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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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    Rosemarie jersey village, TX, USA 03-03-14
    Rosemarie jersey village, TX, USA 03-03-14 Member Since 2006
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    "Disappointing - not equal to the description"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who is looking for a cheap novel type of book. The entire first volume seems focused on the sex between the corporal and the missionary's wife.


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

    Maybe


    Did Dick Hill do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    No, his performance was mediocre. The voice of the Marine Corporal sounds like a whiny child, and it was not different enough from the wife of the missionary.


    What character would you cut from Semper Fi?

    Most of them.


    Any additional comments?

    From the description, we expected an uplifting and informative book. That is not the case. We are two thirds of the way through the first volume, and have learned hardly anything about the Marine Corps history, values or accomplishments.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    bracken mocksville, nc, United States 02-23-14
    bracken mocksville, nc, United States 02-23-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Good listen."

    I was sorry when it ended and will definitely be getting the next in the series. Definitely sounds like something a military guy would write. This is my first military book- I decided to take a chance and was very pleased. One reviewer had said something about his hatred of religion (?) I didn't see anything like that. Only a pious zealot would be offended. Ridiculous. The rough language is pretty typical of a war vet spinning a good yarn. I think it's great. The narration was good as well.

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    Mike AMARILLO, TEXAS, United States 05-04-13
    Mike AMARILLO, TEXAS, United States 05-04-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Sorry, but I was very disappointed!!"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I have read this series and listened to it in the distant past. I have also read and listened to the Brotherhood of War series in the distant past. I just completed listening to the Brotherhood of War again. Coming back to these stories is like going back home after many years to see old friends. They are "comfortable" stories for me. If you are looking for the big picture with regard to politics and history, these are not it. But W.E.B. Griffin does a stellar job describing all the little details like weapons, equipment, gear, and nomenclature. And how all of these things play into a soldier's everyday life. He also develops characters very well. I think that most men that have been around the military have met someone that makes you think of one of Griffin's characters.


    What didn’t you like about Dick Hill’s performance?

    After reading all of the other reviews, I realize that I stand alone in my opinion. And I mean absolutely NO disrespect to Mr. Hill. But I think that the producers did a very poor job of choosing Mr. Hill for this particular series. I think he is perfect for many other novels, but not these. I have been around many Marines, but none that sound the way he does. A man with a soft spoken, almost effeminate, New Joisy accent is "Killer" McCoy?? Really?? I know that McCoy came from New Jersey, but not everyone from there speaks that way. He joined the Marines out of high school at about 17. Most young men at that age take on the speech characteristics of those around them. Also, I am spoiled. The last time I listened to The Corps, one of the books was read by Gerald McRaney (I think - I have been unable to locate that anywhere). At the time, I remember thinking - this narrator sounds like a Marine. It made it much more enjoyable for me. Sorry if I've offended anyone, especially Mr. Hill, because I have really enjoyed some of the other narrations that he has done. I just didn't think this was a good fit for him, and that's not his fault.


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

    Absolutely!


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    E. Chapple Australia 04-01-13
    E. Chapple Australia 04-01-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Grew on me"

    The number of positive reviews this book received, and the fact that it's read by Dick Hill, convinced me to select this one despite having little interest in novels about war.

    This book is as much about the characters as the war. The story moves along nicely but when the book ended it was my interest in some of the characters that made me want to buy the next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Alex Forest city, NC, United States 02-20-13
    Alex Forest city, NC, United States 02-20-13 Member Since 2011

    A chef who loves both thrillers with a military twist and military history

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    "Great characters and story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Semper Fi to be better than the print version?

    Yes


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Semper Fi?

    I really liked the depiction of "killer" McCoy and his run in with the Chinese bandits


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great series and I love Dick Hill as a narrator

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Shawn Fredericton, NB, Canada 12-22-12
    Shawn Fredericton, NB, Canada 12-22-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Worth the read."
    What did you love best about Semper Fi?

    Surprised. It's interesting, funny, serious with great characters. I highly recommend it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Semper Fi?

    The end. It leaves you wanting more and there is.


    What does Dick Hill bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Good narrator.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The whole thing is moving and very understandable for people my age, man or woman.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Pedro Oliveira Jr. Sao Paulo, SP Brazil 10-29-12
    Pedro Oliveira Jr. Sao Paulo, SP Brazil 10-29-12

    Pedro Paulo

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    "A nice book but not complete in itself"
    If you could sum up Semper Fi in three words, what would they be?

    Nice but incomplete


    Would you be willing to try another book from W. E. B. Griffin? Why or why not?

    yes, I guess so, since without reading the other books of the series you get an unfinished history.


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

    He's a very good narrator


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No. But the Pearl Harbor and Philippines parts are very interesting


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Edward Centerville, MN United States 09-10-12
    Edward Centerville, MN United States 09-10-12
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    "The Beginning of many great friendships"
    What did you love best about Semper Fi?

    It starts the story of many acquaintances in The Corps series of books. I feel I know the people in the books better now. They end up being great friends in later books.


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

    It is a great series of intertwined vingettes that keep you listening.. I listened to Part 1 one on one day, and Part 2 the next. It was hard to stop listening at lunch.


    What does Dick Hill bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Dick Hill's narration brings each character to life by 'different voices' for the different characters. In the beginning, it sounds kind of hokey, but soon seems as if you are hearing the characters speaking - and it helps keep them apart in your mind.


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

    A story about a group of hard-bitten Marines thrown together just before Pearl Harbor. This mish-mash of acquaintances go on to form a strong bond in Marine Aviation and help to win WW II.


    Any additional comments?

    I had to choose between Tom Clancy's new book, read by Lou Diamond Philips or Semper Fi. I chose Semper Fi because Clancy's book got poor reviews due to political content.
    I think I made the right choice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer MILTON, NY, United States 09-07-12
    Amazon Customer MILTON, NY, United States 09-07-12 Member Since 2003
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    "The story worth hearing"
    Would you listen to Semper Fi again? Why?

    Would i listen again? Most likely. i have listened to the first three books and am waiting for books four through six.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Semper Fi?

    The characters are real. I say that not as a historiacal statment - but in htat they are human and you can relate to them. The are a good slice of the greatest generation. Yes, they have their worts and scares, but they are people trying to deal with exceptional problems. Even the least likable you can understand the reason for their behavior once you accept the flaws that they have.


    What about Dick Hill’s performance did you like?

    I enjoy his reading thought his "New Yourk / Philly tough" voie often makes the characters sound half bagged, it works with the story


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I did listen to it in one sitting (or actually a long car trip)


    Any additional comments?

    The stories do stand alone, but the understanding of the characters really does need you to read all the stories. The author tends to rotate who is in the focus and at times assumes you know what is driving the other charaters because is was focused on in another of the books in this series (I am doing this review on the first book, but looking at it from the first three books)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Roger DALLAS, TX, United States 07-11-12
    Roger DALLAS, TX, United States 07-11-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Great Series"
    Would you listen to Semper Fi again? Why?

    I have read the book and really enjoyed the series and it was nice to get to listen to it this time. It is a really captivating book and a great series. I am sure that I will return to this book again in the future. It was easy to listen to and was well done.


    What did you like best about this story?

    That is a series and this sets the stage for a lot of what will follow.


    What about Dick Hill’s performance did you like?

    He does a good job bringing the characters to life.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish the whole series was available. I love listening to the stories when I go on a walk. Makes the time go fast and make me want to walk more so I can continue to listen to the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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