While the bloody battle for control of the Solomons
rages on, two Marines are trapped at a Coastwatcher station on tiny Buka
Island. They are there to report on Japanese air activity, and their position
is becoming increasingly perilous, even while their supplies are diminishing
rapidly. If they are not rescued soon, they may never make it off the island.
On the orders of newly-commissioned Marine
Brigadier General Fleming Pickering, a team is assembled: Captain Charles
Galloway, still recuperating from his crash into the sea; Second Lieutenant
Malcolm Pickering, Fleming’s son and the owner of a dangerous daredevil streak;
Lieutenant Ken “Killer” McCoy, China Marine and hardened veteran; Sergeant
Thomas McCoy, his brother, a man of such temper and talent he keeps getting
busted back to PFC and then promoted back; and Sergeant George Hart, the
youngest detective ever on the St. Louis vice squad, tricked into military
service and now determined to make his mark.
These men, and their colleagues, are about to
attempt the impossible: to take the beleaguered Marines off Buka, under the
very noses of the Japanese. They will have only one chance, so they’d better
get it right.
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