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Semper Fi (The Corps series) Kindle Edition
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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.
*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!
After reading that name, you're probably thinking, "God, that sounds cheesy." You're right. This is a cheesy book. It's all cheese into book three, too. It was so cheeseball that I didn't read the fourth. It was mildly entertaining though.
This is a TV book with nothing more valuable than mindless entertainment. The characters are shallow, the plot is predictable and the writing style comes straight out of a rejected John Wayne script.
What made me set this series down for good was that the storyline was too perfect. Enlisted men became officers, everyone falls in love, the blind can see again (really), heroic acts of bravery, 100% sucessful covert operations, etc. This is all fun but after the first 1,000 pages of constant accomplishment, the reader gets a bit bored with the story.
If you don't read much and want a book to glance at every now and then, this is a good series to pick up. The more experienced reader will need better plot development to pay attention, which this book does not have.
Although, if you're a Marine, especially an enlisted Marine, you will probably LOVE this series because everything perfect happens to the enlisted characters...
rating: 2 starts (for the series)
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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A truly first-rate yarn about a young US Marine who overcomes adversity to ultimately reach personal success. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Jon A. Houston
I bought this book to read about Marines and what it was like to fight in WW2. Instead, I got a story where the "hero" spends more time in whorehouses and fornicating with a... Read morePublished on June 19 2004
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! Read morePublished on April 10 2003 by Daniel
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 ? Read more
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. Read morePublished on Oct. 13 2001 by Greg Bourlotos
This book is great! You grow with the character through his start in China to where he lays.Published on Aug. 18 2001 by Charles-Lee
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. Read morePublished on May 19 2001 by Janell Brady
Griffin has done it again! I spent 21 years in the military and I'm here to tell you that Griffin has got it down pat. Dialogue, attitude and characters are right on. Read morePublished on Jan. 22 2001 by Random657
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