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Product Details

  • Series: The Corps Series (Book 3)
  • MP3 CD
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio; MP3 Una edition (May 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1455850861
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455850860
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,418,040 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

"Volume III of The Corps series covers the period from Pearl Harbor to Guadalcanal in an unorthodox fashion," reported PW. "Instead of offering the usual tales of Marine heroism and sacrifice, Griffin explores the difficult adjustment of enlisted men suddenly given officers' commissions; the raising of a Marine parachute battalion; the impact of total war on peacetime routines."
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More About the Author

W.E.B. Griffin is the author of more than thirty epic novels in five series, all of which have been listed on The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Publishers Weekly and other best-seller lists. More than forty million of his books are in print in more than ten languages, including Hebrew, Chinese, Japanese, and Hungarian. Mr. Griffin grew up in the suburbs of New York City and Philadelphia. He enlisted in the United States Army in 1946. After basic training, he received counter-intelligence training at Fort Holabird, Maryland. He was assigned to the Army of Occupation in Germany, and ultimately to the staff of then-Major General I.D. White, commander of the U.S. Constabulary. In 1951, Mr. Griffin was recalled to active duty for the Korean War, interrupting his education at Phillips University, Marburg an der Lahn, Germany. In Korea he earned the Combat Infantry Badge as a combat correspondent and later served as acting X Corps (Group) information officer under Lieutenant General White. On his release from active duty in 1953, Mr. Griffin was appointed Chief of the Publications Division of the U.S. Army Signal Aviation Test & Support Activity at Fort Rucker, Alabama. Mr. Griffin is a member of the Special Operations Association, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, the Army Aviation Association, and the Armor Association. He was the 1991 recipient of the Brigadier General Robert L. Dening Memorial Distinguished Service Award of the U.S. Marine Corps Combat Correspondents Association, and the August 1999 recipient of the Veterans of Foreign Wars News Media Award, presented at the 100th National Convention in Kansas City. He has been vested into the Order of St. George of the U.S. Armor Association, and the Order of St. Andrew of the U.S. Army Aviation Association, and been awarded Honorary Doctoral degrees by Norwich University, the nation's first and oldest private military college, and by Troy State University (Ala.). He was the graduation dinner speaker for the class of 1988 at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He has been awarded honorary membership in the Special Forces Association; the Marine Corps Combat Correspondents Association; the Marine Raiders Association; and the U.S. Army Otter & Caribou Association. He is the co-founder, with historian Colonel Carlo D'Este, of the William E. Colby Seminar on Intelligence, Military, and Diplomatic Affairs. Mr. Griffin's novels, known for their historical accuracy, have been praised by The Philadelphia Inquirer for their "fierce, stop-for-nothing scenes." "Nothing honors me more than a serviceman, veteran, or cop telling me he enjoys reading my books," Mr. Griffin says. Mr. Griffin divides his time between the Gulf Coast and Buenos Aires.

Customer Reviews

Great story, characters and plot lines.
William L. Vanasse Jr.
You cheer for the characters and can't wait for one book to end so you can start the next one.
Tyson Farr
W.E.B Griffin spins a great story, enjoyed the Corps series from book one to the end.
J. Clark

