Married (1975), Vietnam-era (not in-country) vet (USN Retired), 4 sons, 11 grandkids, love riding my Harley.
Absolutely intriguing account of the war patrols and subsequent loss of the submarine from a defective torpedo guidance system and CDR O'Kane's leadership.
This was a great story, but the narrative drifted from time to time like tidal eddies. Also, the narrator's mispronunciation of some words (such as Admiral Spruance's name) left me gagging. Great listen, though.
This is, without a doubt, the worst book I've ever purchased/downloaded. An example is the author will take 30 minutes to explain every detail of the submarine, or name every person during WWII that operated a sub and performed a certain action -- fearing that if he doesn't list that name that someone will contact him reminding him he forgot to mention someone.
This was a total waste of money unless you're engrossed in History Facts and every detail of a sub. Very little story-line here.
What I liked the most about this book was how it described the high command in the Navy during World War II. You would think that brains and the overall purpose of the war--to get it over with--would trump pettiness and infighting amongst the admirals. But no.
O'Kane has all the qualities of a great leader, as they are mentioned in Sun Tzu's classic on the Art of War.
The other amazing point is that the Navy people who developed the torpedoes used on submarines made huge mistakes that resulted in duds and misses that endangered lives and prolonged the war. The one guy there was so protective of his invention that he simply would not accept the fact his sensor invention did not work. I wonder if we would have been saved having to drop the A-bomb if those torpedoes worked properly and more ships were sunk.
Have been listening for over a decade and found Audible to be the best!!
This is the best book I have read about submarine operations in WWII. If you are interested in what it must have been like to risk your life every day this is a book you should read.
I have served on Nuclear Subs and have looked for good descriptions of just how the Subs did what they did in WWII. This gives you all those details.
Captain O'Kane is truly the best of the "war time" skippers and was able to conduct the most productive patrols of any submarines in the Pacific.
Great story with a lot of detail.