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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. Now, the bestselling author of the acclaimed BROTHERHOOD OF WAR saga brings to life the men of the U.S. Marine Corps -- their loves and their loyalties -- as they steeled themselves for battle, and prepared to make t 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. Now, the bestselling author of the acclaimed BROTHERHOOD OF WAR saga brings to life the men of the U.S. Marine Corps -- their loves and their loyalties -- as they steeled themselves for battle, and prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice...


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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. Now, the bestselling author of the acclaimed BROTHERHOOD OF WAR saga brings to life the men of the U.S. Marine Corps -- their loves and their loyalties -- as they steeled themselves for battle, and prepared to make t 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. Now, the bestselling author of the acclaimed BROTHERHOOD OF WAR saga brings to life the men of the U.S. Marine Corps -- their loves and their loyalties -- as they steeled themselves for battle, and prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice...

30 review for Semper Fi

  1. 5 out of 5

    Freda Malone

    Semper Fi is a hard core military thriller that takes you all the way back to 1941 up until the bombing of Pearl Harbor. One man, Kenneth McCoy is the focus of this story as a ‘China Marine’ stationed in Shanghai undercover manning transports throughout the small villages gathering intel. McCoy has made some enemies with high ranking officials but as he is vindicated of several international incidents, he is also moving up in ranks. You’ll meet all sorts of types in this first book in the series Semper Fi is a hard core military thriller that takes you all the way back to 1941 up until the bombing of Pearl Harbor. One man, Kenneth McCoy is the focus of this story as a ‘China Marine’ stationed in Shanghai undercover manning transports throughout the small villages gathering intel. McCoy has made some enemies with high ranking officials but as he is vindicated of several international incidents, he is also moving up in ranks. You’ll meet all sorts of types in this first book in the series and develop a familiarity of these characters as months go by. Hard core historical military fiction that takes you through the progress of ranking up, disciplinary actions, and competition inside the Corps and a tid bit of romance as well. The first in this series is all about the characters, where they come from, why they enlisted, where they end up, and who is a favorite. I LOVE some of these characters! Just the book I was looking for. I don't like how far this author went back; 1941 was over 20 years before I was born but if you watched the film of ‘Pearl Harbor’ you’ll get an idea of the attire, the language, the limited technology and the intelligence they had to work with back then. Oh yes! I will be picking up the next in this series very very soon.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Mike

    Well I was very surprised by this book. The book has received countless four and five star reviews and I thought I would love it. Historical fiction about marines in the lead up to World War II? How could a guy like me not love it? I am so disappointed by this book. I am not one of the people on these sites that finds incredibly popular books and rips them to be contrarian. I usually fall in with the masses. This book is the great exception to that rule. First of all, there is little to no action Well I was very surprised by this book. The book has received countless four and five star reviews and I thought I would love it. Historical fiction about marines in the lead up to World War II? How could a guy like me not love it? I am so disappointed by this book. I am not one of the people on these sites that finds incredibly popular books and rips them to be contrarian. I usually fall in with the masses. This book is the great exception to that rule. First of all, there is little to no action in this book. Toward the very end we get to the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the first actions in Asia, but we don't actually read about any of the events. The main characters are in and around the action, but what they do there is simply hinted at. With that said, I realize that this book was supposed to be more about the life of a marine during this time period. To me, the book never went deep enough into the characters and many of the secondary characters were cookie-cutters. Also, if I take the book as gospel, it turns out that any woman who sees a marine wants to have sex with him immediately. That includes Chinese women, prostitutes, rich women, married women, or anyone else in between. I am not being prudish with this criticism, it just seems to be way over the top. I may read the next in the series because all the glowing reviews can't be wrong. I will hold out hope that things pick up.

