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Under Fire (The Corps series) by [Griffin, W.E.B.]
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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: 1786 KB
  • Print Length: 604 pages
  • Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons (Dec 31 2002)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group USA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001A8FGDM
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 66 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #84,451 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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: Mass Market Paperback
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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This novel continues the _The Corps_ series by Griffin by skipping the rest of World War II (whatever for?) and jumping right to Korea. The basic opening premise is that McCoy has predicted the imminent Korean War. No one wants to hear it, so the brass cans him from the Corps... or at least, they plan to.
While McCoy, the Pickerings, Ernie, Banning and Macklin are all back and being themselves, the majority of what they do in the book is politicking and interacting rather than wage war. The timeframe is the retreat to the Pusan perimeter, but not many of the characters are engaged in the combat. Also, they're great characters, and some good new and old ones make appearances, but not as much effort is put into developing the new ones that show up. Too bad; this has always been a Griffin strength. Some are pretty well absent; what happened to Sessions? Rickabee?
At least Griffin has taken one criticism to heart: there is no parade of virgins eager for defloration. That was really getting old. The sex and romance in this book is understated and in proper proportion to the story.
Hate to say it, but this one feels 'churned out'. I get the sense that Griffin is a little tired of the series--how else to explain the skipping of two years of action-intensive WWII as well as nearly the whole interconflict period?
It's still very good compared to much of what's out there, but Griffin has done better (and, in fairness, worse as well) in this and other series. Most Griffin fans will still like it, but it will not rope the reader in by main force as the early _Corps_ books did.
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Format: Hardcover
If this book had been an automobile it would have (1) been subject to immediate recall due to an unbelievable number of 'manufacturing' errors, and (2)it would have come under California's 'Lemon Law' for failing to perform as a reader of Griffin's books has a right to expect.
There are far too many editing errors and instances of one section putting forth one 'fact' only to have another 'fact' in its place later on. The sign on McCoy's front gate says Cpl. McCoy at the beginning of the book only to morph into Capt. McCoy later on. Gen. Ridgeway is in Japan reviewing things, but it is Gen Collins who attends the meeting in Japan. Navy Lt. Taylor suddenly becomes Lt (jg) after spending 200 pages in his higher rank. G-3s are in one paragraph and the same people are S-3s in the next. Most glaring of all is MacArthur's plan to assault PUSAN by amphibious landing when in the previous and following paragraphs (and for the previous 100s of pages) it is an assault at INCHON. And, these are only a few of the editing errors generously sprinkled throughout the book.
Now, on to the Lemon Law violations. The book takes 575 pages to tell a story in which very little happens. Pages are devoted to preparing operations that are later cancelled. The characters spend more time drinking Famous Grouse than anyone expected to perform real duties could have done and remained functional. (The author then tells how Pickering limits himself to only two whiskeys a day.) Most of the dialogue is 'page filler' of the most blatant kind. For example, "You help me get the mailbags I brought from the [ship]here and the mailbags that are going to the [ship]out to my plane, and if I have the weight left, I'll take you out." (Hemmingway would have puked.
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