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As a lifelong armchair soldier, I'm a great fan of good, eyewitness style war narratives. This is a well written, well researched war story. The author first introduces the various Marines who will become the subject matter of the story. The listener then experiences the vicious struggle on Peleliu alongside these great men. The death and suffering are described without any attempt to soften the punch. Although the book delves into the reasons for the Peleliu operation and whether it was even necessary, the main thrust of the book is the personal accounts of the soldiers who were there. The best compliment I can give this book is that, as advertised, it really is as compelling as the brilliant "Band of Brothers".
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A book about historical events can go the direction of being authoritative - putting every detail into the volume, or it can attempt to be readable and entertaining by conveying the essence of the details seen through the eyes of a few participants. Unfortunately, this book does neither well. The author continuously throws out names without allowing the reader to empathize or familiarize with anyone. When Marines are killed in foxholes adjacent to central figures, their names are given as if this books is the official record. While this is commendable for after-action reports, it makes for boring reading. By the end of the book it felt as if the author was trying to mention every Marine who took apart in the battle, interesting or not. What makes this worse is the terrible narration. When reading the voices of individual Marines, the narrator has an ensemble of comical accents but seems to forget mid-sentence that he's using a specific accent, so the result is a mish-mash of partial drawls within the same quote marks. The overall voice of the narrator is not suited for the material and in fact is prone to cause drowsiness rather than excitement in the material. Unfortunately this book will likely only be of interest to families of Marines who participated in the battle or in hardcore history buffs who want to count the foxholes.
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