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 have read this series and listened to it in the distant past. I have also read and listened to the Brotherhood of War series in the distant past. I just completed listening to the Brotherhood of War again. Coming back to these stories is like going back home after many years to see old friends. They are "comfortable" stories for me. If you are looking for the big picture with regard to politics and history, these are not it. But W.E.B. Griffin does a stellar job describing all the little details like weapons, equipment, gear, and nomenclature. And how all of these things play into a soldier's everyday life. He also develops characters very well. I think that most men that have been around the military have met someone that makes you think of one of Griffin's characters.
After reading all of the other reviews, I realize that I stand alone in my opinion. And I mean absolutely NO disrespect to Mr. Hill. But I think that the producers did a very poor job of choosing Mr. Hill for this particular series. I think he is perfect for many other novels, but not these. I have been around many Marines, but none that sound the way he does. A man with a soft spoken, almost effeminate, New Joisy accent is "Killer" McCoy?? Really?? I know that McCoy came from New Jersey, but not everyone from there speaks that way. He joined the Marines out of high school at about 17. Most young men at that age take on the speech characteristics of those around them. Also, I am spoiled. The last time I listened to The Corps, one of the books was read by Gerald McRaney (I think - I have been unable to locate that anywhere). At the time, I remember thinking - this narrator sounds like a Marine. It made it much more enjoyable for me. Sorry if I've offended anyone, especially Mr. Hill, because I have really enjoyed some of the other narrations that he has done. I just didn't think this was a good fit for him, and that's not his fault.
The number of positive reviews this book received, and the fact that it's read by Dick Hill, convinced me to select this one despite having little interest in novels about war.
This book is as much about the characters as the war. The story moves along nicely but when the book ended it was my interest in some of the characters that made me want to buy the next book.
A chef who loves both thrillers with a military twist and military history
I really liked the depiction of "killer" McCoy and his run in with the Chinese bandits
This is a great series and I love Dick Hill as a narrator
Surprised. It's interesting, funny, serious with great characters. I highly recommend it.
The end. It leaves you wanting more and there is.
The whole thing is moving and very understandable for people my age, man or woman.
Nice but incomplete
yes, I guess so, since without reading the other books of the series you get an unfinished history.
He's a very good narrator
No. But the Pearl Harbor and Philippines parts are very interesting
It starts the story of many acquaintances in The Corps series of books. I feel I know the people in the books better now. They end up being great friends in later books.
It is a great series of intertwined vingettes that keep you listening.. I listened to Part 1 one on one day, and Part 2 the next. It was hard to stop listening at lunch.
Dick Hill's narration brings each character to life by 'different voices' for the different characters. In the beginning, it sounds kind of hokey, but soon seems as if you are hearing the characters speaking - and it helps keep them apart in your mind.
A story about a group of hard-bitten Marines thrown together just before Pearl Harbor. This mish-mash of acquaintances go on to form a strong bond in Marine Aviation and help to win WW II.
I had to choose between Tom Clancy's new book, read by Lou Diamond Philips or Semper Fi. I chose Semper Fi because Clancy's book got poor reviews due to political content.
I think I made the right choice.