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3.0 out of 5 starsConcept...good; Execution...poor
Reviewed in the United States on June 8, 2020
The concept for this pseudo-history is good. Author did effective research into the settings and actual events. The large number of peripheral characters made the story line overly complicated. The edition I read has far too many typographical and grammatical errors for a "final" publication.
Very interesting story based on somewhat on history. Lot of characters so it helps to take time in the beginning to learn who they are. Character development is good too and consistent throughout the book. And while there is heroism, nobody is perfect and mistakes are made; basically there is no superhero who never flubs up. Overall it is a good story that (mostly) moves along.
While the subject of the book was interesting and covered a period of the war that I haven't read too much about, it was not a quick or smooth read for me. It dragged on a bit when it could have moved on to the next topic. Also, while I understand the Japanese were cruel, I didn't care for the darker parts of the story. Lastly, the spy aspect seemed out of place that will deter me from continuing to the next book. Had high hopes for this series, but am disappointed in the writing style.
John G is a first rate story teller! The characters are believable and interesting, the plot is compelling and the fast-paced action is what keeps you turning the pages. As an historical fiction writer, I appreciate his detailed research and his ability to put the reader in a convincing place and time. I enjoyed The Last Lieutenant so much, I immediately ordered Book 2 of the Todd Ingram series; I have no doubt it will be equally worth reading. I plan on finishing the series! Preston Holtry, author of The Arrius Trilogy
Reviewed in the United States on September 14, 2020
One of the best historical fictional novels on the early war in the South Pacific that I have read. The author weaves a tense plot, sufficient action and excellent character development. Gritty details of the fall of Corregidor enhance the narrative and the escape by boat is harrowing. I will read the next in the series.
Reviewed in the United States on December 22, 2020
The concept of this novel is fascinating. The main characters are reasonably well fleshed out and interesting. The plot is riveting. This book is very close to being an un-put-down-able page turner. However, some of the execution could use improvement and at times the mistakes are real distractions. For example, virulent does not equal violent. Incredulously does not mean incredibly. The author makes such mistakes over and over throughout the book. These sorts of misused words continually break into the story and disrupt the plot flow. Beyond that, the misplaced, commas, are, everywhere, throughout, the, book, and, are, almost, painful, to, read. The author needs a better proofreader and editor for future installments.
This is an entertaining and realistic ( sometimes brutally so) story of a part of WW2 that was unknown to me. The descriptions of the sea journeys are particularly good and should appeal to anyone who loves the sea. The characters are well-drawn and there seems to have been excellent research of actual events around which the story evolves. It is a bit long, which detracts from the full award. However, it bodes well for the next volumes of the story. It would make a good film along the lines of Band of Brothers/ Saving Private Ryan.