It was more than an incident: It was a deadly assault across the 38th parallel. It was the Korean War. In the fear and the frenzy of battle, those who had served with heroism before were called again by America to man the trenches and sandbag bunkers. From Pusan to the Yalu, they drove forward with commands too new and tanks too old, brothers in war, bonded together in battle as they had never been in peace....
©2009 W.E.B. Griffin (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
I had not expected to write this review. I had already reviewed the first book in this series, The Lieutenants, and the rest of the volumes in the series, in print at least, were every bit as great as that volume when I first read them. There seemed to be nothing I could add about this volume that would contribute anything new.
The characters are vivid and interesting, their life stories seem both real and representative of people I knew when I served in the military and the environment they live and work in feels real enough to me to almost touch. I am alternating one book of this series with one other book although is hard to force myself not to read through all 9 volumes in a row. So why did I write this review?
I realized, after completing my review of The Lieutenants, that I had not made clear that these books are not books about war. They are stories about the lives of a group of soldiers from their entry into the US Army through the remainder of their careers. While there are incidents where people are shot and where other violence occurs, the books are not primarily about that violence but rather about their individual lives as they progress through their careers and about the special relationships that exist between soldiers who may, at any time, have to go into hazardous duty and their wives and fellow soldiers and it is the story of the military environment in which they live and work.
There is no gratuitous violence in any of the books and I felt it was important to point that out to those who may not have yet had the pleasure of reading a book of the series. This review is probably a little late to mention it since most people who are thinking about buying The Captains have probably already read The Lieutenants, but I did want to make this point.
I like it. I can't wait till Audible has the rest of the books in this series available. I just love this type of series.
This entire series from The Lieutenants to The Generals is excellent, as are the books. The Captains is my favorite. You will feel you personally know the main characters by the time you are finished.
Great all round story. Good military research to provide the background the story takes place in.
The deal of the day is awesome! Sci-Fi, Fantasy, historical fiction, mystery, thrillers with sarcasm are my favorites.
This series definitely concentrates on different aspects of the war and peace time story delving more into the non-battle scenes and more of what makes an officer & a gentleman.
I enjoy books that take a group of fictional characters and plop them down somewhere in history and this series does not disappoint.
While it is still not my favorite Griffin series, it is still much better than the most reads out there, hence the 5 stars. On a a purely Griffin scale I would give it 3.5-4 stars.
The Brotherhood of War series superbly captures the times, people, and military of from the tail end of WWII through the Vietnam War.
American patriot, veteran, historical researcher and writer.
The second in the Brotherhood of War series that picks up on our favorite characters and moves them along in our hearts and mind. I am addicted to this W.E.B Griffin series, and I can only express satisfaction with this listening experience. The narration by Eric G. Dove continues to be superb in the delivery of character voices. If you like military stories, such as the Band of Brothers, etc, then you will enjoy these books.
Get these in order. Awesome story and action. What a series! This series will be a hit with all genres. I highly recomend this series to all. This is the first time I have downloaded an entire series after hearing the first two books. Worth twice the price.
Retired real estate broker. 66 years old married for 44 years to my high school sweetheart. 2 children and 2 grandchildren. I love to read but because of medical issues I had to turn to audio books and I love them.
The Pusan break out
Griffins early work and some of his best. Well worth the listen,
The history of the characters that was started in The Lieutenants.
Semper Fi and Call To Arms. These books are very much like The Lieutenants and The Captains in style, but the stories are different. All 4 of these books are all 5 star reads. The are similar in that they tell their stories through the experiences of the principal characters. You're right in the action with these guys.
General Black chewing out the Captain of the hospital ship. Black, you find, really takes chewing out officers to the level of art. He really knows how to be a general.
To really enjoy this book, you'll want to get The Lieutenants first. I just noticed that The Majors joined Audible and will be downloading that one next.If you liked Semper Fi and Call To Arms, you love this series.
He falters a bit at Army lingo, but overall I like his style.
I figured out that reading a series one book after another doesn't work with Griffin's method of writing. I read the entire Presidential series that way and got thoroughly irritated with the re-hashing of the previous books. By allowing a month or so to elapse between books I enjoyed this second in the series much more. I look forward to "The Majors".
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