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Beginning aboard the U.S.S. Olympia, Blood and Iron is the first in a planned series of six books chronicling the adventures of Levi Rankin. Fresh from the wilds of Wyoming, young Marine Corporal Rankin is savagely tested in the Spanish American War (Battle of Manila Bay) while serving under Commodore Dewey. Rankin's courage is rewarded with a promotion, and he comes of age and learns the lessons of leadership and betrayal in the heat of the Philippine jungles, gunboat duty on the Yellow River, and finally during the brutal Siege of Peking during the Boxer Rebellion. For Mature Audiences Only: Explicit language and situational violence. Must be 18 years of age to purchase.
(P)2002 Timberwolf Press
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"From beginning to end, the story has a lot of detail and energy." (AudioFile)
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4 out of 5 stars
By George on 03-28-04

Blood and Iron

Abridged or Unabridged I loved it. Bring on the next five in the series. If you have ever been a Marine you will like it for the glimpse into life when the Corps was young. I am not sure I like the dramatization as much as narration, but I loved the story. Usually I listen to Audible on my daily commute on the "L", but this one had me listening in my kitchen. You won't be disappointed

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3 out of 5 stars
By Kent on 01-19-05

Blood and Iron

This is a great story. Let me say that right off the bat. And if it was abridged they did a good job of it and there are no holes or gaps. If your a Marine you'll like it because it deals with a part of the history of the Marine Corps that most of us are a bit foggy on and hasnt been dealt with very much in books or movies. I liked the way that Macgregor inserted actual events (Dan Dalys actions during the Boxer rebellion)and real life characters (Smedley Butler who he names Buller)and weaves them around the main character. He did his homework on the technical side and I only found a couple of things that didnt fit, I think we had Lee straight pulls not Krags then and dont call me Sarge.
Like I said before this is a great story, however that being said the dramitization SUCKED. The fellow that played the main character, Levi was ok and the narrator was good but with very few exceptions the cast was awful. Way overacted and some of the accents were so fake as to be offensive If you can work around the awful voice acting and just pay attention to the story you'll like it.

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