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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.
The few, the proud: trace the history of the Marines in W.E.B. Griffin's Corps series.
©2005 W. E. B. Griffin (P)2005 Brilliance Audio
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4 out of 5 stars
By Banyan on 12-31-15

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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5 out of 5 stars
By Robin Gadget on 02-04-17

A nother great book in the series.

Dick Hill is great, truly, but his voices in this audio book were a bit of from others.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Stephen on 04-24-15

Solid entry to great series

Griffin's Corps series is one of my favourite series. This book is not the best book in the series, but it's a decent addition and you get to continue following the story of all the great characters. Australians will find this particular audiobook somewhat irritating though as the word Brisbane gets mentioned several dozen times and every single time the voice actor completely screws up the pronunciation. You think they would have checked that before recording the book.
He also doesn't do the Australian accents that well. He's fine with all the American characters however.
One positive of the audiobook is that they add an 'echo' effect when the characters are speaking to themselves in internal monologue. This is helpful as in some of the previous books in the series it was occasionally hard to work out what was dialogue vs internal monologue.

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