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Under Fire (Corps) [Kindle Edition]

W.E.B. Griffin
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)

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Having wrapped up World War II with 1999's In Danger's Path, bestselling military author W.E.B. Griffin now deploys his Marines in Korea with Under Fire, the ninth volume in his Corps series. Back are familiar characters from Griffin's previous Corps books--daredevil pilot Pick Pickering, his Scotch-sipping father, Brigadier General Fleming Pickering, Capt. Ken "Killer" McCoy, and Master Gunner Ernie Zimmerman--with historical figures including President Harry Truman and General Douglas MacArthur making appearances as well. It's now 1950, and with Communist forces making their presence felt below the 38th Parallel, Griffin's plot centers on Gen. Pickering, now high up in the newly created CIA, and Ken McCoy as they work behind MacArthur's back to covertly pave the way for an invasion of North Korea.

Readers who crave nonstop battle action and excitement may find it hard to stick with Under Fire, as Griffin takes the time to detail the background leading up to one of America's least-remembered modern wars. Griffin writes for the true armed forces aficionado, filling his prose with realistic descriptions of procedure, gear, and materials, an alphabet's worth of acronyms, and an ex- soldier's ear for military dialogue. Look for more sharp, authentic writing in this series' next installment. --Benjamin Reese

From Publishers Weekly

After eight books in the popular WWII Corps series, Griffin's latest kicks off on the Korean peninsula, where forces from the Communist North have just stormed over the 38th Parallel. Within a few weeks, the old team is back together, most under the steady command of Brig. Gen. Fleming Pickering, whom President Truman recalls from the helm of Trans Global Airways to assume the CIA's top Asian post. As the U.S. Army flounders to contain the North, Pickering struggles to restore Washington's faith in Comdr. Douglas MacArthur and his daring proposal to invade at Inchon. Meanwhile, as Capt. Ken McCoy and Master Gunner Ernie Zimmerman skulk behind enemy lines, seizing a crucial island in preparation for the invasion, a new calamity breaks out: Pickering's son, daredevil pilot Malcolm ("Pick"), gets shot down over a North Korean rice paddy. This new entry in the series moves more slowly than previous ones, as Griffin who served in the army in Korea sets up the historical elements of the conflict and positions all his characters. But once he gets going, he writes with even assurance and a keen eye for military camaraderie and nuance, offering galvanizing drama and a respectful yet irreverent treatment of military procedure and attitudes, not to mention plenty of Scotch. As the book ends with U.S. forces digging in for battle and Pick still missing the dean of the American war adventure has left himself room for plenty of action ahead. National television and ad campaign.

