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Hit The Beach (The Rat Bastards #1)

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They love to fight and live to kill!

Start with an insane sergeant with a genius for leadership and a lust for blood. Add a bank robber. A racketeer. A guy who goes berserk on the battlefield. A gun-happy Texan. A silent Apache. A movie stuntman who swings from trees. Put them all together and you have the killing machine known as…

The Rat Bastards.
Paperback, 187 pages
Published November 1st 1983 by Jove (first published January 1st 1983)
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Barry
Aug 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
A horrid example of war at the personal level. They were soldiers and Guadalcansl was their target. The Japs held it but the USA needed it. This is that story.
John Ward
Apr 28, 2011 rated it liked it
"Hit the Beach!” by John Mackie is a thinly veiled metaphor for the Japanese – American economic relationship in the early 1980s. An exerpt about the devaluation of the US dollar vs the Yen:

"The Jap knew he was in trouble now and fought back like a wild animal. Bannon kept slamming him in the face with the Nambu, and the Jap's struggle diminished. His face became a bloody pulp, and you couldn't even tell where his mouth was anymore. Bannon leaned back and fired the blood-splattered Nambu at clos
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Lee Marohn
I read most of this series back when it first came out, starting with Book 4, unfortunately. I finally got my hands on Book 1. I reads pretty much like every other book in the series. Not great, but nonstop action. '80s pulp.
Ken
Aug 20, 2012 rated it really liked it


Good if you like blood and guts war books
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May 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
War stories from Guadalcanal WWII 1942-43. Very good writing, wonderful characters that you come to know very well throughout the series (which is quite long), and Ray Porter makes it great.
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AKA John Mackie, J. Farragut Jones, Nicholas Brady and Gordon Davis; also has ghost written as Clay Dawson.

Born in New Bedford, Massachusetts, Len Levinson served on active duty in the U.S. Army from 1954-1957, and graduated from Michigan State University with a BA in Social Science. He relocated to NYC that year and worked as an advertising copywriter and public relations executive before becomi
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