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Behind the Forgotten Front, A WWII Novel

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It’s 1942 and Harry Flynn leaves behind the love of his life to journey into a world of tigers, elephants, and Himalayan Mountains. Here he must take risks if he is to survive. He enlists to fight in the war, expecting to find the thrill of danger and honor of military service. Instead of a fighting position, Harry is sent to the Forgotten Front in the Indian subcontinent ...more
Paperback, 335 pages
Published August 22nd 2014 by Barbara Hawkins (first published August 21st 2014)
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Melinda
Sep 13, 2016 Melinda rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
A brilliant novel, Hawkins deserves recognition of her effort, truly outstanding.

I am a huge history buff, secondly I enjoy well crafted historical fiction. I can honestly state in all of my reading I have not come across a fictional novel offering a narrative on the China-Burma-India Theatre, an often ignored and unknown of WWII. Hawkins impresses with her well researched and excellent presentation of this unnoticed, shunned aspect of the war.

Hawkins paints a vivid setting. The depths of the ex
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Annette
May 16, 2015 Annette rated it it was amazing
Source: ebook provided for free from Barbara Hawkins in exchange for a review.
Rating: 5 stars for excellent.
Summary:
It’s 1942 and Harry Flynn enlists to fight in the war expecting to find the thrill of danger and honor of military service. He leaves behind the love of his life to journey into a world of tigers, elephants and Himalayan Mountains. Instead of a fighting position, Harry is sent to the Forgotten Front in the Indian subcontinent as an ordinary supply officer. There, General Joseph ‘Vi
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Skjam!
Jul 30, 2016 Skjam! rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Readers looking for more obscure WWII settings
Recommended to Skjam! by: Author
Like many red-blooded American men after Pearl Harbor, Lieutenant Harry Flynn joined the Army to fight the enemy directly. But the Army has a lot of jobs to fill, and his excellent handwriting gets Harry posted as a supply officer in a backwater post in India. The Japanese have taken Burma (now Myanmar), cutting China off from supply by the other Allies. Therefore, a road must be built from India through Burma to China. Or at least that’s what the brass think should be done. Harry is ...more
Laurie
Oct 28, 2014 Laurie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2014
This is intense, historical fiction on the battles in the Indian subcontinent during World War II. The story centers on Harry Flynn, a young American who wants to fight for his country. However, instead of being sent to where the "action" is in the South Pacific, or, the European theater, he has orders to work as a supply officer in a part of the world few in America have ever heard about. In the early part of his deployment, he is involved in building a road through Burma to China. The idea was ...more
Teddy
May 14, 2015 Teddy rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
Have you ever heard of "the Road to nowhere"? I have but I didn't know what it referred to. After reading 'Behind the Forgotten Front', I now know where the reference came from. I also learned more about the part of WWII that took place in India, the part of the war the has been mostly forgotten.

I was drawn to this book because it covers part of WWII that has received little attention. Harry Flynn is excited to be going to serve his country in WWII. He is looking forward to the thrill and honor
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Rick
Sep 16, 2016 Rick rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Rather poorly written. I slogged through it only because my father served in the CBI theater during the war, and I remember him talking about some of the places and people mentioned in the book.
Ashley
May 10, 2015 Ashley rated it liked it
It’s no secret that I have a love affair with war fiction especially the overly saturated WWII market. There is never a shortage of WWII books to read but the thing about them is that the large majority of them involve Germany and the Nazi’s. This book follows Harry Flynn as he leaves behind the love of his life to journey into a world of tigers, elephants, and Himalayan Mountains. It’s definitely a different perspective!

It’s a little odd that it is written in the present tense and it took me b
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Rachel Brune
Jan 18, 2015 Rachel Brune rated it really liked it
The story of Merrill's Marauders is known to a few WWII history buffs, but the author brings it to vivid life in this action-packed, well-researched historical fiction novel. The main character is uniquely flawed, not always likeable, but always consistent and moving ahead where history takes him. I enjoyed seeng where the events took him, and how they affected him.

The only complaint I had was the fact that the book was written in present tense, a choice that I personally found incredibly distr
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Chad
Nov 19, 2014 Chad rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this well written piece of historical fiction. I had a tough time putting this book down and could not wait to get back to it. Ms. Hawkins has done a wonderful job in bringing the WWII fight in the Asian jungles back to life. As I read I could feel the wet, dark jungle surrounding me and her extremely descriptive events of the battle encounters had me tasting dirt and feeling the mortars exploding around me. Wow, I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone who has even ...more
Pedro Puech
Oct 21, 2014 Pedro Puech rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Those who like to read WWII novels will be delighted with this one. It tells the story of a boy who was eager to get to the front and to get into action, but learns the reality of the war on his way. It is not about heroes, but rather about people (soldiers may be good men, even if theyre not brave).
What makes Hawkins book unique is not only the plot, but her style. She writes in the first person and in the present tense, not in the past as usual in historical fiction. The reader feels as if hea
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Mary
Nov 19, 2014 Mary rated it really liked it
This is a very good historical novel. Set in India during WWII, this book follows Harry Flynn after he enlists. Harry is the supply officer for the men who are working on the 'road to nowhere'. Watching men die from malaria and mud slides, Harry decides that the work on the road needs to be stopped. He tries to sabotage the road but before he is successful, he is sent to the front lines to join in the fighting. This book details the struggles of war and what our military personnel deal with.
Rachel Parrott
Jun 08, 2015 Rachel Parrott rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
“Behind the Forgotten Front” takes readers to south central Asia during WWII, the forgotten front. Following the evolution of the protagonist and his journey through Burma we meet the men on the front lines and catch glimpses of the leaders who fly in from time to time. A perspective novel of a complicate theater of war,

My copy was a gift from Goodreads First Reads,
Mike Vandeman
Aug 02, 2015 Mike Vandeman rated it really liked it
"Where young men walked away carrying unspeakable memories about the lives that could have been"

It's a gritty and moving true war story about the effort to stop the Japanese in Burma, told from the point of view of her father - a true page-turner.
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Vikas Datta
Apr 20, 2015 Vikas Datta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quite good in resurrecting a forgotten part of the battlefield...
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Barbara Hawkins holds BS degrees from the University of Minnesota where she studied Botany and Mathematics. She taught mathematics and science in High School until she realized she hated being a disciplinarian. From there she traveled to jungles in Latin America collecting plant specimens for several universities. She also has a MS in Civil Engineering from California State University. For the ...more
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