"Good military thriller"
Though warned by American military operatives in Korea,
a wary United States government ignores the threat of the
North Koreans crossing the 38th parallel. However, on June
25, 1950, the Communist North invades South Korea. The
United States quickly reacts and within three days has
returned many retired World War II veterans along with new
blood to fight the new war in the Pacific.
Truman selects retired General Pickering to head the
CIA in Asia and the new appointee quickly brings with him
some of his best soldiers from the previous war. Without
missing a beat, the gang operating together as a cohesive
unit as the American led army tries to repel the invaders.
However, Pickering's son is shot down over Korea and
missing. Can Pickering do the job, persuade the President
to support MacArthur's counter invasion punch, while
worrying about his son? With competent warriors like
McCoy, Banning, Hart, and others of the old gang, Pickering
knows he can, but will Truman trust him to complete the
The latest W.E.B. Griffin Marine Corps tale, UNDER
FIRE, is the first one to occur after World War II. The
story line retains all the action, excitement, and insight
that make this series so highly regarded by military
readers. However, the tale begins a bit slower than the
last several Corps stories because Mr. Griffin takes the
needed time to introduce a radically different world scene
and flush out how his characters react to the changes.
This makes UNDER FIRE that much better of a novel when it
goes into full throttle so those military historical fans
of this series attain a triumphant tale.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted December 22, 2001