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Rodger Raubach VINE VOICE on February 1, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This,the third volume in the Corps series,must be regarded as a convenient stepping stone to later episodes. We are introduced to sergeant/lieutenant Joe Howard , "big Steve" Oblensky, Charley Galloway , Jake Dillon , and a more vivid portrait off Jack NMI Stecker. Fleming Pickering emerges as a central character in the role of Frank Knox's "spy" in the Pacific. Flem Pickering is commissioned as a reserve Captain in the Navy , sent to be the eyes and ears of the Secretery of the Navy Australia , and becomes a friend of Douglas MacArthur. We also are introduced to Steve Koffler through an interplay with the series most detestable character , Robert Macklin , at Lakehurst Naval Air Station. The action centers on planning and execution of the invasion of Guadalcanal and Gavutu islands in the Solomon chain.
Overall the plot proceeds at a reasonable pace , but this volume is primarily setting up some of the later books through the Griffin trademarked character development. If one is a fan (as I am) of this genre , then this is an intresting "must read" even tho' it is one of the least exciting books in the Corps saga.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 14, 1999
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This third book of The Corps series is not as good as the first two. I found it dragged a little at times, but then I'd just finished reading the magnificent new WWII novel "The Triumph and the Glory", which knocked me right on my___ it was so good, which isn't easy to do, I've been a round the block once or twice. Read ALL of Griffin's books. They are without compare for depth of knowledge of military issues (for a novelist).
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By raleighp@mtneer.net on October 9, 1999
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I am just now getting accquainted with Griffin's Corp series, and overall I think it is very good. This is the 3rd in the series, and actually didn't progress any in relation to time and history. Griffin instead used the same period of time from book II and further developed characters, historical events and relationships. While this is not all bad, I was hoping to have progressed further in the story at books end. All in all, still a good read, and I have now started book IV, so I guess he did manage to further reel me in. Enjoy!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amy L on August 6, 2005
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W.E.B. Griffin is a great writer of the historical fiction. He is able to weave historical facts with a little bit of fiction and keep the reader's interest with a great story. The whole Corps series from before WWII on in to the Korean War are connected so well that you could sit and read the whole series back to back in one sitting if you had the time.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Alan Meyer on October 26, 2008
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Quick, park the Jaguar. Get a refill on that scotch and water. It's time for the U.S. Marines to counterattack.

Once again W.E.B. Griffin gives us his odd take on the Marine Corps at the outset of World War II.

As usual, he's got several categories of hero here. At the top is Flem Pickering, millionaire shipping and hotel magnate, who fights the war from his rented Jaguar in Australia and his luxurious digs, absorbing incoming insights from Douglas MacArthur, dodging nasty comments from MacArthur's staff and passes from his femme fatale secretary, and firing off coded reports on "MacA" to the Secretary of the Navy. Surely Flem deserves at least a Silver Star for this.

Next in line are the old line Marines like Ed Banning and Jack NMI ("No Middle Initial") Stecker, an upright Medal of Honor winner from the first war who actually manages to fire a couple of rounds at the Japanese in this book.

At the bottom is the naive young kid from New Jersey who isn't smart enough or experienced enough to tell that the vamp in the apartment downstairs from his parents isn't in love with him and just wants to get in his pants. But, in the grand Griffin tradition, even he winds up with a beautiful and virtuous young Australian widow falling into his bed through no fault or action of his own.

As in the first two books, Griffin is unable to actually deal with combat, and not particularly interested in it. There are a couple of obligatory combat scenes, never lasting more than a page or two, and with pretty much zero feel for what combat must have really been like.

So, you ask, how did I get all the way to volume 3?

It's a perfectly reasonable question.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Schwartz on April 3, 2006
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I really enjoy Griffin's stories about the Marine Corps during the Second World War. This book covers the time from the bombing of Pearl Harbour on December 7, 1941 to the battle of Guadalcanal in August of 1942. Griffin humanizes his characters while not being shy to show personal human courage and sacrifice as well as crushing defeats suffered by the US during the initial stages of the War in the Pacific. I am also getting to know his returning characters like Flem Pickering, his son and Killer McCoy (although we don't see much of him in this book). This is a compelling novel that just kept me turning pages. I can't wait to read more of Griffin's War and his Marine Corps.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on May 6, 2006
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Let me be up front about this series - if you are looking for combat action then go elsewhere. If you are looking for a classical (beginning, middle, conclusion) writing style then go elsewhere. This series is a chronicle of what life was like behind the scenes for both the lowly and the mighty. Griffin uses a core group of mostly likable characters (adding as needed) and a smattering of historical characters to explore the behind the scenes politics, heroism, pettiness, and foibles of various historical figures and brings to light many little known historical facts. If this is your cup of tea, well then nobody does it better than Griffin - warning, this series is addicting.

Two notes:

In my opinion this series really must be read in proper order.

Without giving away anything I hate the way Griffon chose to conclude the series which is why I'm giving this 3 stars instead of 5.
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