A navy destroyer commander navigates hostile seas and ferocious battles in this dramatic World War II thriller set in the South Pacific.
In The Commodore, the navy in 1942-1943 is fighting a losing battle against Japan for control of the Solomon Islands. Vice Admiral William "Bull" Halsey is tasked with changing the course of the war. Halsey, a maverick, goes on the offensive and appoints a host of new destroyer commanders, including a wild card named Harmon Wolf. An American Indian from a Minnesota reservation, Wolf has never fit in with the traditional navy officer corps. But under Halsey, Wolf's aggressive tactics and gambling nature bring immediate results, and he is swiftly promoted to commodore of an entire destroyer squadron. What happens next will change Wolf's life and career and the fate of his ships forever.
An epic story of courage, disaster, survival, and triumph that culminates in the pivotal battle of Vella Gulf, The Commodore is a masterful novel of an unlikely military hero.
©2016 P. T. Deutermann (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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A Native American, Harman Wolf, is a Navy Destroyer Commander, fighting in the Pacific Theatre. His aggressive tactics brought him to the attention of Adm. William F. Halsey who promotes Wolf. He becomes the de facto commodore of a division of destroyers fighting the naval battle around Guadalcanal. The author describes Wolf’s command of his ship and his division as he develops tactics to combat the Japanese.
The story is a historical fiction but I wonder if the author took some of the experiences and tactics of some real-life U.S. Navy destroyer captains such as Arleigh Burke, Ernest Evans and Frederick Moosbrugger. I have read their biographies and find similarities to battles and tactics in Deutermann’s story. The book is well written and meticulously researched. The story might be fiction but it is historically accurate. Deutermann has great descriptions of naval battles that are very realistic and easy to read.
P.T. Deutermann retired from the navy after 26 years as a Captain. He is also the son of Admiral H. T. Deutermann. As in a typical military family both his son and daughter are Naval Officers. After retirement, he began his writing career.
Dick Hill does an excellent job narrating the book. Hill is a multi-award winning audiobook narrator and also won the Golden Voice award.
There was nothing about this Audiobook
That I did not enjoy . The story was enjoyable
The narration was great .Iv read a lot about
The slot and all off the horror and death that
Took place there .
Great read. I served on 3 Gearing Class Destroyers USS Henderson, USS MacKean, and USS Higbee) in the 70's. The author made me feel as though I was back at sea. He envelopes the reader and places in the action. I felt as though I was back on board my last ship USS Higbee (firing her guns to CIC to being back in engineering working on her 600 psi plant to conning the ship at night with others).
PT Deuterman's experience as a naval officer gives him insight to the problems, and challenges of command during the intense combat operations of World War II.
Dick Hill does his usual faultless reading that only adds to the story.
Great war story focusing on the role of destroyers off of Guadalcanal. Thanks to American unpreparedness, heavy naval units were pretty much unavailable during this fight. And, American torpedoes often ineffective while the Japanese torpedoes were death. The author points out that at that time one of the biggest problems American senior Naval officers had was their unwillingness to adapt to new situations. Anyway its a rip roaring good war story and lets one see the battle from the perspective of the tin can navy. Highly recommended for those that enjoy exciting battles and pretty well developed characters. You wont be dissapointed.
PT Deutermann is one of my favorite audio book writers. I have enjoyed all of his audio books and look forward to any new books coming out from him. I routinely re-listen to his books as I find them very enjoyable and entertaining.
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I have methodically listened to all of the author's WWII naval books. I can't imagine a better fictionalized way of getting to know what being in the Navy fighting in the Pacific theater was like.
This book centers on the fight for Guadalcanal. My personal knowledge of that battle was from the Marine perspective, the soldiers on the island fighting the Japanese in intense combat where there was no surrender in the Japanese, the Marines had to root them out and kill them one by one.
I had never really thought about what the Navy was doing in support of the Marines in this battle. The island was key strategically as the US needed the landing field for its planes to be to attack closer and closer to Japan. The Japanese didn't want to lose the island and it was doing everything in its power to keep its troops on the island reinforced and supplied. It was up to our Navy to play a key role in keeping that from happening.
The was a very good listen, just like the author's other WWII novels.
I've listened to a lot of Navy stories, this kept me listening. This action-packed novel kept me involved from start to finish. I am signing up for the third book in the series and hope the author treats me as well.
Very well done tale of destroyer action in the Guadalcanal campaign. Made me think of the fortune several of my family members had by not earning final rest in those waters. Portions of the story brought up thoughts of my father's classmate at the Naval Academy, Arthur Bernard (AB) Yates, an Olympic class swimmer who died when USS HELENA was sunk.
Captain Deutermann has well learned his history from old-time destroyermen!
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