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Publisher's Summary

She was a monster, sleek and gleaming, designed to strike without warning like the dreaded shark. She was the USS Mako, as fearless and bold as any submarine that ever prowled the blue Pacific. Her mission: seek out and destroy the hitherto invincible ships of the Japanese Imperial Navy - and revenge the earlier defeats of a long and dirty war. Here is the story of the men who pitted their lives against impossible odds in the most dangerous branch of the American armed services. It is a story of men pushed to the breaking point and beyond in the most nerve-wracking, heart-stirring warfare of all, a story of glory, grit, and guts, and of the astonishing resources that human beings call forth when put to the ultimate test.

©1980 Harry Homewood (P)2017 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"A well-paced and strongly felt mix of action and heroic individualism." ( Kirkus)

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Loved it. Both times I listened

HH is a master wwii naval storyteller. If this is your genre. Enjoy.

Signed a world war 2 fan.

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Excellent storyt

great story, very riveting, I recommend this to to all submarine buffs.

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Fantastic

Fantastic book very well written and very riveting !! The book flows very well and keeps you excited. Knowledge of us Navy and U.S. Navy submarine action . Highly recommend !!!

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Bravo Zulu

Best submarine writer ever! He really knows his stuff.
Life is simple. You're either qualified or you're not.
EMCM(SS) USN (ret)

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It was pretty good until the end

The characters and narration were pretty good, but the end of the story was a ripoff. It was like the author had a time deadline and just stopped the story instead of ending it. I would return the book but I did listen to it, don't make that mistake, you will be disappointed.

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This is one of the best books ever

growing up I heard stories like this from the retired navy vets from ww2,it's amazing what they went thru.

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Excellent Listen For History Buffs

Well researched well written with both the meteoric highs and unfathomable depths of emotion for the believable characters and their "Boats".

Narration is a bit weak but acceptable. The story and the action carried the audio book.

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Traditional WWII Sub adventure.

For those that are familiar with 1941 submarine navy action, this is expected operations and adventure. How many times have we heard, about the solution to the torpedoes that wouldn't explode? Still a good navy yarn.

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Overall okay, but there are better WWII Sub books

Where does Final Harbor rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

About mid-scale. Not fantastic, but not below average either.

Would you recommend Final Harbor to your friends? Why or why not?

I'd recommend for someone who is not already very familiar with WWII naval history, especially, especially about the boats, torpedoes, the "gun club" etc.

Have you listened to any of Corey M. Snow’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

First one I think. He did fine. Some of his pronunciations are much different than what I have heard from a wide range of others, particularly place names.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Not particularly. It's a lot like an extended movie script from the 40s-50s in many ways. Somewhat predictable, but not completely so. Definitely better than the Jack Tremain thriller sub books. They were like long comic books.

Any additional comments?

Having already read a lot of nonfiction about USN subs in WWII, nothing much was new. Clearly the author pulled bits and pieces from many actual patrol encounters. May or may not read the others in this series.

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Great Story, Although Fiction, it is so close good

I really liked this book.. Although fiction, many stories relate to the truth of and submarine service..One Fact is the terrible torpedo's make on goat island, RI . The failure rate was off the charts. One skipper has had enough, and goes against the book on how to make a sub attacke. He has his crew change the detinators, attacked on the surface at night, etc. After great success, he broadcast to other sub's how they corrected the problem...Back at Pearl, the man who wrote the book wants to court-martial this hero. His whole life is not victories but he wants every man to follow orders, anyway, if you try this book, I believed you will find it both interesting and thought provoking.

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  • Reg Brost
  • 11-05-17

Good yarn

An entertaining story with enough technical content to make the yarn nearly believable. Good value within the Audible subscription program.