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Corps 08: In Danger's Path Audio, Cassette – Abridged, Audiobook

4.4 out of 5 stars 232 customer reviews
Book 8 of 10 in the Corps Series

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Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

The gung-ho Marines familiar to readers of Griffin's seven Corps novels (Behind the Lines, etc.) return for an eighth adventure?and not their best. Young Marine officers and enlisted men with high morale and low morals such as Ed Banning, Ken McCoy and Ernie Zimmerman are perfect for a secret (but remarkably improbable) OSS operation behind enemy lines in the Gobi Desert of Mongolia in 1943. Their mission: to establish a clandestine weather station and rescue a wayward group of Americans who fled China after the Japanese invasion in 1941 and have been lost in Mongolia for nearly two years. While the plot teases with a promise of suspense in an exotic and forbidding locale, the reality is that not a shot is fired, not a cliffhanger is encountered and three-fourths of the narrative is set safely back in the States, where the characters spend most of their time drinking, womanizing, disobeying orders and wringing their hands over how they can rejoin the war. Under the leadership of fatherly Brigadier General Fleming Pickering, a kind of Marine den daddy, they do return, although the result is anticlimactic. Numerous side plots provide color and historical perspective, but overwrought dialogue, flat narrative and soap-operatic storytelling leave this lengthy tale without snap.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Library Journal

Griffin continues his prodigious output of military novels (e.g., The Last Heroes) with this latest installment of his "Corps" series. There is the usual array of historical characters (FDR, "Vinegar Joe" Stilwell, and others) plus the hero, Fleming Pickering. Throw in a number of rough-talking, hard-living men and women and we have an action-packed tale that takes us from Washington to the Gobi Desert. The action concerns a mission by the OSS to extract a group of American ex-servicemen and their families from the Gobi and then to establish a weather station to assist the air corps in bombing Japan. In this abridgment, seasoned actor and reader Stephen Lang displays his many vocal talents: the characters all have credible accents and are performed with a certain gusto; the narrative sections are done in a manner both lively and engaging. Unfortunately for Lang, the music and sound effects in this production distract from his efforts. Still, this should be in demand in any public library.AMichael T. Fein, Catawba Valley Community Coll., Hickory, NC
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Product Details

  • Series: Corps
  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Putnam Adult; Abridged edition (January 11, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399144544
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399144547
  • Product Dimensions: 4.6 x 1.5 x 7.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (232 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,040,799 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

W.E.B. Griffin is the author of more than thirty epic novels in five series, all of which have been listed on The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Publishers Weekly and other best-seller lists. More than forty million of his books are in print in more than ten languages, including Hebrew, Chinese, Japanese, and Hungarian. Mr. Griffin grew up in the suburbs of New York City and Philadelphia. He enlisted in the United States Army in 1946. After basic training, he received counter-intelligence training at Fort Holabird, Maryland. He was assigned to the Army of Occupation in Germany, and ultimately to the staff of then-Major General I.D. White, commander of the U.S. Constabulary. In 1951, Mr. Griffin was recalled to active duty for the Korean War, interrupting his education at Phillips University, Marburg an der Lahn, Germany. In Korea he earned the Combat Infantry Badge as a combat correspondent and later served as acting X Corps (Group) information officer under Lieutenant General White. On his release from active duty in 1953, Mr. Griffin was appointed Chief of the Publications Division of the U.S. Army Signal Aviation Test & Support Activity at Fort Rucker, Alabama. Mr. Griffin is a member of the Special Operations Association, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, the Army Aviation Association, and the Armor Association. He was the 1991 recipient of the Brigadier General Robert L. Dening Memorial Distinguished Service Award of the U.S. Marine Corps Combat Correspondents Association, and the August 1999 recipient of the Veterans of Foreign Wars News Media Award, presented at the 100th National Convention in Kansas City. He has been vested into the Order of St. George of the U.S. Armor Association, and the Order of St. Andrew of the U.S. Army Aviation Association, and been awarded Honorary Doctoral degrees by Norwich University, the nation's first and oldest private military college, and by Troy State University (Ala.). He was the graduation dinner speaker for the class of 1988 at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He has been awarded honorary membership in the Special Forces Association; the Marine Corps Combat Correspondents Association; the Marine Raiders Association; and the U.S. Army Otter & Caribou Association. He is the co-founder, with historian Colonel Carlo D'Este, of the William E. Colby Seminar on Intelligence, Military, and Diplomatic Affairs. Mr. Griffin's novels, known for their historical accuracy, have been praised by The Philadelphia Inquirer for their "fierce, stop-for-nothing scenes." "Nothing honors me more than a serviceman, veteran, or cop telling me he enjoys reading my books," Mr. Griffin says. Mr. Griffin divides his time between the Gulf Coast and Buenos Aires.

