A thrilling World War II adventure that moves from a daring submarine to a notorious Japanese prison camp and ends in a dramatic military court, by the Boyd Award-winning author of Pacific Glory
In late 1944, America’s recapture of the Philippines is jeopardized by what seems an insurmountable threat from Japan: immense Yamato-class battleships, which dwarf every other ship at sea. Built in total secrecy, these 76,000-ton warships seem invincible. American military intelligence knows of two such ships, but there are rumors of a third, built not as a battleship but as an aircraft carrier. Now ready to go operational from Japan’s heavily defended and mined Inland Sea, a carrier of that size could disrupt the entire invasion effort. American bombers can’t reach the Inland Sea, so the Navy high command decides to send a submarine on a special mission to kill the carrier...assuming that it even exists.
No American submarine has ever been able to penetrate the Inland Sea; five boats and their crews have perished in or around the main entrance strait, known as Bungo Suido. Lieutenant Commander Gar Hammond - an aggressive, ship-killing captain with a reckless streak - is now skipper of the Dragonfish, a new submarine. When Admiral Nimitz decides to try one more time, Hammond becomes the navy’s only hope to locate and stop the Japanese super-ship before it escapes into the open Pacific.
P. T. Deutermann’s previous World War II adventure, Pacific Glory, won acclaim from listeners and reviewers, and was honored with the W. Y. Boyd Literary Award for Excellence in Military Fiction, administered by the American Library Association. In Ghosts of Bungo Suido, Deutermann presents another sweeping, action-filled World War II novel, based on a true event from the Pacific theater.
©2013 P. T. Deutermann (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved. Published by arrangement with St. Martin’s Press, LLC.
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STORY (historical fiction) - Lt. Commander Gar Hammond commands the American submarine Dragonfish. He and his crew have been asked to do the impossible -- navigate the dangerous Bungo Suido strait into an inland sea of Japan, singlehandedly destroy the largest aircraft carrier in the world, then navigate back through said dangerous Bungo Suido and escape to safety. Bungo Suido contains the ghosts of several American subs who have been unable to safely navigate her waters due to low tides, dangerous currents, mines and -- oh, yes -- the fact that there's a huge Japanese naval base there, complete with destroyers and bomber aircraft.
I loved the submarine action and wish it had lasted the whole book, but it doesn't. There's also a large part of the book that takes place on land in Japan and also in Pearl Harbor, which was not as interesting to Yours Truly and, therefore, seemed a little slow IMHO. I don't want to give too much away, but this part of the book involves prison camps, Hiroshima and military legal proceedings. Interesting, but what attracted me to this book was the sub action.
PERFORMANCE - I know Dick Hill is a popular Audible narrator but I don't like him. Never have, never will. His reading style is choppy and breathless, and his female characters are horrible.
OVERALL - Good book. I'd recommend this for males or females, whether you particularly enjoy historical fiction or not. (It's not my favorite genre, but I really liked this book). There's lots of action and it affords a view of the war from characters who are actually inside Japan as things are happening. There's a sprinkling of F-words and a few very small references to sexual encounters.
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.
I love books!
This was my second book by author PT Deutermann and I enjoyed them both. This one was a classic World War II story focusing on submarine warfare in the Pacific Theater. The author is a retired Navy Captain so it would seem he had a good background in writing this story. He dedicated the book to the 3600 submariners that lost their lives in the Pacific, I thought that was pretty telling.
Title makes this book sound like it is about a submarine crew durning World War II. More of book is outsid the sub than in. I was disappointed
The entrance into Bungo Suido and subsequent torpedo attacks
He doesn't sound like a naval officer, especially a commanding officer.
Leave out the complaint by the Army aviator and subsequent legal proceedings.
Another great yarn by Deutermann. Truth and fiction masterfully interwoven into an engaging tale involving historical figures and naval history with great character development of the fictional heroes. Deutermann joins the bookshelf alongside "Run Silent, Run Deep", "Thunder Below" and "Silent Running" -- all great submarine warfare books. To top it off, Hill is one of the best narrators in the Audible inventory.
This is the second book that I have read from the author (Sweepers was the first). It kept my interest all the way through. This book surprised me. I read so many books that a month later I often have forgotten what they are about. I don't think this will be the case with this one. My only criticism is with the reader, Mr Hill. He reads sooo slowly that it can put you to sleep (he reads many of the Jack Reacher books). If you have a player that can do 1.5 speed, it will bring him up to a normal pace. I read this at normal speed and even Mr Hill could not make it boring.
I've been a very big fan of this author's work for a long time, so I recommend him to anyone I know who likes this particular genre. His books are interesting, well, written, and though fictional, do a lovely job of showing what the world was like during the war.
Worth a credit, worth a listen!
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