I have listened to a lot of books about the Navy and Marine WWII battles in the south and central pacific. Most were accounts from people who were there some were fiction. Thomas did a very fine job of putting a real face on the commanders of the naval forces. At times I thought he was a little hard on the Americans and not hard enought on the Japanes. Halsey was painted out to be to driven as an admiral. From where I stand (which is in the cheap seats) thank god for men like Halsey yes he made some mistakes but over all he and the other admirals did a wonderful job. A fine work by Thomas I enjoyed it.
Silva does a good job with building his story. I had to work to stay with the story for a little while but worth the wait. Nice job. I have down loaded several more of Silva's works and have not been disappointed.
I like this book. I like to listen to books in order of publication. Most authors build on their previous work. My brother talked me into listening this one out of order. He said it followed the English Assassin. Silva does build on his previous work and he did make reference to books between The English Assassin and The English Girl but it didn't get in the way.
Silva gave this book a very nice twist. Half way through I thought where in the world is he going with this one. Then he showed us. Nice job.
I like the Jack Reacher series and I will keep listening to Child's books. On his first Reacher book I felt he was learning how to write. He got better as he completed the next several books. Never Go Back seemed to be me that Child's tried to fit this book into a cookie cutter type of story. I felt he struggled with the story line. Not his best work but good enough for a listen.
I listened to this book twice. As soon as I finished it I listened to it a second time. Great job. I didn't know anything about the Barb until I listened to this book. Fantastic!!!! I felt like I was in the south pacific during WWII. So many leaders get to be leaders by not rocking the boat. Sounds like we owe Admiral Fluckey a tip of the hat for being one of those unusual leaders willing to take the step out of the box, By doing so he did a lot to save many of our brave young men during WWII. Thank you Admiral. I like to think of myself as a student of the war in the pacific. The more I read the more I admire the front line marines, the prisoners of Bataan, all of our young men who suffered at the hands of the Japanese during that conflict. The pain and suffering those men went through unimaginable to today's generations. Then to see McArthur pardon most of the Japanese for their war crimes. What our men must of thought about that. Almost 70 years later we are still looking for German war criminals. But not the Japanese. I knew many WWII veteran's and even some WWI vets. They just didn't talk about their war. They just didn't. What a shame, My father-in-law won 7 bronze stars. His family didn't have a clue until his passing. Even his brother didn't know. How or why these men took their deeds to the grave with them speaks volumes to me. They just did what they had to do and came home and lived a productive life. What a generation. Tom Brokaw labeled them the Greatest Generation. He was right on the money. Listen to this book it is excellent.
I had not read or listened to Silva's work before. My brother put me on to him. I'm glad he did. I like the way Silva works his story. Nice job. I will listen to more.
My daughter talked me into listening to this book. She thought it was better than Harry Potter. Well to me it sure isn't Harry Potter. This just wasn't my cup of tea at all. Don't think I will see the movie and I know I won't order the second book. This book just did't fit to what I call entertainment or good writting. Took for ever to tell a very simple story. Suzanne Collins repeated herself a lot. She kept going over issues that I thought once said was enough. Just not for me.
I like it. I can't wait till Audible has the rest of the books in this series available. I just love this type of series.
I found this book good enough. I will admit that I didn't like it as well as some other works by Coonts. His Grafton series is excellent. It is good enough for me to listen to the second book in this series. The narrator J. Charles is a fine reader but I found myself thinking Dick Hill would have done better. I also found myself thinking the story line was a little on the outside. I like fiction stories that maybe, sort of kind of, with some imagination be true. I found myself thinking my foot to this story line and the interactions of the main characters. Over all it was OK. Coonts has done better. I hope the series picks up steam.
At first I wondered why the book was titled the Lieutenants. The narrative just didn't seem to fit the title, not that I minded but it seemed to talk about the Colonels and Generals and not the Lieutenants. After awhile it became clear that two Lieutenants were the central focus of this book. If Audible had the second book of the series "The Captains I would have down loaded it right now. I will when it is available. Good stuff.
The more I read about the war in the Pacific and the more I talk to the men who lived throught that nightmare the more I really apprieciate what they did for me. It is hard to imagine the horror those boys lived through and most of them were only young boys. They sure didn't stay boys for long. They became men in a matter of minutes. Very nice work by Mr. Hornfischer,
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