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Line of Fire

The Corps Series, Book 5
Written by: W. E. B. Griffin
Narrated by: Dick Hill
Length: 17 hrs and 52 mins

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Publisher's Summary

While the bloody battle for control of the Solomons rages on, two Marines are trapped at a Coastwatcher station on tiny Buka Island. They are there to report on Japanese air activity, and their position is becoming increasingly perilous, even while their supplies are diminishing rapidly; if they are not rescued soon, they may never make it off the island. On the orders of newly-commissioned Marine Brigadier General Fleming Pickering, a team is assembled: Captain Charles Galloway, still recuperating from his crash into the sea; Second Lieutenant Malcolm Pickering, Fleming’s son and the owner of a dangerous daredevil streak; Lieutenant Ken “Killer” McCoy, China Marine and hardened veteran; Sergeant Thomas McCoy, his brother, a man of such temper and talent that he keeps getting busted back to PFC and then promoted back again; and Sergeant George Hart, the youngest detective ever on the St. Louis vice squad, tricked into military service and now determined to make his mark. These men, and their colleagues, are about to attempt the impossible: to take the beleaguered Marines off Buka, under the very noses of the Japanese. They will have only one chance - so they’d better get it right…

©1992 W.E.B. Griffin (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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  • Stuart Fujisaki
  • 27-01-13

In the Sweet spot of this Series.....

It was nice to return to familiar territory after slogging through that Bourne book earlier this week. By all definitions, Griffin’s books are my guilty pleasure. I’ve completed the entire Corps series more than a half-dozen times over the last 20 years and honestly, it’s like visiting old friends and favorite relatives, complete with all the quirks (he notoriously changes characters’ middle initials for no reason, even historical figures), inside jokes and catch phrases. Yes, yes I know you can write everything you know about that subject in a matchbook with a grease pencil. Now fully recharged, I can take on something more unfamiliar.....

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  • JerryL
  • 25-01-13

Great story - extremely well written and narrated.

Excellent story - classic Griffin, lots of action and wonderfully developed characters. Most notable, Dick Hill is back to do the narration.

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  • Jeff
  • 29-07-16

An endless recap

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Someone who hasn't read any of the books preceding it. This book is almost just an endless rehash of things covered in the previous books - some even repeated several times within this book. If you removed the redundancies and rehashing this book would probably only be about 3-4 hours long.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Line of Fire?

All the repetition: repetition of story lines, having different characters tell the same thing over several times, repeating endlessly the specific military nomenclature for an item - such as the cavalry swords converted to machetes - 30 or 40 times.

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  • Marty
  • 30-10-19

odd

portrayal of women is a little odd. they either fall into bed or are bitchy

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  • Barryviola
  • 02-08-19

The Corps

I started reading this series when it first came out in the ‘80s when I was a young Marine. I got half way thru book 5 and have just recently listened to all of the series thru book 5 now. I can say I am very happy I got back to the series. I missed you. Seems like I’m picking up right where I left off over 20+ years ago. Great and addicting series WEB Griffin! Semper Fi.

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  • Mr&MrsB
  • 23-06-19

Another Great Book by W. E. B. Griffin

A lot of the themes in this book transcends the services. it brought back a lot of memories. Awesome story.

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  • Tommy Martinez
  • 15-03-19

Awesome book and series!

Great book, well narrated. It can be a little difficult to stay in the story with a single (well talented) voice modulatimg to give female, Australian, US Southern and NY accents. I really appreciate the narrator's talent and skill. Can a female narrator come in for the womens' voices?
All that said, this is an enthralling story and series. I am a combat vet. These stories touch me is a deep and special way. God bless all involved in this book series from the author to the team in the sound stage for the narrator. Thank you.

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  • Len
  • 07-12-18

Semper Fi

this was a great book .I like the Usmc History of war world two. Read it.

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  • don gauthier
  • 12-04-18

Semper Fi ... great book, great series ...<br />

your amount of words is too much.😘 I told you the book and series was great
. git off my back.

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  • Cullen J. Waters
  • 03-02-18

Too short

great job all. Weber is fun to read. I enjoy all of his books. going to listen to the next now.

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  • Keith K
  • 05-12-14

God Yarn

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

The Corps is an excellent series and this is no exception.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Flemming Pickering

What about Dick Hill’s performance did you like?

Well read

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No.
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Any additional comments?

None .