From Shanghai to Wake Island, the Corps was America’s first line of defense as the winds of war exploded into the devastating surprise attack on Pearl Harbor....
They were the young ones, the bright ones, the ones with the dreams. From the Nazi-prowled wastes of North Africa to the bloody corridors of Europe, they honorably answered the call....
It's 1942. A Marine aviator, an Army paratrooper and demolitions expert, and a non-com radio man are on an impossible mission for the OSS....
Determined that the United States will be prepared for war, Franklin D. Roosevelt and "Wild Bill" Donovan orchestrate the most complex espionage organization in history, the Office of Strategic Services....
Two armed men board a 727 that has been all but forgotten at an airfield in Angola....
W. E. B. Griffin reveals a city police force with a unique blend of realism, drama, and action....
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....
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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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. :)<br/>
Any additional comments?
Not bad overall. But, a disappointment because of the rehash.
More characters. Story still around Guadalcanal. More combat than the last couple books, but still focused on the characters.
Another excellent book in W.E.B. Griffins Corp series. Mr. Dick Bill just may be the best narrator I've ever listened to. A good narrator makes a world of difference when listening to an audio book.
I would like to see where Killer and Ernie end up after Korea....... I hope it isn't Point Place Wisconsin though!
As with the previous books, this is a retelling of the same story, different perspective.
Familiar characters are cast into the battles with Japan near Guadalcanal and parts of Australia. Strong characters and great writing interweave with real people and events. I particularly liked the idea that the Sgt who knows too much is assigned to a combat unit by unknowing. I chuckled because I've seen the effect of too much secrecy. The climax is weak because it doesn't tie anything together and involves only one or two characters. This seems typical with Griffin's [series] books--the individual books blend, at the end, into one long memory.
The story was great. The performer did a great job. The entire performance was like listening to a radio show.
Excellent book with excellent narration. The series is great. Highly recommended for military history enthusiasts
Well done story. I really like the continuation of the lives of the characters introduced the earlier books. There was some copying of previous sections from earlier books, but I think this was needed because of the continuation of the story, especially if it has been a wild since the previous books read. Overall, an excellent book.