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Semper Fi (The Corps series) [Kindle Edition]

W.E.B. Griffin
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 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: The Corps, Brotherhood of War, Badge of Honor, Men at War, Honor Bound, and Presidential Agent.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 990 KB
  • Print Length: 356 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0515087491
  • Publisher: Jove (Nov. 1 1986)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group USA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001AO6EZA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #18,179 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 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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*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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2.0 out of 5 stars ZZZZzzzz boring zzzzZZZZ June 2 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
A good old-fashioned military-fiction story, Semper Fi is the first in a series spanning 7 books about the Marine Corps before, during and after WWII. Set in pre-war China, Griffin will start character development for one of the main protagonists, Kenneth "Killer" McCoy.
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)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great series. Dec 4 1998
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Griffin has a way of explaining military life in those days like no one else can. The reason for the four stars instead of five is that other than the fact that it takes so long in between books for him to write, there isn't as much action as you would expect from a war series. Sure, the war scenes, in his descriptions, are great! They are just a little too far apart. Sometimes you feel like you are reading a soap opera. But let me restate that the series is fantastic and will leave you wondering what happens next. The only problem is having to wait for the next book to come out. If you want action, try "Red Storm Rising" by Clancy, or "Red Pheonix" by Larry Bond.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Addictive Series June 5 2003
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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 "I'm really glad I read that
A truly first-rate yarn about a young US Marine who overcomes adversity to ultimately reach personal success. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jon A. Houston
1.0 out of 5 stars Didn't know this should have an NC-17 rating
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 more
Published on June 19 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great book!
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 more
Published on April 10 2003 by Daniel
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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
Published on March 12 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars As a Marine....
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 more
Published on Oct. 13 2001 by Greg Bourlotos
5.0 out of 5 stars My Feelings
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!!!!!!
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 more
Published on May 19 2001 by Janell Brady
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read!
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 more
Published on Jan. 22 2001 by Random657
5.0 out of 5 stars The most gripping series ever
I started reading this series when I stole the books from a Marine. I was hooked from book one. Grifffin draws you into his characters like no other author can . Read more
Published on July 31 2000 by Swatchie
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