Put in charge of the OSS's Pacific operations, General Fleming Pickering is faced with two covert missions in the Gobi Desert. Called to duty is a Marine he doesn't expect...a scapegrace pilot named Malcolm, his son. Together, they will venture incognito--and with luck they may even come out alive...
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.
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In Dangers Path
I first started reading W.E.B Griffin in the early 90’s when bored, and needing something to read, I grabbed one off of a stack of library books my dad had checked out. He was a huge fan of Griffin and felt he represented the military in a super realistic and humorous way. He died in 2001 having retired as a Colonel in the USAF. I return to these books time and again and enjoy them as much as my dad did!
I have been reading the series The Corps and this being #8 and they have all been fantastic. I am onto the next one now. A great writer. I am a retired Marine and I can't begin to put into words how these books effect me and keep me involved. Such a great book,series and writer Thanks for your excellent writing.
In Dangers Path
Like every W.E.B. Griffin book I've read "In Dangers Path", I wasn't able to put it down.