just stupid. American army units based in Germany go to war with their hosts after breaking the rules governing their presence in the country. Coyle tries to justify his protagonists' appalling behaviour by portraying the German leader as an unrepentant Nazi who just wants to take revenge on the Yanks.This book's attitude of 'US might is right' is one of the things I was satirising in Sounds of Soldiers.

  • Andreas
    2019-05-17 03:30

    Even though the premise is a bit unrealistic, I really enjoyed this. A German Chancellor who is something of an anti-nuclear weapon fanatic forbids an American division transporting nuclear arms to go through Germany. Said division has to fight their way to the sea. The military stuff is well done, and the characters are truly three dimensional. The title and story are based on Xenophon’s account of the “Ten Thousand” and their march back to Greece in 401-399 BC.

  • Jeff Sedlak
    2019-05-18 02:32

    Good book. Typical Coyle who kept you wanting to read more.

  • Odinsknot
    2019-05-27 00:36

    He does some good writing but the premise of this one was absurd. His characters are flat, too, which doesn't help.

  • Chuck
    2019-05-26 06:48

    Present day tale about stolen nuclear weapons and war with Germany. Good story overcooked by the author.

  • Adam Quinn
    2019-05-17 23:51

    This book really has a lot of potential , however , fell short in the end. The premise was unique and interesting . However, I believed Coyle over complicated the book with too many small stories such as with Hillary Cole, a field nurse. Her, as well as a few other characters , didn’t really contribute to the story and really took away from the story. I believe the story could have benefited more from hearing about the Rangers and from Scott Dixon’s unit. It was a decent read, it just could have been so much more .

  • Pete Graves
    2019-06-05 02:49

    Hypothetically arming the third Reich with weapons of mass destruction that would have annihilated the coalition's military personnel and the island of Great Britain.

  • Austinl
    2019-06-04 23:42

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book by Harold Coyle and how he describes the details of military strategy and military equipment. I liked the novel not only followed American and German troops, but also took the perspective of government leaders, their cabinet and even a neutral party like the Russian military adviser Ilvanich. I appreciated the fact that the author thought out each character and knew how each of those individuals would react in their difficult situations. The book really delves into the politics between nations. The novel begins with the Americans invading the Ukraine in an operation to capture nuclear missiles that the Ukrainians have seized with the aid of the Russians. As the nuclear devices are being transported through Germany the German Chancellor, who is bitter about losing WW II, devises a scheme to get back at the Americans. It soon begins a cat and mouse game for advantage in the conflict.

  • Mike Emett
    2019-05-19 00:42

    I did not think a book of Coyle's would match or even beat Team Yankee. This book for me is on par with Team Yankee. I have yet to decide which is #1 and which is #2. This book is much better than the last two. It was realistic. It dealt a lot into the psyche(?) of a unified Germany whose populous remember the effects of WW2 and lived through a divided Germany, which leads to the conflict known as The Battle for Central Germany; which in the early 90's when the book was written, may have been on the minds of those who feared the returning of a radical and dangerous person to lead a reunified Germany. The action sequences was great... most pretty thrilling/intense. I enjoyed the more 3-D-ness of his characters, particularly in delving into the survivors mental and emotional state. WOW, really good!

  • Larry
    2019-06-16 06:30

    Slightly far-fetched story but very good action scenes. Harold Coyle's early books, including this one, tend to get a little over descriptive when it comes to the military details. There's a scene in one book where he spends two pages describing the right way for a squad of soldiers to cross a road. This book is like that. But the action scenes are still very good, they save the book in my opinion.

  • Stewart Leonard
    2019-05-20 02:41

    I'm not sure whether this is American propaganda or a subtle piss-take of America. Either way I found this book almost a chore to read, hoping it would get better an explain the huge leaps the plot takes. I'll save you the trouble, it doesn't. In fact the end is hugely anti-climatic.Give this one a miss and find an author who can represent both sides of an engagement realistically.

  • Kym Robinson
    2019-06-02 23:51

    As an enthusiastic reader of both Coyle and his Scott Dixon saga, I found this book to be perhaps worn out or lacking when compared to the others in the series. Perhaps it was one book too many ? In any case it is a top read compared to other authors in the genre, I just thought it missed the mark as far as the series is concerned.50 %

  • Fredrick Danysh
    2019-06-03 23:53

    The Ukraine has nuclear weapons and US forces from Germany attempt to remove the. Germany seizes the weapons when they are brought to that country for transport to the US. The Germany Chancellor, a former Hitler youth, wants the US forces in Germany to disarm and surrender to him. A plan is devised for a army Corps to march to the sea and rescue.

  • Johnny Mayall
    2019-05-28 01:48

    Better than 'Team Yankee', but still a bit flat. There is more character development in this one, but in many cases, uninteresting or poor execution of it. Again, more of an interesting 'what if' scenario than a good story.

  • J
    2019-05-30 03:35

    Needs re-read

  • Patrick
    2019-06-05 05:29

    Slow in the middle, but it ended great.

  • Thomas Marianini
    2019-06-16 06:58

    It's a ridiculos book. The story is just silly and totally "American" in it's comical unfolding.Between neo-Hitlers, Ubba-dubba US army and the just nonsense ending. Trash.

  • Bob Conner
    2019-05-20 02:35

    Coyle is an excellent author with a good knowledge of military. His story lines are intriguing and, while fictional, are not only credible, but very possible.

  • Scott
    2019-06-05 07:37

    Outstanding read. Take an Army division and march it across Germany to the safety of the sea, all while defying the full might of the German military with WWIII in the balance.

  • Bonnie Dieffenbacher
    2019-06-16 02:49

    The Russians and Americans join to fight a German Govt. eager to seize world power.

  • Rick Wong
    2019-06-09 02:39

    This is another great read by Coyle.

  • Cameron Stewart
    2019-06-07 03:51

    This is still one of my favorite books after all these years. A great look at leadership and the brotherhood of war. I suppose it would be more "historical fiction" now, though.

  • Johnny Stone
    2019-06-13 00:35

    Another outstanding book by Harold Coyle. Have read it numerous times over the years.

  • Ken Miller
    2019-05-28 00:44

    The battle of Central Europe that never happen.

  • Sherry
    2019-05-30 02:38

    This is a really good book about WWII history, character, men would really like this as well

  • Andrew Morgan
    2019-06-13 06:49

    Not as good as 'Team Yankee', more political maneuvering in this than actual warfare, hence the 3 stars (would have given it 3.5 stars, but not 4). Ending was a little poor.