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Semper Fi by W.E.B. Griffin
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Jan 06, 08

bookshelves: fiction, 20th-century, military, series
Read in November, 1995

It's hard to explain why I am obsessed with WEB Griffin's books because the male characters are insufferably arrogant, the women characters either madonnas or whores (usually whores), and the language is foul. However, while I was working at Putnam Berkley, I picked this first in the series up one night when I needed something to read on the subway, and was up until 3 am devouring it. Griffin really captures the essence of men at war, and I particularly enjoy his characterizations of real people such as MacArthur and Roosevelt. I burned through the Corps series - much to the hilaritude of my co-workers who found it very unlike my normal reading taste and who had to guard the backlist in their offices - then started on the police procedurals (even more surprising that I liked those too). These days I suspect his son is doing all the writing but I am still entertained.
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