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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 2005
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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 2004

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    David Ford 10-01-12
    David Ford 10-01-12 Member Since 2007
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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 2005

    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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    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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    Andy Weatherford, TX, United States 04-10-14
    Andy Weatherford, TX, United States 04-10-14 Member Since 2007

    I travel for a living in the oil industry. South and west Texas. My passion is cutting horses and the western lifestyle.

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    "Great series"
    Would you listen to Counterattack again? Why?

    This is a wonderful series. Only on 3 book now. Will add more later


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All of them


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Like all the scenes.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Alton Lombard, IL, United States 05-29-12
    Alton Lombard, IL, United States 05-29-12 Member Since 2011

    I really enjoy the books I read and hear!

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    "Story about the Corps!"

    Just a big soap opera based around the Marine Corps of WWII. Wish I never started!

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Steven 08-11-12
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    What disappointed you about Counterattack?

    Lots of character development over hours and hours of reading, but no real story to match the title. Counter attack? 20 minutes of action out of the 15+ what more can I say, Don't waste a momoment. A great disapointment from a good author.


    Has Counterattack turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Genre. I coundn't tell what genre it was. Action, WWII, history, soap opera none really fit the bill.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Narrator did fine with a really boring story line. I think I heard even the narrator yawn a few times while trying to get this story read!


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Counterattack?

    What part does a detailed sex scenes have to do with mounting a counter attack against the Japanese? Maybe all that sex sells other stories but I am not interested in reading about how horny ever soldier (our fathers!) were before going off to war.


    Any additional comments?

    Why can't reviewer actually provide better synopsis of books. I will be more cautious next time I read WEB book!

    0 of 6 people found this review helpful
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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

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