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Counterattack: Corps 03 Paperback – 1990
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From Publishers Weekly
Griffin's previous books have established him as a novelist of military manners. In his work, combat is only part of the environment in which armed forces function; war becomes a peg on which to hang series of vignettes showing the author's mastery of various military mentalities. Counterattack , Volume III of The Corps series, covers the period from Pearl Harbor to Guadalcanal in an unorthodox fashion. 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. His penchant for Marine arcana occasionally becomes intrusive, and the periodic reintroductions of characters from earlier books slow the plot and are likely to confuse readers who begin with Counterattack. Yet he succeeds in the more important task of making a point often obscured in conventional military fiction: the essence of war is boredom, punctuated by random episodes of terror. BOMC dividend selection.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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This one is about the first desperate days in the Southwest Pacific, when a Japanese invasion of Australia, New Zealand, or even Hawaii itself was far from impossible. Until Midway, and even for some time thereafter, the Americans are mostly getting the worst of it until the American invasion of Guadalcanal. This turns into a bitter contest of national wills between the United States and Japan, and nowhere were the guts, professionalism, and toughness of the Marines needed worse. This forms the backdrop of a fascinating novel that I could not put down. Highly recommended. RJB.