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dan shuman
FROM HUMBLE BEGINNING, A "BOY" THAT NOBOBY WANT TO A FIGHTING MACHINE. AUDIE MURPHY WAS ONE REASON THAT WE WON WWII.
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damir makic
Enjoyed
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david glidden
If u want to experience WW2 from the viewpoint of a poor young irishman, this is for you. You might even shed a tear or 2 while you read it. Brutally honest and straightforward in writing style, its epic that he lived to tell the tale itself. War is hell
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jeanmarie
great war movie
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emily purcell
you have to love him, he is a Texan. a very proud story.
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anica
this has always been my favorit movie..someone so young with so much courage to do the things he did. even at the end of his life he was a true hero.
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carson
Loved Audie Murphy and the old movies he made!
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maureen duffin
good
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ann van
a real hero very good
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morgan sharp
mr. murphy was a true american hero and one of the greatest of his generation, the movis closely follows the book
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laura albert
Good movie.
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samet celik
The period language combined with the understated style makes for compelling reading.
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shelly sexton
If you are into war stories this is your book. I've read this book twice and would recommend it to anyone.
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stephen smith
good
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ronni
timeless classic
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nubia wilson
Very interesting book.
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tim s
The story of Audie Murphy growing up and then going to war and becoming a hero is an example of what makes America great.
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jenny challagundla
THE ONLY MOVIE I HAVE EVERY SEEN THAT WAS ABOUT ONE GUY IN A WAR THAT WAS PLAYED BE THE GUY WHO PLAYED HIMSELF
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zoan
This book is easy to read, it lets you in on how the everyday guy goes out and becomes that guy
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sam brown
From the beginning of his life to the end, he was an amazing young man. He showed courage above and beyond representing military personnel even today.
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adeline
A great story about a true American hero. The movie to Hell and Back should be seen in conjunction with this book
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bill cassinelli
The perfect American!! Comes from humble beginnings and steps up to the plate when needed. I don't think he was ever a child. This should be mandated reading for every young man.
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burke
I don't think I have ever read a more gut-wrenching account of what it was like to be an infantryman in combat during World War II. Audie Murphy's style is simple and to the point. He doesn't brag but simply tells what happened. The reader is immersed in his experiences from the first page to the last.
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jackster8000
A Grate move
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alphan gunaydin
Perfect
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mark heffernan
husband very happy with this
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denise guinn
True story of a great American hero.
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helen mooney
Excellent movie
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fityanisy
Good movie about Audie in WW2.
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irene
This is a movie I saw as a boy (aged 13). It is a wholesome story with honour and morals.
The movie is dated to some extent but it incapsulates the values of a better world.
Highly recomended.
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arnab karmakar
Very good book. Much more informative than the movie, and the movie is one of my top ten movies. This man went threw hell, no pun intended. I never knew he went all the through the war, the movie shows him out before the end, not so, Murphy was in it to the end.
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leeleewells
Much more detailed and less sanitized than the 1949 movie. Great read.
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the nike nabokov
My father loves this movie and has been wanting it for quite some time, It's a wonderful movie, Thank you
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conor
Great story about the real WWII from a real person's perspective.
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tamara collins
Very interesting true story of Audie Murphys life, how he grew up supporting his mother and siblings from the age of 12, signed up in the army after many rejections from the various services. He distinguished himself in battle with honours all the time with humility and bravery and consideration of his comrades. He educated himself through courses during his service. On early retirement from services to due injury he had to come to terms with the loss of a promising career. He made this movie of his life and then went on to make wonderful western movies. Audie Murphy is a legend
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deardiary
Having just visited the Colmar Pocket, I found the book fascinating and Audie's account likewise. Previously, I had not appreciated his immense contributions as well as those of his fellow soldiers.
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audrius matiki nas
Great book fast service
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einar albert
Wanted to keep this great Audie Murphy movie. Was shipped quickly and safely. Thanks for the quality service you always provide.
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kalen
One of the best true war stories out there. For being such a small man. He was a very strong individual. Not many people are aware of this movie. I wish that I could have met him.
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bonnie berry lamon
I was very surprised to find this book, although a war story, extremely entertaining and very funny in many areas. The way it was written, brought many "out loud" laughs which I was not expecting. Audie Murphy's buddies as described and the dialog between them was quite hysterical as he remembered them and their stories. I would recommend this book to anyone.
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austin kinder
Another. Good read.
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bill kerwin
WONDERFUL!
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huseyn
Good movie
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yamira garcia
Great movie
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denise ajiri
Great
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rolando
Great read
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aparna sanyal
Reading this book was a good reminder of what freedom costs. It's unbelievable the strength, courage & endurance these men had and what they gave for us.
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felicia
Excellent movie!
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phil chang
Was good to see after all these years.
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jennifer soucy
This movie is about one man growing up poor and having to quite school to support his family and ww2 comes along and he has trouble getting into the military and after he gets in nobody wants him in there unit because the think he is no good to them, but as the movie goes on he starts to make rank and then he is given the rank of LT. and wants to make the military a life but gets wounded and can't stay in ang gets all kinds of medals,and becomes a movie star and he is supporting his family through all of this.
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rathi
Great movie. Quick delivery. Thanks.
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tom lawton
I enjoyed the movie tremendously, especially to see Audie Murphy in the real clip when he was in the service, just a child.

The movie itself cannot be compared with the Band of Brothers, because it was filmed when Hollywood didin't want to see the truth but entertainment. Nevertheless, Audie played himself, and the story is 100%, minus the graphics.

