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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on January 27, 2013
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 18, 2015
A great kindle bundle at a great price.

From Here To Eternity will shock some folks who have only seen the film. It is amazing that James Jones, especially in the stifling post war era, wrote such a candid, brutal and sexually vivid portrait of the peace time Army. The Pearl Harbor scenes, Jones was actually at Peral during the attack, are priceless. Peace time Pearl is not for Puritans.

The Thin Red Line is the best novel about the brutal combat in the Pacific during World War Two. Again Jones was there and was haunted by its brutality, savagery and utter inhumanity for the rest of his life. It is not a John Wayne view no glory lives here..only chaos, violence, fear, anger, pain, hate and death.

Jones died while writing Whistle but segments of it offer glimpses of his greatness. It is a look at recovering veterans, particularly PTSD inflicted World War Two ones, seldom offered in a flag waving era.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on October 8, 2012
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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on September 14, 2014
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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on November 1, 2014
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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on November 18, 2014
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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on November 16, 2013
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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on February 26, 2013
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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on January 14, 2013
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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on June 13, 2015
Maybe written for a guy.
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