Battle Cry [NOOK Book]

Overview

Battle Cry is the riveting Marine epic by the bestselling author of such classics as Trinity and Exodus.

Originally published in 1953, Leon Uris's Battle Cry is the raw and exciting story of men at war from a legendary American author.

This is the story of enlisted men – Marines – at the beginning of World War II. They are a rough–and–ready tangle of guys from America's cities and farms and reservations. Led by a tough veteran sergeant, these ...

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Overview

Battle Cry is the riveting Marine epic by the bestselling author of such classics as Trinity and Exodus.

Originally published in 1953, Leon Uris's Battle Cry is the raw and exciting story of men at war from a legendary American author.

This is the story of enlisted men – Marines – at the beginning of World War II. They are a rough–and–ready tangle of guys from America's cities and farms and reservations. Led by a tough veteran sergeant, these soldiers band together to emerge as part of one of the most elite fighting forces in the world. With staggering realism and detail, we follow them into intense battles – Guadalcanal and Tarawa – and through exceptional moments of camaraderie and bravery. Battle Cry does not extol the glories of war, but proves itself to be one of the greatest war stories of all time.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061842580
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/13/2009
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 704
  • Sales rank: 28,219
  • File size: 695 KB

Meet the Author

Internationally acclaimed novelist Leon Uris ran away from home at age seventeen, a month after the attack on Pearl Harbor, to join the Marine Corps, and he served at Guadalcanal and Tarawa. His first novel, Battle Cry, was based on his own experiences in the Marines, which he revisited in his final novel, O'Hara's Choice. His other novels include the bestsellers Redemption, Trinity, Exodus, QB VII, and Topaz, among others. Leon Uris passed away in June 2003.

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Battle Cry


By Leon Uris

HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2005 Leon Uris
All right reserved.

ISBN: 006075186X

Chapter One

The roof of the cold, gray, barnlike Pennsylvania Terminal in Baltimore hovered high over the scurrying travelers and the small whispering groups about Gate Three. In clusters of two, three, four and more they stood around sternfaced youths as the moments ticked away. Here a wife and child, there a half dozen pals shouted encouragement. In a corner an aged mother and father and a group of relatives whispered to a sullen lad.

There were many young girls, some weeping, all fighting back tears as they stood by their husbands, their lovers, their boy friends. The almost buzzing sound of their farewell bounced and echoed off the walls of the ancient terminal.

Danny Forrester zipped up his green and silver jacket with the block letter F and shifted his weight nervously from one foot to the other. Grouped about him were his father; his young brother, Bud; and his best friend, Virgil; and Virgil's girl, Sally.

"Hey, lady, my brother is a Marine," little Bud Forrester shouted to a passer-by.

"Be quiet, Bud," Mr. Forrester demanded.

Kathleen Walker stood at Danny's side. Their hands were clasped tightly. He felt the cold sweat of her palms as a sergeant in dress blues made his way through the throngs, walked to the gate, and began to check a roster sheet.

"I'm sorry about Mother. I'm sorry she didn't want to come."

"She'll be all right, son."

"Gee, Danny," Virgil said. "I wish I was going with you."

"No, you don't," Sally answered.

"I called up Coach Grimes. He was sort of angry you didn't say good-by."

"Heck, Virg, he'd probably've brought the whole team and student body down. I . . . I didn't want that. I'll write and explain to him."

"Sure."

"You've got the sandwiches and cake I packed?" Sally asked.

"Right on top. Thanks, Sally."

Henry Forrester reached in his wallet and took out a tendollar bill. "Here, son."

"I've got twenty already, Dad. That's more than enough." "Well, you'd better take it anyhow. Never can tell, little emergency might come up."

"Thanks, Dad."

"Any idea about what's cooking?" Virgil asked.

"Your guess is as good as mine. I've heard a million stories today. They say the Base is nice. We'll be in isolation for a couple weeks at San Diego. Boot camp, they call it." "Sure sounds like fun."

"You'll write us, when you can?"

"Yes, Dad."

"Hey, Danny, I want a Jap sword. Get a Jap for me, Danny, huh?"

"I don't suppose I'll see any Japs for a while, Bud. I want you to be a good guy and do what Dad tells you--and write to me."

A loud cry cut through the station. A soothing arm went around a mother's shoulder. A long awkward period of silence followed. Danny and Kathy looked at each other sheepishly from the corners of their eyes.

"Maybe you'd like to talk to Kathy alone for a minute," Mr. Forrester said.

Danny led her to a deserted bench, but neither sat down. She lowered her head as he spoke softly.

"You don't want to change your mind, do you, kitten? I would understand if you did."

"No . . . no."

"Scared, kitten?"

"A little."

"Me too."

"Kiss me, Danny."

They held each other until the public address system rudely shocked them back to earth.

"Attention all Marine enlistees. Report to platform Gate Three at once."

A mutter of relief was heard and one by one the fifty boys and their parties wended their way through the gate and down the long stairs to the snorting, hissing string of cars below. Virgil picked up Danny's overnight bag and Danny, with one arm about Kathy and the other about Bud, shuffled slowly along amid the crowd.

"All right," the sergeant barked. "Fall in."

For the tenth time he droned through the list: "Tatum . . . Soffolus . . . O'Neill . . . Greenberg . . . Weber . . . Forrester . . . Burke . . . Burke, Thomas K . . . answer up."

"Here."

"All right, pay attention. Soffolus will take the roster and be in charge of this detail. You people board the first car and stay together. There will be no defacing or drinking or boisterousness, or Military Police will be put aboard. Fall out-- you have three minutes left."

