Marsh Vincent, Mick McCarty, and Tommy Lewis were inseparable friends during their naval academy years, each man in love with the beautiful, unattainable Glory Hawthorne. Only Tommy wins her heart and marries Glory after graduation. Different skills set the three men on separate paths in the Navy, but they are all forever changed by the Pearl Harbor attack on December 7, 1941.
Glory, now Tommy’s widow, is a tough Navy nurse still grieving her loss while trying to save lives at the Pearl Harbor naval hospital. Marsh, a surface ship officer, finds himself in the thick of terrifying sea combat from Guadalcanal, through the turning point at Midway, to a climactic showdown with the Japanese fleet at Leyte Gulf. Mick, a hotshot fighter pilot with a drinking problem and a chip on his shoulder, seeks redemption after a series of failures leaves him grounded and ashamed.
Filled with wide-screen action, romance, and heroism tinged with the brutal reality of war, Pacific Glory is an old-fashioned military adventure of the first order.
©2011 P. T. Deutermann (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
Praise for Pacific Glory:
“Epic, eloquent, stirring...a war novel that is both sweeping and intensely personal." (Library Journal
“Pacific Glory is a tale brilliantly told for anyone who loves history or an adventure in the spirit of Patrick O’Brian. Deutermann’s eye for capturing the romance, valor, and sacrifice of life at sea is unforgettable. From the first pages, as Deutermann reels you in, you are hooked, drawn into the past and finally delivered back to the future, a journey taken with unforgettable characters.” (Doug Stanton, New York Times bestselling author of Horse Soldiers and In Harm’s Way)
“Authentic down to the last riveting detail, Pacific Glory will mesmerize anyone who wants to relive the U.S. Navy’s war with Japan – while a mysterious love story about three Annapolis men in love with the same exotic woman winds through the bomb blasts and salvos.” (Thomas Fleming, New York Times bestselling author of Time and Tide)
I am an avid eclectic reader.
Recently I seem to be reading some excellent historical fiction. I just finished reading Herman Houk, Simon Scarrow and now Deutermann.
This story follows three naval academy classmates. Tommy was married to navy nurse Glory Hawthorne. Tommy dies on the USS Arizona in Pearl Harbor. Marsh “the beauty” is a surface ship officer fighting in the pacific and Mick “the beast” is a fighter pilot who has a drinking problem. The author provides a bit of a twist in what happens to Glory.
The book is well written and researched. Deutermann does an excellent job inserting his protagonist into the real history and action of the War. The author writes stunning World War II battle scenes. There is lots of action and suspense. I am looking forward to reading more by this author. If you are a fan of World War II stories this book is ideal for you.
Dick Hill does an excellent job narrating the book. Hill is a multi-award winning audiobook narrator.
I was born in 1946 after WWII but it was a big part of my parents life and learned much about it over the years. I like the human part of this story. Bringing in the human element is not often done in books about this war. It was needed and incredible. In the last part of this story, I cried a lot. I needed to do that and the story was incredible, not to mention the author notes at the end of the book. It is totally special and a time in our history that we can be proud of. That doesn't seem to be the case with today's wars. I'm not certain why that it because our men and women in the Middle East deserve all of the best we have to give them. Read this book, consume it and get into the human's in this incredible story. Get it, consume it and cry about it. I cry for our soldiers today also.
Simply an outstanding book. This is the first time I have read/listened to Deutermann and it will not be my last. Very good author in my book. Dick Hill is most likely my favorite narrator and as always he did a fantastic job.
I would listen again because it presented fascinating historical details about WW 2 as well as having a great storyline with enough twists to make it fascinating to the end.
One of the most memorable moments was when Beauty Vincent made the decision to turn Evans and torpedoe the Japanese ship.
My favorite scene was when Commander Vincent was awarded the Medal of Honor by President Truman. I can't remember the last time a book brought me to tears.
The graphic details about the battles depicted in the book make me want to call every friend and family member who has been or is currently in the military and thank them for their service. We can never repay them.
Meggin McIntosh, Ph.D. 'The Ph.D. of Productivity'(tm)
I have listened to all of the previous PT Deutermann books and almost didn't buy this one because it seemed like it was out of his normal writing genre. WOW! Am I glad I bought it and I have recommended it to many others. Compelling on so many levels - and Dick Hill, as always, is excellent. He spoils us with his amazing narration. Buy this and listen soon.
One of the best books that Mr Deuterman has writen and Mr Hills Narration was wonderful Thanks.
I already have recommended this book, though I just finished it this morning. The characters are larger than life, and the stories told are realistic depictions of action in WWII, with their real consequences for the combatants
Though the final set piece battle is very familiar to me ( I listened to Last Stand of the Tin Can Soldiers which is one of the author's main sources a few years ago) it is still amazing to me what happened in that battle, and of course how our characters come out of it is of paramount importance.
Dick Hill can do no wrong. I wish he was still doing the Harry Bosch books, though I don't mind Len Cariou.
The end of the book is incredibly strong and moving, tears were coming down my eyes as I drove in to work today. Though that actually was going on for the last 2 hours of the book. However, answering this question directly would give away the great ending.
I had never heard of the author before this, but I shall now attempt to catch up to a career that seems to have been building for quite a while.
I love books!
PT Deutermann is a pretty good author. My first book of his was set in Israel where current day people were trying to solve an ancient mystery and it was pretty good. I hadn't heard of this author prior to that and when i started looking at his other works only then did I realize most were World War II stories, specifically the Navy in the Pacific theater. This book is pretty far ranging starting around the time of Guadalcanal and going right up until the time right before the Philippines were liberated. The author has an extensive Navy background so you feel like the descriptions of the battles are about as realistic as one could get, pretty brutal. I'm not much of a boat expert so I didn't know many of the technical terms aboard a ship but that didn't really distract from the story. Throw in some fiction, some romance and you have the makings of a good tale. I thoroughly enjoyed it and will look forward to my next Deutermann.
I rarely listen to books a second time but this is one that might be worth hearing again. The story is so realistic and of course the performance by Dick Hill is very engaging.
The author did not glorify war despite the title. It was a look into the hearts and minds of people facing a powerful enemy, the prospect of certain pain and death and finding the courage to carry on.
Marsh, the protagonist.
I had a hard time turning it off and found myself looking for reasons to take a drive so I could listen to more.
The author's notes at the end very much helped put this story in perspective. Mr. Deutermann had a distinguished naval career as did his father who actually lived through the battles highlighted in the book.
As a combat veteran myself, there were times that this story made very emotional and I actually shed some tears for those men who never made it back.
It was an emotional story with lots of historic action.
The final battle
It would make a great film
Duetermann's best so far.Download it.
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