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Red Blood, Black Sand Audiobook

Red Blood, Black Sand: Fighting Alongside John Basilone from Boot Camp to Iwo Jima

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Publisher's Summary

In 1944, the U.S. Marines were building the 5th Marine Division - also known as “The Spearhead” - in preparation for the invasion of the small, Japanese-held island of Iwo Jima. . .

When Chuck Tatum began Marine boot camp, he was just a smart-aleck teenager eager to serve his country. Little did he know that he would be training under a living legend of the Corps - Medal of Honor recipient John Basilone, who had almost single-handedly fought off a Japanese force of three thousand on Guadalcanal.

It was from Basilone and other sergeants that Tatum would learn how to fight like a Marine and act like a man - skills he would need when he hit the black sand of Iwo Jima with thirty thousand other Marines.

Red Blood, Black Sand is the story of Chuck’s two weeks in hell, where he would watch his hero, Basilone, fall, where the enemy stalked the night, where snipers haunted the day, and where Chuck would see his friends whittled away in an eardrum-shattering, earth-shaking, meat grinder of a battle.

This is the island, the heroes, and the tragedy of Iwo Jima, through the eyes of the battle’s greatest living storyteller, Chuck Tatum.

©2012 Chuck Tatum (P)2014 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"In my judgment no combat veteran's memoir is better . . . and only a handful are equal." Stephen E. Ambrose

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    Warren Cary, NC, United States 04-16-14
    Warren Cary, NC, United States 04-16-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Long in the tooth, but great story of a US Marine"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Red Blood, Black Sand to be better than the print version?

    As an ex-Marine, I appreciate the detail but was more detail in front and at the end that was needed.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Gyst Basilone


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ronald F. Romancik 10-01-15

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    "What a great book."

    Great book! I thought I had it bad in Vietnam until I listened to this book.

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    RockOfTheMarne 06-24-15
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    "Best war memoirs i have ever read"

    This book was written as tough Chuck was having a conversation with the reader. I love that method of writing. It is real, genuine, and down to Earth. The narrator of the audio book had a very nice, "folksy" voice that was pleasant to listen to. I recommend this to anyone wanting to get a great feel of what happened at Iwo Jima.

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    Amazon Customer 03-05-15

    Dare to dream...

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    "A Must Read.!"

    Chuck Tatum delivers the emotion of combat. This book is a classic. You don't have to be a vet to feel the emotions in this work. However, for those of us who have been under fire, those who have witnessed the human disease of war, this book will come alive to stir the soul. The narration of Norman Dietz is superb, and really compliments the work put into this book. God bless you Chuck Tatum!

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    David E. Miller 02-24-15

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    "Felt like I was in the action."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. If you enjoy war memoirs this is one of the best.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Well written first hand account from a soldier that was there.


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    Nicholas 01-13-15
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    "Chills"

    if you are a Marine you will have the chills. "God forgot and left for the devil"

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    C. Moore Florida 01-02-15
    C. Moore Florida 01-02-15

    I enjoy reading history and good historical novels.

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    "Very descriptive of making a marine"
    Where does Red Blood, Black Sand rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Low. You cannot beat Sledge's With the Old Breed


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Favorite? It's all about Tatum. I really wanted to know more about Basilone as the title implies and there's hardly anything about Basilone.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Norman Dietz’s performances?

    NO


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Not really-- the book was lost in the tedious performance.


    Any additional comments?

    I feel that there is more understanding of the situations when they are performed by people of the age of these boys that were sacrificed. This was like patiently listening to gran pa tell a very, very long story. Again, Sledge's book and Helmet for my Pillow brings the real life of what they went through.

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