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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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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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  • Robert
  • 23-04-2016

OK - Big gaps between Book and this one

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

no

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?

No

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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  • Edward
  • 26-03-2018

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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  • Warren Clark
  • 14-11-2016

And the hits keep rolling. Great books!!!

As a former military member, I loved this series and the Army series. I would love to hear a series about the Army air corps/ Air Force.

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  • Buzz
  • 17-10-2016

Awesome story. Historical and entertaining.

Loved the book. One more in the marines series. WEB Griffin is by far my favorite author

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  • JR
  • 31-05-2016

Fast Forward for repeat performance

What made the experience of listening to Under Fire the most enjoyable?

I really like WEB Griffin's stories of military fiction. The Corps is an excellent series of books in both text and audio.

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

No particular moment. It is an all around good strory.

What does Dick Hill bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Yes.. Dick Hill does an excellent job of narration.

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

Yes, but it like the others, is long. You cannot complete this book in one sitting. But, I keep sneaking back for more. I have already read the texts.

Any additional comments?

There is a timeline gap from from 1943 until 1950. I think Griffin could have, or intended to, use it for another book. He had plenty of material to work with. Also, the story line in this book and the next (continuation) of McCoy's work is based on a mission of a Lt who worked behind the lines at Inchon. That book, in non-fiction, is a great read -- not available in audio.

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  • Cappy
  • 29-02-2016

Great is an understatement

Each book of the Series better than the last. Looking forward to the next.

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  • Steven
  • 24-09-2015

Another great story.

Narrator was good throughout the story. The adventures of the Marines and in this case the CIA operatives was told in a way that kept me engrossed till the end. Can't wait to begin the next book in the series.

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  • KansaKilla
  • 01-07-2015

Pretty good.

I liked this book but I confess I wanted more out of the end of World War II and I had hoped this book would chronicle more off the final pacific battles of that war. Nonetheless, I enjoyed it.

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  • R. Hansen
  • 08-06-2015

Hard to stop listening

At first I thought we were going to lose the main character, Ken McCoy; however, he was rescued at the last minute by his former WWII boss. From there, it's back to familiar grounds and political/military intrigue.

Another good read by Dick Hill and I'm now going to start book 10.

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  • Lawrence A. Shedwick Jr.
  • 11-03-2015

Exciting & Educational look into The Forgotten War

Korea is often refered to as the Forgotten War, sandwiched between the Honorable and Noble WWII and the Controversial and Maligned Vietnam War, it has many times been overlook in history classes, novels and movies (Even though one of the most successful TV shows ever, M*A*S*H, was set during Korea.) Griffin does an outstanding job bringing the courage of the Korean War to the public eye in both "Under Fire" and "Retreat, Hell!" As with the rest of The Corps series, fictional characters blend cleanly with historic figures and events to make an interesting and exciting read as well as a great audiobook for those long car rides.