This is an excellent read. P. T. Deutermann's books just get better and better. I strongly recommend this book.
I already have recommended this book, though I just finished it this morning. The characters are larger than life, and the stories told are realistic depictions of action in WWII, with their real consequences for the combatants
Though the final set piece battle is very familiar to me ( I listened to Last Stand of the Tin Can Soldiers which is one of the author's main sources a few years ago) it is still amazing to me what happened in that battle, and of course how our characters come out of it is of paramount importance.
Dick Hill can do no wrong. I wish he was still doing the Harry Bosch books, though I don't mind Len Cariou.
The end of the book is incredibly strong and moving, tears were coming down my eyes as I drove in to work today. Though that actually was going on for the last 2 hours of the book. However, answering this question directly would give away the great ending.
I had never heard of the author before this, but I shall now attempt to catch up to a career that seems to have been building for quite a while.
I rarely listen to books a second time but this is one that might be worth hearing again. The story is so realistic and of course the performance by Dick Hill is very engaging.
The author did not glorify war despite the title. It was a look into the hearts and minds of people facing a powerful enemy, the prospect of certain pain and death and finding the courage to carry on.
Marsh, the protagonist.
I had a hard time turning it off and found myself looking for reasons to take a drive so I could listen to more.
The author's notes at the end very much helped put this story in perspective. Mr. Deutermann had a distinguished naval career as did his father who actually lived through the battles highlighted in the book.
As a combat veteran myself, there were times that this story made very emotional and I actually shed some tears for those men who never made it back.
Have been reading P. T. Deutermann for years with much enjoyment. After trying this audible I found myself listening to the second half of the recording through sheer willpower. The narrator has one, East Coast tough guy voice for all charactors under all circumstances. I'll continue to read Deutermann but on my Kindle in the future.
It was an emotional story with lots of historic action.
The final battle
It would make a great film
Duetermann's best so far.Download it.
I have always loved to read, and now I really enjoy listening to my books as well!!
This turned out to be an excellent audiobook--it surprised me! It has a story that progresses nicely throughout, and I learned quite a bit about some of the battles in the Pacific during WWII (educating through an entertaining novel--I can do that!). I had to chuckle--at one point I couldn't get the picture of the old "Battleship" game out of my head when the author was describing fleet positioning, sonar detection and strategies to figure out who and where enemy vessels were :)
This was a very good novel, and the narrator was excellent. It was an all-around win--I'm sure others will enjoy as much as I did!
Informative, entertaining story for those who are not into history.
Sorry, I liked them all.
Dick Hill is the best out there - husband and I are always happy to find he will be reading our next choice.
Made me think and appreciate what our parents did/sacrificed for this country.
I cared about the characters.
The story interacts with the most heroic action of WWII in the Pacific.
I hated to see it end. It is not particularly a love story as you first think but a story of 4 people who lived thru the war.
you cannot put it down.
i like all Duetermans book....so the rest of them.
Consultant, Church Elder, Kiwanian
Excellent story of the US Navy in the Pacific in WWII. The combat sequences are gritty, realistic and very stirring. Time well spent to honor the heroes of the Greatest Generation.