Semper Fi (Corps Series #1) [NOOK Book]

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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 Marine Corps--their loves and their loyalties--as they steeled themselves for battle, and prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice...

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Semper Fi (Corps Series #1)

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Overview

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 Marine Corps--their loves and their loyalties--as they steeled themselves for battle, and prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice...

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781440634925
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 11/1/1986
  • Series: Corps Series , #1
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 16,646
  • File size: 502 KB

Meet the Author

W. E. B. Griffin
"W.E.B. Griffin is a storyteller in the grand tradition, probably the best man around for describing the military community"—Tom Clancy

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. (www.norwich.edu/symposium/)

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.























Biography

With more than 40 million books in print in more than 10 languages, bestselling novelist W.E.B. Griffin enjoys a well-deserved reputation as a master of the military thriller.

Griffin began his career not as a writer but as a military man like the type he would eventually make millions writing about. After growing up in both New York City and the Philadelphia suburb of Wallingford, Pennsylvania, Griffin took the step in 1946 that -- little did he know at the time -- would set the course for his literary life: He enlisted in the United States Army. After finishing basic training, he went through counterintelligence instruction at Fort Holabird, New Jersey, and was assigned to the Army of Occupation in Germany under Major General I. D. White, commander of the U.S. Constabulary.

In 1951, while attending Philips University, in Marburg an der Lahn, in Germany, Griffin was recalled to active duty during the Korean War. He again served under General White, both at Fort Knox, Kentucky, and in Korea, where he earned the Expert Combat Infantry Badge and served as a combat correspondent and as acting X Corps (Group) information officer. Upon his release from active duty in 1953, Griffin was appointed chief of the Publications Division of the Army Signal Aviation Test & Support Activity at the Army Aviation Center, Fort Rucker, Alabama.

Although he first wrote under various pen names, Griffin didn't begin writing his bestselling string of military novels until he was well into his 50s. His first Brotherhood of War novel, The Lieutenants, was published in 1982 and touched off Griffin's well-known reputation for writing with historical accuracy and fascinating detail. Publishers Weekly noted that this first novel "captures the rhythms of WW II army life... in an absorbing account of life among military men." Griffin would go on to pen additional books in the Brotherhood of War sequence and to launch other bestselling series -- including The Corps, Badge of Honor, Honor Bound, and Men at War, among others.

While Griffin's public persona is a bit of an enigma -- he's not one to make the talk show rounds -- it's clear that he both knows and appreciates his readers, especially his fellow military men. On his official web site, Griffin reflects, "Nothing honors me more than a serviceman, veteran, or cop telling me how much he enjoys reading my books."

Good To Know

Griffin was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Philosophy in Military Fiction from Norwich University.

He was vested in the Order of St. George by the U.S. Armor Association.

Griffin addressed the Corps of Cadets for the United States Military Academy.

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    1. Also Known As:
      William Edmund Butterworth III (real name); Alex Baldwin, Webb Beech, Walter E. Blake, Jack Dugan, John Kevin Dugan, Eden Hughes, James McDouglas, Allison Mitchell, Edmund O. Scholefield, Blakely St.
      W.E.B. Griffin
    2. Hometown:
      Coppell, Texas
    1. Date of Birth:
      November 10, 1929
    2. Place of Birth:
      Newark, New Jersey

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2002

    One of the better books from a series of great books.

    This first volume of The Corps is my personal favorite, because some of it takes place in China, and because it features the beginnings of many characters (I started with Behind the Lines, after which I was so intrigued I had to backtrack to Semper Fi). I had read Tom Clancy before, and I see now that Griffin is by far the better writer. His writing is technical, at times, but I don't think he is a techocrat like Clancy seems at times.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2011

    Book #5 of this series is not available as a Nook Book

    B&N has disappointed me with this series. After reading the first 4 of 10 I discovered that #5 is not available as a Nook book. Customer service says the publisher has not made the digital version available. This is a crock because Amazon has a digital version for the Kindle. Now I'm thinking of buying the $99 Kindle and saying adios to B&N.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2003

    Entertaining and engaging soap on a grand scale

    This is one of the better books in this series as the author really focuses on a central character, Ken "Killer" McCoy. The characterization of the following books in the series suffers a bit more from fragmentation. This title, like much of Griffins work, is hard to put down. But it's basically a soap opera with a very abrupt ending. Absolutely no attempt is made to end the story. You are left hanging and just have to go get the next in the series. I also found the so-called romantic element pretty shallow. Griffin continuously confuses sex with romance. His characters, almost without exception, fall in 'love' (lust) on first sight (conversation not being necessary), immediately hit the sack (there apparently being a worldwide shortage of reluctant virgins in the early 40s) and go on to love happily ever after from that moment. But this fantasy allows the author to get more sex per page, I suppose. This aside, this book (and the entire series) is a real treat if you are interested in WWII or things military.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2011

    Awesome read

    You really get to know the characters especially mcoy. You can really feel for them... great read

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2013

    Uhhhhjj

    Stupid

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2012

    I think the whole series is GREAT.

    I think the whole series is GREAT.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2012

    Lasks detail

    While there is no lack of knowledge concerning the military, there is however a huge lack of detail as far as story writing goes. A good plot, but you have to try to imagine every detail on your own. How can only a few pages be dedicated to the attack on Pearl Harbor? It was almost like reading about it in an 8th grade history textbook. I feel as though the author didnt try to be very creative with this book. I wont be buying any more books from this author.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2012

    Icefang

    Please make a prophocy where Bloodclan Oceanclan and Treeclan have to join forces against the rising Deathlightclan. I thought pf one of you want tp here it.

    In the dark of day, Blood and Ocean will have to mix together, and the Trees will join with the red water. They will learn to work as one quickly, for the Light of Death is growing.

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2012

    Great book!

    I couldn't put it down!

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  • Posted August 25, 2011

    Real military history woven into a great story

    I'm an ex-marine so I like anything about the corps and WEB Griffin is a great writer; I've read all his Corps series.

    ME55

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2011

    Highly Recommend!

    Can't wait to read the rest of the series!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2010

    It was OK

    It was all right not as good as Brotherhoof of war

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2004

    Great Book

    I feel a sense of familiarity with the character and the events, terminology and etc in this book. WEB Griffin though served in the Army must of went through a great deal to write this book of a story of a Marine.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2002

    Very Good

    Semper Fi book 1 of The Corps series is an awesome intelligent book full of action and alot of reality of the men over seas in china and what happened to the few selected for the novel when they came back to the states i give this book 5 stars i enjoyed it very much W.E.B Griffin captures the very real truth of the whole ordeal after WW1

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2002

    another great griffin novel

    w.e.b. griffin proves in his series 'the corps' that he is not a one-hit wonder with the brotherhood of war. he is definitely on my list of top three writers. he knows his history and how to create different characters that you can relate to and like. fairbairn-wielding corporal ken mccoy, usmc is just the first of them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2002

    Wow

    I have read many books concerning World War Two and this has to be the entrancing one yet. The Corps gives you everything your looking for and then some. Five stars is not enough to rate this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2000

    Spellbinding

    Best series I've ever read, better even than Brotherhood of War. Totally involving, couldn't wait for the next one to come out. Just hope that Griffin will continue the story through the end of the war... please don't stop at book 8.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 1999

    The Corps at its best.

    Strarting with McCoy and adding personnel as the story grows, then mixing each with the other and adding real history and real people, real events and places with the fictional account keeps it alive. The only drawback is re-reading the entire set waiting for the next book to be printed. What this series really needs is to be made into a television mini-series.

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    Posted January 31, 2010

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    Posted January 11, 2010

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