Orders Is Orders

Orders Is Orders

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by L. Ron Hubbard
     
 

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The doomed Chinese city of Shunkien was being systematically destroyed. Japan’s war machine was pounding wreckage into ashes—wiping out a city that had thrived since the time of Genghis Khan.

One of the few buildings still standing is the American consulate where one hundred and sixteen US refugees are facing almost certain death, either from high…  See more details below

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The doomed Chinese city of Shunkien was being systematically destroyed. Japan’s war machine was pounding wreckage into ashes—wiping out a city that had thrived since the time of Genghis Khan.

One of the few buildings still standing is the American consulate where one hundred and sixteen US refugees are facing almost certain death, either from high explosives, the ravages of starvation or Asiatic cholera.

Unbeknownst to the refugees, their fate rests in the hands of one Marine-- Gunnery Sergeant James Mitchell--and his ability to negotiate two hundred miles of occupied territory in order to bring desperately needed gold and medicine, while overcoming bullets, dive bombers, butchery and his own personal nemesis—alcohol.

Add to these seemingly insurmountable odds, a seductive American fan-dancer who hitches along for the ride and saving the lives of the hostages is far from a fait accompli.

As a young man, Hubbard visited Manchuria, where his closest friend headed up British intelligence in northern China.  Hubbard gained a unique insight into the hostile political climate between China and Japan—a knowledge that informs stories like Orders Is Orders. In addition, he served as a First Sergeant with the 20th United States Marine Corps Reserve—giving him first-hand knowledge of what it means to be a Marine.

“Demonstrating his unique ability to relate even to the most complicated story with a keen eye for detail and realism, Hubbard’s stunning writing ability and creative imagination set him apart as one of the greatest literary figures of the 20th century.” —Publishers Weekly

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"Demonstrating his unique ability to relate even the most complicated story with a keen eye for detail and realism, Hubbard’s stunning writing ability and creative imagination set him apart as one of the greatest literary figures of the 20th century. ...the story captivates thoroughly." —Publishers Weekly starred review

“One of my all-time favorite writers! On par with Jack London, Edgar Rice Burroughs and Dashiell Hammett.”
—George Clayton Johnson author of “Logan’s Run”

"L. Ron Hubbard was a working writer whose popular stories appeared in many of the pulp magazines of the 1930s and 1940s. … Orders Is Orders is the story of Marine Gunnery Sergeant James Mitchell and Private First Class Spivits who are called upon to make a 200-mile trek to bring an anti-cholera serum to a remote American consulate in Shunkien, China against impossible odds and the risk of their very lives." —Midwest Book Review

"Give this to patrons (mostly males) looking for a short adventure story set against the backdrop of war.” —Booklist

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781592126026
Publisher:
Galaxy Press, LLC
Publication date:
03/16/2009
Series:
Military & War Short Stories Collection
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
168
Sales rank:
702,924
File size:
1 MB
Age Range:
13 Years

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Orders is Orders 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a lot of fun. I was surprized how involved I became with the characters. It was also a great look at the power of determination against all odds in a very colorful setting. Great Read. I recommend it.
notlkn More than 1 year ago
Though this book is free, please know you contribute to a CULT / Ponzi scheme when purchasing anything from L Ron Hubbard. Galaxy Press is owned by the Church of Spiritual Technology. The Church of Spiritual Technology, also known as CST, is a Californian 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation,[1] incorporated in 1982, which owns all the copyrights of the estate of L. Ron Hubbard. The CST is doing business as L. Ron Hubbard Library. The organization receives its income from royalty fees paid to it by licensing of the copyrighted materials of Dianetics and Scientology to Scientology-connected organizations . CST conducts an extensive program of activities to preserve and archive the Scientology Scriptures for use by future generations.
izzyt84 More than 1 year ago
Hubbard's imagination was so keen, he turned it into a religion, Dianetics. Church of Scientology. No wonder followers such as Tom Cruise are soo bizarre! And don't forget the commercials from the '80's, Dianetics, the 'answer is on page, 258.' Right, okay L.Ron Hubbard. BTW, this guy was friends with Alister Crowley. Great minds think alike. Not. Garbage!
woody1 More than 1 year ago
"Orders Is Orders" was published originally in December, 1937 in Argosy Weekly. In "The Hero With A Thousand Faces," Joseph Campbell explores the theory that significant myths in many cultures around the world survived because they all share a fundamental structure, which Campbell calls the monomyth or the hero's journey. Similarly, pulp fiction contains a predictable narrative structure: the hero, the trusty sidekick, the romantic interest, and the seemingly, unattainable mission. The narrative plot in "Orders Is Orders follows this typical structure. The non-stop action begins in China in the 1930's, during the Japanese invasion. James Mitchell, a tough marine gunnery sergeant along with private first class Toughey Spivits have been ordered to embark on a treacherous 200 mile mission to deliver cholera anti-serum and gold to the American consulate in Skunkien. Whiskey addiction, a femme fatale, a reverend, and impossible odds complicate their military mission in this fictional account of courage and heroism in the face of adversity.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hubbard puts fun, vigor and life into writing. He is so refreshing among so many plodding brooding styles that exist today.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As some say a beef jerky dated pulp so borrow not a keeper of course if you like this generic genre you will like this book
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