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...Show More » 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.
A Native American, Harman Wolf, is a Navy Destroyer Commander, fighting in the Pacific Theatre. His aggressive tactics brought him to the attention o..Show More »f 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.
STORY (historical fiction) - Lt. Commander Gar Hammond commands the American submarine Dragonfish. He and his crew have been asked to do the impossib..Show More »le -- 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.