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Thunder in the Morning Calm is a 2011 legal-thriller/political thriller written by Don Brown and published in summer 2011. The novel explores whether American servicemen who were listed as missing in action from the Korean War may still be alive in North Korea. It was the first novel released in Brown's Pacific Rim series, [1] published by Zondervan, and Brown has said in interviews that he wrote the novel in part to bring attention to the issue of Korean War POWs detained in North Korea. [2]

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According to Brown, eyewitness accounts of elderly Americans in North Korea continued to leak out until 2005. He has cited reports of sightings of elderly Americans held in North Korea in the years after the war. [4]

The novel centers around a young naval intelligence officer who, having discovered secret documents about Americans being left behind in North Korea, finances his own covert mission there to search for clues about his grandfather, who is missing in action from the Korean War.

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  4. "Defector says he saw U.S. POWs in North Korea Fresh, detailed report stirs new interest in missing soldiers", Baltimore Sun, September 8, 1996. New York Times News Service.
    - Phillip Shelden, "North Korea May Still Hold P.O.W.'s, Inquiry Suggests", New York Times, June 16, 1996