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Orders Is Orders

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The Chinese city of Shunkien is under siege, the Japanese military laying it to waste. In the middle of the city sits the American consulate, a fragile sanctuary packed with refugees, threatened not only by artillery, but by the ravages of starvation and cholera.

200 miles away, on the USS Miami, stands their only hope - Marine Gunnery Sergeant James Mitchell. As tough as Tom Hanks in Saving Private Ryan - and just as stubborn - if anybody can negotiate a crucial supply of gold and medicine through 200 miles of bullets, bombs and butchery, it's Sergeant Mitchell.

But the Japanese are the least of his problems. First there's Goldy Brown, the American fan-dancer who's hitched along for the ride - a girl as unpredictable as her skirt is tight. And then there's the greatest enemy of all: alcohol. Mitchell has a weakness for the bottle, and if he falls into one, it's America that will pay the price.

As a young man, Hubbard visited Manchuria, where his closest friend headed up British intelligence in northern China. Hubbard gained a unique insight into the hostile political climate between China and Japan - a knowledge that informs stories like Orders Is Orders. In addition, he served as a First Sergeant with the 20th United States Marine Corps Reserve - giving him first-hand knowledge of what it means to be a Marine.

"Originally published in 1937, this tale is a splendid audio, filled with sound effects, Asian-inspired music, and lively characterizations."
- Booklist

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Paperback Editions

October 2011 : Canada Paperback

Title: Orders is Orders (Stories from the Golden Age) (English and English Edition) (1 Volumes Set)
Author(s): L Ron Hubbard
ISBN: 1-4596-2944-2 / 978-1-4596-2944-8 (Canada edition)
Publisher: Ltd
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

March 2009 : USA Paperback

Title: Orders is Orders (Military & War Short Stories Collection)
Author(s): L Ron Hubbard
ISBN: 1-59212-295-7 / 978-1-59212-295-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Galaxy Press
Availability: Amazon   

Audio Editions

March 2009 : USA Audio CD

Title: Orders is Orders (Military & War Short Stories Collection)
Author(s): L Ron Hubbard
ISBN: 1-59212-233-7 / 978-1-59212-233-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Galaxy Audio
Availability: Amazon