Orders Is Orders [NOOK Book]

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The Chinese city of Shunkien is under siege, the Japanese military laying it to waste.  In the middle of the city sits the American consulate, a fragile sanctuary packed with refugees, threatened not only by artillery, but by the ravages of starvation and cholera.

200 miles away, on the USS Miami, stands their only hope—Marine Gunnery Sergeant James Mitchell.  As tough as Tom Hanks in Saving Private Ryan—and just as stubborn—if ...
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Overview


The Chinese city of Shunkien is under siege, the Japanese military laying it to waste.  In the middle of the city sits the American consulate, a fragile sanctuary packed with refugees, threatened not only by artillery, but by the ravages of starvation and cholera.

200 miles away, on the USS Miami, stands their only hope—Marine Gunnery Sergeant James Mitchell.  As tough as Tom Hanks in Saving Private Ryan—and just as stubborn—if anybody can negotiate a crucial supply of gold and medicine through 200 miles of bullets, bombs and butchery, it’s Sergeant Mitchell. 

But the Japanese are the least of his problems.  First there’s Goldy Brown, the American fan-dancer who’s hitched along for the ride—a girl as unpredictable as her skirt is tight.  And then there’s the greatest enemy of all: alcohol.  Mitchell has a weakness for the bottle, and if he falls into one, it’s America that will pay the price.  

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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"Originally published in 1937, this tale is a splendid audio, filled with sound effects, Asian-inspired music, and lively characterizations. The American consulate in a Japanese-occupied city in China is in dire need of cholera serum and food. U.S. Marine Gunnery Sergeant James Mitchell and Private First Class Spivits are trying to reach the consulate with serum and enough gold to purchase food. Along the way, they pick up Bronx-born fan dancer Goldy and Mitchell’s missionary father. Bloom reads the role of Goldy in an authentic Bronx accent. When Goldy initially tries to pass herself off as the daughter of a millionaire, listeners know she is lying because her dialect gives her away. Remaining cast members do their part as well, bringing authenticity to the dialogue. Background sound effects place listeners in the action, and brackets of music create an old-time radio atmosphere. Give this to patrons (mostly males) looking for a short adventure story set against the backdrop of war." —Booklist

"Hubbard’s dialogue uses the lingo of the time, and the production includes background sounds and music from the period. All the narrators do a good job keeping listeners engaged." —AudioFile Magazine

 

"Hubbard’s tale, originally published in a pulp magazine in 1937, takes listeners to the war-torn Chinese city of Shunkien, where the Japanese have launched an assault of epic proportions. The lone building left standing among the piles of flaming rubble is the American consulate, where innocent refugees are trying to stave off hunger and a deadly flu epidemic. 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 recording, as usual, is stunning and well directed by Jim Meskimen. Featuring brilliant performances by Brooke Bloom, R.F. Daley and Meskimen himself, the story captivates thoroughly." —Publishers Weekly starred review
   
  
 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592126026
  • Publisher: Galaxy Press, LLC
  • Publication date: 3/16/2009
  • Series: Stories from the Golden Age
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 168
  • Sales rank: 619,222
  • Product dimensions: 5.37 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author


As one of the 20 top bestselling authors of all time, with more than 325 million works in circulation, L. Ron Hubbard stands alongside an illustrious company of writers. But he also stands alone—as an author who actually lived many of the stories he wrote.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2010

    Orders is Orders is great!

    Hubbard puts fun, vigor and life into writing. He is so refreshing among so many plodding brooding styles that exist today.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2009

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    Great story! Surprizing.

    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.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 14, 2012

    Though this book is free, please know you contribute to a CULT /

    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.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 29, 2012

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    "Orders Is Orders" was published originally in Decembe

    "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.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 1, 2012

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    Hubbard's imagination was so keen, he turned it into a religion,

    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!

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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