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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This story is set in late 1944. There is a report that Japan is about to launch a new immense Yamato-class ship. After the battle of Midway the Japanese converted the Yamato-class battle ship under construction into an aircraft carrier.
Our protagonist Lieutenant Commander Gar Hammond, Captain of the submarine Dragonfish, has been ordered to go into the Seto Inland Sea to look for the aircraft carrier about to be launched and destroy it if possible. They also have a Japanese man they must secretly place on shore. Five submarines have gone down in the Bungo Suido Strait attempting to enter the Seto Inland Sea. The Bungo Suido Strait is between the Japanese Island of Kyushu and Shikoko.
The book is well written and researched. The author did take some minor liberties with events but after all this is a book of historical fiction. The story is fast paced and action packed. The suspense builds throughout the story. This book won a number of awards in its genre. There is something familiar about the story and I was wondering if it was made into a movie.
Dick Hill does an excellent job narrating the book. Hill has the perfect voice for this genre. Hill is an award-winning audiobook narrator.
I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!
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.
This is an exciting story that illuminates a part of the war in the Pacific that I knew less about. I have read great true stories of submarine warfare in the Pacific which were truly 5 stars. This would have been as well if only it were history instead of Fiction. Still well worth reading for an exciting story!
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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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.
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!
Hard worker, loving father and all-around good guy.
I was very much wanting this to be a wartime detailed submarine warfare story whether fictional or not. The first half of the book supply and that quite well. The second half with the conspiracy and drama was pretty good but not what I was expecting in the book. The coincidences of putting the main character in all of the key situations in the war took on a rather Forrest Gump aspect where he's everywhere and does everything that's important in the war which distracted from the realism of the first half of the book and disappointed me a bit. Overall, a fine effort from this author. I particularly appreciated him not spending pages and pages describing sex acts which are completely unnecessary in the writing of a good book.
As always, Dick Hill did an outstanding job bringing the characters to life and giving a unique voice to each so that you were constantly aware of exactly who was speaking every line. He is simply a master at near writing a book. Kudos on securing him for this job!
I would give the book they hire recommendation. It was an enjoyable read and, overall, I was quite pleased with it. It was only my original desire to have a strictly wartime story that distracted me personally but should not dissuade others from taking in this fine story.
Not what I was expecting. I read a previous book by this author that concentrated on the destroyer action off Guadalcanal in WW2. Expected more of the same kind of thing only based on submarine action. Was surprised and engrossed by the description of the atrocities perpetrated on American and allied Prisoners of way by their Japanese captors. I know for a fact, after extensive study, that all of these war crimes and many many more were done by Japanese military men during that war. This book was a strong reminder that veterans of that war, especially those that lived through the POW camps and forced labor in mines and factories owned by Mitsubishi and Kawasaki and other Japanese companies. I recommend this book to others as a good war story that includes a pretty good introduction to the POW situation then.
Happily married mother of three. Avid reader. Love Audible!
I read this one the day after I finished Pacific Glory. It was like P.G.'s twin sister as far as setting goes, but it was perfect as a standalone in its own right. Whereas P.G. gave us a look into the lives of sailors and Navy aviators in the pacific theater during WWII, Ghosts gives us a look into service on a submarine in that time and place. That being said, I wish there had been more technical information about the difficulties of living and fighting aboard a sub. Missed opportunity there. This book didn't quite grab me like P.G. did (maybe I read them too close together) but it was still very poignant and eye opening about some of the the everyday realities of war time that civilians don't think about. Overall...great story, great characters, and nicely performed by Dick Hill. I'd listen to him read the IRS tax code! Happy reading.
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