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In Danger's Path (The Corps series) [Kindle Edition]

W.E.B. Griffin
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)

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From Publishers Weekly

The gung-ho Marines familiar to readers of Griffin's seven Corps novels (Behind the Lines, etc.) return for an eighth adventure?and not their best. Young Marine officers and enlisted men with high morale and low morals such as Ed Banning, Ken McCoy and Ernie Zimmerman are perfect for a secret (but remarkably improbable) OSS operation behind enemy lines in the Gobi Desert of Mongolia in 1943. Their mission: to establish a clandestine weather station and rescue a wayward group of Americans who fled China after the Japanese invasion in 1941 and have been lost in Mongolia for nearly two years. While the plot teases with a promise of suspense in an exotic and forbidding locale, the reality is that not a shot is fired, not a cliffhanger is encountered and three-fourths of the narrative is set safely back in the States, where the characters spend most of their time drinking, womanizing, disobeying orders and wringing their hands over how they can rejoin the war. Under the leadership of fatherly Brigadier General Fleming Pickering, a kind of Marine den daddy, they do return, although the result is anticlimactic. Numerous side plots provide color and historical perspective, but overwrought dialogue, flat narrative and soap-operatic storytelling leave this lengthy tale without snap.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

Griffin continues his best-selling series on the Marine Corps with a new work featuring the improbably named Fleming Pickering. Pickering, who is in charge of the OSS's Pacific operations during World War II, gets some interesting assignments in the Gobi Desert.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1775 KB
  • Print Length: 740 pages
  • Publisher: Jove; Reissue edition (Dec 1 1999)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group USA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001AIXG7A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #38,398 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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I'm about 250 pages into this book. It is kind of ponderous,
like most of Griffin's books have become. Raally, I don't think we need routing #'s for TWX's and teletypes, and I certainly don't need a complete synopsis of "what has gone before" in each of Griffin's series. However, the two reviews by "Reed Business Information"(THERE's a household name in literary reviews) really rubs my fur the wrong way. In the first place, the weather stations in the Gobi were "highly improbable", but they existed, and did a great job under trying conditions. In the second place, to term the name "Fleming Pickering" improbably named is just stupid. What makes this name more improbable than names such as "Stansfield Turner", "Knute Rockne", or Winston Churchill? I once had a friend whose given name...I kid you not..was Lovely Child. He went by LC. Reed Business Information is a publishing house which puts out Variety, and dozens of slick industrial mags no one ever pays to subscribe to. Perhaps this "reviewer" should concentrate on what they probably know best, namely doing lunch, and selling space in publications no one ever reads except when stuck in elevators.
By the way, I'm enjoying "Under Fire". With all of Griffin's usual name dropping, I halfway expect Craig Lowell & the cast of the Brotherhood Of War series to Guest Star. Who knows, it's still early days yet.
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1.0 out of 5 stars More fantasy than historical fiction June 19 2003
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
As another reviewer wrote, this series has "soap opera" feel to it. It's more about flashy personalities and social elitism than real human interaction. I find it difficult to believe that this series has any correlation to the REAL experience of Marines in WWII (both stateside and overseas).
Most of the characters spend a lot more time hanging out in exclusive nightclubs and drinking expensive scotch than in preparing for or engaging in combat. Even a character like Ken McCoy, who initially seems like the protoype for a self-made man and heroic warrior, eventually comes out looking more like an aristocratic playboy than the ideal fighting Marine suggesting by Volume I.
To overcome the bad guys (who are usually self-important rear-echelon chairwarmers) Griffin's characters seldom rely on courage or ability - they just get themselves promoted repeatedly or find a patron who outranks their foe.
It's one thing to write a story about unusual people within a realistic broader context. In THE CORPS, even the broader context degenerates into nothing but a stage for a sort of social inflation (every character in the book apparently MUST meet in person with either President Roosevelt or General MacArthur - preferrably both). And it seems that the key to getting ahead in the WWII Marine Corps is to have a father or patron who was best friends with a General when they were both enlisted men in WWI. This series would have been infinitely better if there were fewer "General Pickerings" and more "Gunny Zimmermans". Why does EVERYONE have to have a tailored uniform, special orders, a Top-Secret clearance, and a AAAAA-1 travel authorization?
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1.0 out of 5 stars A Waste of Time Jan. 13 2003
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I picked up these books hoping to gain some insight into the actions of the Marine Corps in the Pacific during World War II. What I found instead was a sort of soap opera that rambles on for hundreds of pages without getting around to much actual fighting. For example, The Marines don't even get to Guadalcanal (their first major offensive) until the end of book III, some 1200 pages into the story. Those 1200 intervening pages are mostly conversations (ad nauseam) between stateside Marine Corps officers as they sit around headquarters, or go out on the town chasing skirts.