They broke the shoddy formation and rushed to the crowd arched about them.

Continues...


Excerpted from Battle Cry by Leon Uris Copyright © 2005 by Leon Uris. Excerpted by permission.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2011

    Leon Uris is a Great Writer. His books are full of life and based on historical events of significance.

    Where are the rest of them?? You have (count 'em) 4 books by a great author in Nook format??? I am pretty sure he wrote more than 4 books in his years of writing. What might be helpful, is to let us buyers know the "Why" of how come you cannot get a book into Nook format (James Michener comes to mind as well - I think there are 3 book by a VERY prolific author in Nook Format). Clive Cussler, while not a great "Literary Author" has many books not in Nook Format, but I enjoy his work for a light read day. Is it some legal issue? Does the Nook buyer or formatter not know literature or is not in touch with what readers want? Who gets to decide what is offered and what is not when it comes to Nook-formatted books?

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2009

    Going For Round 3.

    I'm a 58 year old woman and read this book twice before I graduated from high school. I recently bought it again and know without a doubt the pleasurable hours of reading ahead for me. I've always remembered how much I loved this book and it may just be my favorite of the hundreds I've read over the years. No military background necessary to thoroughly enjoy "Battle Cry."

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2005

    excellent book - highly reccomended

    I really enjoyed this book. Based on actuall events, but ficionalized it really gives the reader a first hand account of what it was like. If you like to read about the Marince Corps, you will like this one.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2014

    You must check this book out.

    This is one of my favorite books I have read. I read it when it first was published and I am reading it again. It is a marvelous book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 28, 2013

    Battle Cry is the finest novel of World War 2 ever written. Uris

    Battle Cry is the finest novel of World War 2 ever written. Uris is historically accurate, he was a Marine during the war, and his character development is detailed and perfect. In the end you really care for each and every person in the book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2012

    What news could a mouse so special bring to us?

    What is it?

    1 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2011

    highly recommended

    If you are into military historical fiction this is a must read. Well written and flows along smoothly. I couldn't put it down.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 6, 2011

    Highly Recommend This Book

    First read this book in 1967, during my junior year in high school. My Dad was in Vietnam and I really connected with the story. Couldn't wait to graduate and go into the military myself, which I did. Spent one tour in Vietnam as did my brother. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and will buy it for my ereader.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2014

    Silvermist

    Looks hurt but pads back to camp.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2014

    Rosepaw

    Good you are gone.

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  • Posted January 4, 2013

    Good Book

    Good escapism book about WW II period. It was a good movie also.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2012

    Violetsong story ch six

    Violetpaw ( as of two moons) waited impatiently tapping her paw for her mentor Sandstorm to come out of the warriors den. Of all the mentors possibke she had been given the laziest most laid back one of them all. Great . She actually envied Dustypaw whos mentor Watershine was strict and uptight. Finally Sandstorm strode out yawning calmly " Ah hello violetpaw." " Come on lets train " she begged. He looked at teh small freash kill pile thinking and then agreed " Well okay fine fine we can hunt. Oh look! Theres Watershine and Sparkledust now and their apprentices Dustypae and Bearpaw. as well! Bearpaw. The name made Violetpaws heart speed up. We should all go together! More fresh kill that way ! " he winked " Now hurry along " The pair caught up to the others and they all began to proceed but suddenly were annoyingly interupted by chants of" No fair! and "We dont want to check the elders for ticks. " It wad Sparkledsts kits. The brand new apprentces Ashpaw an Sunpaw whined . " Come on lets ignore them " said Watershine impatiently and violetpaw agreed silently . Even a reluctant Sparkledust proceeded into the woods deeper and deeper " Careful now theres the twolegs place right up there and we must not get too close or...... " offered Sandstrom . Suddenly Violetpaw heard Spaprkledust whisper offhandly " Well isnt that the most plump juicy looking vole I have ever saw! Who can catch it by the fence? Apprentices? " the attention starved Dustypaw( a flaw of his) stalked eagarly and a bit carelessly as he was dangerously nearing the twoleg border. Silently he stalked them suddenly Sandstorm cried " A twoleg" Panic surged through Violetpaws body as she dove into a thick brush next to Bearpaw . Dustypaw panicked unsure and ran too but as he charged Violetpaw watched as a odd twoleg scooped up dustypaw making strange noises to him and carried him off just like that. " My dear brother ! " cried Violetpaw in despair. " I will find him and return him to me!"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2012

    Bl¿

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2012

    Daniel

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2012

    Shain

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2012

    Good

    Very good.liked it alot

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  • Posted September 27, 2009

    Battle Cry

    When I first read this Uris novel about the Marine Corps, it did not grab my attention as much as some of his other more notable novels, e.g. Tha Haj, Exodus, Mila 18, etc. This novel, is slow moving in getting started, much like his Semper Fi novel (the history of the Corps.) Uris does indeed capture the overall feel of life in the US at the start of WWII, and moves on - ratherm, sort of plods into boot camp.
    Given that several generations have come and gone, the "new" Corps is more technical in all aspects of military life and warfare technology, it is a good book to sit and read while at the beach or in front of the fireplace, but indeed not one I would strongly recommend, except as a last resort.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2006

    excellent

    i also enjoyed this book very much. i learned alot about the marine corps and i got an idea of what my grandpa used to do in it. This book hit a nerve for me. excellent book for action lovers.

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    Posted February 13, 2014

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    Posted July 8, 2009

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