He is a true hero. Janet Tien
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shalene
Wonderful to see this film again. We should celebrate our American Heroes .
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matt simmons
Good book - written in the vernacular of a West Texas kid who became our country's most decorated war hero.
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maryam karimi
This was a great story about a great American.
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ljiljana
The book is much better that the movie.
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siddeeqah
Great movie
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melodee
Great
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lawman
MY ALL TIME FAVORITE WAR MOVIE. FIRST SAW IT IN THE THEATRE AS A KID AND BECAME A MURPHY FAN FOR ALL TIME
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gearoid
OLDER MOVIES WITH OLDER STARS ARE MORE ENTAINING THAN THE NEWER MOVIES-MAY BE IT IS JUST MY THINKING;
BUT I LIKE OLDER STARS BEST THANKS MARTHA
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stephan
One of the best war stories ever..
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shaqayeq
Love this book, love Audi Murphy, well written from the eyes of someone who was 'there'
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jason demchock
A great read about a man and values of the highest order. And yes still the most decorated soldier, probably ever...amazing.
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neil evans
This is a Classic WWII War Movie, of an all American war hero. my son and I enjoyed watching this, he is thinking about joining the US military. It is a great father & son movie.
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eric hoss
would kill nazis again 10/10
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naylasalman
Cos its one of my favourite movies
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joshua stewart
Great movie! Audie Murphy has earned all the metals and honors he deserves. A leader without fear or hesitation.
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karen alonzi
well satisfied
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yesha
Like All Quiet on the Western Front, To Hell and Back is written in the present tense, making it a very powerful read.
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luisa toledo
Good true movie.
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mary anne
The classic All-American story about an authentic hero and a Medal of Honor winner of World War II. Audie Murphy stars in the true story of this young leader of men in the battle against Hitler's Nazi's across Europe. One of my all time military movie favorites.
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jos branco
I really wanted to like this and watched it after listening to the audiobook "To Hell and Back". I wanted to like the movie but I just didn't care for it. The book was riveting, the movie just didn't capture the same flavor of the book. This is just my opinion so for all of you who love the movie, watch it over and over if you want but leave me out!
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jos mendoza jr
A must read for every American.
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amme
This book is exactly what I expected it to be and I can't wait to find time to read it.
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michellemcgregor527
got it for my son...he loves it..
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marianne
This one, and I have read all the others, was frustrating. Dante again was fighting everyone! There is no way she could effectively do this without ? This is the way the book goes. There are unanswered questions about the prior book, as it didn't end. It just continued into this book. I really liked the series, but way too many unanswered questions.
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heidi degroot
Totally ☺. Wonder if he ever knew how special he really was
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brooke sinnes
Very good!
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jennie rogers
good movie
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juneshin
ok good old war movie.I like old movies
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shipping was poor because the box was open not sealed up.
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tamara collins
Great book, the best of its kind.
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cheryl hill
great movie well preeented and packed-----recomend anyone to purchase---great action and riveting action, great story based on true story great copy
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sanfranannie
My husband and I love old movies and this is one of our favorites. Audie Murphy was and is a true hero and whose life exemplifies what a leader is.
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susan nall
Audy Murphy is a great war hero and great actor and we relly enjoyed viewing the moveie even if we had seen it many times on TV.
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ae roey
Great Movie. Something everyone should see to appreciate the hero's of World War II.
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ivor davies
Great book
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lonna cunningham
ordered for my husband. He loves it.
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amanda kennedy
Shortly after it came out I owned a paperback edition. On the 70th anniversary of Audie Murphy's Medal of Honor action I obtained a Kindle edition and reviewed the book and the movie. There are critical differences, and the review highlights these. In fact, the book is a more gripping narrative of Murphy's action in battle and the story of the Third Division. Hollywood was unable to do the story justice.

https://skeptic78240.wordpress.com/2015/02/20/to-hell-and-back-3/
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monica lillya
a story about audie Murphy , the most decorated soldier of ww2. It is a great autobiographie and I recommend it to every one
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kathy wimmer
EXCELLENT MOVIE!!!!!
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paige clark
Very good movie. My Dad was in the same outfit as Murphy.
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rhiannon
Brought back memories. Highly accurate account of one man's courage. Very entertaining. A very good addition to one's WWII library..
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shannon mitchell
A great movie by an amazing American.
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garrett
Excellent. Saw this in the 50's. I viewed it and sent it to Iraq. Sent it to the LT that has Audie Murphy's platoon(no joke). He has his great soldiers will get a kick out of it. Quick shipping also. --Jack
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le duc
It's a hard read. I thought it's going to be a straight forward action packed story. For the first 65% of the book, there is hardly enough action, it's more of jumping from one narration with some person to another that is very hard to follow. The last 20% of the book is what I'm looking which includes Audie's reflection of his experience. The book could have been a lot better, but the ending was great.
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pamala
Great
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harry
Very good World War II movie. A lot about the life of Audie Murphy which was interesting. Would recommend this movie to anyone that likes war movies.
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jayme
This is a great look at WWII through the eyes of a soldier who was there. A great example of "The Greatest Generation".
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lorenza
...and he was just a kid.
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abbystar1201
it's very new and clean, i like it. the content will take me some time to read. but im so excited!
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julia gardiner
Read this as a child. Enjoyed it just as much the second time.
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lee huntington
A great movie!! Have seen it many times but wanted my own copy.
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gina lee
Very thrilling
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tawnya
Amazing Story of true American War Hero.
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nohelia
Thank you so much. I didn't think I could buy it on DVD.
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clinton king
This was one of the best books that I ever read! To read the actual accounts of the most decorated Soldier in World War II, was amazing. I've seen the movie many times, but the book was even more in depth.
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sergei rogovskiy
He was the most decorated military man ever to that date and died way to young. Part of "The Greatest Generation".
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harshdeep singh
I have read quite a few war books and this I by far my favorite. It was written amazingly could not have asked for more detail
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cyndy
Great look into WW 2, from a man that was there. I didn't want to put this book down. Great read.
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natlyn
Written well enough to think you are viewing the action and battles. I couldn't put it down, read it all in one sitting.
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maheen
It was everything I was told it would be. Love the book - had been looking for it for a long time.
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fred vaughn
very satisfied
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sarah bruce
I remember first seeing this movie when I was a teenager. It is a great movie about a great hero.
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jody
LOVE IT
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beasty
Got it for Hubby and he really enjoyed it and all of the Audy Murphy books and DVD's as well!
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kiky lestari
The fifth book in the Valentine series starts out with Dante bleeding and half-dead, a big black hole in her memory. She doesn't know what happened to her or where she's been, but she knows it was awful, so awful that she's holding on to her sanity by the barest of threads. The only thing keeping her going is the growing desire to wreak some well-deserved vengeance, and kill whoever, or whatever, has left her body, mind, and soul broken.

Once back in the arms of her Fallen, Japhrimel, Dante realizes she has a good idea of who's responsibile for her current condition, none other than Lucifer himself. And when Japhrimel promises to help her, she believes that this time, just maybe, with her Fallen's help she will be able to do what she's wanted to for so long...kill the Devil.

Thrown back into the bloody, violent game between demons, Dante is determined to come out the winner this time. After meeting another Fallen demon and ridding herself of one of the Devil's little "gifts" and retrieving the only weapon rumored to be able to kill Lucifer, Dante's quest to kill the devil truly begins. But once again she's forced to question the true loyalty and intentions of her Fallen. Will Japhrimel really help her kill Lucifer as he promised, or is this just another one of his lies meant to distract her while he pursues his own agenda? Plots unravel, and so do the lies, and betrayals on betrayals. Dante comes to realize that she's just a pawn in the war between demons, even Japhrimel has manipulated her for his own gain and for his own reasons, and she gets the idea that Japhrimel's been planning this way before he ever met her. As all this is revealed, Dante begins to think the only person she can trust is herself, and if she wants to still be breathing, with the Devil lying dead at her feet, she's gonna have to make a move of her own in this twisted game.