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Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1627 KB
  • Print Length: 604 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0399147888
  • Publisher: Jove (Dec 31 2002)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group USA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001A8FGDM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #18,899 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.0 out of 5 stars the few, the proud circa 1950 Sept. 28 2007
By Pol Sixe TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Reading in reverse order, having already finished "Retreat Hell" this book is a better, but not a great read. With "War 2" several years past this book starts sort of anew and the cast backstories are neatly filled in. Once familiar with the people, the story becomes more engaging but again suffers with most of the book taking place in meetings, changing clothes, protocols and drinking an inch of Famous Grouse. As with "Retreat Hell" the better parts of this book are the subsidiary characters point-of-view vignettes which show off the US Marines' culture. Note, there apparently was a real Lt(N) Eugene Clark who led the pre-Inchon guerilla activities fictionalized by the author here. And a slight error, the Royal Navy ships would have been referred to as "His Majesty's.." not "Her Majesty's.." as QE2 didn't take the throne until 1952. Will there be a 45-yr old General McCoy in Vietnam in a future book?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Typical W.E.B. Griffin! May 7 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Known facts are extremely accurate and Mr. Griffin continues his masterful writing with "Under Fire" which makes the reader feel as if he personally knew the characters. The thoughts that go thru the minds of his characters are as interesting as the words they speak and make for a most enjoyable read. I have all Griffin books and anxiously await the next one. Keep up the good work, Mr. Griffin.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Decent Story, Terrible Characterization March 24 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
"Under Fire" is pretty good read, but Griffin's characterization is awful. All of the main characters are heroes, rich, good looking, very well-connected and married to understanding, low-maintenance hotties. This kind of crap makes me groan (esp. since I just finished reading Stephen King's The Stand and the Dark Tower series.
Griffin also resorts to military stereotypes where the line officers are wonderful go-getters and the staff types are lazy regulation loving chair warmers.
If I wasn't enjoying the easy-to-read story, I'd be putting this book down.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not up to par Sept. 18 2003
By A Customer
I'm a fan of "The Corps" series, so naturally I read this one and added it to the stack. But I daresay that if it had been written first, the series would never have gotten off the ground. I enjoy a couple of mainstream characters who can dodge bullets, do a triple somersault over an exploding grenade and keep on truckin', break some rules in order to get the job done in the face of overwhelming odds...but this one is over the top. And it shows signs of hurry-up. There are so many typos and sentences with missing words that I felt like getting a pencil and making corrections. Did anybody proof-read this thing? Sloppy, sloppy implementation to the point of being distracting. Apart from that, the main guys are still there, still larger than life, brought together in a totally different war by interesting circumstances. McCoy diminished in stature for me in this installment...he seems more like a loose cannon than the respectful, very capable Marine captain I had grown to like. I did miss Jack NMI Stecker in this one (please, please leave out the NMI...I get it already). The series gets a high rating...this installment doesn't. I agree with a previous reviewer...maybe we should chip in and buy Griffin a case of Famous Grouse to help keep him on track.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Lousy writing Aug. 16 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I got sick of almost every mention of a character having to include his full rank and service. I got sick of the stupid jargon of the weaponry. The writing is very low quality, and the story is hardly worth telling.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A real disappointment April 6 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I really enjoyed Griffin's Brotherhood Of War series, the first three of The Corps and a couple of his Badge of Honor series also. But there's a similarity arising in all of these books that is beginning to get tiresome. For Instance:
1. All his protagonists are extremely wealthy, or are loved by a person who is.
2. In his war novels, enlisted men apparently do not exist -- certainly not for long -- and his heroes are military geniuses and extraordinarily heroic.
3. All have an antagonist who hates their guts and completely misunderstands them. (I'm still mad as hell at his character Robert Bellmon (Brotherhood of War) who, as written, was a mediocre [very wealthy] officer who somehow managed to become a general despite the fact that he never did anything worthy of note. He should have been retired as a light colonel and forgotten. He misunderstood everything, without exception, about the protagonist, Lowell. He refused to accept the fact that Lowell was an outstanding officer, interpreted everything he did in the worst possible manner, and stepped in his way at every opportunity. At the same time, he promoted MacMillan and favored him constantly. MacMillan was a lousy officer, completely out of his depth at every job he undertook. He was, at best, a good sergeant, but Griffin couldn't have a mere enlisted man as a heroic figure in his books, so Mac became an officer.) Enough of that.
4. All of his heroes are handsome, easy-to-like, and charming.
5. All attract women who are unusually beautiful who immediately fall desperately in love with them.
6. All friends and acquaintances are wealthy or soon will be.
This book is no different in those respects, and to make matters worse the story itself is not nearly as interesting as most. Even for those of you who are Griffin fans, in my opinion, you can forget about this one.
It's not worth your time.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dangerous actions at a dangerous time
When I encounter a veteran of world war II, I always ask them their opinion of either general George Patton or General Douglas MacArthur, depending on what theater they were in. Read more
Published on March 22 2003 by Charles Ashbacher
1.0 out of 5 stars What happened?
I have been following this series since it came out in the 1980s. Being a former Marine and Viet-Nam Vet, I could identify with some of the characters. Read more
Published on March 10 2003 by G. R. Stephens I
4.0 out of 5 stars Another tale of the Marine Corps
I've read about 20 Griffin books and, frankly, I don't like his characters or a lot of his attitudes. Read more
Published on Feb. 24 2003 by Smallchief
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Up to Griffin's Usual Standard
Don't get me wrong -- Griffin could write the phone book and I'd read every word of it. And an average Griffin book is leagues ahead of most other popular authors' excellence. Read more
Published on Feb. 8 2003 by zorba
4.0 out of 5 stars one step forward, one step back
This novel continues the _The Corps_ series by Griffin by skipping the rest of World War II (whatever for?) and jumping right to Korea. Read more
Published on Jan. 12 2003 by J. K. Kelley
3.0 out of 5 stars The Korean War through the eyes of well-heeled Marines
Although I have read and enjoyed the Griffin series on the Army, this was my first delve into his Marine series. Read more
Published on Jan. 11 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Under Fire - Another Great WEB Griffin Book
As a devoted fan of WEB Griffin, I found "Under Fire" to be a wonderful book that adds to the "Mystique" of the U.S. Read more
Published on Jan. 6 2003 by James H. Brown
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