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The Corps: Three Complete Novels (Semper Fi, Call to Arms, Counterattack) Hardcover – April 21, 1994


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 812 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Adult (April 21, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399139133
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399139130
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.5 x 2.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #289,874 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

W.E.B. Griffin is the author of six bestselling series.

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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.

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I recommend reading these stories.
Joseph H Pierre
Mr. Griffin (Butterworth) is my favorite author and The Corps is among his best works.
Freeman Young
While they certainly contain facts, you want to remember that they are fiction.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 12, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Mr. Griffin consistently manages to blend true-to-life history with pulse-pounding action. In addition, one is always forced to care about the characters that inhabit his world. This is an enduring saga that I would recommend to anybody interested in the Corps, World War II, or a great story. It is simply the best!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Joseph H Pierre on February 4, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Although I am retired from the U.S. Navy, I served in Tsingtao, China, wearing a Marine uniform, as part of the Aircraft Fleet Marine Force, Western Pacific for a year (1948). It was temporary duty, and I was not a Marine, but I got to know them very well--at least the "airedale" Marines.

As they say, "Some of my best friends are Marines!"

It was an unforgettable year, and W.E.B. Griffin has captured the spirit, the 'esprit de corps,' of "The Corps" in these three novels, and in his other stories. It is often summed up this way: "Once a Marine, always a Marine."

W.E.B. Griffin is best known for chronicling his beloved Marine Corps in fictional form. His depictions ring so true that Marines around the world read, and their eyes grow damp. Of course, it would be better not to accuse them of such emotion.

These three novels present an epic tale of the battle for the Solomon Islands in 1942 between the United States and the Japanese empire. It is about Marine fighter pilots, grunts, Coastwatchers operating under the very noses of the Japanese forces, generals, colonels and privates and their wives and sweethearts--tales of valor, loyalty, love and the challenges of fighting a war in which the end result was very much in doubt.

I recommend W.E.B. Griffin's version of the Corps. I recommend the Marine Corps as a service. I recommend reading these stories. Although this book is, temporarily at least, out-of-print--I recommend the stories themselves, wherever you can find them.

Joseph H. Pierre, USN (Ret)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 15, 1998
Format: Hardcover
From "killer" McCoy at 21 to our favorite coastwatcher Jacob Reeves, this treasure has three of Griffin's best in it. No matter if it was written by Alex Baldwin or W.E.B. Griffin, the action storyteller is at his best in these selections. We'd like to see a book on the author or at least an article noting his life and what he is presently doing.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By John H. Porter on December 6, 1998
Format: Hardcover
How can you say more about the best Military fiction writer of all time. I have read all his books. From The Brotherhood of War, when I was serving in the Army, to the Badge of Honor. I hope, Mr. Griffin, that you will keep writing for many years to come and keep the Corps going.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Chambrovich on December 28, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I read The Brotherhood of War and really enjoyed the whole series, so much so that I have read the series several times. When Griffith came out with The Corps ,I was looking forward to his version of The Marine Corps. I bought, read and enjoyed the first two books. So much so that I bought the third book in hardcover, I couldn't wait for the soft cover. Unfortunately he has gotten away from what the real Corp was and is about. I am spending too much time reading about the elder Pickering, the president, Macarthur, Magic and espionage.Lets get back to the real Corp. Lets get back to McCoy, Pick and the people who won the war, the man with the gun and the man in the plane, the people who went in harms way. If he doesn't start writing about the real Corps I don't think I can buy any more of the series.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By CTorres903 on November 24, 1999
Format: Paperback
As a future Marine I would have to say this book is very informing. I have learned alot of things I did'nt know about the USMC. It was hard to put down and I am only 17 years old! I can't wait to complete the Series. I must say though I had to read it twice to fully understand it. Anyone who likes reading military style books should pick this one up for sure!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By grit on September 20, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I have all of WEB Griffins books and rate him along with Wilbur Smith as my all time favorite author. His sagas span several different action themes, but they are all either military, police or intelligence services. The author has residence both in Texas and Argentina and has spent a great deal of time with our military so he uses his familiarity with these settings and people to cast a very nice spell in his work. My wife also enjoys the books so I would say they are suitable for all readers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BirdDog from Mississippi on September 24, 2009
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I am still looking for the individual books, but this helps me to reread this series and all of his series. He is the only Author I have read while Serviving 20 Plus years as a US MARINE. It helps when the times I miss my fellow MARINES. It keeps me in touch with my enters. I have had the best service with all books I have gotten thru AMAZON.Com. No one else has had the books I have been looking for.
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