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Semper Fi (Corps) [Kindle Edition]

W.E.B. Griffin
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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From Shanghai to WAke Island, the Corps was America's first line of defense as the winds of war exploded into the devastating surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. Now, the bestselling author of the acclaimed BROTHERHOOD OF WAR saga brings to life the men of the Marine Corps--their loves and their loyalties--as they steeled themselves for battle, and prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice...

About the Author

W.E.B. Griffin is the author of six bestselling series.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 577 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Jove (Nov. 1 1986)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group USA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001AO6EZA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #46,854 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Addictive Series June 5 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
After reading this, the first book in "The Corps" series, I the purchased the rest three at a time. Since finishing the series, I have now read every book Griffin has published.
Griffin's character development is so thorough that you feel you have gotten to know a real people as the various series develop.
The Corp Series offers a great "behind the scenes" look at WWII in the Pacific Theatre, what it meant to the men that served and stirs the patriotic juices inside of you.
One of many fantastic books from a terrific author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a great book! April 10 2003
By Daniel
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book kept me reading for hours on end. I could not put it down with all of the action and romance. The action was awesome! There could be no better hero than "Killer" McCoy. He adn his buddies always had interesting dialouge to keep you interested. I gave this book five stars because it a well rounded book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Corps March 12 2003
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
My husband and some of his buddies who were all in ww ll
are in the process of reading these books and the Brotherhood of War series. " A soap opera ?" I think not.You had to be there to understand. It is the closest thing to experiencing it all over again. A must read. Very detailed.. Very good writing on Griffins part. I bought them all.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A Waste of Time Jan. 13 2003
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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 land on Guadalcanal (their first major offensive) until the end of book IV, some 1700 pages into the story. Those 1700 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 have you pulling out your hair in frustration.
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5.0 out of 5 stars As a Marine.... Oct. 13 2001
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For those who want a lesson in history, for those who were never in the Corps, for those who were in the Corps, you have to read this book. I've been approached by other Marines who have read it and hands down, the best entertaining history lesson you'll have, all eight of them. I'm waiting for the next one....
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5.0 out of 5 stars My Feelings Aug. 19 2001
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This book is great! You grow with the character through his start in China to where he lays.
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*Semper Fi* is the first novel in The Corps series by W.E.B. Griffin. It's been in my to-be-read pile for years, but I only recently picked it up. I am a huge fan of the Brotherhood of War series also so I knew I wouldn't have any trouble enjoying these as well.
*Semper Fi* covers the span of about a year (1941) traveling the globe from Shanghai, China to Quantico, Virginia and focusing on a couple of good Marines, "Killer" Kenneth J. McCoy and Pick Pickering. McCoy enlisted in the Marines a few years prior to the beginning of the novel and is on his way up the ranks, fluent in multiple languages and a talent for intelligence. Pickering is the wealthy grandson of the Foster hotels owner and is just beginning his career after graduating from Harvard.
The backdrop is pre-American involvement in World War II. The 4th Marines are still stationed in China hoping to maintain positive interactions with both the Japanese and Chinese armies and the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor is still months away. After a few 'incidents', McCoy is shipped off to the Philadelphia Navy yard where his military career will soon skyrocket.
Griffin is an extremely talented writer. Even though you'd think that these novels are for the military gung-ho fans, Griffin does a great job of including suspense, romance and even comedy in his novels. This series is definitely worth your time and money!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!!!!!! May 20 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Here's the deal. This is one of the greatest books I have ever read. The story is one that just can't be compared with. The footnotes are helpful. Not only did I enjoy this peice of fiction but I also learned something. I can't wait to start on the other Corps novels!
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