While the bloody battle for control of the Solomons rages on, two Marines are trapped at a Coastwatcher station on tiny Buka Island. They are there to report on Japanese air activity, and their position is becoming increasingly perilous, even while their supplies are diminishing rapidly; if they are not rescued soon, they may never make it off the island. On the orders of newly-commissioned Marine Brigadier General Fleming Pickering, a team is assembled: Captain Charles Galloway, still recuperating from his crash into the sea; Second Lieutenant Malcolm Pickering, Fleming’s son and the owner of a dangerous daredevil streak; Lieutenant Ken “Killer” McCoy, China Marine and hardened veteran; Sergeant Thomas McCoy, his brother, a man of such temper and talent that he keeps getting busted back to PFC and then promoted back again; and Sergeant George Hart, the youngest detective ever on the St. Louis vice squad, tricked into military service and now determined to make his mark. These men, and their colleagues, are about to attempt the impossible: to take the beleaguered Marines off Buka, under the very noses of the Japanese. They will have only one chance - so they’d better get it right…
©1992 W.E.B. Griffin (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
I've been an audio book fan for years and years, since borrowing Books-on-Tape from my local library, buying cassettes from BOT, then migrating to Audible eight years ago. My audio library has become extensive. But still waiting for James Michener's work to get over here.....
It was nice to return to familiar territory after slogging through that Bourne book earlier this week. By all definitions, Griffin’s books are my guilty pleasure. I’ve completed the entire Corps series more than a half-dozen times over the last 20 years and honestly, it’s like visiting old friends and favorite relatives, complete with all the quirks (he notoriously changes characters’ middle initials for no reason, even historical figures), inside jokes and catch phrases. Yes, yes I know you can write everything you know about that subject in a matchbook with a grease pencil. Now fully recharged, I can take on something more unfamiliar.....
Excellent story - classic Griffin, lots of action and wonderfully developed characters. Most notable, Dick Hill is back to do the narration.
And Buffalo George
Engaging series with characters all so rich and colorful--I always wonder what they are doing as each book progresses. The downside to reading to reading/listening to the series books is that the rehashing of events does get a little tiresome. Griffin does a great job juggling an extremely large cast of characters--his forte.The plot doesn't move much in chronological time and there is minimal discussion of the fighting details and great explanations of the administriva required to run a war. One exception, a piece of combat camera footage. You gotta wonder how a USMC BG can run the war from his hospital room. Where's book #6?
Beaver Lake Bonner
I would really appreciate it if you would tell us the name of the next book in the series, here at the end of the current book.
As a critique I can say it's great. The story is rich and the inclusion of the history of the time is fascinating.
I have been a Marine wife for nearly 57 years.. My husband retired in 1974 and, it is true... "Once a Marine, Always a Marine" and that includes the spouse! I feel we have known clones of every character in this series - Mr Griffin has been masterful with his creations - thank you for hours of "déjà vu" as I read this series once again... Nan
Once again another excellent install it in the series. Having read presidential agent novel before this series, we seem to be a lot of parallels. Officers with excellent intentions getting in over their head a bit, often exceeding their absolute authority but staying with the spirit of their charge. Thanks for excellent reading.
Sixty years young. Surfer, Kayaker, Abalone diver, Backpacker. Rabid reader/listener. I love Sci-Fi and Fantasy.
The characters are engaging, the story historically interesting, and gives me insight into the generation that fought two world wars. Dick Hill grows on me as each book unfolds.
Great listen. Disk Hill does different t voices, men and women, so we'll. You know which characters are speaking. A great edition to the series.
I think I am officially addicted to this series! I am cheering for my favourite
characters to make it and the not favoured be damned! Entertaining and engaging. I cannot vouch for the factual components but I am hooked! Bring on the next book!
Another outstanding book in one of Griffin's best series. Line of Fire grabs the listener almost immediately and portrays the heroism and humanity of great, if fallible characters who we can all relate to very well. The only reason I didn't give 5 stars is because of the numerous times some of the key characters seem to change middle initials from one book to the next. Probably not noticeable when reading the printed book but as a listener, particularly when listening to the books consecutively, these errors become somewhat glaring!
The Corps is an excellent series and this is no exception.
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