For whatever reason, I thought this was non-fiction/history when I bought it. I probably jumped at an audible daily special without reading the full description. Despite a little initial surprise, I certainly wasn't disappointed. This is great historical fiction in the vein of Michael Shaara (and later, his son Jeff), and I'm glad there are 9 more books in the series to follow.
The story was great, the characters were great, the historical perspective was amazing. The language FAR too vulgar for my taste and ruined it for me.
Easy listen and filled with detail. Great performance. Plenty of layers to keep your interest.
great plot, characters
it's a sustainable plot that builds on characters throughout the books.
I want to thank Audible for putting this on sale a few months ago; I am an avid Audible fan and have a long commute. I bought it for fun, figuring I didn't have much to lose - about $4. I have now finished book 5, and am still addicted.
To the person who reviewed one of the books in the series that this is a male story, I strongly disagree - I have loved every bit of it, and it brings the history to life; and I'm not normally a history buff. Love it!
Character development was excellent and continues throughout the series.
"Killer McCoy" perhaps because he was the first and possibly the best developed character in the series.
I have listened to the entire series and enjoyed them immensely.
I will not rate each book, but have read each and give very high marks. Griffin has had my attention since the Brotherhood of War series. If he puts it out, I read/listen to it.
If you're a fan of military fiction, and don't mind an elite mind set, W.E.B. Griffin might be your cuppa. This is the first book of the Maine Corps series, and in it we meet most of the protagonists. The antagonists, of course, are the entire Japanese army and navy and air force, as well as any bureaucracy in the US that might not agree with the Marines. But our young heroes and their beautiful (and rich) girlfriends who are willing to go anywhere to follow their warriors and their exploits are very entertaining, and the history is accurate. The story, set against the history, is well told; the heroes are heroic; the women are beautiful, and the action is ... well... not very realistic I suppose if one has ever been on a real battlefield, but close enough to reality to provide some tension.
Griffin has a style all his own, I think if you like him, you'll like him. I do, for some odd reason, so I do recommend his books, despite their elitist and very conservative flavor. I do feel a responsibility to warn the first time listener about that "flavor" in his writing, but if you can get past it, or if it doesn't bother you, I believe the books to be very well written and very enjoyable.
The characters, while all officers (at least eventually) with the exception of a couple of Gunnery Sergeants who are, of course, the guys who really run the Marine Corps, are all well developed and believable. One gets caught up in their lives, lived against the turmoil of the times. Again, I like the books, despite the obvious flaws, and I've read everything he's ever written and now I'm listening to them. He is that good a writer.
Someone who is looking for a cheap novel type of book. The entire first volume seems focused on the sex between the corporal and the missionary's wife.
No, his performance was mediocre. The voice of the Marine Corporal sounds like a whiny child, and it was not different enough from the wife of the missionary.
Most of them.
From the description, we expected an uplifting and informative book. That is not the case. We are two thirds of the way through the first volume, and have learned hardly anything about the Marine Corps history, values or accomplishments.
I was sorry when it ended and will definitely be getting the next in the series. Definitely sounds like something a military guy would write. This is my first military book- I decided to take a chance and was very pleased. One reviewer had said something about his hatred of religion (?) I didn't see anything like that. Only a pious zealot would be offended. Ridiculous. The rough language is pretty typical of a war vet spinning a good yarn. I think it's great. The narration was good as well.
I really wanted to like this book. Having been in the military and having read all the glowing reviews, I was looking forward to a great read. There are great characters in the book and great action and the writing is good, but he so often expresses such a virulent hatred for anyone that has religious beliefs and he gets on his stump about it way too much. Bigotry in any form is ugly and at times the author's ugliness made me want to puke.
Versatile. Interesting. Skilled
The author's barely disguised hatred makes me sad.