Behind the Lines (Corps Series #7)

Behind the Lines (Corps Series #7)

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by W. E. B. Griffin
     
 

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Behind the Lines is W. E. B. Griffin's powerful novel of World War II — and the courage, patriotism, and sacrifice of those who fought it.

By 1942, the Japanese have routed the outnumbered American forces and conquered the Philippines. But deep in the island jungles, the combat continues. Refusing to surrender, a renegade Army officer organizes a

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Behind the Lines is W. E. B. Griffin's powerful novel of World War II — and the courage, patriotism, and sacrifice of those who fought it.

By 1942, the Japanese have routed the outnumbered American forces and conquered the Philippines. But deep in the island jungles, the combat continues. Refusing to surrender, a renegade Army officer organizes a resistance force and vows to fight to the last man. A Marine leads his team on a mission through the heart of enemy territory.

And the nation's proudest sons fight uncelebrated battles that will win — or lose — the war . . .

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Griffin's seventh novel in The Corps series (after Close Combat) continues the author's breezy look at the Marine Corps during WWII. Here, he uses guerrilla action behind the lines in the Philippines as foreground to tell the behind-the-lines tale of the power struggle among Marine General Fleming Pickering, General Douglas MacArthur and Bill Donovan of the fledgling OSS, all of whom are galvanized into action by a radio message from a self-proclaimed general named Wendell Fertig, who has established himself as a guerrilla leader against the Japanese. As far as the Marines are concerned, once the message is verified, a team of men with supplies will be sent in to evacuate any sick or wounded and evaluate Fertig as a potential leader. Complicating matters, however, are MacArthur's public declaration that guerrilla activity on the Philippines is impossible, and therefore nonexistent, and Bill Donovan's desire to get the operation under OSS control. Focusing on a variety of characters involved in the proposed mission, Griffin tells an absorbing story with his usual attention to dialogue rather than description, relying frequently on his favored device of moving the plot along through copies of memos, radio messages and telegrams. The boy's club aura of Griffin's primarily male world, where everything-even death-seems clear, sunny, bright and uncomplicated, is in full force here; and that should please his fans just fine.
Library Journal
In Griffin's latest, a bunch of mismatched World War II grunts search for a missing colonel who may be launching guerrilla raids on Japan. Sounds like a cross between The Guns of Navarone and Apocalypse Now.
George Cohen
Griffin's twenty-second novel is the seventh in his Marine Corps series. It is set on the island of Mindanao in the Philippines during World War II. The hero is Lieutenant (and later captain) Ken McCoy, a tough marine who speaks fluent Chinese and Japanese. It's his job to lead a group behind enemy lines to check on General Fertig, who has set himself up as a guerrilla leader to harass the Japanese. Griffin mixes fact and fiction, weaving into the plot such World War II personalities as General Douglas MacArthur, Admiral Chester Nimitz, and Colonel Bill Donovan (head of OSS). As always for Griffin, the dialogue is filled with military jargon, and the action is all derring-do. One would think that readers would tire of the genre, but as long as there are wars, there will be war novels and popular war novelists.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780515119381
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/28/1996
Series:
Corps Series, #7
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
576
Sales rank:
130,662
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.75(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

W. E. B. Griffin is the author of seven bestselling series: The Corps, Brotherhood of War, Badge of Honor, Men at War, Honor Bound, Presidential Agent, and now Clandestine Operations. He lives in Fairhope, Alabama, and Buenos Aires, Argentina. 
 

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Coppell, Texas
Date of Birth:
November 10, 1929
Place of Birth:
Newark, New Jersey

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Behind the Lines 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 39 reviews.
ALWAYS_UP_FRONT More than 1 year ago
This book is for anyone who is interested in what it was really like in both the trenches and at the highest level during some of the darkest hours of WW2. W.E.B. Griffin weaves his characters, the actual major players who made the histoy, actual statements that were made by the major players etc into this book in such a way that makes it very hard to put it down before you have finished reading the book. This book is for the reader who is interested in history or military history. I would recommend that for the most enjoyment that the reader start with the first book of the series and contine reading thru to the last book of that series. I hope to have all of his books on my nook in the near future and recommend that any military book club discussion group put this book and any other book by W.E.B Griffin on its book club discussion list
DiehardNM More than 1 year ago
As a former Marine, I found myself re-living past experiences. This series has earned all its high marks. This author has gone beyond the blood and guts of war and has presented the polical reasons for past wars and shows the complex relationship between civilian control and military application of that control.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a fan of Griffith for well over 20 years and a voracious reader and 're-reader of all his series' I highly reccomend 'The Corps Series' to any military buff. The mixture of fiction laced with historical fact is not only educational but absolutely leaves one impatiently 'Champing at the bit' for the next offering. Does Mr. Griffth intend to continue the Marine Corps saga? I fervently hope so.
haldollar More than 1 year ago
Griffin is always a good read. Fast paced story line and great detail.
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BillOOK More than 1 year ago
A real page burner... I truly enjoyed it.
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