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Behind the Lines (The Corps series) Kindle Edition

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Length: 580 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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From Publishers Weekly

Griffin's seventh novel in The Corps series (after Close Combat) continues the author's breezy look at the Marine Corps during WWII. Here, he uses guerrilla action behind the lines in the Philippines as foreground to tell the behind-the-lines tale of the power struggle among Marine General Fleming Pickering, General Douglas MacArthur and Bill Donovan of the fledgling OSS, all of whom are galvanized into action by a radio message from a self-proclaimed general named Wendell Fertig, who has established himself as a guerrilla leader against the Japanese. As far as the Marines are concerned, once the message is verified, a team of men with supplies will be sent in to evacuate any sick or wounded and evaluate Fertig as a potential leader. Complicating matters, however, are MacArthur's public declaration that guerrilla activity on the Philippines is impossible, and therefore nonexistent, and Bill Donovan's desire to get the operation under OSS control. Focusing on a variety of characters involved in the proposed mission, Griffin tells an absorbing story with his usual attention to dialogue rather than description, relying frequently on his favored device of moving the plot along through copies of memos, radio messages and telegrams. The boy's club aura of Griffin's primarily male world, where everything?even death?seems clear, sunny, bright and uncomplicated, is in full force here; and that should please his fans just fine.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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In Griffin's latest, a bunch of mismatched World War II grunts search for a missing colonel who may be launching guerrilla raids on Japan. Sounds like a cross between The Guns of Navarone and Apocalypse Now.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1817 KB
  • Print Length: 580 pages
  • Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons (Sept. 1 1996)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group USA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001AIXG5M
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 32 customer reviews
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This book got me back into reading books after a being severely burned out post college (it took four years to pick-up a book and actually read it and it would have been longer had I not listened to this book on tape.)
I can't say enough about "Behind the Lines." After listening to this book I read straight through the series and could not put one of them down while I was reading. In fact, like one of the other posters stated, finishing them nearly brought me to tears. I will morn when "The Corps" series ends.
If you are a military history buff and like action-adventure novels, then this would also be the most entertaining novel you have ever read. I promise.
Thank you for the experience W.E.B.
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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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Marine veteran, 1st Marine Division. WEB Griffin has the best understanding of any author of how the military in general, and Marines in particular, operate. This was a super story, and does a great job of depicting how some REAL JERKS (Lt/Capt Macklin) get into positions of authority; and how some incredibly good enlisted guys, mustangs and regulars (Stecker, McCoy, Pick, Banning, Lt (USN) Lewis) make it work.
I have book # 8 (In Danger's Path) on order, but was distressed to see how many negative comments there are about it. That's why I came back to read the readers' views of Book 7. I'm glad that we share enthusiasm for book # 7, and hope that # 8 isn't really as bad as the consensus seems to be. A friend has loaned me a copy of the "un-numbered" book of The Corps series (Under Fire), and I am almost dreading reading it, due to comments about poor proofreading, confusing changes in the histories of the characters, etc.
I have also read the whole Brotherhood of War series, and thought it to be the definitive work of its kind on the Army.
Griffin has been so great for so long; I really hope he isn't going downhill...
God bless, JLG, Cpl USMC, 1953 - 56
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W.E.B. Griffin picked a fascinating topic - the establishment of a guerrilla operation in the Philippines during WWII. The difficulties involved in planning and supporting such an operation make for a great story. Unfortunately, the writing is horrible. Griffin has the exasperating habit of providing the same "detail" about people and weapons over and over.
Characters that have been central figures throughout the entire book are still named by their full name, including middle initial (or NMI for "No Middle Initial"), rank, and service throughout the book. For example, one of the central figures is referred to as "Captain Robert B. Macklin, USMC", for what seems like the 100th time, when there are only 5 pages left in the book!
And who could forget that the proper designation for a Springfield rifle is "U.S Rifle, Caliber .30-06, Model 1903", or that the standard-issue .45 pistol is a "Model 1911 .45 ACP pistol" after reading these terms 50 times? Does Griffin do this because he thinks we like reading the full designations over and over, or because that's the way a military novel should read, or does he simply have to reach a required word count?
I enjoyed the story, but wish there was less unnecessary and repetitive detail and more information about what actually happened in the Philippines during the war.
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Although this book is now several years old I felt it was worth the time to comment on it since WEB just had another installment of The Brotherhood of War published. The new book had it's usual effect on me and I went into a "Griffin feeding frenzy" and re-read the last two books in The Corps" series.
I rated this book "5-Stars" solely on the basis of the main plot--the support of guerrilla warfare activities in the Phillippines and the story of Wendell Fertig. I happen to like Ken McCoy and Ernie Zimmerman as central characters in all of The Corps novels. It is too bad that Griffin has elevated Fleming Pickering to such prominence in the more recent episodes;I prefer a more action-dominated story line and some of the "fluff" involving the O.S.S. involvement leaves me cold. My biggest criticism of the book is the relatively slow pace of the action. Too much time spent on wrangles with Bill Donovan and the O.S.S. hierarchy and Fleming Pickering swilling scotch. Some of these other criticisms might make the book less compelling for other readers,but I decided to overlook a few warts in my rating. I am tired of only one book in The Corps every 2-3 years. It is by FAR the best series the author has going. I can't abide the Cop series and I am thoroughly tired of Argentina. Stick to the Marines--forget the rest.
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