Bloody Ridge and Beyond

  • by Marlin Groft, Larry Alexander
  • Narrated by Joe Barrett
  • 12 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A story of sacrifice and defiance at Guadalcanal, from the New York Times best-selling coauthor of A Higher Call and Biggest Brother.
On the killing ground that was the island of Guadalcanal, a 2,000-yard-long ridge rose from the jungle canopy. Behind it lay the all-important air base of Henderson Field. And if Henderson Field fell, it would mean the almost certain death or capture of all 12,500 marines on the island.
But the marines positioned on the ridge were no normal fighters - they were the hard-fighting men of Edson's Raiders, an elite fighting unit within an already elite Marine Corps. Handpicked for their toughness and submitted to a rigorous training program to weed out those less fit, they were the best of the best.
For two hellish nights in September 1942, about 840 marines - commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Merritt Austin "Red Mike" Edson - fought one of the most pivotal battles of World War II in the Pacific, clinging desperately to their position on what would soon be known as Bloody Ridge.
Wave after wave of attacking Japanese soldiers were repelled by the Raiders, who knew that defeat and retreat were simply not options. In the end, and - against all odds, - the defenders prevailed.
Bloody Ridge and Beyond is the story of the First Marine Raider Battalion, which showed courage and valor in the face of overwhelming numbers, as told by Marlin Groft, a man who was a member of this incredible fighting force.

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A close up view of the malevolent disease of man

This is a stunning account of the malevolent disease of humanity, that which is called war. Yes, I admit I found the book fascinating, yet all the while I listened, nagging questions haunted me. Why is it so easy for a tiny few people to repeatedly, again, and again, manipulate a nation into war? When will the human species rid ourselves of this malevolent disease, called war? This is a gruesome account of our inbread defect for war. Personally, I enjoyed the book for exposing the murderous disease which has haunted humanity since Cain slew Abel. While I do accept that we all have the right to defend ourselves, and our country, I am at a loss to understand why. Why is there always some megalomaniac ready to grab the reigns of power and drive a nation into war? Just look back to the years between 1900 and forward to today. Nothing has changed our propensity for war.
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Marine Forcerecon

Would you listen to Bloody Ridge and Beyond again? Why?

Yes being a retired Recon Marine myself .


What did you like best about this story?

How the story was told about each marine and their fight.


Which character – as performed by Joe Barrett – was your favorite?

All of them,


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No would listen to it again.


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- GunnyT

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-07-2014
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.