I read this book about 30-Jun-2001. I've read this book before. The book is copyright 1987. This note was last modified Saturday, 04-Aug-2012 10:39:52 PDT.
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I think I'm just too focused elsewhere to be taking the trouble to find something new to read. I've been scanning old negatives from the 1970s.
This one covers the Marine Raider outfits, including quite a bit of the politicking that led to them being created. At least two careers are ruined over that.
I just noticed another Griffin trope; in both the Brotherhood of War series and this one, he has a relative of one of the officers get rescued from military prison and straightened out.
After forming and training the Raiders, we go on the Makin Island raid with them. It looks to me like Griffin is showing us that the Raiders aren't a good use of resources. They also leave 8 people on the beach despite their best efforts, and those 8 are eventually executed by the Japanese. At the end of the war the Japanese responsible are then executed in their turn.