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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!
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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.
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