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Behind the Lines (The Corps series Book 7) (1995 original; edició 1996)

de W.E.B. Griffin (Autor)

Sèrie: The Corps (7)

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World War II. On the island of Mindanao, the Philippines, a man calling himself "General" Fertig has set himself up as a guerrilla leader to harass the Japanese. Army records show that the only officer named Fertig in the Philippines is a reserve lieutenant colonel of the Corps of Engineers, reported MIA on Luzon. Still, the reports filtering out are interesting, and it's Marine lieutenant Ken McCoy's mission to sneak behind the lines and find out if he's for real. With him is a motley group put together as a compromise between the warring factions of Douglas MacArthur and the OSS chief Bill Donovan.Together, these men will steal into the heart of enemy territory and there, amid firefights and jungle camps, encounter more than they had bargained for. Before they're done, each will undergo a test of his own personal mettle - with results that will surprise even the most hardened of them.… (més)
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Títol:Behind the Lines (The Corps series Book 7)
Autors:W.E.B. Griffin (Autor)
Informació:G.P. Putnam's Sons (1996), 580 pages
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Griffin is a master storyteller. He grabs your interest from the first page and never let's go. His characters are real and you come to love the heroes and hate the villains. This is at least the fourth time I have started reading the series. I highly recommend you become acquainted with this author. You will not be disappointed. ( )
  DocWalt10 | Oct 26, 2018 |
Another outstanding book in the series. Characters so rich that it feels like we know them all....all the way from the fighting Marine to the President. They create a plot so thick that the reader can hardly put it down. That said, the text repeats that make this book able to be read independently, are annoying for the series reader like me. Also, this book in the series, #7, predates #6. I wouldn't throw it out just because it looses style points in that department. Where's #8? ( )
  buffalogr | Mar 5, 2016 |
Near the beginning of WWII, the last remnants of the American forces in the Philippines are improperly ordered to surrender to the Japanese invaders, but many refuse and either escape or go into hiding. On the island of Mindanao one of these men, a self-proclaimed brigadier general, Colonel Fertig, cobbles together a band of American and Pilipino irregulars to commence an organized resistance against the Japanese occupying force.

This a story of how an intrepid group, authorized by President Roosevelt, attempts to make contact with and determine the efficacy of this General Fertig, and whether his force should be recognized as the United States Forces in the Philippines and thus should be supported.

There is no question that Griffin is a masterful storyteller who chooses historical events that can be fictionalized into a great read, who researches his topic in great depth.

While this is one of his Marine Corp series, I have to admit that I have not read them in sequence, as is the case with his other series. Most of his novels I’ve picked up at thrift stores and used book sales, and I’ve made no concerted effort to complete or read these novels in sequence.

When I purchased ‘Behind Enemy Lines’ I also picked up ‘In Danger’s Path’ published 3 years later in 1998. I began to read that novel first, but after 40 pages I set it aside and will not deign to read it. It was so larded with supporting detail and character background that I felt like I was wading through a history textbook with little in the form of a story to draw me into it.

Thankfully ‘Behind Enemy Lines’ turned out to be a novel in the literary style of the Griffin I’d become accustomed to. It opened right into the story using characters I’d grown to know from previous novels and for whom I’d acquired a taste.

Great story based on historical settings using real life people presented with reasonably accuracy, coupled with a host of believable, yet fictional characters.

However, there were two patterns that were quite annoying and marred the read for me. First, all of the characters were repeatedly referred to by their complete name, service, rank, and position. Second, in just about every scene where a new or repeat character was introduced, the type of weapons he was carrying were described in exacting detail, such as a 1911A1 .45 ACP Caliber Colt pistol, when a .45 would be more than sufficient. I have no doubt a few thousand words could’ve been shaved off by deleting these woefully unnecessary redundancies. Naturally I began to skim past these repetitions, as well as the character’s supporting background.

That said, and being as how I was recuperating from the reinjury of my back, I finished the book in 3 days. Perhaps a record for me. For those who enjoy a great military read, this is worth the annoyances. ( )
  DavidLErickson | Aug 19, 2014 |
If not the best, then right there near the top of The Corps books I've read so far. "Killer" McCoy is put in charge by the top brass (think Brigadier General Fleming via Douglas MacArthur and President FDR) to establish contact with guerilla forces in the Philippines to establish their viability as a rebel force against the Japanese during WWII. Full of emotion, politics, and some intense action scenes, this book was the perfect addition to this series. ( )
  utbw42 | Jul 29, 2013 |
Great book ( )
  rzornow | Sep 10, 2006 |
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THE CORPS is respectfully dedicated to the memory of 
Second Lieutenant Drew James Barrett III, USMC
Company K, 3rd Battalion, 26th Marines 
Born Denver, Colorado, 3 January 1945 
Died Quang Nam Province, Republic of Vietnam,
27 February 1969 
and
Major Alfred Lee Butler III, USMC 
Headquarters 22nd Marine Amphibious Unit 
Born Washington, D.C., 4 September 1950 
Died Beirut, Lebanon, 8 February 1984
 
And to the Memory of Donald L. Schomp 
A Marine fighter pilot who became a Legendary 
U.S. Army Master Aviator 
RIP 9 April 1989 
“Semper Fi!”
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World War II. On the island of Mindanao, the Philippines, a man calling himself "General" Fertig has set himself up as a guerrilla leader to harass the Japanese. Army records show that the only officer named Fertig in the Philippines is a reserve lieutenant colonel of the Corps of Engineers, reported MIA on Luzon. Still, the reports filtering out are interesting, and it's Marine lieutenant Ken McCoy's mission to sneak behind the lines and find out if he's for real. With him is a motley group put together as a compromise between the warring factions of Douglas MacArthur and the OSS chief Bill Donovan.Together, these men will steal into the heart of enemy territory and there, amid firefights and jungle camps, encounter more than they had bargained for. Before they're done, each will undergo a test of his own personal mettle - with results that will surprise even the most hardened of them.

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