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Top Customer Reviews

Format: Hardcover
This book comes closer to being "vintage" W.E.B. Griffin than the two works that followed. As usual,there is a compelling plot line in mounting a mission to the Gobi desert in order to establish a weather station for forthcoming B-29 raids against the Japanese home islands. As usual "Killer" McCoy and Ernie Zimmerman are involved as "the doers". As usual,Fleming Pickering is the behind-the-scenes manipulator and planner. As usual, Franklin Roosevelt is Machivellian. As usual, Bill Donovan almost manages to screw up the works. As usual, McCoy manages to pull off the mission.
All that said, I really did like the book. Aside from too much time being spent by Fleming Pickering doing his little political intrigues to offset Bill Donovan's little political intrigues, the book was a fairly satisfying read and manages to hold the reader's interest very well. I found that several of the characters introduced early in the series (Milla Banning) to have their roles resolved , and others moved on to new levels of future importance (Easterbunny). I thought the mission to the Gobi desert was quite unusual and the cameo of "vinegar Joe' Stilwell was a nice touch.
My major compliaint about this series is that it is moving too slowly,and at one book every 2-3 years it will take about 20 years to complete. C'mon WEB! Speed things up before your readers all croak!
I would like to see McCoy marry Ernie Sage,see Flem Pickering run out of Famous Grouse, and move on to Korea. As things stand,there is little left for McCoy to do as an intel officer in W.W.II. I enjoy a faster paced story line and this one seems to be starting to drag a bit. A little less time spent on "filler" of various sexual/bedroom antics of various young officers and more time spent on the actual mission in the Gobi with Zimmerman and McCoy would have upgraded the rating to 5-stars.
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By A Customer on January 18, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I have read the entire Corps series, back to back. FIrst off, this was a dissapointing read as it wasn't the Corps, but the OSS. Second, I am tired of Brig Gen Pickering being the central character. I was much more interested in what the enlisted and lower officers were up to, rather than Pickering's big boy problems.
I wondered what happened to Jack Stecker's son - he was a great character. Would have liked to see more of Pick, although was dissapointed that he turned out to be more of a playboy than a Marine...but I loved the interaction between Pick and McCoy and Stecker's son.
But what I really object to is that although I understand this is the final book of the series; it didn't wrap up all the loose ends. Sorry but I want to know what happened with Carolyn once she found out Mrs. Banning had been rescued. Who got Martha? How did Weston solve his woman problem? Did McCoy marry Ernie? Did McCoy get out of the Gobi Desert? Did Donovan incur the enduring wrath of the President??
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Format: Hardcover
As a longtime reader of the estimable Mr. Griffin, I'm really starting to see my enthusiasm fade for the Corps. I read the Brotherhood from Start to Finish, and was lucky enough to begin in 1986, when most of it was finished and the last new books were being written.
The Corps premeired at about that time, when I was McCoy's age. Now I'm 14 year's older, and he's still in his early 20's - I won't begrudge him (!) that, but I'm mightily worried about this series.
The Brotherhood carried, pretty intactly, the story of 4 main characters through 25 or so years in 8 books. There were many secondary characters, but the focus was on these 4.
Now, how many characters does the Corps have? And how many were introduced or given new prominence in this book? This Weston guy acts no differently than Pick Pickering... Is he a necessary character? Chief McGuire? Sampson? Williamson? Janice whatsername? How many new characters do we need to keep this thing moving forward?
I remember when Ken McCoy was actually a pretty sympathetic character, and now he pretty much comes off as a jerk. Let's see - he meets Sgt. Sweatly in the desert after not seeing him for 2.5 years, and Sweatly - immensely pleased to see him - calls him "Killer", a nickname McCoy doesn't like. McCoy then withdraws his handshake, "dresses Sweatly down and eyes him coldly".
What a jerk.
For one thing, after 2 years of wandering around the Gobi desert, enduring much deprivation and toughening, I think Sweatley would have pretty much:
a)Laughed in McCoy's face
b)Given more than half a thought to casually cracking McCoy over the head for being such a Jackass, regardless of the consequences.
What about the other characters?
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By A Customer on September 30, 2000
Format: Hardcover
All of WEB's books are on my shelves and read over several times to capture his way with plots. His characters, though at times believable, were overly blessed with flaws, which made them less than real as the novels went on. --Worst of all WEB deprived his audience of believable endings to any of his series. The one which hUrt the most was the last in Marine series "In Danger's Path" What happened to woman of honor - i.e., Martha and Ernie. There were decent girls back then. Being retired military it WAS a pleasure to relive some moments. BUT WHAT A LETDOWN!!!!!!"LEW"
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