This book is filled with adventure, action, emotional angst, and everything that makes a great story. There are plots within plots and nobody is what they seem. I admire Ms. Saintcrow's ability to weave this complicated plot full of intrigue, doubt, lies, and betrayal. Japhrimel's ability to reason out complex and far-reaching plots and counterplots, blew me away. That really drove home the point of how inhuman he was, to have waited and plotted and counterplotted with inhuman patience and intelligence for decades, centuries? It certainly kept me on the edge of my seat!

My only complaint is that the story does not quite feel finished to me. I still have a bunch of questions. Is Eve really Dante's daughter? That question was never truly answered. I can only assume Ms. Saintcrow's intention was that the question in the end became irrelevant because whoever her mother was (Dante or Doreen) that it didn't matter because Eve's humanity was burned away and she was fully demon, and that demons did not care much about such things. Also, in the end things still seemed uncertain between Dante and Japhrimel (did Dante ever get over the trauma that happened to her?), but I assume also that was Ms. Saintcrow's intent. To leave it open-ended. Can either one truly ever know the other? Can a human ever really understand a demon, and can a demon ever truly understand a human? The ending did not seem clear cut to me. Not a "happily ever after" ending, just a real one. Not black and white, but gray with all the uncertainty that entails.

Also, the implied rumors of problems in Hell at the end, and how Dante and Japhrimel may be drawn back into the bloody and violent politics of Hell, made it seem like there is more of Dante and Japhrimel's story to be told. I sincerely hope we get to see more of them in the future!

In addition, I wanted to know more about Lucas, the Deathless, who was he and why was he cursed by Death? Maybe Ms. Saintcrow will do a short story answering this.

Each time I read one of Dante's books I am blown away by Ms. Saintcrow's ability to create a believable and realistic world and all its depth. Amazed by the complex emotions,self-doubts, flaws, humanity, and inhumanity in all her characters that makes the reader able to relate to them. I am also amazed each time by the complicated demon politics and plots within plots. Ms. Saintcrow is truly a talented and wonderful author. All in all this is a great book that fans of the series will definitely enjoy!
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cassidy
Fantastic as I had expected!
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joanna wade
Awesome movie, especially if you need some inspiriation in your life. A true American Hero, most decorated Soldier in History
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hugh
My son is enjoying this very much!!!
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jeremy lao
What better way to tell this true story than Audie Murphy portraying himself! This is one of my favorite war movies.
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nery martinez
waited for a big finish, but just 50 pages or so.. I felt cheated of my money somehow. I have been an early fan of these books, and when I heard of the series being finished in just a few month, I was extatic. But of course it finished quite quickly with much being unresolved as of Dante relationship with her lover, what happen after in hell.. Are they safe. One might hope not, and that other books will come out, as the end let it be heard.
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heather groves edwards
nostalgic.Brought back lots of family memories.We are former movie theatre operators.We will be looking out for more of these in the future
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hayal ensoy
great movie wth a great American war hero. super cool movie. if you haven't.seen this, you need to check this out.
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lee whitley
The authors ability to express the intensity of human experience is remarkable. His acceptance of a psychological quandary that at times has no acceptable answer or resolution but to give up and die or just accept no good answer exist so you just go on. It's a resolution sometimes seem following long time therapy.
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crystal gosberg
I Like to show this movie to my students. They need to know who Audie Murphy is and why he is a WWII hero.
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cheo
THIS IS AN OUTSTANDING MOVIE. ACTORS WITH THE ABILITY OF THESE PEOPLE ARE OF A DYING BREED BUT MORE THAN ANYTHING HEROS AS IN THIS MOVIE ARE JUST ABOUT GONE. I THINK OUR COUNTRY AS A WHOLE HAS FORGOTTEN WHAT IT HAS TAKEN IN LIVES MOST ESPECIALLY AND ALL OF WHAT PEOPLE HAVE GONE THROUGH TO GIVE US THE FREEDOM THAT WE HAVE TODAY. THIS MOVIE SHOWS IT ALL AND IT DID NOT HAVE TO HAVE ALL OF THE BAD LANUGAGE THAT MOVIE PRODUCERS SEEM TO THINK IS NECESSARY TODAY.
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ulysses
Audie Murphy was a hero of mine when I was growing up. He served in the Division my uncle fought in in Italy during World War II. Audie was young, but was up for the challenge to defeat the enemies, giving them the business they deserved. It's a great movie.
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krista buccellato
Great read
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david edwards
Loved it
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joannah
I've loved this movie since I was a kid, and am glad to finally have a great copy for anytime I want to see it. Audie Murphy was one of my favorite actors (The "Mirror" scene is great.)
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alysa mulcahy
Enjoyed the read but thought the movie was much better. Usually the opposite, but not for me. Often lost track of who was saying what.
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shayna
One great Soldier. A true American Patriot. His story is told from the Dog faced Soldier's view, not the Generals.
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dwan carr
It was just as it was described, brand new unopened. I received it quicker than I had expected.I will definitely buy from them again.
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khawlah
Great product
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benjamin
The real; blood and grit of a WW II infantryman's life told by one of the greatest heroes.of the fighting
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jessica schwartz
This book is a revising true story of an American Hero. Young men/teens should be allowed to join the Armed Forces in order to get their life on track. The military is better life experience than the streets or reform school.
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patsyann
We loved the movie. Would recommend it to anyone. Gave this to my husband who said he wanted watch it again.
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esther roth
This bio was filled with uninteresting foxhole talk among Audie and members of his squad/platoon/
Company. Would like to have seen more about how his heroic acts fit into the success of various
battles he was engaged in.
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alvaro
Very realistic!
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nitin
good movie of an american hero. the movie came in very good condition. will be buying more from the store as they are very good.
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patience cole
I really wanted to like this book, as Audie is an amazing hero.

The book does not flow and is hard to follow.