  3. 4 out of 5

    RM(Alwaysdaddygirl) Griffin (alwaysdaddyprincess)

    5 stars. 🇺🇸🌺

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kevin

    W.E.B. Griffin's "The Corps" series are not simply books about war. The war is a backdrop for vignette's about ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances. His characters are detailed, living, breathing, flawed creatures... just like you and I. Book 1 "Semper Fi" follows Ken J. 'Killer' McCoy. It is just before America gets involved in WWII and follows through the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the fall of Wake Island (Phillipines). McCoy is a 'China Marine' or a Marine stationed in Shanghai Chi W.E.B. Griffin's "The Corps" series are not simply books about war. The war is a backdrop for vignette's about ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances. His characters are detailed, living, breathing, flawed creatures... just like you and I. Book 1 "Semper Fi" follows Ken J. 'Killer' McCoy. It is just before America gets involved in WWII and follows through the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the fall of Wake Island (Phillipines). McCoy is a 'China Marine' or a Marine stationed in Shanghai China where he becomes involved in the military intelligence community. I really don't want to give anything away as these books are well worth a read. The stories are about the people, not the war. There is combat, but also intrigue, love, friendship, family baggage, the whole array of being human. What I enjoy most about these books is the historical accuracy. Based upon my knowledge of Marine Corps History, I can confidently say the Mr. Griffin's knowledge of all things military is encyclopedic. I highly recommend these books.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Tim

    I found this 30-year-old pre-Pearl Harbour novel to be just an alright listen. Fortunately, Hall of Famer, Dick Hill narrated, bringing his usual A-game. I didn't find the writing to be inspiring. 4 of 10 stars I found this 30-year-old pre-Pearl Harbour novel to be just an alright listen. Fortunately, Hall of Famer, Dick Hill narrated, bringing his usual A-game. I didn't find the writing to be inspiring. 4 of 10 stars

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jim Morris

    And the first shall be last. Amazon presented these books to me in a somewhat haphazard order without the numbers posted in their ads. That's really not the best way to read them, but it was still pretty good. I kind of picked up the books in the middle of the series, read to what I think is the end, though I'd like to find out what happened to Ken McCoy and the rest after the Chinese came into Korea, which is where the, I think, tenth book ended. Then somehow I was led to read the first three i And the first shall be last. Amazon presented these books to me in a somewhat haphazard order without the numbers posted in their ads. That's really not the best way to read them, but it was still pretty good. I kind of picked up the books in the middle of the series, read to what I think is the end, though I'd like to find out what happened to Ken McCoy and the rest after the Chinese came into Korea, which is where the, I think, tenth book ended. Then somehow I was led to read the first three in reverse order. These books are written to be read as standalones or as one extremely long novel. Griffin continued his preoccupation with the rich in the military, which is understandable. He is from a Philadelphia Main Line family, the same social strata as Grace Kelly. I'm not sure if this si true, but I have heard that as a rowdy lad he was given to choice to enlist, near or shortly after the end of WWII, or jail, so, he enlisted. He did well in the army, being the senior enlisted aide to MG, later full General I.D. White, and the youngest master sergeant in the army at 21. In his next assignment he was first sergeant of a tank company in Korea. The man knew his stuff. I am in awe of how he could crank out so much prose of such high quality in a lifetime. Bill Butterworth, under three or four pen names, one of which was WEB Griffin, wrote and published more than 100 novels. They made him a multi-millionaire. I met him on several occasions, knew him fairly well, and considered him a friend. He generously blurbed a number of my books. He was the best writer I ever knew, and I am proud to have known him. No reason why you should care about any of that. The bottom line is, if you have any interest in the military and any interest in fiction, he is your guy.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Mike Windbigler