The small portion of the books that is devoted to actual battles is done in such a cursory fashion that you're left with the impression that the author either finds this aspect of the Marines' mission distasteful, or doesn't understand it well enough to write about it. Mr. Griffin could have deleted about 80% of his material, and would have ended up with better books, albeit still not good ones.
If you're the sort of person who likes to watch daytime soap operas, then you may enjoy these books. If, on the other hand, you're interested in military history, the banality of these books will leave you screaming in frustration.
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3.0 out of 5 stars This is the end? Jan. 25 2002
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I was not too long out of the Marines myself when this series first came out. I saw the title and picked it up. It was great. McCoy was an old time Marine hero. Zimmerman could have been a non-com in my own unit. Banning was the kind of officer there are too few of but do exist. The following books were also great and, while I didn't hate this story, I was somewhat disappointed to find out that this was how we "The Corps" was ending things in WWII. The story was a bit long winded. I was expecting action and would have enjoyed a bigger emphasis on the storyline surronding the Marines and the retired servicemen in the Gobi. How did the survive? What adventures did they have?
I like Fleming Pickering, but this story was too much about him. Pick came off like a snot nosed kid instead of the fighter ace that he was. I would have like to see Westons love triangle come to a conclusion. I would have liked to see some of the main characters get involved in one of the big battles of the latter part of the war. I envisioned McCoy leading a rifle company onto Iwo Jima or Okinawa (showing his stuff like Bernard Cornwells Captain Richard Sharpe) instead we get him growling about his nickname. Any real Marine knows that you don't get to pick your own nickname so deal with it and move on.
I could go on and on about niggling details but suffice to say that if this book had been a prelude to an epic final conclusion story, I would have not minded the weak ending and the slow plot. It seems that "The Corps" is going to Korea next but I feel like World War II is still raging and unfinished.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Padded and talky
I'm currently reading this book, almost 200 pages (!) into it, and I wonder: will the story ever get started? Read more
Published on June 8 2002 by Kurt Shoemaker
5.0 out of 5 stars The Action Does Not Stop In This Fast-Paced Page Turner!
'In Dangers Path' by one of today's best writers, W.E.B. Griffin, the action does not stop in this fast-paced page turner. The 8th in Mr. Read more
Published on Feb. 24 2002 by Victoria Taylor Murray
Published on Aug. 8 2001 by ROBERT MURPHY
1.0 out of 5 stars This book is....
Dung. I'm on page 550 and it is an absolute chore to continue coming back to this tripe. I refuse to stop reading it simply because it is absolutely THE worst book I have ever... Read more
Published on July 24 2001
1.0 out of 5 stars Where's the Danger?
Half way through it. Action has surrounded officer's offices and drinking coffee and booze. You can skip the first 350 pages and not miss a thing. Really.
Published on May 8 2001
2.0 out of 5 stars Semper Fi
Establishing a weather station in Mongolia may seem an unlikely subject for a novel of the Corps. Don't be misled. Read more
Published on April 22 2001 by Chuck Lang (
1.0 out of 5 stars More adventure in a McDonald's car park
I bought this book because I expected action-adventure. After 250 pages I threw it in the trash. There is more adventure in a McDonald's car park. The writing is wooden. Read more
Published on March 16 2001 by Clive
1.0 out of 5 stars Getting worse
When I started reading "The Corps" series I was a young 21 year old Marine myself. The characters were down to earth and I could relate to McCoy. Read more
Published on March 5 2001
4.0 out of 5 stars This REALLY isn't the end ,is it?
This book comes closer to being "vintage" W.E.B. Griffin than the two works that followed. Read more
Published on Feb. 15 2001 by Rodger Raubach
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