In this alternate history adventure set in WW2's early days, a crippled US military struggles to defend vulnerable Australia against the unstoppable Japanese forces. When a Japanese regiment lands on Australia's desolate and undefended Cape York Peninsula, Jock Miles, a US Army captain disgraced despite heroic actions at Pearl Harbor, is ordered to locate the enemy's elusive command post.
Conceived in politics rather than sound tactics, the futile mission is a "show of faith" by the American war leaders meant to do little more than bolster their flagging Australian ally. For Jock Miles and the men of his patrol, it's a death sentence: their enemy is superior in men, material, firepower, and combat experience. Even if the Japanese don't kill them, the vast distances they must cover on foot in the treacherous natural realm of Cape York just might. When Jock joins forces with Jillian Forbes, an indomitable woman with her own checkered past who refused to evacuate in the face of the Japanese threat, the dim prospects of the Allied war effort begin to brighten in surprising ways.
©2012 William Peter Grasso (P)2015 William Peter Grasso
It was great to listen to this novel. I was born in and lived most of my life some of the Australian places in this novel, and got to say I found it all pretty plausible and the pronunciations quite good (in particularly Brisbane, which every other non-Aussie I've heard pronounce it gets it very wrong). The only one I wasn't sure on was Weipa - but to tell you the truth I've not been there or spoken with a resident of it, so it very is possible my pronunciation (which just comes from my interpretation of the word) may be wrong. Very possibly I'm wrong, especially as the author actually made a point of describing the alternate pronunciations in the story itself. The portrayal of the areas in the book were all to my experience as well as second hand knowledge very accurate. Also I found the dialog both appropriate and enjoyable to listen to. One of the critical reviews on Amazon had some odd complaints on the language used in the book, and I felt them a bit unfounded.
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The book is an alternate history WW2 novel, but not in style of the more traditional WW2 alternate history novel like 1948, The Man in the High Castle, where humanity is in some depressing future due to the allies having lost the war. In this one we are looking more at a micro level of "smaller" plausible actions that didn't happen, during the war itself. I was so caught by the story I felt the need to check out the synopses of other books the author has written, and am really interested in listening to others when they are released, both the other Jock Miles ones and some of the standalone ones, in particular East Wind Returns.
The story itself was an engaging listen, the plot a very smart and well executed story, and the characters well developed and likeable where appropriate, and unlikable where not, including the horrible rear echelon military people Jock and his group were continually done wrong by. I do hope that in reality MacArthur wasn't quite like this.
The narration - well Andrew Tell did a fantastic job. I was worried I'd be hearing Brisbane mispronounced for the entire novel, and that did not happen, so an instant + for me. I've actually several books narrated by him in my library, but this is the first with Aussie characters, and fortunately it wasn't tried to be done as the common caricature of Aussie accents that you often see in movies (think of Robert Downey Jr in Natural Born Killers - ugh!!!), but more realistic.
A great read, and I'm looking forward to more audio releases by the author, Jock Miles or otherwise!
Im a 40 yr old male that's a husband for 20 yrs, father of 3 teenage sons, a H.S. Soccer Coach and a machinist working in aerospace field.
Great war fiction
When a soldier was bitten by a snake and another soldier had to kill him to stop his screaming so they wouldn't be discovered by a Japanese patrol.
You cant experience the different tones of emotion
Yes, most definitely
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Grasso's story is a personal story, which makes for good alternate history. There may be a bit much of the vagueries of war going on, but not implausibly. The reader was pretty bad, though, making everyone sounds cartoonish. And he didn't figure out how to pronounce many Australian words-- kind of key for a book set in Australia. Even Brisbane he got wrong until about halfway through.
Book was tolerable but that was about it. There were some funny parts and some interesting information on the lAusaie natives but the book lacked the combat scenes and historical backing that I love in WWII fiction. It is worth a listen if you can't find any other WWII fiction to listen to like I couldn't when I found it!
The audio edition was great, Did not read the book
The whole book was a great listen
Captain Jock Miles, To meet him face to face
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Very god book had a hard time putting it down cant wait until I get the next book in the series. Good action, good dialog
when it said this is audible
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