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As Japanese forces close in for an all-out effort to recapture Guadalcanal from the American forces occupying the island, many fates converge and intertwine. First Lieutenant William Dunn, 21 years old but already one of the only two pilots remaining from his fighter squadron’s original 16, must learn what it is like to lead men - and to lose them. Hot-tempered Sergeant Thomas McCoy finds he has a hero’s welcome waiting stateside - if he can avoid a court-martial first. On a bloody island, Major Jake Dillon discovers just how much combat is involved in a combat correspondent’s life. First Lieutenant R.B. Macklin, a consummate bully, is put on a War Bond tour so he will not endanger his own men. General Fleming Pickering, on a ticklish diplomatic mission, attempts to balance the hot and mighty temperaments of General Douglas MacArthur, OSS Chief William “Wild Bill” Donovan, and Secretary of the Navy Frank Knox. Corporal Robert Easterbrook, still wet behind the ears, discovers that the price of success in wartime may be uncomfortably high. From the Solomons to Australia to Washington, D.C., the warriors - plus the wives and sweethearts who love them - once more find themselves with the challenges of their lives...

©1993 W.E.B. Griffin (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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Captures your attention.

Just when I think I see where the storyline is going, it takes a turn in another direction. This type of story telling mixing fact with fiction also teaches you about history.

Dick hill is superb at character definition with his skillful ability to form pictures in your mind of the characters he defines so well with his voice. Anxious to start the next book in the series.

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  • Marc
  • La Verkin, UT, United States
  • 03-06-14

thanks to the coast watchers

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

yes I love how Griffin involves factual history into his fictional writing

What did you like best about this story?

Ken McCoy and Pic. On boca island

Have you listened to any of Dick Hill’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

yesDick Hilll does a very good job

If you could take any character from Close Combat out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Jack or Ken

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Great series

I really enjoy the series but the repeating of information can get a little annoying. I also would like to have different voices for different characters it would add allot to the listening pleasure.

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Loved it!

Can't wait to download the next book! this is the best series I've ever read or listened too.

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Absolutely brilliant!

There are only two words that can best describe these books in this series. Absolutely brilliant.

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outstanding

Great book and series. I have read a couple and listened to the rest. I will start the next one tomorrow.

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More of the same

Another good book. I haven't double checked, but it feels like at least the 4th book that has not advanced beyond Guadalcanal. The characters continue to grow/develop/advance but not the war.

I think that my previous exploits into military fiction have not properly prepared me for The Corps series. The truth is that Mr. Griffin has done a fine job with the characters and it isn't my place to put expectations on what his books should be. I wish I had his talent and permission to write this tale from a front lines perspective. Griffin elicits emotional responses from me on a regular basis and that is enough.

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great book

awesome series!!! don't care for the price of the next book in this series tho. Guess I will have to wait until my get my monthly credit.

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And the Beat Goes On....

The story continues. And...it just seems to go on and on and on. After some hero battles, several heroes end up in USMC bond drive. All Griffin's books are great and this one's no different. There's an added character or two and a minimum of combat action. Seems like everyone is getting commissioned after a good performance. There are some good drunks, which I attribute to combat stress. On to Corps #7.