Under Fire

Under Fire After the epic struggle of World War II W E B Griffin s bestselling chronicle of the Marine Corps enters a new stage of modern warfare with new weapons new strategies and a new breed of warrior on

  • Title: Under Fire
  • Author: W.E.B. Griffin
  • ISBN: 9780515134377
  • Page: 469
  • Format: Paperback
  • After the epic struggle of World War II, W.E.B Griffin s bestselling chronicle of the Marine Corps enters a new stage of modern warfare with new weapons, new strategies, and a new breed of warrior on the battlefields of Korea In 1950, Captain Ken McCoy s report on North Korean hostilities meets with so much bureaucratic displeasure that he is promptly booted out of the CAfter the epic struggle of World War II, W.E.B Griffin s bestselling chronicle of the Marine Corps enters a new stage of modern warfare with new weapons, new strategies, and a new breed of warrior on the battlefields of Korea In 1950, Captain Ken McCoy s report on North Korean hostilities meets with so much bureaucratic displeasure that he is promptly booted out of the Corps and just as promptly picked up by the fledgling CIA Soon, his predictions come true on June 25th the North Koreans invade across the 38th parallel Immediately veterans scattered throughout military and civilian life are called up, many with only seventy two hours notice For these men and their families, names such as Inchon and Pusan will acquire a new, bloody reality and become their greatest challenge of all

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    1. W.E.B. Griffin is one of the most prolific writer's of our time. I have enjoyed his Corps Series immensely and the interesting characters he has created. However, after eight straight winners, Griffin misses the bulls eye with Under Fire.Not that it's not an easy read (all of his books are) and not that its devoid of accurate history and political commentary (all of his books feature those elements) but it simply does not rise to the level of his prior Corps novels. It has less action and more e [...]

    2. It took me five months to read this book. I kept walking away from it as I thought it too wordy. The Characters went on and on over things that I didn’t think helped the plot. At times it was like quicksand; too much detail. For a book that is considered Historical Fiction I found about twenty pages out of 572 that dealt directly with the war, the rest was just characters talking. I did find the beginning interesting. The Authors politics was also obvious; McArthur, a brilliant military mind? [...]

    3. This Is the Second Book By W.E.B. Griffin, The 1st was the Last in the series, After This I will Start w/Book #1 Semer-Fi. I really enjoyed the format on his books, his Characters come alive, Historical and fictional. He Captures the Korean War with all its heroism, successes and mistakes the courage of the officers and men who served.I am looking for Hardback Copies of the Books 1&2 of the Corps Series by W.E.B. Griffin.#1 Semer Fi #2 Call to Arms If anyone has or Knows where I can Get copi [...]

    4. This series stunk! I read the entire series hoping for some kind of combat action, but was disappointed time after time. The main character seemed to miss every major action of WWIIe bombing of Pearl Harbor, the invasion of the Philippines, etc. I would not recommend this series to anyone I liked!

    5. Loved the characters, the politics mixed with long feuds or friendshipsis author writes genuine tales of professional soldiers who use their brains and brawn for purpose. They don't love war for itself, but for their comrades and country, they will fight. They will do it well. They may argue with superiors and think their missions stupid at times, especially when their leaders try to cover up unpopular Intel. But most of these characters are just men doing a job - or a no-holds-barred attitudina [...]

    6. This series is a great read, but you should start from the beginning as it is really just one long story. I love all the military detail. You’ll like the books if you liked John Wayne war movies. It captures an idealized culture where men are men and women are accessories.

    7. Excellent ReadIs lot of research had to go into the writing of this story. There are a lot of facts and military jargon to absorb. Looking forward to reading the other books in this series.

    8. Typical Griffin in format, character development [limited], plot line. I am a sucker for this type of book, but certainly don't expect it to win any literary prizes.

    9. Korean Conflict uncoveredSpectacular Read. Griffith at his best. Fellow Marines and others will love it. You will learn so much about Korea.

    10. I first picked up book 1 of The Corps when I was in high school. I can't remember if a friend bought it for me or just suggested it and I read it.I fell in love.As time went by I kept reading these books as they came out. Due to this book coming out 4 years after book 8, I didn't notice some pretty shocking detailsI am guessing book 8 was intended to be where WEB was going to leave off The Corps. The epilogue sort of hints to that.I give this book a 1 star not so much for the writing and plot, b [...]

    11. The first post WWII book of The Corps series. I enjoyed this book because it deals with what I consider 'the forgotten war'. My generation has studied, and pop culture has referenced, both WWII and Viet Nam so most of my generation (myself included) is rather ignorant about the Korean conflict.Lots of familiar faces and some compelling new ones as well. Not to mention the birth of the CIA (or rather, the rebirth from the ashes of the OSS). I enjoyed the subterfuge and insight into how politics a [...]

    12. Build Up to the Korean Inchon Invasion. The prelude to Korea sees Killer McCoy being swept out the door from SCAP for preparing an order of battle intel report of North Korean military preparedness and intentions. Having kept a bootleg copy of the report ordered destroyed by MGen Willougby, Killer shows it to Flem Pickering who is incensed and briefs Truman on the heads up ignored by the SCAP. McCoy is retrieved from the trash bin and sent to Korea as a CIA bird dog to sniff out what was happeni [...]