I am hoping there is a better book about his amazing career.
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samantha jennings
This book is good inasmuch it covers his wartime service , how he survived some of the actions I do not know , but you would have to buy another book to learn about his life after the war
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
andrew thomas
A very provocative movie
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
nicole nelson
Got this for my hubby. He loves this movie. He has seen it a few times but wanted it so he could watch it whenever he wanted too. I don't like war movies but he tells me it is excellent. It is a true story of Audie Murphy.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
eric habermas
I enjoy anything about the second world war and thought this book would add to my library and knowledge, but it did not do that.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
dave imre
I was expecting the book to look like the book shown on the product description. Instead, I received a library bound edition with a plastic encased cover. Disappointed. A picture of the book I was going to receive would have been helpful, because I already knew where I could get one like it, and I would not have ordered it from the store.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
tonya burrows
Worth a read to get some insight into the mind of a famous (& young) solider. How does a courageous act happen? But, unfortunately, very little self examination here.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
akram
I reviewed the other books in the series and found that this one was of course not the best of them all - it being the closing portion of the story and Dante's every changing personality.
Great series overall
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
maxwell dillion
Author puts you with him. He shows the closeness that the men developed together to help us understand their mechanics. He was a true hero and helps us understand what all men went through for our freedom. All living generations should cherish their freedom and show respect to all veterans.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
mon margo
The movie was great, recieved it in good time. Problem was I only got to watch the movie 1 time before it became too distorted to view. Film just wouldn't play. Seller, import CD, wouldn't accept blame for defective product. Finally refunded by the store. Will not buy from this seller again.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
lorena
Movie arrived as expected n plays great.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
molly hudson
Well I've read over 100 books on war. This is in the top ten. Understated, raw, and real like only someone who has been there could describe it. A true hero. And know we have Trump for his sacrifice. I want to puke.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
renee schnell
A GREAT MOVIE SHOWING HIS LIFE AS HE ENTERED THE MILITARY. I SAW THE MOVIE ON A MOVIE CHANNEL A FEW MONTHS BACK AND DECIDED I NEEDED IT IN MY MILITARY COLLECTION.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
dan vader
It's a good read, lots of history. Shows the respect the unit had for one another, and how innocent they were before they became tangled up in the fight for their lives
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
mbeebe
Sometimes got a little boring.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
kate ward
Good book but it is written asif it was intended to be a movie script lots of dialoge much of which was used Ianthe movie of the same title.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
reynoi
Excellent movie, watch it several times .. Great action and even better knowing its a true story ..
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
aaron olson
Yes it is a good book and I also have the movie
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
wendy crittenden
This is a better story than today's youth will ever realize. REAL men, REAL heros and REAL Texans are all dead and gone. You can buy muscles at the local gym but guts can't be faked or flown in on Daddy's jet. That a true hero's story is preserved and that we can hear his voice and watch his body launguage is a gift.

This movie is as modest as it's hero.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
deidre durling
Love the book
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
daena
I appreciate the valor of Audie Murphy, he was a true American hero, he was a good actor, but his book leaves a lot to be desired. There are quite a few dry spots in the book, where a good author would have tied all the parts together. I would have expected more on his Medal of Honor, there was not even an epilogue on that or information on his fellow soldiers, the conclusion is very open ended.
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
loran
Hard to read. You can tell it was written in the 40s.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
adrienne mcdonnell
I'm so sad this is the last in the series. I will miss the characters, but am satisfied with the ending.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
komal
I RECEIVED THE DVD I ORDERED IN GOOD COND. AND IN A VERY TIMELY MANNER. I WILL ORDER FROM THIS VENDOR AGAIN
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
preoccu
I thought the book spent an inordinate amount o ftime describing the conversations between the soldiers. It did show the strong relationships between the veterans, but the stories about "a girl I knew in..." got a little boring.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
vivian carmichael
Slow plot, not enough about his part of history.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
marwa elgamal
Just what I wanted
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
eugenia
Received the item in a timely matter, the condition was just as it said it would be, in good condition.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
daisy
This is not a great movie. I think it was supposed to be another Sergeant York, but does not make it. I bought this because I am a boomer, born in 1946, who loved war movies and westerns when I was a boy, and watching this brings back fond memories of cheap Saturday matinees with my friends. As I grew up, I became quite anti-war, but I had a great childhood in the 50s, and I will always respect good soldiers. I still watch good war movies like Saving Private Ryan.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
elly blanco rowe
I respect Audie Murphie and the valor he showed during WW II. He definitely was one of our finest soldiers. The book, however, read like a screenplay (which it later was made into the movie of same name). If you are looking for a fascinating, gripping account of the horror and shock of war, then this is not the read. This book does give you insight into Murphy's outlook on the war and his comrades in arms, but does not lend itself to a mental picture of the battles he endured. Overall, just a medicore book.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
hussam m al hadi
what an entertaining series! This last book was so action packed that I couldn't put it down until I finished it. Wish it didn't end. Look forward to the new series this author is writing "Night Shift".
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
kena
great book. very fast service
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
raklavender
Case was broken. CD looked okay. Excited to watch. This is my favorite movie growing up.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
anuradha
It was a very good book. However I thought I was buying a copy of the movie. I guess I'm not computer savvy, won't do that again.
★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
bahar
Terrible movie. I have great respect for Murphy but this movie is just painful to watch. Poorly paced, disjointed and horrible acting.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
ginger gower
Too much jibberish. This book did not amply highlight the justification for the metals Murphy received. Book was boring in places.
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
mellyana
Book was little more than unrelated vignettes. Poor organization. Very elementary demonstration of prose. Not really worth reading, needs considerable work.
★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
victor montenegro
Just a transcript of the movie.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
marysol bishara
Audie Murphy wrote this the way he heard it and saw it. Very fast easy read yet interesting. Would like to see a follow up tohis story.
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
nermeen wahid
I quit reading this ebook after a few chapters. I may be a bit spoiled after reading Winston Churchill Last Lion but I found this book to be rather boring. From what I read it was basically 'we went here shot some Germans this person died or that person died'.
★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
humberto elias
By book 3 I became less and less interested. Unfortunately I saw it through and am disappointed I did so.
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
cathryn trinka
I love this movie as I have seen it many times. Audie Murphy did a great job in playing himself, although it must have been really hard to relive.

A movie that I would highly recommend.
★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
jackie spradley
I had seen this movie before and thought it to be greata. This DVD would go half way then stop. I finally trashed it.
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
harriet
TH and B has limited value as a history. It is very light reading and more suited to the young reader.
★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
fauzi zaky
The movie cannot be played in Europe due to zone lock. Should have been checked by supplier before shipment!
★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
medha singh
I do not have this!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
kevin
To Hell And Back

This 1949 book was a top best-seller for many months. It is dedicated to his two friends who were killed in action at Anzio and near Ramatuelle France. Chapter 1 starts at the invasion beaches of Sicily. A shell explodes, another soldier picks up a man's ammo. "He won't be needing it." The Murphy family were very poor share-cropper farmers in Texas. "Our situation is not to be blamed on the social structure" he wrote. [But there were no Homestead Laws then.] His father deserted the family, then his mother died. The three youngest children were put into an orphanage. Audie worked at a filling station and a radio repair shop. [Training or education for his future?] He often got into fights at school. Being undersized, he was rejected by the Marines and the Army paratroops before joining the infantry. [Did combat classification mean higher pay?]

On a scouting patrol he shot two retreating army officers. Next he was promoted to corporal. The actions in battle are recorded. They advance and take casualties. Some descriptions are sanitized for the general public, but you can read between the lines. The soldiers comment on others and tell about their own lives. They advance and take casualties. Life in combat is no picnic, they are often short of food and sleep. But they push on, day after day. Chapter 4 finds them in southern Italy near Mignano. Wounded enemy soldiers are carried to relative safety, little help is possible for them. The enemy retreats, they advance to Cassino. Then they are sent to the rear for a short vacation. They spend time in Naples (Chapter 6). Audie suffers from malaria (Chapter 7). One soldier is shot in the night because he didn't identify himself (Chapter 9). One man is a deserter (Chapter 10). Another of his friends is killed (Chapter 12).

