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Back to War (Corps Justice series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

C. G. Cooper
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Book Description

Get the first three books of the series for FREE:

A Marine's girlfriend murdered...
A gang on the rise...
A warrior takes the battle to the enemy...

In a bloody gang initiation gone wrong, Former Marine Staff Sergeant Cal Stokes simultaneously loses his fiancé and is thrust into America’s unforgiving criminal underbelly. Never one to back down, the Navy Cross winner is forced to use the skills honed in the Marines along with the assets of his deceased father's company, Stokes Security International (S.S.I.), to track down his enemy and penetrate the ruthless world of criminal violence. He must seek his own brand of justice...
Corps Justice.

Corps Justice Series Order:
1. Back to War
2. Council of Patriots
3. Prime Asset
4. Presidential Shift
5. National Burden
6. Lethal Misconduct
7. Moral Imperative
8. Disavowed

Corps Justice Daniel Briggs Sniper Novels:
1. Adrift

Corps Justice Short Stories:
1. God-Speed
2. Running

Editorial Reviews

From the Author

Back to War was a thrill to write. I had a basic idea of what would happen but it seemed like the farther I got, the more the characters came to life.

Thanks to everyone who contributed to the book including my closest family and friends.

Last but not least, thank you to the Marine Corps for changing my life.

A quick word about this novel's format:
Because of my love for movies and screenplays, I wanted to write
this novel with dialogue separated, just as you would find in a
screenplay. It really makes the characters jump off the page. I
know it's different than what you might be used to, and may
not be for every reader, but once the journey begins, I think
you'll be pleasantly surprised about how it makes you focus on
character interaction.
Enjoy, and let me know what you think!

About the Author

About the author: C. G. Cooper is a former Marine, Navy BRAT and graduate of the University of Virginia. He is the author of The Corps Justice Novels.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1900 KB
  • Print Length: 262 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Cooper & Associates; 1 edition (January 24, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0071FNZD6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,623 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars not great - but entertaining March 16, 2012
By ilbob
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Lots of little errors that a good proofreader would have caught. I always find that annoying.

I am not real fond of the style. It is dialog interspersed with descriptions of what is going on. Kind of like a script as another reviewer mentioned.

I got it for free in the Kindle edition, and it was mildly entertaining if pretty simplistic and with a fair number of technical mistakes.

It has a bit of the Mack Bolan comic book flavor to it. The story line has a lot of potential, but the author did not use that potential as best he could.

The characters are all pretty much one dimensional. In fact, in large respect most of the "good" guys are the same character, maybe the author's idealized marine.

Nothing that happens in this book is believable, and very little is even plausible. If that bothers you, it is probably best to avoid the book. It kind of bothers me a little because it could have been made a lot more plausible with some work, and a more plausible story would have greatly improved the book. And really, it would not have taken a lot.

A lot of the problem I have with these kind of books is that the author has never really sat down and thought out the economics of what it would take to actually make an organization like is described in the book feasible. The technology described is not that far out, but the cost of it makes it unlikely, at least for a private security consulting company.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good one March 7, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
WOW an ex-marine, a fiance and a band of initiation bound idiots.

Liked this book from the first page.

Cal is an ex-marine out for a stroll with his new fiance. A great girl. They run into a band of gangbangers out to initiate their newest recruit. They weren't supposed to kill anyone. Just do a beat down and scare the crap out of Cal and his Girl.

They picked on the wrong dude. Boy did they. Cal killed or maimed all of them including the leader who took off like the coward he was. Cal did it all with his bare hands and his training. He also used their weapons against them.

Unfortunately his fiance was killed by the leader, and Cal took two bullets before he could kill the dirtbag. The leader, Dante West, took off before Cal could put an end to him.

Cal wakes up in the hospital after being kept sedated for a week. He remembers the whole thing and his fiance's death. He is heartbroken

We learn all about Cal Stokes. What makes him tick and the kind of soldier he was. His Father started a company, SSI, which is a security company with missions all over the world. Its also full of secnd chance vets and Spec Op guys.

Cals cousin Travis, a second chance SEAL, is the CEO and pretty much runs things since Cals Fathers death on 9-11. He gets Cal to the compound and brings Cal's caregive, an ex military medic/nurse from the Hospital, with him.

Cal wants revenge almost as bad as West wants Cal dead.

