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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Skip Whistle, but the other two are stunning
Two of the stories in the "Trilogy" are the unabridged "From Here to Eternity" (about soldiers in Hawaii in the months leading up to Pearl Harbor) and "The Thin Red Line" (about soldiers in Guadalcanal facing their first combat). Both are excellent stories, and each merits five stars. Since they're both famous, I won't say more about them here.

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Published 23 months ago by Gregory N. Hullender

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1.0 out of 5 stars BAD book!
The worst boob ever written from which a very good movie was made.
If you saw the movie, NEVER read the book. (From here to Eternity )
Published 18 months ago by Henry Dobris


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Skip Whistle, but the other two are stunning, January 27, 2013
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This review is from: The World War II Trilogy: From Here to Eternity, The Thin Red Line, and Whistle (Kindle Edition)
Two of the stories in the "Trilogy" are the unabridged "From Here to Eternity" (about soldiers in Hawaii in the months leading up to Pearl Harbor) and "The Thin Red Line" (about soldiers in Guadalcanal facing their first combat). Both are excellent stories, and each merits five stars. Since they're both famous, I won't say more about them here.

"Whistle" is another matter entirely. Jones died before he could finish it, so the last 10% or so is just an outline of the story. Even the other 90% of it is unpolished. Bits of text get repeated. A character speaks like a hayseed in one chapter but like a scholar in another. I seriously doubt the author wanted anyone looking at this; it's a one-star story, and I only say that about books (usually self-published) that I think shouldn't have been published at all.

Chronologically, Whistle happens *after* "The Thin Red Line" so I'm not sure why they placed it in the middle of this collection. If one is to read it at all, it should certainly be read last.

Arguably it makes more sense to buy "From Here to Eternity" and "The Thin Red Line" separately, assuming the pricing works out. Just be sure to get the unabridged ones; the original editors apparently cut a lot of "controversial" material from the original editions.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Better than the heavy weight books, October 8, 2012
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Seems to be all there and includes his occasional odd spelling notions just as he wrote it. At least so far it seems to be all there. A lot more convenient than the weighty paper volumes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Detailed insight into military life, September 14, 2014
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This review is from: The World War II Trilogy: From Here to Eternity, The Thin Red Line, and Whistle (Kindle Edition)
This book shows life in the US military, warts and all. The trilogy begins prior to WWII and continues through Perl Harbor to depict the horrible events of the US war in the Pacific and the troop deployments in Europe.

This no pro-war novel. Every chapter asks the question, what was it all about? Rank and file soldiers are sent as cannon fodder into hopeless situations for, as one character puts it "property".

In this time of perpetual warfare this is an essential read for anyone thinking there was a glory time for the US military.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A re-read that once again highlights why James Jones' combat novels remain a classic, November 1, 2014
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This was a reread of mine. The books capture the essence of war in all its gore, fear, loyalty, and motivations that those engaged in combat experience is captured horrendously in Jones' books. Is already a classic in American literature and rereading it reminded me why. If you haven't read it, you should. Why? Because everything he captured in his books about war is still ongoing in the combat that our troops are experiencing on a daily basis today.
David E. Meadows
Capt-ret U.S. Navy
Author of the Sixth Fleet series
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best World War 2 novels, November 18, 2014
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James Jones harsh reality of the U.S. army on Hawaii right before World War 2 and during the great depression is one of the best war novels I have ever read. The follow up novels in this 3 volume series are excellent as well and anyone wanting to get a grunts eye view of the world war 2 period military life should read this series. The second volume s depiction of combat is unparalleled.
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4.0 out of 5 stars War Is Not a Picnic, November 16, 2013
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The writing is a bit uneven, but the story is compelling. WWII was over before I was born, but I grew up watching glorified movies of the era. I have a feeling that these books tell a more realistic story of the heroism, fear, boredom, and abuse faced by those who served. It is worth the money and the time to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars War Book, February 26, 2013
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A fine book to read about the aspects of World War ll. To read a book like this is really special because it takes you back in time with our soldiers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Set of books, January 14, 2013
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These are all books by a great author, so how could you possibly go wrong.
Thanks for such a great "deal" on classic novels.
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1.0 out of 5 stars BAD book!, May 29, 2013
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Henry Dobris (BRANFORD, CONNECTICUT, US) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The World War II Trilogy: From Here to Eternity, The Thin Red Line, and Whistle (Kindle Edition)
The worst boob ever written from which a very good movie was made.
If you saw the movie, NEVER read the book. (From here to Eternity )
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