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Counterattack: The Corps Series, Book 3 | [W. E. B. Griffin]

Counterattack: The Corps Series, Book 3

"From the devastating surprise attack on Pearl Harbor to America’s first bold counterstrike against the Japanese on the beaches of Guadalcanal, this compelling story takes you to the front lines of victory and defeat - and into the very heart of courage, loyalty, and valor. It is a heroic story of pride and passion you will never forget.... Griffin’s books are distinguished by their high action and suspense, his dashing irreverence toward high command, and his clear picture of war and its wartime leaders.” (The Florida Times-Union)
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Publisher's Summary

"From the devastating surprise attack on Pearl Harbor to America’s first bold counterstrike against the Japanese on the beaches of Guadalcanal, this compelling story takes you to the front lines of victory and defeat - and into the very heart of courage, loyalty, and valor. It is a heroic story of pride and passion you will never forget.... Griffin’s books are distinguished by their high action and suspense, his dashing irreverence toward high command, and his clear picture of war and its wartime leaders.” (The Florida Times-Union)

©1990 W. E. B. Griffin (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    James orland park, IL, United States 06-08-12
    James orland park, IL, United States 06-08-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Don't be misled"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Written about a time of war and bloodshed, Counterattack, is more of a character study than a shootem' up. (and OH what great characters!!) Yes the "Tommie guns do blaze away" but the story of the men and women who fought is the real strength of this book. W.E.B. catches both the tone and courage of people who fought a very real war. One last point is what a wonderful job an author can do when his historical research is spot on.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jack n.m.i. strecker.


    Which character – as performed by Dick Hill – was your favorite?

    The soon to be Sergent, Steven Koffler.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Lt. Joe Howard facing down his fear.


    Any additional comments?

    PLEASE keep this series going.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Aser Tolentino Vacaville, California USA 05-06-12
    Aser Tolentino Vacaville, California USA 05-06-12 Member Since 2014

    I am a blind lawyer and aspiring writer, trying to read a little bit of everything but partial to sci-fi and military fiction.

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    "Ever Heard of "Flying Sergeants?""

    Mr. Griffin seems to follow a simple philosophy, "If people liked the last one, just give them more." And by and large, this is just fine. As the war goes on, the perspective switches somewhat, though the focus remains on marine aviation and intelligence. Interesting detours include a look into the corps's efforts to field its own paratroops, and a glimpse at the importance placed on public relations. Long running conflicts that will play a part in most of the other books make their entrance here, including the squabbles between MacArthur and his "palace guard," with the navy and Washington, and the importance of small unconventional operations like the coastwatchers. The tone remains generally light with a definite respect for those who put their lives on the line and no mercy for those who put themselves first.

    Dick Hill maintains the level of quality heard in previous installments. I have always associated him with this series, and still believe he is very well suited to its tone. There is nothing to prevent you from enjoying this download if you are a fan of Griffin, and as I will continue to point out; Audible's pricing of these old favorites is tremendously appreciated.

    As for the Flying Sergeants, marine enlisted men who were permitted to become naval aviators, they're just one of the little remembered groups of heroes Griffin's story touches upon in passing that really helps bring what you might consider thoroughly covered history alive.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    David Ford 10-01-12
    David Ford 10-01-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Griffin is a master storyteller"
    If you could sum up Counterattack in three words, what would they be?

    Accurate historical portrayal


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Counterattack?

    The whole book


    Which character – as performed by Dick Hill – was your favorite?

    Fleming Pickering


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Men going to war knowing that they might not return.


    Any additional comments?

    Hurry up and get the rest of the series recorded

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kay L. Brown 08-25-12 Member Since 2015

    KLB

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    "Great series"

    Just as with the Brotherhood of War Series I can't wait until the rest are available.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Edward PEORIA, AZ, United States 06-26-15
    Edward PEORIA, AZ, United States 06-26-15

    Contract Software Test Engineer working in the western U.S. on short term contracts.

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    "Another great tale in "The Coros" saga"

    Loved the book. Best part was the story of Bloody Ridge! It's a wonderful tale, and a must read for anyone interested in 20th Century U.S. history!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Glen OLYMPIA, WA, United States 05-30-15
    Glen OLYMPIA, WA, United States 05-30-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Dick Hill has many voices."
    What made the experience of listening to Counterattack the most enjoyable?

    The story


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    McCoy. He is the lead character. But, all the characters created by Griffin feel real and come alive with the many, varied voices of Dick Hill


    Which character – as performed by Dick Hill – was your favorite?

    All of them!!!


    If you could take any character from Counterattack out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Come on, I'm married.


    Any additional comments?

    GREAT SERIES!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Mandl Augusta, Georgia, US 04-22-15
    Charles Mandl Augusta, Georgia, US 04-22-15
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    "GREAT read!"

    Griffin is authentic. as,a military retiree, his prose puts me right back in the middle of my own brotherhood of arms.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    William 02-26-15
    William 02-26-15
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    "Book 3 continues to intrigue the listener"

    Look forward to book four and completing the series.
    Great story and character development, love the maverick characters Thank you

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    JC Decatur, GA, United States 01-15-15
    JC Decatur, GA, United States 01-15-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Very fun story Semper Fi"

    I love the corps series. Although this story had very little action, it was filled with lots of bravado "
    marineisms" and somewhat accurate history. Either way I believe that dick Hill's performance made it much easier to listen to. He is an amazing performer and is able to do lots of different voices which assist with keeping track of who is who. The previous two books had more action however this one is really setting up the fourth book very well. If you like the previous two books I believe you will enjoy this one as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    William Seabrook, Texas, United States 10-05-14
    William Seabrook, Texas, United States 10-05-14 Member Since 2013
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    "repetitive"
    Would you try another book from W. E. B. Griffin and/or Dick Hill?

    possibly


    Would you ever listen to anything by W. E. B. Griffin again?

    possibly


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    not too many mispronunciations. Some acronyms should be spoken not spelled - or explained several times like CINCPAC.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    not really. It seems like it the chapters were written independantly and then selected and put together in a book. There are examples of where we're told how Killer McCoy got his nickname in back to back chapters. Things are out of order too. I thought maybe I skipped a book because we went back to Midway. Maybe this was in the next book...I returned that one and gave up on this series


    Any additional comments?

    The Officers is WAY better. Listen to that one instead. Hate to give a bad review - but just couldn't enjoy this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Stephen
    4/24/15
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    "Another great book"

    This is a worthy addition to Griffin's masterful series on the USMC. Loved this and the rest of the series. I will say however, the voice actor throughout the series (not just this book) makes an absolute mess of the Australian accent and mispronounces Australian place names. His idea of an Aussie accent sounds like a drunk Irishman crossed with a Kiwi. I don't think Griffin really captured the Australian 'character' either.
    But these are relatively minor complaints and are even kind of funny. It certainly didn't detract from my overall enjoyment of the book and I recommend it to anyone interested in a fictional account of WWII mixed with actual events.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • R G Briggs
    6/19/12
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    "Looking forward to the rest of the series"

    I like the political background to the history of the defence of Australia in WW2. The mavericks wining in spite of the establishment always makes for a ripping yarn. I hope that Audible will release books 4-9 in the series now that book 10 is available

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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