March 29, 2012

Book Review: Battle Cry

Cpl. Jakob Schulz
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In the novel Battle Cry by Leon Uris, the reader gets taken on an epic journey through the life of Marines during WWII in the Pacific theater of war, focusing mainly on the invasion of Tarawa and Guadalcanal Islands, which were under the control of Japan.

The book focuses more on the human side of the story. The character details are impressive and have a personal touch, most likely because Uris was a Marine during WWII and had operated in the same places. There are all types of people in the story, tough men, sissy boys, lovers and loners.

The detail in which Uris goes into while describing the people, their past lives, ambitions, fears and goals as well as the description of the conditions during training as well as combat, is the book’s strongest points.

For a Leon Uris novel I would say the book appears to be lacking the class of his other better works like Armageddon and Exodus, sometimes it even feels amateurish. One could attribute this to the fact that Battle Cry was his first book.

A definite must read for any Leon Uris fan and also for those interested in knowing what the life of a Marine was like during WWII.

However, overall I found the book moving, shocking, tense, and glorious.

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