Regular price: $13.99

Membership details Membership details
  • A 30-day trial plus your first audiobook, free.
  • 1 credit/month after trial – good for any book, any price.
  • Easy exchanges – swap any book you don’t love.
  • Keep your audiobooks, even if you cancel.
  • After your trial, Audible is just $14.95/month.
Select or Add a new payment method

Buy Now with 1 Credit

By confirming your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and Amazon's Privacy Notice. Taxes where applicable.

Buy Now for $13.99

Pay using card ending in
By confirming your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and Amazon's Privacy Notice. Taxes where applicable.

Publisher's Summary

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. This is the story of the men of the Marine Corps, their loves and loyalties, an elite fraternity united by courage and honor, as they steel themselves for battle, prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice....
©1986 W.E.B. Griffin (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
Show More Show Less

Critic Reviews

“Action-packed...Difficult to put down.” ( The Marine Gazette)
Show More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful
5 out of 5 stars
By Charles Atkinson on 04-02-12

I Cannot Believe I Passed Up Griffin For Years!

My brother in law is a retired US Marine Lt Colonel. I remember his mother, my mother in law, reading this series and loving it. Maybe that is why it took me 20 years to try it! I knew it to be accurate, but never imagined it to be as entertaining and addicting as it is.

The main character is a reluctant hero who has killed in pre-war China out of self defense and self preservation. He is a humble man, barely out of high school, yet with a talent for languages and a raw knack for espionage.

My daughter married a young man who discovered he had a peculiar talent in languages while in seminary. He had gone through college never knowing his ability, so Griffin's hero is not so far fetched after all.

Griffin introduces us to the Corps through men and women most of us can identify with. There is intrigue, romance, action and a realism that comes from his own experiences and is still historically accurate.

Dick Hill is masterful. I have not always been happy with his narration, but in this book he is fantastic.

I am really glad i purchased this book!

Read More Hide me

36 of 39 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Jerome on 02-19-12

WEB Griffin is a master of this genre

If you could sum up Semper Fi in three words, what would they be?

keep wanting more

What did you like best about this story?

the development of key characters through an entire generation; a perfect blend of military history, politics, and the inner workings of what the US Military once was

Have you listened to any of Dick Hill’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

the right guy for the right book

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

On the rifle qualification when Captain Stecker dropped next to McCoy and there was a understood respect between two professional.

Any additional comments?

To read/listen to only this book in the series is just wrong, I have read this series so many times I can't remember, each time is as fresh as the first. Now that my eyes are not so good, listening has just made it better. Please record the remaining series in this and the Brotherhood of Arms, both great perspectives on a lost generation of the military professionals and a well developed story line.

Read More Hide me

16 of 17 people found this review helpful

See all Reviews
© Copyright 1997 - 2018 Audible, Inc