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Windtalkers Mass Market Paperback – October 2, 2001
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Haunted by the brutal battle on the island Guadacanal,where 'Joe Enders' (Nic Cage)was the only man of his unit to survive. Ender's is determined to get back into action and fight for his country, but with a badly damaged ear it doesn't look promising. But 'Rita' (Frances O'Connor), a nurse who is fond of Joe helps him cheat and passes his hearing test. Rita feels bad about her part in helping him cheat, but knows deep down that Joe really wants to go back. Rita feels very distant from Joe and wants to get closer to him. Joe is confused a deeply scarred by the effects of war is unsure what to feel towards this beutiful nurse.
In steps two native Navajo indians : 'Ben Yahzee' & 'Charlie Whitehorse'. Two marines called in to be used as codetalkers in the vital pacific battles. The Japanese were unable to decipher their native toungue and so were a great weapon for America. Joe finds out it his job to protect the 'code'. To his disappointment he acts as a bodyguard to Yahzee. But if he falls into enemy hands , Joe's job is to protect the 'code', in otherwards kill Yahzee.
The other marine assigned to protect Whitehorse is 'Anderson'. Both marines are musically talented and interact quickly. However Joe keeps a fair distant from Yahzee and only communicates when he has to.Read more ›
To begin with, they have jazzed up the actions of the Navajo codetalker. Instead of showing what they mainly did -- sending coded messages about important logistics, intelligence, and operations functions -- we are shown them as code-talking basic artillery fire missions at small-unit level. I guess it is more exciting to have them screaming the Navajo code for, "We need fire support, now!!!" than reciting, "We need 3000 howitzer shells within three days."
For the most part this is unojbectionable pulp -- barely edited (Marines wear "boondoggers"?).
The book takes us from the jungles of Guadalcanal to the months of preparation for the invasion of Saipan. We learn that the Indians have dignity and pride and love of family. After reading the book I had an obsessive desire to see the movie. The movie was good, but the book was better.
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Max Allan Collins gets a lot of work adapting screenplays into books and after reading Windtalkers I can understand why. Read morePublished on August 24, 2010 by Dr Edward Diesel
A great look into the action of The same title on screen. A great read. Don't miss this.Published on July 23, 2002 by Daniel R. Bills
Like Director Woo's said, this is a story about friendship.
Can't wait to see this film.