Close Combat (Corps Series #6)

Close Combat (Corps Series #6)

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by W. E. B. Griffin
     
 

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CLOSE COMBAT is W.E.B. Griffin's epic novel of World War II—a powerful, dramatic tribute to the brave men and women who lived it...The captain who led his squadron in to the fiercest air battles of the Pacific. The correspondent who learned more about combat than he bargained for. The Marine who embarked on a top secret mission from which there was no certain

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CLOSE COMBAT is W.E.B. Griffin's epic novel of World War II—a powerful, dramatic tribute to the brave men and women who lived it...The captain who led his squadron in to the fiercest air battles of the Pacific. The correspondent who learned more about combat than he bargained for. The Marine who embarked on a top secret mission from which there was no certain return...

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Set in 1942, the sixth book (following Line of Fire ) in Griffin's series about The Corps revolves around a war bond tour featuring Marine heroes of the Guadalcanal campaign. Series fans will recognize the central characters, among them Marine general and presidential troubleshooter Fleming Pickering, his fighter pilot son Pick, and movie mogul Homer Dillon, a Marine for the duration. Griffin has Marine Corps lore and trivia down pat, and he uses the bond-tour story line to convey the public-relations aspects of modern war. Essentially, however, the novel succeeds because the alcoholic and amorous exploits of its stateside heroes could be mink-lined wish fulfillment for the fantasies of the average soldier--most of the ``close combat'' here takes place in various bedrooms. (Jan.)
Gilbert Taylor
Griffin's soap opera series, dedicated to the semper fi Marines of the Pacific War, continues with this sequel to chronicle number V ("Line of Fire", ). The calendar is advanced one month, to October 1942, but the places remain familiar: Guadalcanal, Brisbane, Pearl Harbor, various Stateside bases. In such places the strands of the plot are laid, pitting stock characters in battles exclusively over leatherneck mannerisms and military protocol, because, believe it or don't, there is but one, and only one, guns-blazing, planes-crashing, ships-sinking war scene in the entire script. If 99 percent of war is the boredom of waiting for something to happen, this certainly meets the standard of versimilitude. For the characters--whose stations range from a lowly combat photographer to middling brass hats right up to Dr. Win-the-War himself, President Roosevelt--do one thing that rings of truth: they talk (and talk) in a military argot that is bawdy when in the bar and punctilious when addressing higher ranks. Many patrons would consign such pablum to the flames, but Griffin's prolifigacy in writing war fiction--this is his eighteenth book--reflects a certain level of popularity.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780515112696
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
12/28/1993
Series:
Corps Series, #6
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
127,772
Product dimensions:
4.50(w) x 6.88(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Tom Clancy
Griffin is a storyteller in the grand tradition, probably the best man around for describing the military community.

Meet the Author

W. E. B. Griffin is also the author of the bestselling Corps, Brotherhood of War, Badge of Honor, Men at War, and Honor Bound series. He has been invested into the orders of St. George of the U.S. Armor Association and St. Andrew of the U.S. Army Aviation Association, and is a life member of the U.S. Special Operations Association; Gaston-Lee Post 5660, Veterans of Foreign Wars; China Post #1 in Exile of the American Legion; and the Police Chiefs Association of Southeast Pennsylvania, South New Jersey, and Delaware. He is an honorary life member of the U.S. Army Otter & Caribou Association, the U.S. Army Special Forces Association, the U.S. Marine Corps Raider Association, and the USMC Combat Correspondents Association.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Coppell, Texas
Date of Birth:
November 10, 1929
Place of Birth:
Newark, New Jersey

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Excellent and very outstnading read. Would reccommend for discussion groups.
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