    I don't know...I had such high hopes for this book and it just didn't live up to expectations. My hope now is this book was just an introduction of several characters that we'll follow throughout WWII(?). It was well written, the characters were developed well. I found McCoy real interesting and hopefully we continue to follow him in the next book...if I read the next book. What I found frustrating is the booked moved through storylines so fast. *SPOILERS* For instance, Pearl Harbor is two pages. I don't know...I had such high hopes for this book and it just didn't live up to expectations. My hope now is this book was just an introduction of several characters that we'll follow throughout WWII(?). It was well written, the characters were developed well. I found McCoy real interesting and hopefully we continue to follow him in the next book...if I read the next book. What I found frustrating is the booked moved through storylines so fast. *SPOILERS* For instance, Pearl Harbor is two pages...maybe... and none of the major characters were even there. McCoy kills two Italian Marines, nearing a court martial and the next thing I know he's on his way to spy on the Japanese. This storyline takes place in six pages, if that. Anyway, if I'm ever without a book I want to read I'll pickup book two.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jeremy Helton

    I like this author and this series looks to be one of his better ones.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Ron

    Griffin is an excellent writer when it comes to Historical Fiction. His books are more character driven than action driven. Sad to say, he does use some profanity, but it doesn't seem to be for shock value like some authors do. These are military men in dangerous situations and occasional bad language comes out their mouths. Like most of his main characters, in the first book the hero bounces from woman to woman until he meets his one true love and becomes a one woman man. The conversations are cr Griffin is an excellent writer when it comes to Historical Fiction. His books are more character driven than action driven. Sad to say, he does use some profanity, but it doesn't seem to be for shock value like some authors do. These are military men in dangerous situations and occasional bad language comes out their mouths. Like most of his main characters, in the first book the hero bounces from woman to woman until he meets his one true love and becomes a one woman man. The conversations are crisp, they move the story along and there is always a bit of humor. The background and secondary characters come across as important and not just to be an ''expendable crew man".

  10. 5 out of 5

    Fredrick Danysh

    Prior to World War II, Marines were stationed in China while the war between China and Japan. After killing an Italian Marine while defending himself, Corporal McCoy winds up spying on the Japanese while serving as a driver on resupply convoys. He falls for a missionaries wife until he is forced to kill Chinese banits and she snubs him, but he impresses an intellegence officer making an inspection tour of China. Sets the stage for the whole Corps series.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Keith Blodgett

    I don't remember when I first read this. One of the other adult leaders in the scouting group I volunteered with passed along Griffin's Brotherhood of War to myself and my father. I picked this up soon after. My dad was a Marine in China during WW2. He was really quiet about his time in the Corps, other than his kids it was his proudest moments. The novel starts with the old Corps, a small, intensely tightly knit force where most officers at least had a good chance of knowing one another. Advance I don't remember when I first read this. One of the other adult leaders in the scouting group I volunteered with passed along Griffin's Brotherhood of War to myself and my father. I picked this up soon after. My dad was a Marine in China during WW2. He was really quiet about his time in the Corps, other than his kids it was his proudest moments. The novel starts with the old Corps, a small, intensely tightly knit force where most officers at least had a good chance of knowing one another. Advancement back then was snail slow. Years to make corporal. We start in China before the breakout of WW2 involved the US. Newly promoted, Corporal Ken McCoy has just signed up for his 2nd hitch with the Corps. After numerous adventures he's rushed out of China in a hurry. Not only to protect him but for a bright young Marine such as himself to take the Platoon Leaders Course and potentially pin a 2nd lieutenant's bar to his uniform. He finds himself an officer courrier, moving sensitive documents around the world in a briefcase, it's December 8th 1941 and he's found himself at Pearl Harbor. Worse he's to go on to the sure to fall Philippines. This series starts out strong. It does borrow some plot devices from Griffin's Army based series. One incredibly rich character befriending a poor as a church mouse character. There's quite a few similarities but enough difference to make the story viable.

