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Line Of Fire (The Corps #5)

4.24 of 5 stars 4.24  ·  rating details  ·  2,220 ratings  ·  20 reviews
During World War II, a special rescue team assembles to save two Marines trapped on a small Coastwatcher island.
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Published (first published January 13th 1992)
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So here is the deal with these books by Griffin. I really enjoy the stories. They are about a subject I am interested in. They have likeable characters. They are quick reads and keep you entertained.

My gripes with these books are twofold. First is that they are so poorly edited. I feel as though Griffin was just trying to pump out as many books as possible and sometimes didn't pay much attention to the minutia. Then whoever his editors were didn't really do much editing. Most people probably wou
Bob Conner
I fell in love with Griffin's series about the Corps and have read all his awesome works. I can't recall reading a more engaging series with characters all so rich and colorful each of them could be an awesome novel of their own. But Griffin smashes them all together into one nuclear story.

Amazingly colorful characters - Kenneth "Killer" Kelley and his gorgeous wife Ernestine Sage, Jack "NMI" Stecker, Pick Pickering, Sgt Zimmerman, etc....... The list just goes on and on and they never lose thei
Bob Richard
Typical W.E.B. Griffin book. In following the series I have come to know and like the main characters. It is always interesting to see what they are doing as each book progresses. The downside to reading to reading the series with only a couple of weeks between books is that the rehashing of events does get a little tiresome. Overall I like these books, they are good escapism.
Griffin does a great job juggling an extremely large cast of characters while still allowing me to keep track of what the heck is going on. He also displays a great understanding of the workings of the military and the way Marines in particular tend to behave, along with a bit of what it's like to be a Marine's girl. This book introduced new characters without being overwhelming, fitting them neatly into the ongoing narrative, and also brought many of the existing characters closer together. It' ...more
Stuart Fujisaki
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, even historical figures), inside jokes and catch phrases. Yes, yes I know you can write everyth ...more
Howard Anders
This installment chronicles the efforts to relieve a Coastwatcher detachment on Japanese-held Buka, and introduces more new characters, such as Sergeant George Hart. I am re-reading this series, and I believe this is the book where that series originally started getting tedious for me. Despite Mr. Griffin's wonderful story-telling ability, one can take just so many bad-boys-make-good heroes, so many willing damsel camp-followers, before one is overwhelmed by the author's repetitive character dev ...more
Richard Palmer
I am liking the Corps series more and more.

This volume focuses on attempts to replace the coastwatcher team on the island of Buka. There are a few scenes on the island itself, but there is an awful lot of behind the scenes work and political work going on.

One thing I did not like so much was the need Griffin seems to feel to put in romantic partners for all of the major characters. Some of the situations just do not seem very believable.

Still, this is vintage WEB Griffin. Larger than life chara
James Oliver Burns
This was one of my favorite books in Corps series so far. Fleming Pickering is discharged from the Naval services as a Naval Captain, And then sworn in as a Brigadier General In The U.S.M.C.. The battle for Guadalcanal is still raging the Marines are still Hanging on. Most of your favorite characters are back, with some of the ones that you probably dont really care for. The main theme is to retrieve the Marines who are helping out as coastwatchers on Bulka Island and brinf them home.
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Good continuation of The Corps series, until about halfway through the book. Then, this book becomes impossible to put down. It is this portion of the book that the reader realizes that they are experiencing one of the masters of military and historical fiction at his peak. As with previous Corps books, Griffin takes his characters through situations with the war in the Pacific as the backdrop, and makes the reader really care about what happens to them. This one seemed to ratchet up the tension ...more
The Defense of Guadalcanal and Coastwatcher Rescue. The Marines fight bureaucratic gridlock and stage a valiant defense of Guadalcanal while the Marines and Navy put up a vigorous fight to stave off the Japs attempts to recapture Guadalcanal and continue their march south to Australia. The Coastwatchers prove their value by warning Guadalcanal of inbound aircraft as Pickering stages a dramatic rescue for Howard and Koffler from Buka. Galloway and Pickering and McCoy fly in to grab the emaciated ...more
WEB sure knows his military. I've read quite a few of his books and they are always interesting. The Corp series is especially meaningful to me since I am USMC veteran. His characters carry over from one book to another and it seems that you get to know these characters personally. I interrupt the series every now and then to read something new, but I always have his books in the back of my mind.
Book 5 of our journey through World War II in the Pacific takes us on a daring rescue mission of the Coastwatchers serving as advance sentries for Guadalcanal. Less about McCoy and Pick and more about General Pickering, we see the events through their eyes as the planning and execution happens amidst the action of the war. A good read.
This series stunk! I read the entire series hoping for some kind of combat action, but was disappointed time after time. The main character seemed to miss every major action of WWII...the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the invasion of the Philippines, etc. I would not recommend this series to anyone I liked!
Woohoo! Nearly no overlap in this one. I really enjoyed it. Obviously as I read it in a little over a day. These books are a must read for history buffs, WWII afficianados, military types and anyone who just enjoys a compelling read with characters who feel like old friends.
Good sound read. I'm very much enjoying the historical aspects of the story as well; I've learned quite a bit through reading this series.
When did Ellen Feller become a villain? I was annoyed with her in the beginning, but I didn't think she was evil...
As with most of W E B Griffin's works, I enjoyed the authors ability to take you there, almost make you feel part of the story, pulling for the heros, dispising the enemy, but be careful, you might learn something about history you didn't know
Fredrick Danysh
During the Battle of the Solomons, two coast watchers are trapped in the path of Japanese forces. A team with Captain Galloway and Lt. Ken McCoy is assembled to rescue the men. This is full of the drama of World War II in the Pacific.
Valerie Curtis
Of course, I loved the book! I'm not so hot on "Captain" Flemming, but "Killer" McCoy has gone up in my esteem :)
J.W. Thompson
My only regret is that he does not write them as fast as I read them----read it years ago
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W.E.B. Griffin is one of several pseudonyms for William E. Butterworth III.

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W.E.B. Griffin is the #1 best-selling author of more than fifty epic novels in seven series, all of which have made The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Publishers Weekly, and other best-seller lists. More than fifty million of the books are in print in more than ten languages, including Heb
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Other Books in the Series

The Corps (10 books)
  • Semper Fi (The Corps, #1)
  • Call To Arms (The Corps, #2)
  • Counterattack (The Corps, #3)
  • Battleground (The Corps, #4)
  • Close Combat (The Corps, #6)
  • Behind the Lines (The Corps, #7)
  • In Danger's Path (The Corps, #8)
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