    13. I fell in love with Griffin's series about the Corps and have read all his awesome works. I can't recall reading a more engaging series with characters all so rich and colorful each of them could be an awesome novel of their own. But Griffin smashes them all together into one nuclear story.Amazingly colorful characters - Kenneth "Killer" Kelley and his gorgeous wife Ernestine Sage, Jack "NMI" Stecker, Pick Pickering, Sgt Zimmerman, etc. The list just goes on and on and they never lose their colo [...]

    14. WWII is over and "Killer" McCoy is ostracized for an honest evaluation of the threat of communist North Korea invading South Korea. Once a Marine, always a Marine as McCoy, Pickering, Hart, Zimmerman, and an important cast of others are brought back into the Semper Fi fold to first bring McCoy back into the good graces of the U.S Marines, then work skillfully with President Truman and around the military genius of Douglas MacArthur to head off a potential long conflict through an invasion of Inc [...]

    15. It looks as if I picked the perfect point in the series to take a little break because in this book we jump forward from the end of WWII to the very beginning of Korea. History is not my strong suit, so I feel I'm learning as I go and I do get to be surprised by outcomes of specific battles. I love that we get a bit of tension over whether McCoy is going to fall in Macklin's clutches, and I loved the outcome of that situation. Now I just have to rush on into the final book and hope I get my prec [...]

    16. This book is an amazing book that is filled with numerous amounts of action, mystery, and romance. WEB Griffin is an amazing author that has written many great novels but this by far is his best. Under Fire is a fascinating story about a Marine pilot who owns a shipping company, and is faced with many challenges. Politics is mostly involved in this book but if your a political kinda person then this is the book for you. Under Fire is a great book to read when your in the car headed somewhere far [...]

    17. I started reading this to get a better idea of life on the ground for a foot soldier in Korea. I read James Salter's The Hunters years ago for the same reason, but it's about the air war. A good book but it didn't tell me what I wanted to know. There aren't many novels written about the US military action in Korea 1950-52. Salter's recent death sent me looking again, and I found this thriller describing Marines working special operations. Not much description of what the average infantryman enco [...]

    18. Another great one by Griffin! I love the characters and how they develop. Griffin has kept me involved in the stories of WWII and the Korean War through his character development and well described scenes and planning of the events. I am NOT a WWII buff but have learned so much about the war and how the characters' egos involved (McCarthur, Roosevelt and Truman, etc.) affected the outcome of the wars. It's been a great run and I look forward to the next one, Retreat, Hell! Thank you W.E.B. Griff [...]

    19. W.E.B. Griffin at his best. I thought I had read all of his CORPS series, but I missed a couple of them. It took a couple of chapters to get back into the swing of the story and the characters, but they are all there, as rowdy, flamboyant, and irreverent to brass as always, but still, the best of the best. They are able to get the job done, despite the military and political bureaucracy. The action has moved to Korea, in the June of 1950 when North Korea invades South Korea, and a totally unprep [...]

    20. I was very pleased with this book, however I was disappointed that he skipped ahead so far in the time line. There was some unfinished business from the last book that I was curious to learn the outcome of, I would've also liked to read the story of Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and the end of the WWII.I especially liked the part where Macklin got his ass handed to him. It's always nice to see karma come around and bite someone. Another fantastic story by Griffin. Can't wait to get into the next one!

    21. So that's the first after-WWII Corps Novel.It was quite an interesting read, halfway repeating the same scheme of plot as the forerunners, halfways separated from them and - it might be just a feeling rather than fact - more action than the last two or three books in the series. And thus - at leas for me - more enjoyable. Griffin shows a good usage of the additional words this thick tome has given him AND setting everything up for a cliffhanger too.You just shouldn't read it as a "Corps" novel, [...]

    22. The Semper Fi cast is back for the Korean War. I listened on the edge of my seat. Although some of the verbiage is redundant and reviews the story from the first eight books, one quickly gets over that and into a Special ops plot that is a cliff hanger at the end. Again, the intertwining of national political characters with very tactical stories is one of Griffen's best traits. One more book to go and it's finis for the Corps.

    23. The 9th book in the series, and I couldn't be happier with where this story took me. I was very surprised that this story began 5yrs after book 8. Invasion of Inchon isn't something that comes out in the history books too often and this book breathed life into this epic event. All of the great characters are back and the action never stops. Don't want to ruin this for anyone but would encourage this to anyone.

    24. Really great story that helps you appreciate the awesomeness of Macarthur's Incheon landing operation. A good companion to Manchester's American Caesar: Douglas MacArthur 1880-1964

    25. I liked the book and the story line. At times it was overly detailed on military protocol and ranks, etc which was good in terms of accuracy but at times it got to be a bit much and I really just wanted to get on with the story. Overall, it was good.

    26. Has some nice history mixed in with a somewhat compelling story about the Korean War. A decent book that will probably keep you interested. If I didn't dislike series so much i would probably have given this a 5/5.

    27. This is my genre. I love the back story and the continuation of the characters. I disagree with some reviewers that it gets caught up in the details of the planning. That is what separates Griffin from the Clancy novels. I like the speculation and politics that he pulls into them.

    28. Good book. Read my reviews of books 2 and 3 for more detail as to why. The reason I rated this 4 stars and not 5 is that it abruptly jumped from WWII to the Korean war, which was confusing and made no sense.

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