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Under Fire (The Corps series) Kindle Edition

3.7 out of 5 stars 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

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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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1808 KB
  • Print Length: 604 pages
  • Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons (Dec 31 2002)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group USA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001A8FGDM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 66 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #99,399 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By A Customer on Sept. 18 2003
Format: Hardcover
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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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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Format: Audio Cassette
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. In the case of both generals their opinions show a wide divergence , some think they walked on water while others that they were full of a more objectionable semi-solid. Griffin exhibits elements of both opinions of MacArthur, sometimes referential and other times derogatory. One wonders what his true opinion of El Supremo is.
In terms of story line, the background is the North Korean invasion of South Korea and the American intelligence communities inability to predict it. That was clearly the most perilous time in the entire cold war, the one point where communism had a real chance to achieve world domination. Had the American forces been pushed off the Korean peninsula, the communist forces would have been far more aggressive in expanding their influence in other parts of the world.
Such a critical backdrop always makes for a tense and engaging story, and Griffin delivers a good one. The characters are well developed, with strong personalities that are well suited to the circumstances. They are true military men, devoted to their duty and willing to bend orders to suit the circumstances. The quality of the reading by James Naughton is also very good. He uses tonal infections and emphasis to great dramatic effect and his impersonation of MacArthur is credible.
I enjoyed listening to this story. It had enough historical accuracy to be interesting on that account and the action is engaging and entertaining.
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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. This is a supposed series dealing with WWII. In the first 8 books all was well. When book VIII ended in 1943, McArthur was preparing to return to the Phillipnes, several characters were stranded in the Gobi desert, The Japanese codes were being read like the Sunday NY Times. I eagerly awaited book IX.
Lo and behold it comes out and it starts up in 1950! What happened!? It appears to me that 7 whole years were lost and no one seems to find this odd but me! You cannot write a series on WWII and have it end in 1943. The war went on until 1945. Yet I keep seeing reviews written and only 1 person so far has alluded to this serious gaffe.
Will some one please offer me a plausible reason for this. It appears that someone at the publisher has gotten the series out of sequence but will not admit it. That is what I think but the publisher is not responding. I guess they feel as if they are so big they don't have to offer an apology or explanation.
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