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Publisher's Summary

Korea, June 1, 1950. Captain Ken McCoy's report on probable North Korean hostilities meets with so much bureaucratic displeasure that not only is it promptly suppressed, but McCoy himself is kicked out of the Corps. At least two outfits, however, are not impressed by such infighting: the fledgling CIA, which promptly hires McCoy; and the North Koreans, who on June 25th invade across the 38th parallel.
Immediately, veterans scattered throughout military and civilian life are called up, many with only seventy-two hours' notice. For Fleming Pickering and Pick, his daredevil son, and Ed Banning, George Hart, Jack Stecker, Jake Dillon, Ernie Zimmerman - and for the women who love them - names such as Inchon and Pusan will acquire a new, bloody reality, and Korea will become not only a new battlefield - but their greatest challenge of all....
©2002 W.E.B. Griffin (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved. Recorded by arrangement with G.P. Putnam's Sons, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.
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4 out of 5 stars
By Robert on 04-23-16

OK - Big gaps between Book and this one

Would you consider the audio edition of Under Fire to be better than the print version?


What was one of the most memorable moments of Under Fire?

That we started in 1950'ish no account of what haapened from 1943 until then.

Have you listened to any of Dick Hill’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes - Dick Hill reads an amazing stroy

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?


Any additional comments?

I wanted to know what happened from the Gobi Desert to the end of the war that should have been book IX.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Edward on 03-26-18

We Try to Glean Something, Even From Hogwash.

What did you like best about Under Fire? What did you like least?

The only insight beyond a few incidental facts is the clear view of how Marines like to see themselves. The characters were idealized. The relationships had all the subtlety and wit of a made-for-tv docudrama. Worst of all is the failure to provide usable historical information.

Would you be willing to try another book from W. E. B. Griffin? Why or why not?

Never! WEBG has a rep as a military authority but it doesn't show here. The description "based on real events," leaves a lot of room to just make stuff up. If you like predictable characters you might get off on the plot. Writing was bland. In its favor it introduces a little-known event connected with the Inchon landing.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Typical second-rate job. Nice voice but that's only worth 2 stars. He does women badly, making them sound like screechy old grannies. He should study his art or stick to doing straight history.

Could you see Under Fire being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Yes, and that's why it falls short as a book. Cast a bunch of unknown pretty faces.

Any additional comments?

Writers of military fiction do their best work at the extremes: Either be historically scrupulous or go complete comic book with lots of bang-bang and kissing on the battlefield.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 06-08-17

Wonderful Series

Excellent series conducted over the tumultuous times of World War 2 and Korea. Opens the readers eyes to what these magnificent men suffered.

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