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Battleground (The Corps #4)

4.23 of 5 stars 4.23  ·  rating details  ·  2,163 ratings  ·  24 reviews
W.E.B. Griffin is a bestselling phenomenom, an American master of authentic military action and drama. Now, in this electrifying new novel, he reveals the story of one of the bloodiest conflicts of the Pacific, the epic struggle for Guadalcanal...Daredevil pilot Charles Galloway learns the hard way how to command a fighter squadron. Lt. Joe Howard teams up with the Coastwa ...more
Paperback, 496 pages
Published September 1st 1991 by Jove (first published January 16th 1991)
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Bob Conner
I fell in love with Griffin's series about the Corps and have read all his awesome works. I can't recall reading a more engaging series with characters all so rich and colorful each of them could be an awesome novel of their own. But Griffin smashes them all together into one nuclear story.

Amazingly colorful characters - Kenneth "Killer" Kelley and his gorgeous wife Ernestine Sage, Jack "NMI" Stecker, Pick Pickering, Sgt Zimmerman, etc....... The list just goes on and on and they never lose thei
Half-hearted stab at combat reporting, this volume offers a lot of narratives and the death of no notable character. The climax is weak because it doesn't tie anything together and involves only one or two characters. The bulk of the novel involves Marines pushing papers and divulging national secrets to blueblood patrician types that run the show anyway. Very little battleground action, maybe three pages and another page and a half of dogfighting. That's out of almost 500 pages. There is about ...more
Quite an improvement after the last volume, as all the threads are intertwining again and the new characters introduced then find their place in the ensemble of the first two books.

Of course that means first that there is a lot of repetition of the timeline, showing what the other main characters have done up to the end of counterattack, but it doesn't really get boring, cause they don't live again through the same situations, but have all their own encounters...

On the other hand W.E.B. Griffin
Steve Moseley
This is another great book in "The Corps" series. More than about a shoot'm up bang bang type of book, this series is about the lives of group of men and women both in and out of uniform (mostly in uniform), and how the Second World War transforms their lives.

Not that there is no action in this book there is, but thrust of the story focuses more on the characters during that action than the action itself which makes reading about it even more powerful.