  12. 5 out of 5

    David

    Semper Fi tells the story of Jack McCoy, a young man who joined the Marines to escape a rotten home life. Jack is a tough young man, intelligent and resourceful. The story opens in China, during an International occupation near Shanghai. Jack finds himself fading a number of angry Italian soldiers over an incident involving another Marine. During the confrontation, he is forced to kill to protect himself. Up for a trial-- he is bailed out of hot water by a friend who happens to be a local police Semper Fi tells the story of Jack McCoy, a young man who joined the Marines to escape a rotten home life. Jack is a tough young man, intelligent and resourceful. The story opens in China, during an International occupation near Shanghai. Jack finds himself fading a number of angry Italian soldiers over an incident involving another Marine. During the confrontation, he is forced to kill to protect himself. Up for a trial-- he is bailed out of hot water by a friend who happens to be a local police chief who brings several other officers to testify falsely on his behalf. Promoted to corporal, the Corps decides to hide him by putting him in a regular convoy with instructions to spy on the Japanese. He distinguished himself and saves the lives of his commanding officer and an intelligence operative. Sadly, the commanding officer omits information from his report and McCoy is transferred to the United states. After a lengthy debriefing by Marine intelligence, he is recommended for officer training, which he undergoes, becoming a 2nd Lt shortly before Pearl Harbor. Griffin seems to know both the history of the period and the how the military works. However, Griffin seems to categorize military personnel into two distinct camps. Those with integrity and those without. He also presents the "good" officers as constantly bending the rules in order to cut through red tape, something I am certain occurs, but it is a pattern in the several series of books I have read by Griffin. Essentially, these series are all similar. The hero gets in trouble, but some officer intervenes, promotes, and acts as something of a rabbi for him. That's not to suggest that this story isn't interesting. As the hero goes through officer training- the reader watches the dates advance, knowing that the attack on Pearl Harbor is imminent and sees the hero is going to be there. The story ends shortly after the attack, prepping the reader and whetting his appetite for the next installment-- knowing that the hero is going to be in the Marines during World War II. Despite the similarities of the this book with other series by the same author, the distinct setting makes the story interesting. I'll be moving forward with at least one or two more of this series.

  13. 4 out of 5

    David

    My first Griffin read, and I dearly wanted to find his books on at least a four scale, not the 2 to 3 scale where I rate it. This is just a story about a marine, one with a highly unlikely story to boot. There is no complexity to the story, no interwoven stories that mesh toward the end, just a step ladder from one part of the main characters life in the Marine. Now, there's nothing wrong with that, but nothing exceptional either, like the writing, just ordinary. There were a few glaring lapses My first Griffin read, and I dearly wanted to find his books on at least a four scale, not the 2 to 3 scale where I rate it. This is just a story about a marine, one with a highly unlikely story to boot. There is no complexity to the story, no interwoven stories that mesh toward the end, just a step ladder from one part of the main characters life in the Marine. Now, there's nothing wrong with that, but nothing exceptional either, like the writing, just ordinary. There were a few glaring lapses as I saw it, for instance. When marching in review the star does an eye's right and spots his mother and father in the reviewing stands. But when they are dismissed no further mention of them is written, which seemed quite strange as he was at odds with his parents. There were other cases when one event was separated from the next by just leaving it for the reader to fill in the blanks for himself. Opportunities missed by the author. I will continue to read a few more, though I expect they will be the same genre. Reminded me of Jeffrey Archer's Clifton Chronicles.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Diana

    This book book is definitely a product of the times, but I must say that I really loved it. There are moments that had me laughing out loud. Plus, I fell in love with a lot of the characters. Which is really tough since it is a military series, so just like with war in real life, there is no guarantee that everyone will make it through on the other side. My favorite character was definitely McCoy who I definitely want to read more about and hope that he gets a happy ending. In addition, for a mi This book book is definitely a product of the times, but I must say that I really loved it. There are moments that had me laughing out loud. Plus, I fell in love with a lot of the characters. Which is really tough since it is a military series, so just like with war in real life, there is no guarantee that everyone will make it through on the other side. My favorite character was definitely McCoy who I definitely want to read more about and hope that he gets a happy ending. In addition, for a military novel, there is definitely a lot of romance. Some of those moments were adorable, and there were a few heartbreaking moments as well. Overall, its a really good book.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Phil

