Battleground (Corps Series #4)

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W.E.B. Griffin is a bestselling phenomenom, an American master of authentic military action and drama. Now, in this electrifying new novel, he reveals the story of one of the bloodiest conflicts of the Pacific, the epic struggle for Guadalcanal...Daredevil pilot Charles Galloway learns the hard way how to command a fighter squadron. Lt. Joe Howard teams up with the Coastwatchers. Jack "No Middle Initial" Stecker leads his infantry battalion into the thickest of fighting, at a terrible price. And Navy Captain ...

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Overview

W.E.B. Griffin is a bestselling phenomenom, an American master of authentic military action and drama. Now, in this electrifying new novel, he reveals the story of one of the bloodiest conflicts of the Pacific, the epic struggle for Guadalcanal...Daredevil pilot Charles Galloway learns the hard way how to command a fighter squadron. Lt. Joe Howard teams up with the Coastwatchers. Jack "No Middle Initial" Stecker leads his infantry battalion into the thickest of fighting, at a terrible price. And Navy Captain Pickering grabs a helmet and rifle to join the ranks at Guadalcanal...

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This latest volume in the Corps series takes the U.S. Marines from Midway to Guadalcanal. Navy Cpt. Fleming Pickering travels to various headquarters, reporting events to the secretary of the Navy; recently promoted Cpt. Charley Galloway forms a new fighter squadron; Sgt. John Moore is a Japanese-language expert on a top-secret intelligence assignment. Griffin ( Counterattack ) employs a surprisingly effective alternative to military fiction's usual foxhole-and-cockpit perspective--he places the characters on the fringes rather than in the thick of the action, skirting familiar events and offering opportunities to explore the Pacific War's less familiar byways. As he creates a framework of coherent subplots and interesting personalities, he reveals WW II arcana, including the principles for establishing travel priorities and the status of enlisted Marine pilots. Sure to be welcomed by series fans, Battleground is also likely to inspire new readers to seek its predecessors. (Jan.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780515106404
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/1991
  • Series: Corps Series , #4
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 496
  • Sales rank: 100,640
  • Product dimensions: 4.35 (w) x 6.87 (h) x 1.11 (d)

Meet the Author

W. E. B. Griffin

W.E.B. Griffin is the author of six bestselling series.

Biography

With more than 40 million books in print in more than 10 languages, bestselling novelist W.E.B. Griffin enjoys a well-deserved reputation as a master of the military thriller.

Griffin began his career not as a writer but as a military man like the type he would eventually make millions writing about. After growing up in both New York City and the Philadelphia suburb of Wallingford, Pennsylvania, Griffin took the step in 1946 that -- little did he know at the time -- would set the course for his literary life: He enlisted in the United States Army. After finishing basic training, he went through counterintelligence instruction at Fort Holabird, New Jersey, and was assigned to the Army of Occupation in Germany under Major General I. D. White, commander of the U.S. Constabulary.

In 1951, while attending Philips University, in Marburg an der Lahn, in Germany, Griffin was recalled to active duty during the Korean War. He again served under General White, both at Fort Knox, Kentucky, and in Korea, where he earned the Expert Combat Infantry Badge and served as a combat correspondent and as acting X Corps (Group) information officer. Upon his release from active duty in 1953, Griffin was appointed chief of the Publications Division of the Army Signal Aviation Test & Support Activity at the Army Aviation Center, Fort Rucker, Alabama.

Although he first wrote under various pen names, Griffin didn't begin writing his bestselling string of military novels until he was well into his 50s. His first Brotherhood of War novel, The Lieutenants, was published in 1982 and touched off Griffin's well-known reputation for writing with historical accuracy and fascinating detail. Publishers Weekly noted that this first novel "captures the rhythms of WW II army life... in an absorbing account of life among military men." Griffin would go on to pen additional books in the Brotherhood of War sequence and to launch other bestselling series -- including The Corps, Badge of Honor, Honor Bound, and Men at War, among others.

While Griffin's public persona is a bit of an enigma -- he's not one to make the talk show rounds -- it's clear that he both knows and appreciates his readers, especially his fellow military men. On his official web site, Griffin reflects, "Nothing honors me more than a serviceman, veteran, or cop telling me how much he enjoys reading my books."

Good To Know

Griffin was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Philosophy in Military Fiction from Norwich University.

He was vested in the Order of St. George by the U.S. Armor Association.

Griffin addressed the Corps of Cadets for the United States Military Academy.

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    1. Also Known As:
      William Edmund Butterworth III (real name); Alex Baldwin, Webb Beech, Walter E. Blake, Jack Dugan, John Kevin Dugan, Eden Hughes, James McDouglas, Allison Mitchell, Edmund O. Scholefield, Blakely St.
      W.E.B. Griffin
    2. Hometown:
      Coppell, Texas
    1. Date of Birth:
      November 10, 1929
    2. Place of Birth:
      Newark, New Jersey

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2013

    Great story with historical accuracy.

    I'm impressed with the historical detail contained in the story, and Griffin does a great job of blending in his fictional characters. You can't help but wonder how accurate the personalities of the historical figures are but it's fun to read. As with all of these books there is some rehashing of what came before (in case you haven't read the previous volumes). The personal lives of the individuals is center stage with the war happening around them. This book reaffirms the courage and tenacity of the 1st Marine Division on Guadalcanal to succeed in their mission under horrible conditions. The book also spends a fair amount of time covering the sacrifices of the mostly Australian coast watchers.

    Just a note to warn parents. This is an adult story with strong language and sexual themes throughout.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2010

    It was OK

    It was all right not as good as Brotherhoof of war

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2013

    Anonymous to Onyx

    Why be so heartless Onyx not all people who commit sucide take drugs.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2013

    HUNTER

    I DON'T CARE! JUST LEAVE ME ALONE!

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2013

    Read

    Hunter is coming

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2013

    Firesteel to Deathclaw

    Fearing darkness is natural. Because when ther is no light to guide you, to save you, you become wary. Your imagination takes control and suddenly, you are terrified.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2013

    A voice

    All these promises broken....deep echos .......each word gets lost in a echo..........one last lie i can see though....................this time ill finally let u go....

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2013

    Blackstorm

    Snarls

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2013

    Onyx

    I'm 13. But I actually do, FYI, act like an 8yr old. IT'S TRUE, BUDDEH!!! AND SUICIDE IS FOR CREEPS THAT TAKE DRUGS WITH SIDE EFFECTS!!! PEACE OUT, I'M LEAVING!!!

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2013

    Deathsleep

    Hello, I'm a new evil cat; and I want to help. What's the plan.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2013

    Kakidan

    Go away.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2013

    DontLive

    I itch to kill.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2013

    A cat

    ?..

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2013

    SREW YOUR FREAKIN WAR!!!

    ITS JUST STUPIDNESS!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2013

    Random bystander

    She gets out mouse corn and river water soda, watching the sheep.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2013

    Aero

    Wanders lamely to result four.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2013

    Flame

    Kills a good cat.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2013

    Sparkpaw

    The apprentice slashes at bad cats and licks Bloods blood(heh heh heh heh) off her claws. If you have taken pide in that, take her to your clan.

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    Posted February 14, 2013

    Spottedkit to Coldstar

    Sneaks up and bites neck

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    Posted February 14, 2013

    Silverleaf

    Lunges at deathclaw and firmly grips his throat in her mouth. Snarls FOR MY KITS and bites down as hard as she can. He goes limp. Her own throat is bleeding from being shaken.

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