Close Combat (Corps Series #6)

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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...

This two-month New York Times bestseller brings the saga of The Corps into exciting arenas all ...

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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...

This two-month New York Times bestseller brings the saga of The Corps into exciting arenas all over the Pacific, as American forces brace to defend Guadalcanal from an all-out effort by the Japanese to recapture the island. From Iwo Jima to Australia to Washington, old faces and new are faced with the challenge of their lives.

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780515112696
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/28/1993
  • Series: Corps Series , #6
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 118,226
  • Product dimensions: 4.43 (w) x 6.96 (h) x 1.15 (d)

Meet the Author


W.E.B. Griffin is the author of six bestselling series.

Biography

With more than 40 million books in print in more than 10 languages, bestselling novelist W.E.B. Griffin enjoys a well-deserved reputation as a master of the military thriller.

Griffin began his career not as a writer but as a military man like the type he would eventually make millions writing about. After growing up in both New York City and the Philadelphia suburb of Wallingford, Pennsylvania, Griffin took the step in 1946 that -- little did he know at the time -- would set the course for his literary life: He enlisted in the United States Army. After finishing basic training, he went through counterintelligence instruction at Fort Holabird, New Jersey, and was assigned to the Army of Occupation in Germany under Major General I. D. White, commander of the U.S. Constabulary.

In 1951, while attending Philips University, in Marburg an der Lahn, in Germany, Griffin was recalled to active duty during the Korean War. He again served under General White, both at Fort Knox, Kentucky, and in Korea, where he earned the Expert Combat Infantry Badge and served as a combat correspondent and as acting X Corps (Group) information officer. Upon his release from active duty in 1953, Griffin was appointed chief of the Publications Division of the Army Signal Aviation Test & Support Activity at the Army Aviation Center, Fort Rucker, Alabama.

Although he first wrote under various pen names, Griffin didn't begin writing his bestselling string of military novels until he was well into his 50s. His first Brotherhood of War novel, The Lieutenants, was published in 1982 and touched off Griffin's well-known reputation for writing with historical accuracy and fascinating detail. Publishers Weekly noted that this first novel "captures the rhythms of WW II army life... in an absorbing account of life among military men." Griffin would go on to pen additional books in the Brotherhood of War sequence and to launch other bestselling series -- including The Corps, Badge of Honor, Honor Bound, and Men at War, among others.

While Griffin's public persona is a bit of an enigma -- he's not one to make the talk show rounds -- it's clear that he both knows and appreciates his readers, especially his fellow military men. On his official web site, Griffin reflects, "Nothing honors me more than a serviceman, veteran, or cop telling me how much he enjoys reading my books."

Good To Know

Griffin was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Philosophy in Military Fiction from Norwich University.

He was vested in the Order of St. George by the U.S. Armor Association.

Griffin addressed the Corps of Cadets for the United States Military Academy.

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    1. Also Known As:
      William Edmund Butterworth III (real name); Alex Baldwin, Webb Beech, Walter E. Blake, Jack Dugan, John Kevin Dugan, Eden Hughes, James McDouglas, Allison Mitchell, Edmund O. Scholefield, Blakely St.
      W.E.B. Griffin
    2. Hometown:
      Coppell, Texas
    1. Date of Birth:
      November 10, 1929
    2. Place of Birth:
      Newark, New Jersey

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