    Like any other book, for the right person, this book is excellent! I loved it, but keep in mind I have military history and love stories, non-fiction or fiction on the subject of WW II or VN. This book is full-throttle testosterone; macho men, drinking, carousing, fighting, and living only for the moment. But fun to read. Like any other book, for the right person, this book is excellent! I loved it, but keep in mind I have military history and love stories, non-fiction or fiction on the subject of WW II or VN. This book is full-throttle testosterone; macho men, drinking, carousing, fighting, and living only for the moment. But fun to read.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kurt

    I read this on a recommendation from a good friend who is a big fan of WWII history and literature, both fiction and non-fiction. It turned out to be very interesting and entertaining as it followed Marine Ken McCoy through experiences in China and the officer training program during the year 1941, as the U.S. found itself pushed into war with Japan. I enjoyed learning about the inner working of the Marine Corps and events in China just prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor. Overall, I really enjoy I read this on a recommendation from a good friend who is a big fan of WWII history and literature, both fiction and non-fiction. It turned out to be very interesting and entertaining as it followed Marine Ken McCoy through experiences in China and the officer training program during the year 1941, as the U.S. found itself pushed into war with Japan. I enjoyed learning about the inner working of the Marine Corps and events in China just prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor. Overall, I really enjoyed this, but I doubt I will follow it up with the other books in the series.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Matt

    This is the first book by Griffin I have read. A very good writer and storyteller. I’ll be reading more from him very soon. Killer McCoy... I saw Matt Damon as I read this novel.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Michael King

    Semper Fi, the first of W.E.B. Griffin's books in "The Corps" series, follows the exploits of a young Marine in years leading up to World War II. It is not a war story inasmuch as there are few battles fought along the way. It is, though, an quick-moving ridealong with the ascension of our protagonist Kenneth McCoy. W.E.B. Griffin's writing style has never been accused of deep meaning. Here he creates pure entertainment with wry humor, rapid plot development, clever dialogue, and an (at times) mo Semper Fi, the first of W.E.B. Griffin's books in "The Corps" series, follows the exploits of a young Marine in years leading up to World War II. It is not a war story inasmuch as there are few battles fought along the way. It is, though, an quick-moving ridealong with the ascension of our protagonist Kenneth McCoy. W.E.B. Griffin's writing style has never been accused of deep meaning. Here he creates pure entertainment with wry humor, rapid plot development, clever dialogue, and an (at times) moderate dose of 'right place / right time.' We join the fun as McCoy uses his wits and luck to parlay a court-martial into a job spying on the Japanese Army. We set aside our disbelief that a 21 year old from nowhere, PA, can not only speak Japanese and Chinese fluently but that he can end up finding the love of his life while working for the most powerful men in the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The scary part is if the reader sets aside reality for a short moment, that reader is pulled in by the current and all of the above becomes completely believable. Griffin's talent lies within the ability to weave a story, enjoyable, uncomplicated, and mixed with laughter and enough military patois to make the reader feel they are stealing a glimpse at military life in the Marine Corps in 1940 and 1941. Are there one-dimensional characters? Yes. Are there contrived situations helping advance the plot? Of course. Are there moments where you sit back and think, "This kid gets all the breaks" while shaking your head? Uh-huh, there are. But are you entertained? Completely and absolutely yes. You won't need a military background to enjoy the story, though you'll be amused a bit more because you'll identify with the experiences. You shouldn't be looking for a war story, either. "Semper Fi" paints a vivid microcosm, not a broad picture. Is it a perfect story? No, there are gaps and holes in characters and story arcs. It's a fun read that doesn't take itself too seriously. And we're all looking for something enjoyable to read. "Semper Fi" is, if anything, enjoyable to read. Enjoy it.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Whiskey

