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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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    Amazon Customer Tryon, NC, US 01-22-15
    Amazon Customer Tryon, NC, US 01-22-15 Member Since 2007
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    "Surprisingly good"

    I didn't want it to end. The story was easy to follow. The character development was excellent. I really enjoyed the detailed description of the Marine Corp life.

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    Trent Yucca Valley, CA, United States 01-20-15
    Trent Yucca Valley, CA, United States 01-20-15 Member Since 2007
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    "Send your kids out of the room"

    Yikes! I sat down to listen to a rousing story about life in the core. What I got was a preponderance of profanity and a gratuitous number of sex scenes and references. My five year old walked into the room during the scene when the main character was fervently trying to stare up the dress of the gay pastor's wife. Guess I should have been glad he didn't walk in while he was talking about 14 year old prostitutes or having a prolonged, vivid sexual encounter with said pastor's wife.

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    Enderlame Georgia, USA 12-10-14
    Enderlame Georgia, USA 12-10-14
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    "After all these years"

    I haven't read a Griffin book in years and I've never tried a Griffin audiobook. I'm now hooked. Time to download Book 2 of this great series.

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    M. E. Blackman 08-08-14
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    "I'll be back for more"

    For whatever reason, I thought this was non-fiction/history when I bought it. I probably jumped at an audible daily special without reading the full description. Despite a little initial surprise, I certainly wasn't disappointed. This is great historical fiction in the vein of Michael Shaara (and later, his son Jeff), and I'm glad there are 9 more books in the series to follow.

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    steve 06-20-14
    steve 06-20-14 Member Since 2014
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    "semper fi"
    Would you listen to Semper Fi again? Why?

    dick hill does areat job reading this I plan to buy rest of the series


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    J. Dixon San Diego, CA 06-06-14
    J. Dixon San Diego, CA 06-06-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Almost loved it"
    What did you like best about Semper Fi? What did you like least?

    The story was great, the characters were great, the historical perspective was amazing. The language FAR too vulgar for my taste and ruined it for me.


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    Lewis Weston, CT, United States 05-20-14
    Lewis Weston, CT, United States 05-20-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Just what you want in an Audio Book!"

    Easy listen and filled with detail. Great performance. Plenty of layers to keep your interest.

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    Amy 05-09-14
    Amy 05-09-14
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    "Great book"
    If you could sum up Semper Fi in three words, what would they be?

    great plot, characters


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    it's a sustainable plot that builds on characters throughout the books.


    Any additional comments?

    I want to thank Audible for putting this on sale a few months ago; I am an avid Audible fan and have a long commute. I bought it for fun, figuring I didn't have much to lose - about $4. I have now finished book 5, and am still addicted.

    To the person who reviewed one of the books in the series that this is a male story, I strongly disagree - I have loved every bit of it, and it brings the history to life; and I'm not normally a history buff. Love it!

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    Terry Selma, TX, United States 03-30-14
    Terry Selma, TX, United States 03-30-14 Member Since 2004
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    "Nothing short of outstanding"
    What made the experience of listening to Semper Fi the most enjoyable?

    Character development was excellent and continues throughout the series.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    "Killer McCoy" perhaps because he was the first and possibly the best developed character in the series.


    Have you listened to any of Dick Hill’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have listened to the entire series and enjoyed them immensely.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    No clue


    Any additional comments?

    I will not rate each book, but have read each and give very high marks. Griffin has had my attention since the Brotherhood of War series. If he puts it out, I read/listen to it.

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    Daniel Hickory Creek, TX United States 03-08-14
    Daniel Hickory Creek, TX United States 03-08-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Good Military Fiction"

    If you're a fan of military fiction, and don't mind an elite mind set, W.E.B. Griffin might be your cuppa. This is the first book of the Maine Corps series, and in it we meet most of the protagonists. The antagonists, of course, are the entire Japanese army and navy and air force, as well as any bureaucracy in the US that might not agree with the Marines. But our young heroes and their beautiful (and rich) girlfriends who are willing to go anywhere to follow their warriors and their exploits are very entertaining, and the history is accurate. The story, set against the history, is well told; the heroes are heroic; the women are beautiful, and the action is ... well... not very realistic I suppose if one has ever been on a real battlefield, but close enough to reality to provide some tension.

    Griffin has a style all his own, I think if you like him, you'll like him. I do, for some odd reason, so I do recommend his books, despite their elitist and very conservative flavor. I do feel a responsibility to warn the first time listener about that "flavor" in his writing, but if you can get past it, or if it doesn't bother you, I believe the books to be very well written and very enjoyable.

    The characters, while all officers (at least eventually) with the exception of a couple of Gunnery Sergeants who are, of course, the guys who really run the Marine Corps, are all well developed and believable. One gets caught up in their lives, lived against the turmoil of the times. Again, I like the books, despite the obvious flaws, and I've read everything he's ever written and now I'm listening to them. He is that good a writer.

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