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The Majors (Brotherhood of War) [Kindle Edition]

W.E.B. Griffin
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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Dien Bien Phu. Saigon. Hanoi. In 1954, they were only exotic names from a French campaign halfway around the world. But now American fighting men--proven on the bloody beaches of Normandy and in the minefields of Korea--are summoned to help beat back the guerilla forces of Ho Chi Minh. To some, the "secret" war in Indochina was the depth of folly. To others, like the Majors, it pointed to the heights of glory...

About the Author

W. E. B. Griffin is also the author of the bestselling Corps, Brotherhood of War, Badge of Honor, Men at War, and Honor Bound series. He has been invested into the orders of St. George of the U.S. Armor Association and St. Andrew of the U.S. Army Aviation Association, and is a life member of the U.S. Special Operations Association; Gaston-Lee Post 5660, Veterans of Foreign Wars; China Post #1 in Exile of the American Legion; and the Police Chiefs Association of Southeast Pennsylvania, South New Jersey, and Delaware. He is an honorary life member of the U.S. Army Otter & Caribou Association, the U.S. Army Special Forces Association, the U.S. Marine Corps Raider Association, and the USMC Combat Correspondents Association.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1058 KB
  • Print Length: 388 pages
  • Publisher: Jove (Nov. 15 1986)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group USA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001AO6F0Y
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #74,549 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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3.0 out of 5 stars Adequate Entry in a Solid Series June 3 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
There are two kinds of book series: Ones that can more or less be read in any order (James Bond comes to mind), and ones that work better when read in order of internal chronology. Griffin's "The Brotherhood of War" is the second kind of series, and it's virtually impossible (and certainly unfair) to review one of its "middle" books *except* as part of the larger series. _The Majors_ doesn't match the standard set in _The Lieutenants_ and _The Captains_, but it's a workmanlike entry that keeps the series moving.
"Brotherhood of War" is, as another reviewer said of a different volume in the series, a "military soap opera." It's concerned, for the most part, not with battles but with the rhythms of Army lives and careers: changes of post, changes of assignment, promotions, decorations, unexpected reunions with old comrades, and so on. The series has, by now, upwards of three dozen significant continuing characters . . . six or eight of whom qualify as major (in significance, not rank). That's a lot of fictional lives to keep straight and a lot of storylines to keep in motion, but Griffin pulls it off with considerable skill. _The Majors_ keeps you abreast of all the main players from the earlier books, and adds several new ones. Its a fast, satisfying read, and left me eager to pick up _The Colonels_.
That said, _The Majors_ is a step down from _The Lieutenants_ and _The Captains_. There're a few gunfights, but no big combat scene like the mountain battle in Greece (Bk. 1) or the commando raid into North Korea (Bk. 2). Craig Lowell and Sandy Felter, whose growth as people and as officers gave the first two books much of their depth, are less compelling in _The Majors_. Felter has become more of a plot device than a person.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Rather dull March 10 2000
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
After reading books I and II of the "Brotherhood of War" series, I came to this one, and it was definitely a dull read. If you're looking for an exciting novel with lots of action, look elsewhere. Other readers may like it for its other virtues, but I found it dull. Also, by the time you get to this book, the limitations of Griffin's writing will become more and more glaring. So if you're a relatively sophisticated reader who likes to dip into adventure/action fiction, you'll really start to be distracted by Griffin's repetition of certain phrases and scenes. For example, if I have to read one more time about how some senior officer returned a salute with "a vague wave of the hand in the general area of his forehead," or words to that effect, I'm going to vomit. I think Griffin must have programmed a macro into his word processor that lets him write this phrase with a push of a single button, since it appears so much in all of his novels.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Take it easy on w.e.b. June 25 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Ever since my wife bought me the fighting agents two weeks ago, I have been on a tear regarding griffin's books. The reason is simple: enjoyable characters. In the Brotherhood series, I am currently reading The Majors. Other than "mouse" who I could care less about, I am facinated by Lowell and what may come of him. I could do without all of the drinking (that's all they seem to do) and Griffin's constant references to previous novels. I'll be the first to agree he is no Clancy. But, his books move smoothly for the most part and develop their characters well. I look forward to the remainder of this series and also to the Corps series which I have yet to read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Military Great March 8 2014
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This is the third in the series and continues the excellent story telling that Griffin is noted for. The characters are first rate and very enjoyable for those who have any appreciation of the military. A good read.
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