    Semper Fi by W.E.B. Griffin is the first in the series of books on The Corps. The Preface provides the background to events in China, beginning in the 1900s with the Boxer Rebellion. The problem is settled with the Protocol of 1901 which places troops of the foreign powers in China. This means the U.S. troops are in Shanghai, Peking and other places. Navy gunboats patrol the Yangtze River. By 1941, the lines are drawn for World War II in China. The Japanese take over the Russian interests and ar Semper Fi by W.E.B. Griffin is the first in the series of books on The Corps. The Preface provides the background to events in China, beginning in the 1900s with the Boxer Rebellion. The problem is settled with the Protocol of 1901 which places troops of the foreign powers in China. This means the U.S. troops are in Shanghai, Peking and other places. Navy gunboats patrol the Yangtze River. By 1941, the lines are drawn for World War II in China. The Japanese take over the Russian interests and are determined to expel foreigners from China. As the first in the series, the book takes place before the United States is involved in World War II. It introduces many of the characters that appear in later books in the series. The main characters in Semper Fi is Ken McCoy. He is a China Marine and stationed in Shanghai as the book opens. When he is attacked by four Italian Marines, he kills two of them. Captain Banning is assigned to defend him, but the charges are dropped. They decide to get McCoy out of Shanghai for a while and send him on a convoy to Peking. Banning has Lieutenant John Macklin looking for information on the Japanese and tells McCoy that he is just along for the ride. When the convoy returns to Shanghai, Macklin has found out nothing and has been caught by the Japanese. McCoy has found out a great deal of information about Japanese troop movements by visiting a brothel. When the Italians learn that McCoy is back in Shanghai, they have a Welcome Home, Killer McCoy party. This is how McCoy comes to be nicknamed Killer. Banning is impressed with McCoy and sends him on another convoy assignment on which he is able to take pictures. The Marine brass is impressed with the photos and sends Captain Ed Sessions to learn more information. Sessions poses as a missionary with Reverend and Mrs. Feller. There is an incident during which eighteen coolies are killed. After this, McCoy is sent back to the United States. Macklin is caught falsifying reports, trying to blame McCoy for his and Sessions' being caught by the Japanese. Banning writes a bad efficiency report for Macklin and has him sent back to the States. Macklin causes more problems for McCoy at Quantico and almost causes him to be eliminated from the Platoon Leader's Course, but both McCoy and Pick Pickering graduate and go to other assignments.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Justin Roberts

    This is my review of the whole series, not just for Semper Fi. Just like most books by Griffin, it has almost exactly the same romance theme. It felt as though the main protagonists always seemed to be adored or followed around by virgins, prostitutes, young widows, or cougars. I didn't like the fact that some characters very easily rose through the ranks just because he did some errands for people in high places. One Private got promoted to Sergeant, just by literally, I mean literally, wiping h This is my review of the whole series, not just for Semper Fi. Just like most books by Griffin, it has almost exactly the same romance theme. It felt as though the main protagonists always seemed to be adored or followed around by virgins, prostitutes, young widows, or cougars. I didn't like the fact that some characters very easily rose through the ranks just because he did some errands for people in high places. One Private got promoted to Sergeant, just by literally, I mean literally, wiping his boss's ass! He then became a Lieutenant just after just a single mission in which he gave minimum contribution! Overall though, I think The Corps series is better than the Brotherhood of War series.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jake Kline

