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Publisher's Summary

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....

©2012 W.E.B. Griffin (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

“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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A great book

A very easy to listen to plot line. the characters are realm and the author takes good csare of them. A great read in the series, I highly recommend the book.

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Rehash of previous book

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

As a stand-alone book in the series, it is a fine story. However, if you read the Corps series, this is pretty much a rehash of the previous book -- Counterattack. Much of the dialog is similar, even repeated.

Would you be willing to try another book from W. E. B. Griffin? Why or why not?

Yes. I like most of the Griffin series.

Have you listened to any of Dick Hill’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes, much of his material sounds the same. :)

Any additional comments?

Not bad overall. But, a disappointment because of the rehash.

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Why American Marines Are Without Peer

What made the experience of listening to Battleground the most enjoyable?

This book continues the excellent merging of the fabulous writing of WEB Griffin and the outstanding narration of Dick Hill. Whenever I listen to The Corps series, I always pull up the maps of the region whre the fighting is described and follow along with the narration. This combination brings the story alive.

What does Dick Hill bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Dick renders the characters in the story believable and adds the appropriate emotion and voice inflection that makes listening to the story fun.A good narrator makes a good book fun. A great narrator makes a great book memorable and brings the listener back again and again.

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Even your Clearance won't protect you

John M. Moore learned how to speak Japanese and had learned the culture. Know the culture can also help the Marine corps.

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A Geat Story

The Corp series is one of the besyvseries i have ever listened to. One of WEB Griffins best if not the best.

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great series

continuing to enjoy listening to this series, l have read the full series of books, but also recommend it to you via audible.

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Great Series BUT...

This is a great series but it is frustrating to listen to without a break in between books. The author does a great job giving the backstory from the previous books which works well in print is tedious to listen to on Audible. Dick Hill has to be the finest performer I have heard. His various voices are credible and consistent and he brings the story to life. He and W.E.G make a great team.

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Semper Fi

I listen to the series every couple years. I have all of them on cassette. That long ago.

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Sheer BOREDOM

I read the first 5 books in the vain hope that it would finally deliver the goods. As a former Marine I was looking forward to the WAR from a more personal account. Other than a few snippets which served to simply remind the reader that a war was indeed going on and that most Marines are either heroes or dimwits, Ior read like a mix of soap opera and Cheap Harlequin romance novel. The sheer number of times formal Military messages were read in full, or we heard the precise nomenclature of military rifles, or we heard about the merits of the Springfield 03 vs the M-1 or the carbine was NAUSEATING. I rate this along with Moby Dick (and for those who never READ Moby Dick it is NOTHING like the movie version.

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Great Narration

This was an interesting continuation of the story, although not quite as riveting as others in the series. Dick Hill has amazed me with the variation in the voices of the characters in this book. Usually I can “hear” Hill in each of the voices, but several times I asked myself if someone else had taken over the narration. While I may not have always agreed with the regional choices he made for the voices, it added texture to the narrative. It also brought home to me how in the early forties, speech patterns were less homogenized by travel, TV, and other cultural influences.

I appreciate the characters I have learned to love or hate from reading the books, as the Audio rendition brings them more to life.