There are some new characters in this book t
Ronald Wise
Book IV of The Corps Series. I had to skip Book III because my library no longer has a circulating copy. It seemed like the action continued not long after the conclusion of Book II, Call to Arms, and indeed covered the summer months of 1942. At the conclusion of this book I realized that these books were not as much about the war itself, as about the individuals involved. The historical facts blend seamlessly into the fictional, though I assumed the action on Guadalcanal is based on historical ...more
This is probably my second favorite book in the series so far, after the first one. For a couple books I felt a lot of new characters were being introduced and in this one you get some payoff of things coming together more...less new characters, more checking on Marines you've grown attached to. I enjoy the fact that these books aren't so much combat oriented as intelligence oriented and about good people fighting through red tape and stupid bureaucracy to keep the war going in America's favor. ...more
Howard Anders
This is Number Four in Griffin's series on the Marine Corps, and a most welcome re-read for me. A couple of new characters are introduced. Most of the action takes place in and around the Solomon Islands. The battle for Guadalcanal was one we were not ready for, even though it was a necessary operation. It exposed a lot of weaknesses in American doctrine and methods, which had to be corrected for the US to win in the Pacific. It also corrected many of our misconceptions of the Japanese as oppone ...more
Another really good book in W.E.B. Griffin's "The Corps" series. There is only one flaw and it is rather major. I am becoming very annoyed by the overlapping timeframes between books. Only about 20% of this book was new material, the rest was timeline that was already covered just from different perspectives. It gets a little frustrating when you are reading about someone and don't know who it is because he's already been promoted in a previous book. I got a little lost at first and it greatly a ...more
The Front End of Guadalcanal. As the US is drawn inevitably to Jap buildup efforts on Guadalcanal, the Marines make a poorly prepped launch to the Solomons as Flem Pickering inserts himself into the Guadalcanal landing and ends up the G2 of 1st Marines by default. He is hurried of the island to preserve MAGIC protocol but assumes command of his rescue DDG when the skipper and XO are killed by a Jap dive bomber. Galloway is shot down in the initial Jap raid on the operational Guadalcanal field, b ...more
James Oliver Burns
After reading some the reviews before I started reading BattleGround, I have to say that I agree with those who said this was the best so far. I would also agree tha the sex was needless and for the most part took away from the story line, The invation of Guadalcanal and the prep and putting together the intelligence and the gathering of it, and the danger involved. It was captivating, when I would start to put down, I would read 1 more chapter to see what happened to So and So. Etc, Etc
Valerie Curtis
I just love his series! No, there's no blood and guts, but he has laid the foundation to where you feel you are there. I spent a short time in the military and it's amazing how I've been reminded of so much that goes on :) I recommend this series to anyone that is interested in WWII or the military for that matter.
I've learned (or refreshed my memory) on so much history. This is well researched and written simply, but accurately.
Another outstanding entry in The Corps series by Griffin. The war in the Pacific is really heating up as familiar characters such as Galloway, Moore, McCoy, Dunn, and Pickering are further torn from their personal endeavors and cast into the battles with Japan near Guadalcanal and parts of Australia. With such strong characters and powerful writing, Griffin has added to one of the more memorable series I have yet tackled.
Fredrick Danysh
Battleground is book four of the Corps series. Charles Galloway is involved in the air war in the Pacific while Lieutenant Joe Howard becomes a coast watcher. World War I Marine and current shipping tycoon Fleming Pickering is sent to the Pacific by the president to be his eyes and ears. This is an engrossing read that sspans the war in the Pacific.
Again, too much sex and swearing, and the action scenes are a bit "blink and miss it", but the rest is really really good. Lots of characters to love and hate, plenty going on and heaps of information that gives a post- (like, POST) war baby like me a better idea of what really happened in our neck of the woods during WWII.
This series stunk! I read the entire series hoping for some kind of combat action, but was disappointed time after time. The main character seemed to miss every major action of WWII...the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the invasion of the Philippines, etc. I would not recommend this series to anyone I liked!
More new characters introduced as the war winds on. Time overlaps from the previous books as a result of so many characters and story lines, and the women are eye-rollingly unrealistic, as usual. But a good series and great insights into the history of World War II in the Pacific.
Fourth in the (Marine) Corps series ... a good, but slightly drawn out read. Give it 4-1/4 stars, which is in tune with the average rating.
J.W. Thompson
What I learn from Griffin's book is that he is a master of showing the stories and bringing his fans into the action
What a great book. The characters are compelling and I can't wait to start book five!
Sean Evans
Battleground (The Corps, Book 4) by W. E. B. Griffin (1991)
WW II Pacific
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W.E.B. Griffin is one of several pseudonyms for William E. Butterworth III.

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W.E.B. Griffin is the #1 best-selling author of more than fifty epic novels in seven series, all of which have made The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Publishers Weekly, and other best-seller lists. More than fifty million of the books are in print in more than ten languages, including Heb
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Other Books in the Series

The Corps (10 books)
  • Semper Fi (The Corps, #1)
  • Call To Arms (The Corps, #2)
  • Counterattack (The Corps, #3)
  • Line of Fire (The Corps, #5)
  • Close Combat (The Corps, #6)
  • Behind the Lines (The Corps, #7)
  • In Danger's Path (The Corps, #8)
  • Under Fire (The Corps, #9)
  • Retreat, Hell! (The Corps, #10)
The Hostage (Presidential Agent, #2) Semper Fi (The Corps, #1) By Order of the President (Presidential Agent, #1) The Lieutenants (Brotherhood of War, #1) The Berets (Brotherhood of War, #5)

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