    Surprisingly enough, though WEB Griffin is a prolific author, with more than 6 major series and 100 books (under a variety of pseudonyms), The Corps series is the only one I ever really got into. The characters somehow got under my skin and I couldn't help but empathize with them when they got into trouble or were in danger of being killed. This was an excellent book and a great introduction to one of my favorite series of all time. Surprisingly enough, though WEB Griffin is a prolific author, with more than 6 major series and 100 books (under a variety of pseudonyms), The Corps series is the only one I ever really got into. The characters somehow got under my skin and I couldn't help but empathize with them when they got into trouble or were in danger of being killed. This was an excellent book and a great introduction to one of my favorite series of all time.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    So happy to be reading this again for 2013. It's one of my favorite series. Not just for the Marine Corp details, or the rich history, but because I love each of the characters. McCoy, Pick, Ernie...I can't choose a favorite. Book one starts prior to the US entry into WW II with the Marines stationed in China and ends with the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Welcome to World War II, boys. It's going to be a hell of a ride. So happy to be reading this again for 2013. It's one of my favorite series. Not just for the Marine Corp details, or the rich history, but because I love each of the characters. McCoy, Pick, Ernie...I can't choose a favorite. Book one starts prior to the US entry into WW II with the Marines stationed in China and ends with the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Welcome to World War II, boys. It's going to be a hell of a ride.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Bunny Maurer

    I gave this a 4 only because I love Griffin's explanations of the training, weapons, customs of the Marine Corps and I love WWII books. But most of the characters are rich except the main character and they all fall in love a minute after meeting and go to bed in 2 minutes after meeting. This is a series of 5 books and I'm going to read all five but jump over the sophmoric love interests. I gave this a 4 only because I love Griffin's explanations of the training, weapons, customs of the Marine Corps and I love WWII books. But most of the characters are rich except the main character and they all fall in love a minute after meeting and go to bed in 2 minutes after meeting. This is a series of 5 books and I'm going to read all five but jump over the sophmoric love interests.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Michael Flores

    Entertaining and technical read. I say technical, because the amount of detail given to the make and model and rank of every character and gun and vehicle is a bit distracting, although I’m a sucker for things like that. Formulaic and troubled heroes, but likeable as they fight through daunting odds to achieve freedom.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jeannine

    Great author, great story, great writing. W.E.B. Griffin is one of the all time greats in this genre adn fortunately a prolific author without resorting to cookie cutter plots, characters and stories. He moves on to a new type of story once one has run it's course which I really appreciate. His writing and stories stay fresh all the time. I have enjoyed him for years. Great author, great story, great writing. W.E.B. Griffin is one of the all time greats in this genre adn fortunately a prolific author without resorting to cookie cutter plots, characters and stories. He moves on to a new type of story once one has run it's course which I really appreciate. His writing and stories stay fresh all the time. I have enjoyed him for years.

  26. 4 out of 5

    J.W. Thompson

    This was the first book I read by this author. I am a Marine Veteran and found it very entertaining. His writing style hooked me and I have read every book he has published. I read this one many years ago

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jim A

    A re-read for me. I first read this maybe 20-25 years ago. One of W.E.B. Griffin's better series, following members of the Marine Corps during WW II. A re-read for me. I first read this maybe 20-25 years ago. One of W.E.B. Griffin's better series, following members of the Marine Corps during WW II.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Lee Franke

    Best book in the series. Really starts the entire series off on the right foot.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Clem

