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Close Combat: Close Combat Book VI (Corps)
 
 

Close Combat: Close Combat Book VI (Corps) [Kindle Edition]

W.E.B. Griffin
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CLOSE COMBAT is W.E.B. Griffin's epic novel of World War II--a powerful, dramatic tribute to the brave men and women who lived it...The captain who led his squadron in to the fiercest air battles of the Pacific. The correspondent who learned more about combat than he bargained for. The Marine who embarked on a top secret mission from which there was no certain return...

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The sixth title in the CORPS series, chronicles the lives and heroic adventures of the members of a United States Marine Corps unit during World War II. Follows LINE OF FIRE.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 642 KB
  • Print Length: 420 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0515112690
  • Publisher: Jove (1 Dec 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001AIXG5C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb 10 July 2012
By PLH
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I picked up my first web Griffin book in my Doctors Surgery about two months ago and could not put it down. I stayed up all night reading it.

Since then I have read about fifteen of his titles and, again, cannot put them down am eagerly awaiting my next two despatched from the States as they were unobtainable from a UK bookseller. I have one at home but it comes after the other two so I eagerly await their arrival PLH
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0 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars ordered for a friend 2 July 2010
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The friend I ordered it for said it was great but I cannopt give any guide to the content as it is not my kind of book
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Amazon.com: 4.5 out of 5 stars  51 reviews
26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars CAUTION: once you read this book, you will NOT stop!!!!! 30 Jan 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Book 6 of the continuing Corps series. McCoy, Banning and the others are back. SSgt. Galloway leads his fighter squadron in a fierce air battle against the Japanese during the first year of world war 2. i've read all 7 of the books, and am reading them again. in reading the books, it feels like i'm just not reading the book, but reading the thoughts of these men who came before me. i have characters i admire, and some i hate.

i try to read only for a little while, but a few minutes becomes 10 minutes, 10 minutes become a half hour, and the next thing i know, i've been reading for 2 hours, and still want to read more. this is not you're everyday military book. it's more.

W.E.B Griffin researches his material and for those who don't know military language very well, or military history, he adds footnotes at the bottom of some of his pages which i find useful. i know alot about the war, but am finding out even more through his books. though the lives, thoughts, and some adventures of the characters are fiction, all of the scenes, and places are are true.
for anyone interested in the military, world war 2, or just well written books, i suggest this one, as well as the other 6.
Pfc Martin Lambert (austincup@hotmail.com)
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars We're Finally Getting into the Real War! 24 Dec 2001
By Rodger Raubach - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
In this,the sixth volume of The Corps series,Griffin seems to have all of his characters introduced and is now starting to utilise them in some action. The novel picks up at Henderson Field on Guadalcanal with Billy Dunn and VMF-229. The Marines are hanging on to the field (and the island) by a thread. After several battles in which the Japanese are soundly defeated,our heroes (Dunn , Jake Dillon , McCoy,Zimmerman,and "the Easterbunny") are all returned to the States. We see an expansion of Jake Dillon's role as the tour director for a War Bond tour featuring the Guadalcanal Aces and Ken McCoy's idiot brother Tommy.
The novel introduces the Guerrilla potential of Wendell Fertig on Mindinao and also the problem of the Gobi desert weather station required by the Navy and sets up the next two novels in the series,which I happen to like better than this particular episode.
I gave this particular installment 4 stars based on the character development of many of the minor characters in the series. Griffin really brings people to life--I feel as though I KNOW some of these individuals in real life. I do get a bit bored at times with "Pick" Pickering's poor little rich boy behavior,and some of the Scotch guzzling scenes get on my nerves.
In spite of these few warts,I really enjoy these books as much as any I have read. Perhaps if Griffin had given us a little more firsthand smell of gunpowder and sped things up a little more I would have rated the book 5 stars. Overall highly recommended!
14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Do the guys always get the girl and the good scotch? 31 July 2002
By Former SF guy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I really like this series as well as "The Brotherhood of War" series. The stories are great, the characters are very likeable and the little bit of history you can get from the books are nice. I have read each of Griffin's series at least twice. I like them that much.
However, I AM REALLY GETTING TIRED OF THE SAME OL' THING. Follow me here. Have you noticed:
1- The guy always gets the girl
2- The girl is always "so ... beutiful"
3- It is nearly almost always love at first sight.
4- The main characters generally start out young and enlisted
within a few chapters they are being gererously promoted.
Most are promoted to officers, some right out of boot-
camp or basic training. It appears promotions are handed
out like meals.
5- The girls are all easy, but they are still "nice girls".
6- None of the main characters die or become handicaped.
7- They all drink scotch (famous grouse)
8- Most of the main characters are rich and of course from
Philly or near there.
9- They all make wonderful and reluctant heroes.
10- etc... etc...
All-in-all, I would recommend Griffins series to anyone who is male. I don't think women would much like them.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Close Combat 20 Feb 2006
By W. S. Whitney - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
Griffen is one of my favorite authors, and this novel didn't change my opinion. The book is well balanced, in that it concentrates more on the interaction of military people, their foibles as well as their strengths, and not just the violent battles. It, like all his others, is hard to put down. He makes his characters so real that a person with a military bent will certainly recognize many of his peers, and superiors. It is the kind of book that the Berkeley crowd would enjoy burning.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Continuing the story of the World War II Marine Corps. 8 Jan 2007
By S. Schwartz - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I for one am truly enjoying these books set during the Second World War. Most of the battle action is set in the Pacific, and this book is set during the latter part of 1942 when the Americans were facing some real problems on Guadalcanal. Although there weren't as many battle scenes in this book as in others, it does advance us further into the war, and we really get to know the main characters. There are some surprises here. for example a very young corporal who acts very bravely on "Bloody Ridge". These books, I think, display a real pride in the United States Marine Corps. Griffin handles this tribute to a great Corps very well. And he writes wonderful stories!
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