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A story of sacrifice and defiance at Guadalcanal, from the New York Times best-selling coauthor of A Higher Call and Biggest Brother.

On the killing ground that was the island of Guadalcanal, a 2,000-yard-long ridge rose from the jungle canopy. Behind it lay the all-important air base of Henderson Field. And if Henderson Field fell, it would mean the almost certain death or capture of all 12,500 marines on the island.

But the marines positioned on the ridge were no normal fighters - they were the hard-fighting men of Edson's Raiders, an elite fighting unit within an already elite Marine Corps. Handpicked for their toughness and submitted to a rigorous training program to weed out those less fit, they were the best of the best.

For two hellish nights in September 1942, about 840 marines - commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Merritt Austin "Red Mike" Edson - fought one of the most pivotal battles of World War II in the Pacific, clinging desperately to their position on what would soon be known as Bloody Ridge.

Wave after wave of attacking Japanese soldiers were repelled by the Raiders, who knew that defeat and retreat were simply not options. In the end, and - against all odds, - the defenders prevailed.

Bloody Ridge and Beyond is the story of the First Marine Raider Battalion, which showed courage and valor in the face of overwhelming numbers, as told by Marlin Groft, a man who was a member of this incredible fighting force.

©2014 Marlin Groft and Larry Alexander (P)2014 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • Fort Morgan, CO, United States
  • 10-30-17

Best of the Best

A good view from the enlisted perspective from some of the most legendary events in Marine Corps history. True to military form there are long stretches of boredom and little outside perspectives added in.

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Fantastic ...

Fantastic book very well written and very riveting !! The book flows very well and keeps you excited. Knowledge of US Marines is beyond GREAT . Highly recommend !!!

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1st Mar. Raiders

This was a great and in depth account of one Marine's combat exploits during WWII. it covers his time with Edson's Raiders and the years following their standing down through the end of the war.

Semper M.F. Fidelis

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Marine Forcerecon

Would you listen to Bloody Ridge and Beyond again? Why?

Yes being a retired Recon Marine myself .

What did you like best about this story?

How the story was told about each marine and their fight.

Which character – as performed by Joe Barrett – was your favorite?

All of them,

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No would listen to it again.

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Another Great Historical account

Marlin "Whitey" Groft's book cowritten with Larry Alexander is an excellently done account of Groft's days on Guadalcanal, and his career in the Marine Corps. If you have an interest in the Pacific war and the Marines at Guadalcanal you'll enjoy this listen. The book keeps you engaged and the narration is excellent. Highly recommended.

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A very good story, well read

I enjoyed beyond bloody Ridge, I thought it was a good story, not a great one but a good one. The reader was excellent. The story flowed well and gave some interesting facts and incidences that I enjoyed

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A close up view of the malevolent disease of man

This is a stunning account of the malevolent disease of humanity, that which is called war. Yes, I admit I found the book fascinating, yet all the while I listened, nagging questions haunted me. Why is it so easy for a tiny few people to repeatedly, again, and again, manipulate a nation into war? When will the human species rid ourselves of this malevolent disease, called war? This is a gruesome account of our inbread defect for war. Personally, I enjoyed the book for exposing the murderous disease which has haunted humanity since Cain slew Abel. While I do accept that we all have the right to defend ourselves, and our country, I am at a loss to understand why. Why is there always some megalomaniac ready to grab the reigns of power and drive a nation into war? Just look back to the years between 1900 and forward to today. Nothing has changed our propensity for war.

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