His best friend Brandon is killed (Chapter 14). German resistance grows stronger near the Vosges mountains (Chapter 16). Audie gets a sniper (Chapter 17). Audie is promoted to lieutenant (Chapter 18). A bullet hits his hip. Delayed treatment resulted in gangrene. The Army is now in Germany (Chapter 19). Audie directs artillery fire against the enemy troops and tanks. Then uses the machine gun on the burning tank destroyer against the enemy. [Medal of Honor.] They continue to advance (Chapter 20). They cross the Colmar canal (Chapter 21). There is a close call when three German tanks pass by. The troops are sent to a rest camp. Audie is transferred to liaison duty (Chapter 22). The men march through the Siegfried Line unopposed. They cross the Rhine. Audie is on a rest leave when they hear about VE day. Images of the past play in his mind.

There are 22 chapters in this 274 page book (which has no Index); it is a personal memoir. The last sentence in the book says "I will learn to live again". This book does not mention that he was the most decorated soldier in the Army. Or any of his post-war traumatic stress disorders. Audie Murphy, like some others, was cast in Hollywood movier in the 1940s and 1950s, mostly westerns. The 1955 movie "To Hell And Back" was the top money-making film until "Jaws" in 1975. Given the lowered value of the dollar and the higher admission price, "THAB" is probably still first by paid admissions. This movie seems to have been banned from TV since Audie Murphy died in 1971 age 46.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
jannik
To Hell And Back

This 1949 book was a top best-seller for many months. It is dedicated to his two friends who were killed in action at Anzio and near Ramatuelle France. Chapter 1 starts at the invasion beaches of Sicily. A shell explodes, another soldier picks up a man's ammo. "He won't be needing it." The Murphy family were very poor share-cropper farmers in Texas. "Our situation is not to be blamed on the social structure" he wrote. [But there were no Homestead Laws then.] His father deserted the family, then his mother died. The three youngest children were put into an orphanage. Audie worked at a filling station and a radio repair shop. [Training or education for his future?] He often got into fights at school. Being undersized, he was rejected by the Marines and the Army paratroops before joining the infantry. [Did combat classification mean higher pay?]

On a scouting patrol he shot two retreating army officers. Next he was promoted to corporal. The actions in battle are recorded. They advance and take casualties. Some descriptions are sanitized for the general public, but you can read between the lines. The soldiers comment on others and tell about their own lives. They advance and take casualties. Life in combat is no picnic, they are often short of food and sleep. But they push on, day after day. Chapter 4 finds them in southern Italy near Mignano. Wounded enemy soldiers are carried to relative safety, little help is possible for them. The enemy retreats, they advance to Cassino. Then they are sent to the rear for a short vacation. They spend time in Naples (Chapter 6). Audie suffers from malaria (Chapter 7). One soldier is shot in the night because he didn't identify himself (Chapter 9). One man is a deserter (Chapter 10). Another of his friends is killed (Chapter 12).

His best friend Brandon is killed (Chapter 14). German resistance grows stronger near the Vosges mountains (Chapter 16). Audie gets a sniper (Chapter 17). Audie is promoted to lieutenant (Chapter 18). A bullet hits his hip. Delayed treatment resulted in gangrene. The Army is now in Germany (Chapter 19). Audie directs artillery fire against the enemy troops and tanks. Then uses the machine gun on the burning tank destroyer against the enemy. [Medal of Honor.] They continue to advance (Chapter 20). They cross the Colmar canal (Chapter 21). There is a close call when three German tanks pass by. The troops are sent to a rest camp. Audie is transferred to liaison duty (Chapter 22). The men march through the Siegfried Line unopposed. They cross the Rhine. Audie is on a rest leave when they hear about VE day. Images of the past play in his mind.

There are 22 chapters in this 274 page book (which has no Index); it is a personal memoir. The last sentence in the book says "I will learn to live again". This book does not mention that he was the most decorated soldier in the Army. Or any of his post-war traumatic stress disorders. Audie Murphy, like some others, was cast in Hollywood movier in the 1940s and 1950s, mostly westerns. The 1955 movie "To Hell And Back" was the top money-making film until "Jaws" in 1975. Given the lowered value of the dollar and the higher admission price, "THAB" is probably still first by paid admissions. This movie seems to have been banned from TV since Audie Murphy died in 1971 age 46.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
mircea dinoiu
To Hell And Back

This 1949 book was a top best-seller for many months. It is dedicated to his two friends who were killed in action at Anzio and near Ramatuelle France. Chapter 1 starts at the invasion beaches of Sicily. A shell explodes, another soldier picks up a man's ammo. "He won't be needing it." The Murphy family were very poor share-cropper farmers in Texas. "Our situation is not to be blamed on the social structure" he wrote. [But there were no Homestead Laws then.] His father deserted the family, then his mother died. The three youngest children were put into an orphanage. Audie worked at a filling station and a radio repair shop. [Training or education for his future?] He often got into fights at school. Being undersized, he was rejected by the Marines and the Army paratroops before joining the infantry. [Did combat classification mean higher pay?]

On a scouting patrol he shot two retreating army officers. Next he was promoted to corporal. The actions in battle are recorded. They advance and take casualties. Some descriptions are sanitized for the general public, but you can read between the lines. The soldiers comment on others and tell about their own lives. They advance and take casualties. Life in combat is no picnic, they are often short of food and sleep. But they push on, day after day. Chapter 4 finds them in southern Italy near Mignano. Wounded enemy soldiers are carried to relative safety, little help is possible for them. The enemy retreats, they advance to Cassino. Then they are sent to the rear for a short vacation. They spend time in Naples (Chapter 6). Audie suffers from malaria (Chapter 7). One soldier is shot in the night because he didn't identify himself (Chapter 9). One man is a deserter (Chapter 10). Another of his friends is killed (Chapter 12).

His best friend Brandon is killed (Chapter 14). German resistance grows stronger near the Vosges mountains (Chapter 16). Audie gets a sniper (Chapter 17). Audie is promoted to lieutenant (Chapter 18). A bullet hits his hip. Delayed treatment resulted in gangrene. The Army is now in Germany (Chapter 19). Audie directs artillery fire against the enemy troops and tanks. Then uses the machine gun on the burning tank destroyer against the enemy. [Medal of Honor.] They continue to advance (Chapter 20). They cross the Colmar canal (Chapter 21). There is a close call when three German tanks pass by. The troops are sent to a rest camp. Audie is transferred to liaison duty (Chapter 22). The men march through the Siegfried Line unopposed. They cross the Rhine. Audie is on a rest leave when they hear about VE day. Images of the past play in his mind.

