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 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...
|Author:||Griffin, W. E. B.|
|Publisher:||Berkley Pub Group|
|Publish Date:||Aug 2005|
|Number of Pages:||723|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||0.75|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||3.12 x 1.25 x 7.72|
W. E. B. Griffin is one of eight pseudonyms used by William E. Butterworth, who was born on November 10, 1929 in Newark, New Jersey. He enlisted in the U.S. Army as a private in 1946 and underwent counterintelligence training at Fort Holabird. After assignment to the Army of Occupation in Germany where he served on the staff of the Commander of the U.S. Constabulary, Major General I.D. White, Butterworth left the service in 1947, but rejoined and again served with White from 1951 to 1953 in Korea.
After leaving the service for the second time, Butterworth remained in Korea as a combat correspondent. He was later appointed chief of the publications division of the Signal Aviation Test and Support Activity at the Army Aviation Center in Fort Rucker, Alabama. He received the Brigadier General Robert L. Dening Memorial Distinguished Service Award of the U.S. Marine Corps Combat Correspondents Association in 1991 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars News Media Award in 1999. At first, he wrote fiction for young adults.
He has written more than 125 books, many of them military thrillers or police dramas. His works include the Brotherhood of War series, The Corps series, Badge of Honor series, Honor Bound series, Presidential Agent series, and Men at War series. He received the Alabama Author's Award in 1982 from the Alabama Library Association. In 2012, his title, The Spymasters, with William E. Butterworth IV made The New york Times Best Seller List.
This ninth of Griffin's "Corps" novels (after In Danger's Path) jumps from World War II to the opening weeks of the Korean War. As usual, the U.S. military and intelligence communities are dreadfully unprepared and uninformed. The wartime OSS has been disbanded, and the new CIA is still trying to find its way. Many characters from the previous "Corps" novels are reprised here, including Marine Capt. Ken McCoy, who suspects a north Korean attack but is forced out of the marines for making such wild assertions; the Pickerings, father and son; and a number of others who are recalled from the comforts of civilian life for a brand-new and totally unexpected war. As always, the action is fast and intense and the story very satisfying. Griffin's novels are complex, even epic, and, while some may find the dialog almost flippant, his many loyal readers like that just fine. For general collections.
- Robert Conroy, Warren, MI
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Events surrounding the beginning of the Korean War on June 25, 1950 through the liberation of Seoul at the end of September provide the backdrop for this eighth installment in Griffin's popular "Corps" series. Many of the characters we've seen before are here: "Flem" Pickering is called back to service and is a deputy director of the CIA; his son "Pick" is a Marine aviator; Capt. Ken "Killer" McCoy and Gunny Ernie Zimmerman do clandestine operations.
They and their cohorts are seen interacting with Truman, MacArthur, and Averell Harriman, among other historic figures. There is not as much action as in the previous books, but the plot and interactions among the various characters are very intriguing. Those listening to the abridged CDs and cassettes will be treated to a no-nonsense reading by James Naughton that is both clear and crisp. Of necessity short on dialog, these versions use the narrative to keep the action moving, which Naughton does quite well.
Besides filling in some blanks in the plot of the abridgment, those who listen to the unabridged program will be treated to Scott Brick's skillful reading of the lengthy dialog. His expressive voice is able to render the characters skillfully, making this a work hard to put down. Public libraries should purchase; the unabridged is preferred if budgets allow.
-Michael T. Fein, Central Virginia Community Coll., Lynchburg
(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Griffin is moving on; he's shifted the setting of his latest military adventure from World War II to the Korean War. Capt. Ken McCoy is thrown out of the Marine Corps when he suggests that North Korea might attack and then hired by the newly minted CIA when it does.
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 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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