The United States conducted highly classified atomic testing in the Marshall Islands. One of the ships used in the mock up fleet was a captured Japanese Battleship, the Nagato. These ships were equipped with an array of equipment, from cameras to Geiger counters, as well as various farm animals. These tests were intended to determine "Fleet Survivability" in the face of a thermonuclear implosion. Unfortunately, no one fully understood, or could even begin to imagine, the utter devastation about to be unleashed...or the consequences!
©2009 Stephen P. Robertson (P)2013 Stephen P. Robertson
Alternate histories can sometimes come across as unbelievable but this was not the case with Jemo. Before reading the book I knew a bit about Operation Crossroads and the Baker Test but didn't really know all the details so this compelled me to look into the subject further. Having read more about it the book has become even more believable.
The author skillfully used a journal format to fully explore the fear, pain, and confusion these men experienced. It all felt horribly genuine for the listener.
The entire novella was filled with so much emotion that it was almost difficult to listen to at times. And the heartbreaking ending left me tearing up.
The narrator, Daniel Penz, did a fantastic job with the audiobook edition. His excellent performance really showcased the emotions of the sailors and their struggle and made an already moving book heart wrenching for the listener.
I highly recommend this very well done novella. It has truly changed the way I view the subject.
The narrator's voice makes you feel like your inside the head of the Engineer, as he narrates into his logbook about how he's trying to keep his crew alive. He's also trying to figure out who the intelligence officer is, and what he knows.
The tension in the story allows you to feel the emotions of the cast of characters, and when the climax of the story arrives, the twist isn't what you imagined.
That in a crisis, a 27-year old Engineer's Mate with a shattered left arm faced the fire, and the loss of his ship...but remained a leader of men, and maintained his humanity.
The quality of the voice, the ability to create different voices for each character, and of course-his consistent delivery, which pulled the story along at a pace that matched the writing. He added real emotion to the dialogue, and makes you feel like you're there.
Not at first, but as I listened, I couldn't put it down.
I would love to see this made into an action movie!
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