There are 22 chapters in this 274 page book (which has no Index); it is a personal memoir. The last sentence in the book says "I will learn to live again". This book does not mention that he was the most decorated soldier in the Army. Or any of his post-war traumatic stress disorders. Audie Murphy, like some others, was cast in Hollywood movier in the 1940s and 1950s, mostly westerns. The 1955 movie "To Hell And Back" was the top money-making film until "Jaws" in 1975. Given the lowered value of the dollar and the higher admission price, "THAB" is probably still first by paid admissions. This movie seems to have been banned from TV since Audie Murphy died in 1971 age 46.
★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
jaclyn
This was just bad from beginning to end. Unsatisfying. I would not recommend. The author doesn't bother developing character or answer plot holes.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
amy suprun
To Hell And Back

This 1949 book was a top best-seller for many months. It is dedicated to his two friends who were killed in action at Anzio and near Ramatuelle France. Chapter 1 starts at the invasion beaches of Sicily. A shell explodes, another soldier picks up a man's ammo. "He won't be needing it." The Murphy family were very poor share-cropper farmers in Texas. "Our situation is not to be blamed on the social structure" he wrote. [But there were no Homestead Laws then.] His father deserted the family, then his mother died. The three youngest children were put into an orphanage. Audie worked at a filling station and a radio repair shop. [Training or education for his future?] He often got into fights at school. Being undersized, he was rejected by the Marines and the Army paratroops before joining the infantry. [Did combat classification mean higher pay?]

On a scouting patrol he shot two retreating army officers. Next he was promoted to corporal. The actions in battle are recorded. They advance and take casualties. Some descriptions are sanitized for the general public, but you can read between the lines. The soldiers comment on others and tell about their own lives. They advance and take casualties. Life in combat is no picnic, they are often short of food and sleep. But they push on, day after day. Chapter 4 finds them in southern Italy near Mignano. Wounded enemy soldiers are carried to relative safety, little help is possible for them. The enemy retreats, they advance to Cassino. Then they are sent to the rear for a short vacation. They spend time in Naples (Chapter 6). Audie suffers from malaria (Chapter 7). One soldier is shot in the night because he didn't identify himself (Chapter 9). One man is a deserter (Chapter 10). Another of his friends is killed (Chapter 12).

His best friend Brandon is killed (Chapter 14). German resistance grows stronger near the Vosges mountains (Chapter 16). Audie gets a sniper (Chapter 17). Audie is promoted to lieutenant (Chapter 18). A bullet hits his hip. Delayed treatment resulted in gangrene. The Army is now in Germany (Chapter 19). Audie directs artillery fire against the enemy troops and tanks. Then uses the machine gun on the burning tank destroyer against the enemy. [Medal of Honor.] They continue to advance (Chapter 20). They cross the Colmar canal (Chapter 21). There is a close call when three German tanks pass by. The troops are sent to a rest camp. Audie is transferred to liaison duty (Chapter 22). The men march through the Siegfried Line unopposed. They cross the Rhine. Audie is on a rest leave when they hear about VE day. Images of the past play in his mind.

There are 22 chapters in this 274 page book (which has no Index); it is a personal memoir. The last sentence in the book says "I will learn to live again". This book does not mention that he was the most decorated soldier in the Army. Or any of his post-war traumatic stress disorders. Audie Murphy, like some others, was cast in Hollywood movier in the 1940s and 1950s, mostly westerns. The 1955 movie "To Hell And Back" was the top money-making film until "Jaws" in 1975. Given the lowered value of the dollar and the higher admission price, "THAB" is probably still first by paid admissions. This movie seems to have been banned from TV since Audie Murphy died in 1971 age 46.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
tamara herrera
“To Hell and Back,” was with and about Audie Murphy. It was worthwhile for historical reasons, but it turned out surprisingly good. Murphy died in a plane crash flying with a private pilot. This was unfortunate, and probably unnecessary. My first experience with these types of accidents was in the late 1950s, when another airmen of my acquaintance died flying with a buddy, who “just obtained his license.” Since then, I have seen many friends and associates experience the same fate, flying with some “fly by night” pilot who thought he was much better than he actually was. I had a boss in the 1970s who asked me again and again to fly with him, because he knew I flew in the Air Force. But that’s precisely why I consistently refused to do so. One day, he caught me with my horns crossed, and I flat out told him. “I’m a professional. I am not about to get into an aircraft with an amateur.” And that was the end of that “friendship?”
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
janie
To Hell And Back

This 1949 book was a top best-seller for many months. It is dedicated to his two friends who were killed in action at Anzio and near Ramatuelle France. Chapter 1 starts at the invasion beaches of Sicily. A shell explodes, another soldier picks up a man's ammo. "He won't be needing it." The Murphy family were very poor share-cropper farmers in Texas. "Our situation is not to be blamed on the social structure" he wrote. [But there were no Homestead Laws then.] His father deserted the family, then his mother died. The three youngest children were put into an orphanage. Audie worked at a filling station and a radio repair shop. [Training or education for his future?] He often got into fights at school. Being undersized, he was rejected by the Marines and the Army paratroops before joining the infantry. [Did combat classification mean higher pay?]

On a scouting patrol he shot two retreating army officers. Next he was promoted to corporal. The actions in battle are recorded. They advance and take casualties. Some descriptions are sanitized for the general public, but you can read between the lines. The soldiers comment on others and tell about their own lives. They advance and take casualties. Life in combat is no picnic, they are often short of food and sleep. But they push on, day after day. Chapter 4 finds them in southern Italy near Mignano. Wounded enemy soldiers are carried to relative safety, little help is possible for them. The enemy retreats, they advance to Cassino. Then they are sent to the rear for a short vacation. They spend time in Naples (Chapter 6). Audie suffers from malaria (Chapter 7). One soldier is shot in the night because he didn't identify himself (Chapter 9). One man is a deserter (Chapter 10). Another of his friends is killed (Chapter 12).

His best friend Brandon is killed (Chapter 14). German resistance grows stronger near the Vosges mountains (Chapter 16). Audie gets a sniper (Chapter 17). Audie is promoted to lieutenant (Chapter 18). A bullet hits his hip. Delayed treatment resulted in gangrene. The Army is now in Germany (Chapter 19). Audie directs artillery fire against the enemy troops and tanks. Then uses the machine gun on the burning tank destroyer against the enemy. [Medal of Honor.] They continue to advance (Chapter 20). They cross the Colmar canal (Chapter 21). There is a close call when three German tanks pass by. The troops are sent to a rest camp. Audie is transferred to liaison duty (Chapter 22). The men march through the Siegfried Line unopposed. They cross the Rhine. Audie is on a rest leave when they hear about VE day. Images of the past play in his mind.

