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On September 15, 1944, the US First Marine Division landed on a small island in the Central Pacific called Peleliu as a prelude to the liberation of the Philippines. Among the first wave of Marines that hit the beach that day was 22-year-old George Peto.  

Growing up on a farm in Ohio, George always preferred being outdoors and exploring. This made school a challenge, but his hunting, fishing, and trapping skills helped put food on his family's table. As a poor teenager living in a rough area, he got into regular brawls, and he found holding down a job hard because of his wanderlust. After working out West with the CCC, he decided that joining the Marines offered him the opportunity for adventure plus three square meals a day; so he and his brother joined the Corps in 1941.  

Following boot camp and training, he was initially assigned to various guard units, until he was shipped out to the Pacific and assigned to the 1st Marines. His first combat experience was the landing at Finschhaven, followed by Cape Gloucester. Then as a Forward Observer, he went ashore in one of the lead amtracs at Peleliu and saw fierce fighting for a week before the regiment was relieved due to massive casualties. Six months later, his division became the immediate reserve for the initial landing on Okinawa.

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Read the book

The story itself is good but the tone of the narrator just stopped me. I couldn't get past chapter 3. I'll buy the book & read it myself

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Magnificent memoir

Sgt Peto has a great memory of details. He asks how he got through 4 campaigns without a scratch, but in the end his purpose in life was to recount his stories. He was very honest about his choices, good and bad. This book is well written and narrated.

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Gets Better As It Goes Along

"Twenty-Two on Peleliu" is not really about anything to do with the military campaigns in the title until about half-way through. The first couple of hours are about the life of George Peto, which isn't bad per say, but just not what is advertised. Going in the reader thinks it's going to be about combat on Peleliu and other Pacific campaigns. Needless to say it drags for quite awhile. And just when you want to give up, it picks up. And then it's a Marine's tale of Peleliu. Paul Brion's narration is a bit laborious. However upon speeding up the narration speed, that seems to help with the pacing of the book. The book definitely gets better as it goes along. Peto is one tough man and Marine.

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Amazing Story!!

The narrator was a little soft spoken for my liking at the beginning, but as the story progresses and the action gets going it was like I was leaning in close to listen to every detail of the story being told. Fabulous.

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Read the book, skip the audio

This is one case that I'm sure the book is much better than the audio version. You need a good nap: listen to this guy for five minutes and you'll be gone. Can't imagine if they tried they could have found a more ill suited narrator. Never did finish the book he was just so boring and difficult to listen to.

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Great story from the old breed marine.

Enjoyed from start to finish Great narration. history lesson for everyone especially from a Marine with incredible memory

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A Good Account

It was a good accounting of what went on in those campaign and as advertised the author had good recall. The story of his early life was a bit too much I thought.
The performance was as others said a bit soft and I have to say I didn’t find Peto a very likable guy, that is until Old Friends Chapter. It was when it all seemed to come together and I realized he was an extremely good and likable fellow

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America doesn’t spit them out as tough as this anymore!!

This breed of soldiers I’m fascinated with. Today’s soldiers have learned so much from this breed. This dying breed were some serious tough marines! I just hope the courage and honor follow them to a place of peace. Lord knows they deserve it!

THIS IS WHY I STAND FOR THE NATIONAL ANTHEM!!

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If you are interested in WW2 inthe Pacific this is

Great story about the life of a young marine and his survival on two islands

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one of the best

Really great story and I enjoyed the narrator. I would put this as second to Eugene Sledge's book.

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  • 04-25-20

Amazing,Brilliant,Fantastic!!

brilliant book,the whole time I was drawn to it not once did I loose interest,would definitely recommend 100%

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  • Kieron Ross
  • 01-25-20

An amazing biography if a real hero.

One of the best Pacific war biographies ever written.
This book will make you laugh, cry and be amazed at the shocking experiences this incredible guy has been though in his life. Narration excellent too.

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  • Sandy
  • 05-31-21

I really enjoyed this book. What a life story.

I thought it was quite slow to begin with and the narrator took some getting used to. But once George got into the Pacific it really took off.

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  • 09-16-20

Absolute must read/ listen

Fantastic storytelling and a great recollection of the Pacific campaign by an old breed marine