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)