"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.
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.
Jack n.m.i. strecker.
The soon to be Sergent, Steven Koffler.
Lt. Joe Howard facing down his fear.
PLEASE keep this series going.
I am a blind lawyer and aspiring writer, trying to read a little bit of everything but partial to sci-fi and military fiction.
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.
Accurate historical portrayal
The whole book
Men going to war knowing that they might not return.
Hurry up and get the rest of the series recorded
Books I and II were excellent. This entry in the series bored me to tears. It felt to me like the entire book was a long, detailed setup for action at some point in the rest of the series. If Book IV is like this, I'll go read something else.
I listen to a variety of audio books constantly in car and gym. My reviews remind me what I’ve read & are hopefully helpful to you as well.
I bought three and read two in the series before I realized it's just a war-themed soap opera. It was interesting enough to have me buy up through the third in the series, but I'm done. I liked the narration/voices except when he tried to do women. Speaking of which, the 'hero' is always trying to do women. That got a bit old. Overall, I only recommend this series if you like soap operas.
And Buffalo George
I enjoy this series and Counterattack (#3 of 10) is excellent, also. Griffin weaves the fictional characters into real world events, fiction interacting with reality. The (boring)battle scenes are minimized, but well told. Most of the story is told through the eyes of CAPT Fleming Pickering, former CEO of a successful shipping line, who is SECNAV's liaison to McArthur. Through Pickering's reports, we learn about big picture concerns, including Army-Navy infighting that made our military less effective. Love interests? There are several and they pervade the book and the series. Much of this story is dedicated to development of the USMC coast watchers and parachute Marines, two special capabilities that contributed to the war, but weren't USMC core capabilities. Fun read, where's #4?
"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.
"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
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