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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Monotonous

Maybe I misread the summary, but I thought the book would describe the actions of forces in the Philippines. However, it was more of a description of the back door politics of the military in Washington. If you want a history of the OSS it might be for you, but if you are looking for a war novel describing the action in WWII in the Pacific, you should look elswhere.
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- E. Gullett

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

Book Details

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