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Nobody Comes Back

Nobody Comes Back

A Novel of the Battle of the Bulge

Donn Pearce

Forge Books



Donn Pearce, the author of Cool Hand Luke, again revisits the subject of men under tremendous pressure, living and dying according to oppressive circumstances. Now, he brings you another tragic hero, thrust out of the only world he knew and forced to create one on his own terms . . . or die trying.

Toby Parker was America's unwanted son. Only sixteen years old, he was too young to be enlisted in the army, but old enough to know that he didn't want to return to the life he knew: moving from new home to new home, neglected by his mother, ignored by his father, overlooked by everyone else.

The war overseas promised exotic locations and adventure, but what it delivered was something else entirely. The Nazis were beginning to fall back, and the war was all but over. But the fighting still raged on in pockets of Europe. Out of the critical focus on France, only one last position needed to hold: the city of Bastogne. Thrown into battle almost immediately upon arrival, he soon found himself wounded and alone, struggling to survive and looked upon to lead. It was here that Toby was to learn what war really was, and what kind of man he was destined to become.

Many American boys went into World War II, and each one lived their own nightmare, critically shaped by what they experienced. Told with gritty authenticity, Donn Pearce captures the very essence of what it means to be caught under the worst circumstances imaginable, while having the strength and humanity to rise above them.

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Praise for Nobody Comes Back

“Author Donn Pearce has created a modern classic, a bookend for The Red Badge of Courage.” —Walter J. Boyne, New York Times bestselling author of Operation Iraqi Freedom on Nobody Comes Back

“Excellent . . . Powerful . . . I've never read a book that captured the confusion and misery of war in such personal terms. Nobody Comes Back is an instant classic. ” —Larry Bond, New York Times bestselling author of Dangerous Ground

“The best novel ever written about the Battle of the Bulge. With Nobody Comes Back, Pearce does for the Bulge what he did for chain gangs in Cool Hand Luke and what Stephen Crane did for the Civil War in The Red Badge of Courage.” —David Hagberg, USA Today bestselling author of Dance with the Dragon on Nobody Comes Back

“Remarkable . . . I was up until four in the morning reading it.” —General Fred Franks, coauthor with Tom Clancy of #1 New York Times bestselling Into the Storm: A Study in Command on Nobody Comes Back

“This is as good as combat writing gets. Think the hero of The Red Badge of Courage in the Battle of the Bulge. It's unputdownable.” —Thomas Fleming on Nobody Comes Back

Nobody Comes Back is a timeless tale of a young infantryman fighting for his life--and his humanity. Will join the classics...” —Stephen Coonts, New York Times bestselling author of The Assassin

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About the author

Donn Pearce

DONN PEARCE is the author and screenwriter of the classic Cool Hand Luke and Dying in the Sun.

Donn Pearce

Donn Pearce

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