Battle Cry

Battle Cry

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by Leon Uris
     
 

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Moving, shocking, tense, and glorious, here is a magnificent saga of men at war—Leon Uris's famous novel about life in the jaws of death, in the U.S. Marine Corps. Here are the men from the cities, farms, and whistle-stops. Here are the tough kids and the mama's boys, the liars and the lovers, the goldbricks and the heroes. Here are the men who made up the

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Moving, shocking, tense, and glorious, here is a magnificent saga of men at war—Leon Uris's famous novel about life in the jaws of death, in the U.S. Marine Corps. Here are the men from the cities, farms, and whistle-stops. Here are the tough kids and the mama's boys, the liars and the lovers, the goldbricks and the heroes. Here are the men who made up the most courageous fighting force on the face of he earth—in the best novel about them ever written.

"Raw, tough, and unvarnished . . . Don't miss it!"—Kirkus Reviews

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ISBN-13:
9780553209914
Publisher:
Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/01/1969

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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...


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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 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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."
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Skeets11b More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you are into military historical fiction this is a must read. Well written and flows along smoothly. I couldn't put it down.
LilJohn More than 1 year ago
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.
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SJL39 More than 1 year ago
Good escapism book about WW II period. It was a good movie also.
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