There are 22 chapters in this 274 page book (which has no Index); it is a personal memoir. The last sentence in the book says "I will learn to live again". This book does not mention that he was the most decorated soldier in the Army. Or any of his post-war traumatic stress disorders. Audie Murphy, like some others, was cast in Hollywood movier in the 1940s and 1950s, mostly westerns. The 1955 movie "To Hell And Back" was the top money-making film until "Jaws" in 1975. Given the lowered value of the dollar and the higher admission price, "THAB" is probably still first by paid admissions. This movie seems to have been banned from TV since Audie Murphy died in 1971 age 46.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
dween18
To Hell And Back

This 1949 book was a top best-seller for many months. It is dedicated to his two friends who were killed in action at Anzio and near Ramatuelle France. Chapter 1 starts at the invasion beaches of Sicily. A shell explodes, another soldier picks up a man's ammo. "He won't be needing it." The Murphy family were very poor share-cropper farmers in Texas. "Our situation is not to be blamed on the social structure" he wrote. [But there were no Homestead Laws then.] His father deserted the family, then his mother died. The three youngest children were put into an orphanage. Audie worked at a filling station and a radio repair shop. [Training or education for his future?] He often got into fights at school. Being undersized, he was rejected by the Marines and the Army paratroops before joining the infantry. [Did combat classification mean higher pay?]

On a scouting patrol he shot two retreating army officers. Next he was promoted to corporal. The actions in battle are recorded. They advance and take casualties. Some descriptions are sanitized for the general public, but you can read between the lines. The soldiers comment on others and tell about their own lives. They advance and take casualties. Life in combat is no picnic, they are often short of food and sleep. But they push on, day after day. Chapter 4 finds them in southern Italy near Mignano. Wounded enemy soldiers are carried to relative safety, little help is possible for them. The enemy retreats, they advance to Cassino. Then they are sent to the rear for a short vacation. They spend time in Naples (Chapter 6). Audie suffers from malaria (Chapter 7). One soldier is shot in the night because he didn't identify himself (Chapter 9). One man is a deserter (Chapter 10). Another of his friends is killed (Chapter 12).

His best friend Brandon is killed (Chapter 14). German resistance grows stronger near the Vosges mountains (Chapter 16). Audie gets a sniper (Chapter 17). Audie is promoted to lieutenant (Chapter 18). A bullet hits his hip. Delayed treatment resulted in gangrene. The Army is now in Germany (Chapter 19). Audie directs artillery fire against the enemy troops and tanks. Then uses the machine gun on the burning tank destroyer against the enemy. [Medal of Honor.] They continue to advance (Chapter 20). They cross the Colmar canal (Chapter 21). There is a close call when three German tanks pass by. The troops are sent to a rest camp. Audie is transferred to liaison duty (Chapter 22). The men march through the Siegfried Line unopposed. They cross the Rhine. Audie is on a rest leave when they hear about VE day. Images of the past play in his mind.

There are 22 chapters in this 274 page book (which has no Index); it is a personal memoir. The last sentence in the book says "I will learn to live again". This book does not mention that he was the most decorated soldier in the Army. Or any of his post-war traumatic stress disorders. Audie Murphy, like some others, was cast in Hollywood movier in the 1940s and 1950s, mostly westerns. The 1955 movie "To Hell And Back" was the top money-making film until "Jaws" in 1975. Given the lowered value of the dollar and the higher admission price, "THAB" is probably still first by paid admissions. This movie seems to have been banned from TV since Audie Murphy died in 1971 age 46.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
breathe out
To Hell And Back

This 1949 book was a top best-seller for many months. It is dedicated to his two friends who were killed in action at Anzio and near Ramatuelle France. Chapter 1 starts at the invasion beaches of Sicily. A shell explodes, another soldier picks up a man's ammo. "He won't be needing it." The Murphy family were very poor share-cropper farmers in Texas. "Our situation is not to be blamed on the social structure" he wrote. [But there were no Homestead Laws then.] His father deserted the family, then his mother died. The three youngest children were put into an orphanage. Audie worked at a filling station and a radio repair shop. [Training or education for his future?] He often got into fights at school. Being undersized, he was rejected by the Marines and the Army paratroops before joining the infantry. [Did combat classification mean higher pay?]

On a scouting patrol he shot two retreating army officers. Next he was promoted to corporal. The actions in battle are recorded. They advance and take casualties. Some descriptions are sanitized for the general public, but you can read between the lines. The soldiers comment on others and tell about their own lives. They advance and take casualties. Life in combat is no picnic, they are often short of food and sleep. But they push on, day after day. Chapter 4 finds them in southern Italy near Mignano. Wounded enemy soldiers are carried to relative safety, little help is possible for them. The enemy retreats, they advance to Cassino. Then they are sent to the rear for a short vacation. They spend time in Naples (Chapter 6). Audie suffers from malaria (Chapter 7). One soldier is shot in the night because he didn't identify himself (Chapter 9). One man is a deserter (Chapter 10). Another of his friends is killed (Chapter 12).

His best friend Brandon is killed (Chapter 14). German resistance grows stronger near the Vosges mountains (Chapter 16). Audie gets a sniper (Chapter 17). Audie is promoted to lieutenant (Chapter 18). A bullet hits his hip. Delayed treatment resulted in gangrene. The Army is now in Germany (Chapter 19). Audie directs artillery fire against the enemy troops and tanks. Then uses the machine gun on the burning tank destroyer against the enemy. [Medal of Honor.] They continue to advance (Chapter 20). They cross the Colmar canal (Chapter 21). There is a close call when three German tanks pass by. The troops are sent to a rest camp. Audie is transferred to liaison duty (Chapter 22). The men march through the Siegfried Line unopposed. They cross the Rhine. Audie is on a rest leave when they hear about VE day. Images of the past play in his mind.

There are 22 chapters in this 274 page book (which has no Index); it is a personal memoir. The last sentence in the book says "I will learn to live again". This book does not mention that he was the most decorated soldier in the Army. Or any of his post-war traumatic stress disorders. Audie Murphy, like some others, was cast in Hollywood movier in the 1940s and 1950s, mostly westerns. The 1955 movie "To Hell And Back" was the top money-making film until "Jaws" in 1975. Given the lowered value of the dollar and the higher admission price, "THAB" is probably still first by paid admissions. This movie seems to have been banned from TV since Audie Murphy died in 1971 age 46.
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esther clark
Fifth and last, but for a short story, in the Dante Valentine urban fantasy (in an alternate world) series and revolving around a necromance and demon assassin.

My Take
Thank god this is the end, because I am so fed up with Dante’s wishy-washyness. To Hell and Back takes place mostly in Dante's head and is an excellent example of why the author really needs to work in what happened in the past stories. Although I suspect most of the problem is that I let too much time elapse between Saint City Sinners , 4, and To Hell and Back — turns out I didn't even remember having read this the first time.

