Close Combat

(Critical Survey of Contemporary Fiction)

W.E.B. Griffin covers the U.S. Marine Corps in World War II from the conference rooms of Washington to the bloody beaches of the Solomons. Following the formula he developed in his “Brotherhood of War” series, Griffin follows characters who typify the range of Marine Corps involvement in the war. Fleming Pickering, equally at home in corporate board rooms and the corridors of governmental power at the highest level, allows Griffin to examine the “big picture” and thereby explore the strategic elements of the war in the Pacific. Charles M. Galloway, Kenneth R. McCoy, and Jack Stecker turn strategic decisions into operational reality on land and in the air. At the same time, a host of enlisted men present a picture of the nitty gritty of combat at close quarters with a foe worthy of the greatest consideration.

CLOSE COMBAT finds Pickering faced with the difficult task of balancing the conflicting demands of the legendary Douglas MacArthur, William Donovan, the newly appointed director of the Office of Strategic Services, and Frank Knox, the wartime Secretary of the Navy. Pickering must exercise his considerable diplomatic skills to the utmost to remind these three powerful and talented individuals that the primary enemy is the Empire of Japan.

Meanwhile, the struggle for Guadalcanal reaches a new and bloody crescendo as the Japanese exert every effort to recover the island. On land and in the air, Marines struggle to survive at the end of a tenuous logistical connection which leaves them bereft of adequate supplies. Those familiar with the series will find that Griffin has not lost his touch, while new readers not only will enjoy this work but also will find themselves compelled to pursue the earlier volumes.