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Line of Fire (The Corps series) by [Griffin, W.E.B. ]
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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: #87,415 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(0xa6f5cee8) out of 5 stars 134 reviews
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HASH(0xa49b14a4) 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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2c880c0) 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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2c88060) out of 5 stars excellent...... Dec 20 2010
By K. Phillips - Published on
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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(0xa6f5e0cc) out of 5 stars I wish there were more about the Guadalcanal battle itself here Feb. 16 2016
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“The Corps” saga continues through Guadalcanal - the Marines’ desperate efforts to hold Henderson Field and a toehold on the island after having been abandoned there without supplies by the Navy.

I know Griffin writes his military novels without much action, but he really misses an opportunity here. We get glimpses of Guadalcanal - an air battle here, a skirmish there - but Griffin leaves huge gaps in the battle’s story. There’s increased drama as a strengthened Japanese force advances on the Marine base, but little explanation of why they fail to overrun it. There’s some discussion of how Japanese honor keeps various commanders from asking each other for help, but no look at the battle itself. With these dramatic events taking place - with the beleaguered Marine aviators, outnumbered and outgunned, somehow managing to fight off Japanese air raids day after day, with heroic ground Marines battling hunger and tropical disease to hold off the enemy - the action inexplicably shifts to Washington, Florida, Pearl Harbor, Buka, Australia, every place except Guadalcanal.

Readers come to love Griffin’s leisurely style, following his characters as their military lives develop and intertwine with each other. A lot of his writing is actually drawing-room comedy, as characters come in and out, pour themselves and others a Scotch, and talk. It’s almost like Jane Austen about the Marines, with a lot of attention paid to who’s wearing what, who outranks whom, and how various characters navigate their missions, their service lives and their private ones. He’s concerned more with the machinations of leaders and spies than with actual battle.

While this story just begs to deviate from that, he fails to let it. It’s like retelling Waterloo or Gettysburg through backroom conversations between generals’ aides, cryptography sergeants, or injured lieutenants.

And he’s got characters in place to show us more of it: Pilots Charlie Galloway, Bill Dunn and Pick Pickering; Marines Jack Stecker, now commanding a battalion; and Killer McCoy’s incorrigible but heroic-in-combat brother Thomas, all at Guadalcanal. As much as we enjoy, say, Jake Dillon’s roll in the hay with actress Veronica Wood, or Flem Pickering’s collapse from malaria, or endless fine cigars and luxury hotel rooms - dude! Tell us about Guadalcanal! And not just how the mess tent is built!

Flem Pickering gets promoted from Navy captain to Marine general so that he can take over Rickabee’s secret intelligence unit, and decides to rescue two starving, diseased Marine Coastwatchers on Buka, whom he believes have been written off. A new character, George Hart, a young St Louis vice cop, becomes Pickering’s bodyguard. Both Pickering and young John Moore jeopardize their health returning to duty too soon after wounds complicated by tropical diseases. Moore heads back to Australia where he’s needed on the secret MAGIC code project.

McCoy, on the back burner for a couple of books, is diverted by Pickering to plan the Buka raid. Galloway, surviving a night floating in shark-filled ocean waters after being shot down, goes AWOL during his recovery to return to his squadron at Guadalcanal. Dick Stecker is seriously wounded in a plane crash, and it rattles his buddy, previously fearless Pick Pickering, who earlier flies under the Golden Gate Bridge on a lark. (Leading real-life Pacific ace Dick Bong actually did this.)

Various romances progress, as McCoy’s heiress girlfriend Ernestine Sage wants him to quit being so noble about his slim chances of survival, and marry her already. Hart, the vice cop, takes up, needless to say, with a hooker. Moore, ditched a couple of books ago by an older woman who returns to her husband, charms a Navy nurse sent to care for him. Pick continues to carry a torch for war widow Martha Sayre, one of the few women to ever either get under his skin or turn him down. And Steve Koffler, isolated for months on Buka, attempts to resist the advances of one of the native girls. Unbeknownst to him, an Australian girl finds out she’s carrying his child.
HASH(0xa57eef84) out of 5 stars We don't leave Marines behind......! May 20 2016
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Line of Fire is a continuation of the year 1942 in the Pacific, a good part of the first chapters is a recap of the later parts of Book 4- Koffler and Howard are still on Bulka, Galloway has "walked" out of the hospital and returned to Guadalcanal in time to see Ward and Schneider evac'd with Pick and Lt Steckler replacing them. Col Banning is once again dodging "ranking" Marines who want to know what is going on in Spec Detachment 14, while he is challenged from within over Fedlter's practice of abandoning his coastwatchers to the Japanese. Fleming is recovering, begrudgedly, in D.C. When he demands to be let out of the Navy so he can get back to his shipping company and do something important to win the war he finds himself a Brig General under the direct authority of Admiral Leahy, the President's chief of Staff and Col. Rickabee's boss. Lastly we meet Capt. George Hart, late of the St Louis Police Homocide division going through Parris Island boot who gets an unusually introduction to his new "boss", B. Gen. Fleming Pickering of the U.S. Marine Corps along with a special one of Pick's "professional" girls. This book centers on the irony of being able to get a couple of cases of scotch flown from Mare Island to D.C. but not avaliable to extract Marines who are in " the line of fire" i.e. the difficulty of extracting Steve and Joe from Buka. In this chapter everyone is brought together as Capt Galloway flies the rescue R4D with a shell-shocked Pick acting as co-pilot and McCoy is again put into a rubber boat with Hart off a Japanese held island. The story also eludes to the next chapter's project, a Mongolian Weather Station that will be directed by Lt McCoy. Action at its best and a plausible & original use of power for the greater good by Pickering.