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Line of Fire (The Corps series) Kindle Edition

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Length: 484 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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Line of Fire brings to life a desperate mission of World War II that captures the drama and courage of the men who fought it. Two Marines, reporting on Japanese air activity, are trapped on a small Coastwatcher island. A special rescue team is assembled to save them--under enemy gunsight. It is am exciting and powerful story of real heroism that only W.E.B. Griffin could tell...

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W. E. B. Griffin is also the author of the bestselling Corps, Brotherhood of War, Badge of Honor, Men at War, and Honor Bound series. He has been invested into the orders of St. George of the U.S. Armor Association and St. Andrew of the U.S. Army Aviation Association, and is a life member of the U.S. Special Operations Association; Gaston-Lee Post 5660, Veterans of Foreign Wars; China Post #1 in Exile of the American Legion; and the Police Chiefs Association of Southeast Pennsylvania, South New Jersey, and Delaware. He is an honorary life member of the U.S. Army Otter & Caribou Association, the U.S. Army Special Forces Association, the U.S. Marine Corps Raider Association, and the USMC Combat Correspondents Association.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1285 KB
  • Print Length: 484 pages
  • Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons (Aug. 1 1993)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group USA
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #99,742 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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I'm current reading Line Of Fire and I'm almost done with it and I think its really great I've never had a military book go into such detail, well I take that back this one and one other book I've read has gone in as much detail as this. I really love the way W.E.B. Griffin writes he's really good and I'm gonna read more of his books. I hope those who like stuff on the military (esp., the Corps like myself), will look into the books by W.E.B. Griffon, cause he writes really good.
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I have read the first five books of "The Corps". The first one set the scene and was interesting, witty and gripping. Alas in the next four, Griffin seemed unable to perceive that his readers would remember what they read and as one goes on he paraphrases his previous books. More should be invested in describing the scenes and in the analysis of the different situations at hand.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x9d1fcec4) out of 5 stars 116 reviews
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HASH(0x9d20bccc) out of 5 stars A Marine never leaves anyone behind Sept. 23 2004
By Shirley Schwartz - Published on
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This book is all about the Marine code of never leaving anyone behind. Fleming Pickering puts together a team to pull two of their men off a tropical island. They have been left there for quite some time in order to be part of the Coast Watchers that were placed throughout the South Pacific. Their purpose was to keep an eye on what the Japanese were doing in order to maintain the US position in Guadalcanal. The thing I really like about these books is the characters that Griffin has portrayed. I feel like I know each and every one of them. I like the history lesson about the war in the Pacific as well. I have to admit - I am hooked on this series.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d20e0f0) out of 5 stars The Corps series continues Oct. 3 2005
By Michael T Kennedy - Published on
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I've read all the WEB Griffin novels several times. The Corps series is the best although the Argentina series (Honor Bound) is close. The best novel standing alone is the first one, Semper Fi. The next two or three are an obvious series and do not stand alone as well. They all provide insights that straight history may overlook. Griffin knows some of these people. He served in Korea so the later Korea series gains authenticity. Some object to the progression of Corporal McCoy to McCoy the super linguist. There is a touch of the comic book to some of his exploits but this is fiction. The story of the Inchon landing in Under Fire is true. The story told in Behind the Lines is true. I have a copy of Eric Feldt's book about the Coastwatchers. That was true. Griffin is the best source for military culture in fiction. His details are accurate. Maybe the Magic intercepts weren't quite as complete as he tells us they were but that was all based on truth and he brings it to life. If you are interested in World War II in the Pacific, these books are indispensible. The only thing that touches them is Once an Eagle.
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HASH(0x9d20bedc) out of 5 stars excellent...... Dec 20 2010
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I think what makes Griffin great is the epic nature of his various series'. If you pick up one book in The Corps series, read it and judge it separate from the books that preceed it, you are likely to do that book a disservice in it's rating. I'm about mid way through The Corps series and I enjoy the stories immensley. Same is true of The Brotherhood of War series - excellent also!
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HASH(0x9d20e12c) out of 5 stars Line of Fire Sept. 6 2012
By Ron E. Peake, sr - Published on
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As far as I'm concerned, W.E.B. Griffin, can do no wrong when it comes to writing
about WW II. He makes it believeable, and keeps all the chareters tied together so it makes them easy to follow.
HASH(0x9d20e51c) out of 5 stars Follows the series, quite well. June 11 2014
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This is only one of a series of books by Mr. Griffin on the Marine Corps in general and a few select individuals in particular and their role in several plots carried out by Allied Forces during WWII. The blending of fact with fiction is so seamless that I had to resort to Wikipedia to determine which was which. An excellent writer, very knowledgeable and adept with drawing characters you either like as he intended or you don't as is his desire. As the son of a Marine veteran of the Korean War I take great pride in learning more about what it takes to be a Marine as well as what is expected of and how they do what one who carries that title is capable of. And this is only one of many books by this very prolific author. I only hope that I can find the time to read the rest of his work. Very entertaining and engaging.