From Shanghai to Wake Island, the Corps was America’s first line of defense as the winds of war exploded into the devastating surprise attack on Pearl Harbor....
They were the young ones, the bright ones, the ones with the dreams. From the Nazi-prowled wastes of North Africa to the bloody corridors of Europe, they honorably answered the call....
It's 1942. A Marine aviator, an Army paratrooper and demolitions expert, and a non-com radio man are on an impossible mission for the OSS....
Determined that the United States will be prepared for war, Franklin D. Roosevelt and "Wild Bill" Donovan orchestrate the most complex espionage organization in history, the Office of Strategic Services....
Two armed men board a 727 that has been all but forgotten at an airfield in Angola....
W. E. B. Griffin reveals a city police force with a unique blend of realism, drama, and action....
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…
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.....
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Excellent story - classic Griffin, lots of action and wonderfully developed characters. Most notable, Dick Hill is back to do the narration.
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This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?
Someone who hasn't read any of the books preceding it. This book is almost just an endless rehash of things covered in the previous books - some even repeated several times within this book. If you removed the redundancies and rehashing this book would probably only be about 3-4 hours long.
If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Line of Fire?
All the repetition: repetition of story lines, having different characters tell the same thing over several times, repeating endlessly the specific military nomenclature for an item - such as the cavalry swords converted to machetes - 30 or 40 times.
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30% is new to readers of this series. 70% is information that has been told to the readers in previous books in this series.
The best book about the Corps I have ever read. So much of history here.
Can't wait to listen to the next one. W.E.B. Griffin is one of my favorite writers.
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?
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.
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
The Corps is an excellent series and this is no exception.
Who was your favorite character and why?
What about Dick Hill’s performance did you like?
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
No.<br/>nothing more to add
Any additional comments?