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....
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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.
LAME LAME LAME
This guy has no business narrating military stories. 2000hrs is not 2 thousand! An M1 Garand rifle is pronounced with the second "a" vowel long! Ga-ran-d! Pusan ROK the "a" is short! Seriously!!!!!!!!!!!!
Find a narrator who would at least research his work
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.
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.
I'm going to separate the text of the book from the audio version read by Eric G. Dove. Dove does a great job characterizing the voices of various English speakers. But, as others have pointed out, he clearly knows nothing about the military. But the real knee slapper for me is the way he pronounces non-English words. The German "Gott mit uns" (God with us) comes out at "Goat meat uns". The Japanese "ichi" comes out as "itchy". Hard to concentrate on the story when there are these verbal land mines every few minutes.
I don't know since I haven't read the print version - but I expect the audio would be better since the narration is so terrific.
What? You want me to give a spoiler like this? I will try to be vague and say "The Formal Disciplinary Proceeding Near The End." Lowell proves himself again to be, despite his background, an incredible and loyal friend.
His cadence is brilliant - especially in this book, which is less about battle and more about people. He is lousy at female voices though!
Lowell, of course. The book is almost entirely about him. We learn much more about the character than in The Lieutenants - he is a good and thoughtful man, outward appearances to the contrary.
I don't know why I love these books so much, but I do. They're not especially well-written, they are hardly intellectual, and they use - probably appropriately for the times - the Words You Cannot Speak. (The very frequent use of the n-word, including in places where it wasn't necessary, and the completely unnecessary use of the c-word, are the only reasons I gave this book 4 instead of 5 stars).
What these books are is exciting and a little bit touching. I can't wait to listen to the next one in the series!
The writing is enjoyable, and I really have enjoyed the progress of the story. Eric Dove has been excellent in his performance.
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