    I recently finished this author’s 9 book series “The Brotherhood Of War”. Although I enjoyed that series overall, I thought the latter books in that collection left a bit to be desired and that Griffin should have probably quit after six or seven instead of stretching the narrative to nine. Not only did the later works seem forced, but I simply became too tired of the same characters, the repetitive scenarios, and the overwhelming military jargon. Having said that, I wasn’t too sure I wanted to I recently finished this author’s 9 book series “The Brotherhood Of War”. Although I enjoyed that series overall, I thought the latter books in that collection left a bit to be desired and that Griffin should have probably quit after six or seven instead of stretching the narrative to nine. Not only did the later works seem forced, but I simply became too tired of the same characters, the repetitive scenarios, and the overwhelming military jargon. Having said that, I wasn’t too sure I wanted to even tackle this “The Corps” series. I figured that it would probably be more of the same. After reading the first book, I can honestly say that I’m glad I made the decision to start this one, yet it wouldn’t surprise me if I have the same feelings and reservations once I make it to the last few books of THIS series (there are ten total). I liked this book because, unlike most of The Brotherhood of War books, it felt like the author is letting his story breathe a bit more. There isn’t quite so much military terminology, jargon, nor acronyms. I felt like I was reading a good old fashion story by a good old fashion author. This is by no means a “brilliant” book; W.E.B. Griffin should never be confused with a Pulitzer Prize winner nor with an author that would make any type of New York Times Best Seller list. It’s a fairly simple story and the short length allows things to move at a fairly steady pace. It’s very obvious at the conclusion of this book that there’s much more story to tell, but fans of this author have come to expect a “series of books” as opposed to a stand-alone story. What also made this book a bit different compared to The Brotherhood of War series is that Griffin focuses the majority of this book on only one character. Yes, there are a few more scattered throughout the pages, yet only Corporal Kenneth “Killer” McCoy seems to be the focus for at least the first 2/3 of the novel. The story begins in early 1941 where McCoy is stationed in China. China was already fighting the Japanese in World War II, yet the U.S. wouldn’t enter until December of that year when Pearl Harbor was attacked. Still, most in the military inner circle knew that it was a only a matter of when, not if, the U.S. would get involved in the global conflict. Corporal McCoy is one of those characters that we read about in many war novels, as well as see in many war movies. He’s young, arrogant, cocky, and downright insubordinate. Such a rogue would probably find himself court martialed in the military, but McCoy is damn good at what he does, so after several close calls with the top military brass, he’s eventually given a free pass at all of his misdeeds and belligerent antics. He seems to be the only one capable of the difficult, delicate work that he’s asked to do. This kid might even have what it takes to be an officer in the United States Marine Corps. This is definitively an R-rated book. There’s plenty of cursing, drunkenness, debauchery, and loose women around. I actually learned what it means when a solider states that he needs to go out on the town and get his “ashes hauled”. If you don’t know what that means, I’ll just say that it means exactly what you’re probably thinking it means. We also see McCoy get involved seriously with a woman or two throughout the story, and things never seem to go as they should in a W.E.B. Griffin novel where serious romance is concerned. At least they don’t in the first book; I’m sure things will settle down after another book or two. In many ways, though, the similarities between this book and the whole Brotherhood of War series of books do become somewhat apparent. Fortunately, though, there was enough freshness here for me not to feel like I was reading the exact same story all over again with slightly different characters. Hopefully I’ll have the same reaction after completing most, if not all, of the other books in The Corps series as well.

  30. 4 out of 5

    DanielL

    I’ve known about W.E.B. Griffin’s USMC novel series for a long time, but I was leery of buying the series since I thought it might be too similar to a “dime novel” or a “formula story” series, i.e., basically the same storyline told over and over again with minor changes. "Semper Fi" came up on my Amazon Kindle recommendation at $1.99. At that price, I decided to give it a try and I’m glad that I did. “Semper Fi” kept me entranced from page one to the end. When I wasn’t reading the book, I was th I’ve known about W.E.B. Griffin’s USMC novel series for a long time, but I was leery of buying the series since I thought it might be too similar to a “dime novel” or a “formula story” series, i.e., basically the same storyline told over and over again with minor changes. "Semper Fi" came up on my Amazon Kindle recommendation at $1.99. At that price, I decided to give it a try and I’m glad that I did. “Semper Fi” kept me entranced from page one to the end. When I wasn’t reading the book, I was thinking and remembering in vivid detail about what I had just read. Very few books have done this to me. My father served in WW2. I remember looking at some of his military papers and seeing “NMI”. I thought my father was the exception at not having a middle name. After reading “Semper Fi”, not have a middle name wasn’t that unusual during that time period. If you’re interested in military history and WW2, I highly recommend “Semper Fi.” Although the book spans a few years before the attack on Pearl Harbor and a few days after the attack, if you served in the military (not just USMC), you’ll find yourself having empathy with the major characters since some of the same experiences are universal to military service.

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