There is nothing much new revealed in any of this exhausting book. Everyone know Patton was a prima donna, this confirms it. Likewise Bradley is not very interesting; he's a damn good soldier. The only 'news' is how intertwined the 3 soldier's lives were before the war.
If there is anything new; it is that Ike was human and was overwhelmed, on occasion, by the magnitude of his responsibility as Supreme Allied Commander. This would be a much more readable effort if reduced by about 2/3.
Yes, this is a novel but it is based on a true story. You will enjoy the performance even if you can guess what comes next. The truth tends to be that way.
The skipper, it is his tale.
The voices of the characters are more alive than if I had imagined them just in my mind.
No, submarine patrols took time. You should savor the suspense and sweat out what comes next right along with the crew of Dragon Fish. I was in no hurry to move on so I enjoyed lingering. All in all it took about a week to absorb the tale
This is a different time, and the attitudes of the characters are in keeping with WWII. They are not
politically correct by todays standards and that is how it should be.
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