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Semper Fi: Book One in The Corps Series | [W. E. B. Griffin]

Semper Fi: Book One in The Corps Series

From Shanghai to Wake Island, the Corps was America’s first line of defense as the winds of war exploded into the devastating surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. This is the story of the men of the Marine Corps, their loves and loyalties, an elite fraternity united by courage and honor, as they steel themselves for battle, prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice....
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Publisher's Summary

From Shanghai to Wake Island, the Corps was America’s first line of defense as the winds of war exploded into the devastating surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. This is the story of the men of the Marine Corps, their loves and loyalties, an elite fraternity united by courage and honor, as they steel themselves for battle, prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice....

©1986 W.E.B. Griffin (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“Action-packed...Difficult to put down.” (The Marine Gazette)

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    Eric LYNCHBURG, VA, United States 05-21-13
    Eric LYNCHBURG, VA, United States 05-21-13 Member Since 2011

    I am a small business owner, writer and frequent traveler. Audio books are my constant companions

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    "Just go straight to penthouse forum."

    W.E.B. Griffin would have you believe that nothing ever happened in the history of the Corps without the inclusion of a good humping. This may be his fantasy of the Corps but it demeans and belittles the men and women who have served with distinction. As a Marine in a family of Marines, I wanted this to be good. The first few chapters killed that hope. The glory of the Corps in WWII will never fade away. This book should and has.

    9 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Troy Clopton Glasgow, KY, United States 03-25-13
    Troy Clopton Glasgow, KY, United States 03-25-13 Member Since 2010

    A sinner saved by the grace of God. Married to my best friend, with four Awesome Kiddos. I love Books top of the list the Holy Bible.

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    "Super Marine and trash language."
    What would have made Semper Fi better?

    Super Marine and trash language. If you want to be offended and are just about comic book level of reading this book may be for you. Closest I can describe is Marine Soft Porn. I have nothing against the Military I am proud of our military and their dedication, but this is just the gutter level disgraceful portrayal of our veterans. Negative and depressing.


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

    Nope


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Narrator is the only positive I really like Dick Hill's narration and he's the only reason I decided to try the book.


    What character would you cut from Semper Fi?

    Killer McCoy


    Any additional comments?

    Yeah don't listen with any children around.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Lady Pamela New Mexico 08-28-15
    Lady Pamela New Mexico 08-28-15

    And Buffalo George

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    ""Brotherhood" of Marines?"

    Looks like another great series of books in the mold of the "Brotherhood" US Army books. Our hero is a mustang, commissioned in a strange way; he has a love interest not from his station in life and a good buddy of the same ilk who plays polo. The characters are marvelous, even if they seem to repeat, repeat, repeat. Well read, Dick Hill. And, in the end, the book just ends without fanfare. If I'd not just run out of time on the audio book, it could just continue. Wait! I think it will continue in book 2 :-/

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ray Morrison USA 08-14-15
    Ray Morrison USA 08-14-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Semper Fi"

    Very well written, brought back memories of boot camp and OCS with the marines. Very true to life war scenes also brought back bad memories of the war and the terrible things that happen to us in it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bryan 07-27-15
    Bryan 07-27-15
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    "Not that good"

    Extremely offensive language, and I was in the military. It got in the way of the story. Narrator was whiney and annoying. Will not continue with the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ken Swearingen Brazil, Indiana United States 07-23-15
    Ken Swearingen Brazil, Indiana United States 07-23-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Two thumbs up!"

    Another great story and series! A must read/listen!
    Semper Fi was over and done before I knew I was even close to the end of the first novel in this series

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    Brent 06-30-15
    Brent 06-30-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Awesome story"

    You live though the main character in this book and find yourself wanting the best for him. The reader is a bit hard to get use to and this listener would of preferred someone with more range of voices. The story is definitely worth listening to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Novel Reader Jackson, MS 06-21-15
    Novel Reader Jackson, MS 06-21-15 Member Since 2010

    Mystery and Fantasy Lover

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    "Great story!"

    This is another super WWII series. Charming, lovable characters draw the reader into the drama of war.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sean Pinehurst, NC, United States 06-07-15
    Sean Pinehurst, NC, United States 06-07-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Great book, Great series, horrible narrator."

    I read the first few books as they came out, and gave them to someone to read. Then a few years later bought them again, and re-read them. And bought the others as they were released.

    I love this time in US History, and the stories are great, if maybe a bit repetitive in the re-telling of the prior books.

    Eric G Dove does The Brotherhood of War series, and does a great job. Dick Hill is pretty bad. I am not sure if he has a speech impediment, ESL, or if it is something else. He sounds like a drunken version of Yogi Bear impersonating Colonel Klink from Hogan's Heroes. Every statement is emotional and passionate! He describes a bathroom with unbelievable passion. The description of a hat is an incredible experience. No one in these books has any control of their emotions. That does not seem like the military I know. I love these books and am very disappointed with the narration. I will not buy any more of them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Pat LONG BEACH, CALIFORNIA, United States 05-15-15
    Pat LONG BEACH, CALIFORNIA, United States 05-15-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Great introduction to the Second World War"

    Interesting story about a young man and his going into the Marine Corps. Hope the rest of the series is as good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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