Saintcrow does provide driblets of backstory, but not nearly enough to bring back memories of what occurred. I felt lost throughout most of this. It probably didn't help that Dante kept whining. Over and over again. It's a recurring theme throughout as she whines about the traitor she released, Japh betraying her, her own pain.

Nor does it help that Dante simply can't make a move (in a dangerous situation) without lots of questions and too much thinking. The one recurring situation in which Dante doesn't bother with questions is whenever she and Japh set out on an action. Wouldn't that be the time to force some answers? Although, I do like this one bit of insight from Dante:

"There aren't any geographical features that can stop you [no mountain so high as…] … the faults, fissures, and peaks inside your own skull that bring you up hard and short."

She can't exercise practical caution. She's "trapped" in a fabulous, well-stocked apartment in Paris, dogged by a bounty set on her head by Lucifer, supposed to be staying low to avoid attention, and her only thought is to get out and walk the streets. Uh-huh.

It's possible that all of this disjointed thinking and writing is meant to emulate Dante's emotional state, but Dante has the advantage over us. She knows her past history.

Saintcrow has an interesting perspective on religion in this series viewing Christianity, Judaism, and Islam as Religions of Submission; I’d never consciously thought of them that way but it does make sense. The religion in Dante’s day is more personal with individuals speaking directly to their particular god. Other than that…*eye roll*…it's an interesting world Saintcrow has created with its hovers and magicks.

The Story
Lucifer threw Dante out of Hell when he was done torturing her. Now Japh has plans for her. Plans that depend on Dante escaping the bounty hunters, mercenaries, and demons hunting her down.

Plans that include killing Lucifer.

The Characters
Dante "Danny" Valentine is a a demon hunting necromance, a psion, who was once Lucifer's errand girl wearing his Gauntlet and is now half-demon. Before Saint City Sinners , she had served the god of Death, Anubis, unreservedly. But the most important role Dante plays is as Japh's hedaira. Eve also calls her the Key to the throne of Hell. Fudoshin is the name of her katana.

Eve, a.k.a., Omega and Lucifer's Consort, Aldamrimel, the Morning Star, is Doreen's daughter (Dante also thinks of Eve as her daughter), a demon, an Androgyne. Vardimal Santino created Eve using demon genes. Velokel the Hunter is a demon working with Eve.

Tierce Japhrimel "Japh", a.k.a., Kinslayer and Eldest, is Lucifer's assassin, Dante's familiar, and a Greater Flight demon, who has fallen in love with Dante and yet betrays her over and over. He died and has come back with his full demon Power.

Japh's team includes…
…the Hellesvront agents McKinley with his metal hand; Vann, the agent obsessed with throwing the bones; the gorgeous Tiens, a Nichtvren (vampire) and the primary pilot; and, Leander Beaudry, a Necromance sent to keep an eye on Dante.

Lucas "the Deathless" Villalobos is a powerful psion of whom other psions are terrified. He's also under contract. Anton Kgembe, a Left Hand theorist, is a "dead" Magi and the most powerful one in the world. He formulated Kgembe's Laws, four principles of dealing with Left Hand (blood) magick used by the Hegemony and Putchkin Alliance to deal with miscreants.

Lucifer is the Prince of Hell and was Japh's Maker. Sephrimel was the third Fallen, and his beloved hedaira, Inhana, was assassinated by Japh. The Knife of Sorrow is a weapon, which can kill a demon with but a touch. Anhelikos are sexless pretty spies. An a'sharak is a worm Lucifer implants in a woman to control her. The now-destroyed White-Walled City is in Tibet and was the home of hedaira, women who were beloved of a Lord of Hell — and Lucifer wants them all killed. A Glaive can strip glamour from any demon. The Hedairae Occasus Demonae is an ancient demon-written book.

Demons of the Greater Flight rebelling against Lucifer include Zag and Semma.

Jason "Jace" Monroe had been her boyfriend, before he died. Lewis had been Dante's social worker before he was killed by a Chill junkie. Doreen and Gabe Spocarelli (killed by a traitor) had been Dante's friends while Eddie, Gabe's husband, was betrayed by his sedayeen research partner. Jado was Dante's sensei. Polyamour is a sexwitch transvestite in Saint City who is raising Gabe's little girl. Selene is the consort of the Prime of Saint City.

Hegemony is a world superpower with the Putchkin Alliance the other. I think the Hellesvront might be a joint law enforcement agency of both and all are controlled by Lucifer. The Awakening is when people began to be able to speak directly to the gods they worshipped.

The Religions of Submission include…
…the Gilead Evangelical, led by Kochba bar Gilead, was the previous theocracy which ruled the the North Merican (North America) empire, the Republic. The Gilead was quite Nazi-like in its death camps and persecutions of anyone not them. Christer is the Catholic religion. Islum is Islam.

Hajia Sofya is the Hagia Sophia. Paradisse, Franje, is Paris, France, and had declared itself a sanctuary for psions during the Gilead reign; Notra Dama is a now-buried Notre Dame. Caracaz is Caracas. Sudro Merican is South America. The Vegas Waste was Las Vegas.

Psions collect the power generated by the beliefs of an individual god’s believers. A Magi is a psion who has undergone basic training. A Necromance is an accredited psion who can bring a soul back from the Death. A sedayeen is a healer psion incapable of aggression. Shaman is a catch-all term for a psion who doesn't fall into a particular specialty. Clormen-13, a.k.a., Chill, is a drug. I think flits are ghosts.

The Cover and Title
The cover is a stark black-and-white of Dante's head, her eyes looking off to our left with the title in a gruesome red against the black of Dante's hair. The author's name is also in white.

The title is literally and figuratively where Dante has been, To Hell and Back where "Only a demon can take down the Devil".
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lynn sommerville
Yes "To Hell and Back" is one of the best most honest account of what WAR was really like by a man (how they say today) who has 'been there-done that'.
The movie should actually be re-made. Not because Audie Murphy's version was not good. He did a marvelous job in playing himself. But because the movie version of Audie's book was not hard hitting enough. It's been accused of being rather 'suger coated'. Too many censors were probably involved in the making of that film in 1954 - 55. Beut I'm not sure if there is an actor who is man enough to play AUDIE MURPHY out there today. They would have to get an unknown. Well maybe - just maybe Matt Damon would be a good AUDIE.
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erralee
What an amazing, heart-breaking story from a true hero. I am humbled to be the granddaughter of a WWII (Pacific Theater) vet and read just about anything that I can get my hands on about the terrible war and it's brave warriors. These stories should never be forgotten and I highly, highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in reading about the Greatest Generation and the terrible price they paid to guarantee the world that we inherited from them. Audie Murphy was a one-of-a-kind, that is for sure, and the things he endured make for truly riveting reading.
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