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Battleground: Book Four in The Corps Series [Audiobook, CD, Unabridged] [Audio CD]

W.E.B. Griffin , Dick Hill , Inc. Brilliance Audio
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Oct. 1 2012 The Corps Series (Book 4)
The story of one of the bloodiest conflicts of the Pacific, the epic struggle for Guadalcanal. Daredevil pilot Charles Galloway learns the hard way to command a fighter squadron. Lieutenant Joe Howard teams up with the Coastwatchers. Jack “No Middle Initial” Stecker leads his infantry battalion into the thickest of the fighting, at a terrible price. And Navy Captain Pickering grabs a helmet and a rifle to join the ranks at Guadalcanal... “Like his other books, BATTLEGROUND is hard to put down—and once you’ve turned the last page you can’t help but look forward to the next installment.” — The Orlando Sentinel

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This latest volume in the Corps series takes the U.S. Marines from Midway to Guadalcanal. Navy Cpt. Fleming Pickering travels to various headquarters, reporting events to the secretary of the Navy; recently promoted Cpt. Charley Galloway forms a new fighter squadron; Sgt. John Moore is a Japanese-language expert on a top-secret intelligence assignment. Griffin ( Counterattack ) employs a surprisingly effective alternative to military fiction's usual foxhole-and-cockpit perspective--he places the characters on the fringes rather than in the thick of the action, skirting familiar events and offering opportunities to explore the Pacific War's less familiar byways. As he creates a framework of coherent subplots and interesting personalities, he reveals WW II arcana, including the principles for establishing travel priorities and the status of enlisted Marine pilots. Sure to be welcomed by series fans, Battleground is also likely to inspire new readers to seek its predecessors.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

W. E. B. Griffin is also the author of the bestselling Corps, Brotherhood of War, Badge of Honor, Men at War, and Honor Bound series. He has been invested into the orders of St. George of the U.S. Armor Association and St. Andrew of the U.S. Army Aviation Association, and is a life member of the U.S. Special Operations Association; Gaston-Lee Post 5660, Veterans of Foreign Wars; China Post #1 in Exile of the American Legion; and the Police Chiefs Association of Southeast Pennsylvania, South New Jersey, and Delaware. He is an honorary life member of the U.S. Army Otter & Caribou Association, the U.S. Army Special Forces Association, the U.S. Marine Corps Raider Association, and the USMC Combat Correspondents Association.

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William Charles "Bill" Dunn, USMCR, of Point Clear, Alabama, was twenty-one years old, five feet six inches tall, and weighed 142 pounds; he'd been a First Lieutenant, USMCR, twelve days, and a Naval Aviator not quite six months; and in all that time-in all his twenty-one years, even-he'd never had a night as hard as the last one. Read the first page
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1.0 out of 5 stars A Waste of Time Jan. 13 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I picked up these books hoping to gain some insight into the actions of the Marine Corps in the Pacific during World War II. What I found instead was a sort of soap opera that rambles on for hundreds of pages without getting around to much actual fighting. For example, The Marines don't even get to Guadalcanal (their first major offensive) until the end of book III, some 1200 pages into the story. Those 1200 intervening pages are mostly conversations (ad nauseam) between stateside Marine Corps officers as they sit around headquarters, or go out on the town chasing skirts.

The small portion of the books that is devoted to actual battles is done in such a cursory fashion that you're left with the impression that the author either finds this aspect of the Marines' mission distasteful, or doesn't understand it well enough to write about it. Mr. Griffin could have deleted about 80% of his material, and would have ended up with better books, albeit still not good ones.
If you're the sort of person who likes to watch daytime soap operas, then you may enjoy these books. If, on the other hand, you're interested in military history, the banality of these books will leave you screaming in frustration.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Vintage WEB Griffin! Aug. 12 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
In this volume of the Corps saga , we see several of the characters introduced in "Counterattack" elevated to new prominence. Newly promoted Captain Charley Galloway becomes the commanding officer of VMF 229 , and along with Bily Dunn sets about preparing the young squadron to be thrown into the cauldron of Guadalcanal. Flem Pickering continues to grow in importance to the ongoing tale of incredible heroisim exhibited by the young Marines thrown into bloody conflict.
"Battleground" details some of the terrible privations experienced by the First Marine division on the 'Canal and the coastwatchers on Buka island. Steve Koffler and Joe Howard on Buka illustrate the importance of the little known coastwatcher organisation to the success of the Marine aviation assets in the Solomons. Koffler continues to grow in importance to the task of Captain/General Pickering in the Southwest Pacific Ocean Area (SWPOA). Even though Koffler and Howard are ill with parasites and other tropical diseases they continue to function "as Marines".Koffler continues to emerge as one of the more "colorful" characters in the story--look for him in future episodes!
Of the many volumes in "The Corps" saga , "Battleground" stands out as one of the more lively and entertaining volumes. A great read--I could hardly put it down. Have now read it 4 times!
A true 5 star effort.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Griffin hasn't let me down yet... Dec 31 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
In *Battleground*, book four of The Corps series, W.E.B. Griffin puts our favorite characters to the ultimate test when the United States military launches an attack on Guadalcanal in 1942. *Battleground* is another example of Griffin's amazing ability to create sympathetic, admirable characters in unusual situations.
Captain Charles Galloway has been assigned to lead the VMF-229 squadron with only one other experienced fighter pilot, Lieutenant Dunn. While they are putting together a squadron of eighteen fighter pilots, Lieutenant Joe Howard and Sergeant Steve Koffler are trying to stay alive on a little Coastwatcher island while keeping an eye on Japanese movements. And Captain Fleming Pickering decides that his work as an intelligence officer can be best performed in the line of fire on Guadalcanal. Readers are treated to a short reunion with Lieutenant Kenneth J McCoy, but it's not nearly long enough in this reader's opinion.
*Battleground* was one of the most exciting, on-the-edge-of-your-seat adventures in The Corps series to date. I really can't wait for my copy of book five, *Line of Fire*, to arrive!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great book March 2 1999
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
If you love this series....buy this book !! You have to love the way these characters come alive and the events that were once so one dimensional with black and white newsreels...become living events. A must read for any military history buff.
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