Just a good story from page one to the end. Learn loads about Cal, Travis and some of the other guys that work for SSI

Five stars folks.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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I want to begin by saying. I am glad I'm a member of i Love eBooks ARC. If it hadn't been for them, I would never have found C.G.Cooper or his books. I normally don't read "modern" themed books (unless they'reparanormal) but since I'd joined the ARC I find myself reading all kinds of books I normally wouldn't.
Even as I dislike military and modern novels, I promise my review is non discriminitory, and very honest.
I love the format of this book. I'm a huge fan of screenplays and absolutely enjoyed the movie-esque feel while reading this.
This book starts with violence. It's written so vividly you can see it, you can feel each wound inflicted on the fighters, you can smell the blood. C..G definitely has a way with the written word, so much so you get lost in the world he's created right away.
(I could have done without the image of gauged our eyeballs though lol)
I also liked how the military slang terms (for instance, "Gunny") had the actual names in parenthesis for those of the civilian type.
The story line was well thought out. It's clear C.G.Cooper did his homework when it comes to how the Marine branch of the Military is run. I can see Cal as every bit the calculated weapon he was trained to be. Even while Incapacitated he knew there would be trouble and insisted on being prepared for anything.
The book and more than likely the entire series was written with a military mind. Of that I have no doubt. I honestly believe this book would make a great action movie. One to rival Jason Bourne in it's detail and plot line.
The only gripe with the novel, are the flashback stories they aren't bad, quite the opposite actually. I wish it wasn't so short. Maybe Mr. Cooper will consider lengthening them into little novellas as he did with God-Speed.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars couldn't finish it September 3, 2013
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Writing Back to War like a screenplay was a pretty neat idea, even if it was a little hard to get into at first. I think I would've been able to read the whole thing if the racism wasn't so strong. It kept pulling me out of the story. And the characters were kind of cliche--the heroic white Marine bent on righteous vengeance, the evil black gang leader/pimp/drug pusher, the loyal Hispanic sidekick...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I enjoyed this book. Some errors but not bad at all.
Published 5 hours ago by Malcolm C. Graham
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
This is a good read for the military enthusiast. conversations between character s is wonderful. Has a great flow from action to no action segments.
Published 2 days ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A fabulous read!
Great book! Have to read more of this author.
Published 2 days ago by George Liner
5.0 out of 5 stars I like the story lines
I picked up reading about a year ago and have read books by several different authors. C.G. Cooper has been shining star for me. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Loren Miller
3.0 out of 5 stars Not horrible, but not all that good either.
I dunno. I had some hopes for this series, but I'm not impressed thus far. I didn't find too many twists and turns in the plot, and the ones I did read were a bit too far fetched... Read more
Published 4 days ago by R. Corso
1.0 out of 5 stars Don, t plan on an all nite read,
Don,t plan on an all nite read, you will be dissapointed
Published 6 days ago by markymark
4.0 out of 5 stars predictable story line but a good read
Just an easy good read
Published 7 days ago by Nadeem Seirafi
2.0 out of 5 stars Like something borrowed
Not well written. Some good action, but the story is far from original. Like something borrowed from other authors in thus genre
Published 8 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Liked it
A fun, quick reading book.
Published 8 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars I have discovered a new favorite author. Moves quickly
I have discovered a new favorite author. Moves quickly, read it in one night. That did not include a lot of sleep.
Published 8 days ago by nat
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More About the Author

C. G. Cooper is author of the Corps Justice novels and The Chronicles of Benjamin Dragon. You can find him at or

Find out how to get a FREE copy of any of C. G. Cooper's books at

Corps Justice Series Order:

1. Back to War (FREE)
2. Council of Patriots (FREE)
3. Prime Asset (FREE)
4. Presidential Shift
5. National Burden
6. Lethal Misconduct
7. Moral Imperative
8. Disavowed
9. Chain of Command
10. Papal Justice (Coming Spring 2015)
11. Patriot Down (Coming 2015)

Corps Justice Side Series:

1. Adrift

Corps Justice Short Stories:

1. God-Speed
2. Running

The Chronicles of Benjamin Dragon
1. Benjamin Dragon - Awakening
2. Benjamin Dragon - Legacy (Coming Spring 2015)

Questions with the author:

Q: How do you come with the ideas for your novels?
A: Two ways: 1) My readers, and 2) current events. My readers want to know how Cal and the gang would handle real world situations. Based on research, reader input and my style, a story is born.

Q: Is there a theme you try to weave throughout the Corps Justice series?
A: I'd say there are a couple things. 1) take care of your comrades, 2) believe in something bigger than yourself, and 3) Semper Fidelis


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