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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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    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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    William Assande 05-15-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Not what I expected"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Not really, this entire series is more of a soap opera set in WWII rather than an action series. There is more implied sex than fighting.


    Has Semper Fi turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Just this author


    Do you think Semper Fi needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    There are more books in the series but I have no interest in wasting my time listening.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't know why these books are rated so high.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    KansaKilla MSP, USA 05-08-15
    KansaKilla MSP, USA 05-08-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Pretty good"

    I really wide web griffins writing. I read his presidential agent series 1st, and I see some parallels in his earlier work, namely this book. Overall, it's really enjoyable. I recommend it to anyone who is a fan of military fiction.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Richard D. Martel Newark, DE United States 04-14-15
    Richard D. Martel Newark, DE United States 04-14-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Not a real historical novel"
    What did you like best about Semper Fi? What did you like least?

    I liked some of the military customs and courtesy descriptions.
    I didn't like the way it read like a harlequin romance.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Leave out most of the sex and sleaziness.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    None were especially memorable.


    Was Semper Fi worth the listening time?

    It was OK but I will not listen to any more in the series


    Any additional comments?

    As a retired military officer I was hoping the novel was more realistic rather than A "Hardy Boys"/Girlsy sex oriented novel. Should change the series title from Semper Fi to "A Marine's WWII Romantic Trysts".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    christoper 03-25-15
    christoper 03-25-15 Member Since 2015
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    "epic fantastic story telling,very real character,
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    fantastic story telling ,realistic characters,an epic read.Griffin does it again very enjoyable through and through.can't wait for more

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Penmaven Laguna Woods, CA 02-27-15
    Penmaven Laguna Woods, CA 02-27-15 Member Since 2013
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    "A tired author!"
    What did you like best about Semper Fi? What did you like least?

    Typical Griffin story. I must admit I am a sucker for a Griffin / Hill audiobook. Irritated by the authors obvious lack of interest in completing the story in the same vein as he started it.


    If you’ve listened to books by W. E. B. Griffin before, how does this one compare?

    Sadly, does not compare favorably with his other books. It starts off nicely and held my attention. However, it seemed as if he was tiring and lost interest in the work. The denouement arrives unexpectedly with lots of loose ends. He even ignores one of the main characters.I am not at all sure that I will read another if this is a trend.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


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    matt 02-25-15
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    "veteran"

    excellent story to much touchy feely. but that's military customs brought to light. hooya. if your a vet of any branch you will be motivated by W.E.B. Griffen's stuff.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 02-24-15
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    "Amazing writing, wrong voice talent"

    Top notch writing from a master story teller. I have had this in paper back for years and practically wore the ink off of the pages; it's great stuff.

    Considering the above, I admit that i had my own character voices pretty well set in my head- that happens a lot when you have more books than all other households items added together

    . I can stretch to other adaptations most of the time, but not here. I just never conceived of a bunch of marines sounding like a pack of particularly nebbishy Brooklynites. sigh...

    Apart from the character dissonance, Mr. Hill is Ok... Good diction, good pacing, consistent voices and well able to handle military jargon and foreign place names smoothly. He had maybe a slight over-pronunciation that clinked against my ear on some occasions, but all in all, a good reader... just not the one for this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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