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Counterattack (The Corps series) [Kindle Edition]

W.E.B. Griffin
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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From Publishers Weekly

Griffin's previous books have established him as a novelist of military manners. In his work, combat is only part of the environment in which armed forces function; war becomes a peg on which to hang series of vignettes showing the author's mastery of various military mentalities. Counterattack , Volume III of The Corps series, covers the period from Pearl Harbor to Guadalcanal in an unorthodox fashion. Instead of offering the usual tales of Marine heroism and sacrifice, Griffin explores the difficult adjustment of enlisted men suddenly given officers' commissions; the raising of a Marine parachute battalion; the impact of total war on peacetime routines. His penchant for Marine arcana occasionally becomes intrusive, and the periodic reintroductions of characters from earlier books slow the plot and are likely to confuse readers who begin with Counterattack. Yet he succeeds in the more important task of making a point often obscured in conventional military fiction: the essence of war is boredom, punctuated by random episodes of terror. BOMC dividend selection.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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No one captures the drama of war as brilliantly as bestselling author W.E.B. Griffin. The Corps is his multi-volume portrait of the Marine Corps, the brave men and women who fought, loved and died in the sweeping turmoil of WW II.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1398 KB
  • Print Length: 516 pages
  • Publisher: Jove; Reissue edition (Sept. 1 1990)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group USA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001A8FGDW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #84,107 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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1.0 out of 5 stars A Waste of Time Jan. 13 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I picked up these books hoping to gain some insight into the actions of the Marine Corps in the Pacific during World War II. What I found instead was a sort of soap opera that rambles on for hundreds of pages without getting around to much actual fighting. For example, The Marines don't even get to Guadalcanal (their first major offensive) until the end of book III, some 1200 pages into the story. Those 1200 intervening pages are mostly conversations (ad nauseam) between stateside Marine Corps officers as they sit around headquarters, or go out on the town chasing skirts.

The small portion of the books that is devoted to actual battles is done in such a cursory fashion that you're left with the impression that the author either finds this aspect of the Marines' mission distasteful, or doesn't understand it well enough to write about it. Mr. Griffin could have deleted about 80% of his material, and would have ended up with better books, albeit still not good ones.
If you're the sort of person who likes to watch daytime soap operas, then you may enjoy these books. If, on the other hand, you're interested in military history, the banality of these books will leave you screaming in frustration.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A stepping stone to later action... Feb. 1 2002
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This,the third volume in the Corps series,must be regarded as a convenient stepping stone to later episodes. We are introduced to sergeant/lieutenant Joe Howard , "big Steve" Oblensky, Charley Galloway , Jake Dillon , and a more vivid portrait off Jack NMI Stecker. Fleming Pickering emerges as a central character in the role of Frank Knox's "spy" in the Pacific. Flem Pickering is commissioned as a reserve Captain in the Navy , sent to be the eyes and ears of the Secretery of the Navy Australia , and becomes a friend of Douglas MacArthur. We also are introduced to Steve Koffler through an interplay with the series most detestable character , Robert Macklin , at Lakehurst Naval Air Station. The action centers on planning and execution of the invasion of Guadalcanal and Gavutu islands in the Solomon chain.
Overall the plot proceeds at a reasonable pace , but this volume is primarily setting up some of the later books through the Griffin trademarked character development. If one is a fan (as I am) of this genre , then this is an intresting "must read" even tho' it is one of the least exciting books in the Corps saga.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another exciting offering in The Corps series... Dec 12 2001
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*Counterattack* is the third book in the popular Corps series by W.E.B. Griffin. Book 3 starts at the beginning of the Pearl Harbor attack on December 7, 1941, and follows the journey of servicemen not previously covered in *A Call to Arms* (book 2). Although, book three roughly covers the same period of time as book two, I was not disappointed at all in *Counterattack* and look forward to the next installment.
In *Counterattack*, Griffin follows the adventures of some unlikely heroes. Charlie Galloway and a buddy put a plane together out of spare parts once the Japanese have destroyed most of their own planes in Pearl Harbor and head out to assist the troops near Wake Island. Enlisted man Joe Howard becomes an officer and a gentleman after once giving into fear during the Pearl Harbor attacks. And of course, we meet up again with the notorious Lieutenant Kenneth J. McCoy, a.k.a. "Killer," and his gutsy girlfriend, Ernie Sage.
Griffin captures the human spirit in awesome and catastrophic moments in American history. If you're in need of a good dose of entertainment, grab a copy of this series.
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Griffin's books normally run in a chronological order, with frequent and sometimes confusing flashbacks. Yes this book goes back and starts chronologically somewhere in the middle of book one of The Corps and revisits people and places we've already seen and been to. This book also throws names at you, LOTS and lots of new characters and places, people who didn't exist in the first two books and yet appear in the time frame those two books take place in. If you put finished the 2nd book in the series and expected this to pick up where that left off with the characters you were reading about and interested in, you'll be sadly disappointed as most of the people we've already met have only supporting roles in this novel.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not quite progressive enough Oct. 9 1999
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I am just now getting accquainted with Griffin's Corp series, and overall I think it is very good. This is the 3rd in the series, and actually didn't progress any in relation to time and history. Griffin instead used the same period of time from book II and further developed characters, historical events and relationships. While this is not all bad, I was hoping to have progressed further in the story at books end. All in all, still a good read, and I have now started book IV, so I guess he did manage to further reel me in. Enjoy!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating July 14 1999
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This third book of The Corps series is not as good as the first two. I found it dragged a little at times, but then I'd just finished reading the magnificent new WWII novel "The Triumph and the Glory", which knocked me right on my___ it was so good, which isn't easy to do, I've been a round the block once or twice. Read ALL of Griffin's books. They are without compare for depth of knowledge of military issues (for a novelist).
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