Behind the Lines : Corps

  • by W. E. B. Griffin
  • Narrated by Dick Hill
  • Series: Corps
  • 17 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

World War II. On the island of Mindanao, the Philippines, a man calling himself "General" Fertig has set himself up as a guerrilla leader to harass the Japanese. Army records show that the only officer named Fertig in the Philippines is a reserve lieutenant colonel of the Corps of Engineers, reported MIA on Luzon.Still, the reports filtering out are interesting, and it's Marine lieutenant Ken McCoy's mission to sneak behind the lines and find out if he's for real. With him is a motley group put together as a compromise between the warring factions of Douglas MacArthur and the OSS chief Bill Donovan.Together, these men will steal into the heart of enemy territory and there, amid firefights and jungle camps, encounter more than they had bargained for. Before they're done, each will undergo a test of his own personal mettle - with results that will surprise even the most hardened of them.

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Enjoyable but the sound engineer needs to be fired

Would you listen to Behind the Lines again? Why?

If you listen to the entire series - you get a lot of redundant information for those who start in the middle. Sometimes it gets a bit tedious and seems "cut and paste" but it's understandable.


Did Dick Hill do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Turning the Philippines General into Jack Nicholson or an 80's Christian Slater impression of Jack Nicholson was funny.


Any additional comments?

I guess the sound engineer had a time limitation. I presume they were trying to make it fit on cassette tape? They released this edition at 30% faster than recorded and distorts Dick Hill's voice. If you can slow it down by 30% you get the regular Dick Hill cadences. That was amazingly distracting. I listen while commuting and seriously thought about returning it for the print edition. It's not impossible to enjoy. If you jump into the story and take the ride - it's a good book.

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- Banyan

Hope they re-record

If you could sum up Behind the Lines in three words, what would they be?

Mostly preparation stories


Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yes and no. It is another of Griffin's fill-in-the-black books, it seems to me. As always, I enjoy learning about the further development of the characters, but the suspense was a little lacking.


What three words best describe Dick Hill’s voice?

Pretty dang good.


Any additional comments?

It became apparent how much Dick Hill contributes to the storytelling. He is one of my favorite. However, this one was recorded in '96, and almost all of the character voices are different. This changes perception of the character- most of the time for the worse. I would purchase a new version if it became available. Other than that, Dick is awesome!

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- Dan

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-01-2008
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio