In Danger's Path, by W.E.B. Griffin, is going to be at the top of every technothriller reader's list. It's the latest in his Corps saga, complete with characters we've been thinking about since the last book, Behind the Lines. Even though the holiday season is basically over, In Danger's Path still makes for a wonderful gift. Everybody loves a good war story, right? Stash a couple in the closet for emergency gifts, wrap one up for anyone who was ever in the military, get a few for your history-buff friends, and you're finished shopping for the entire year. Want to be a real hero? Pick up the entire Corps series for your favorite reader. Then toss another log on the fire and be prepared for a treat as you crack open a copy for yourself.
If you've read W.E.B. Griffin's books before, you know what's in store: Fact and fiction interwoven so skillfully, it's hard to tell where the history leaves off and the novel begins. This book follows the Griffin traditions of real people, real wars, and can't-put-it-down storytelling.
In Danger's Path takes us inside the Machiavellian world of politics and power as President Roosevelt masterminds interlocking intelligence agencies and turf fights. Fleming Pickering is tapped to head up operations of the OSS in the Pacific, Roosevelt's choice as the one man who can broker the competing interests of General MacArthur, Admiral Nimitz, the FBI, and the OSS and still deliver on the intelligence and special-operations missions all of them need.
Roosevelt has also reengineered world geography, defining "the Pacific" to include the Gobi Desert just so Pickering will be in charge of the Pacific campaign's most critical mission. The Air Force and the Navy need vital weather data, which means a weather station that covers the part of the world in which the storms form: Russia or the Gobi. Russia's out, so Pickering dispatches a crack team -- including Ken "Killer" McCoy, now a Marine Corps captain -- into the Gobi to hook up with a wandering band of former Marine guards from the Peking legation, retired Marines and soldiers, and Yangtze River patrol sailors fleeing the war with their dependents. If Pickering can get them the meteorological and communications equipment they need, they just might be the key to winning the war in the Pacific.
Back on the front lines, Ed Banning is in Shanghai and has just married Russian Countess Maria Catherine Ludmilla Zhivkov, now exiled and stateless. Days after their wedding, before Banning can get a private bill passed to allow her to emigrate to the U.S., his unit is deployed to Manila. He leaves Maria in the care of Sergeant Ernie Zimmerman's wife, Mae Su, who masterminds a trek through Kazakhstan and into India in a desperate flight from the encroaching war.
W.E.B. Griffin keeps you completely engrossed in the history, the politics, and the battle. You'll forget today's news as In Danger's Path plunges you into the lives of men and women who fought and won World War II.
--C. A. Mobley
C. A. Mobley is a graduate of the Naval War College and author of the national bestsellers Rites of War and Rules of Command. Other Mobley titles, published under the name C. W. Morton, include Pilots Die Faster and Rage Sleep.