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A dramatic World War II adventure set on a US destroyer under ferocious kamikaze attack, by the Boyd Award-winning author of Pacific Glory.

By the spring of 1945, the once mighty Japanese fleet has been virtually destroyed, leaving Japan open to invasion. The Japanese react by dispatching hundreds of suicide bombers against the Allied fleet surrounding Okinawa. By mid-May, the Allied fleet is losing a major ship a day to murderous swarms of kamikazes streaming out of Formosa and southern Japan. The radar picket line is the first defense and early warning against these hellish formations, but the Japanese direct special attention to these lone destroyers stationed north and west of Okinawa.

One destroyer, the USS Malloy, faces an even more pressing issue when her Executive Officer Connie Miles begins to realize that the ship's much-admired Captain Pudge Tallmadge is losing his mind under the relentless pressure of the attacks. Set against the blazing gun battles created by the last desperate offensive of the Japanese, Executive Officer Miles and the ship's officers grapple with the consequences of losing their skipper's guidance - and perhaps the ship itself and everyone on board.

Vividly authentic, historically accurate, and emotionally compelling, Sentinels of Fire is military adventure at its best.

©2014 P. T. Deutermann (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved. Published by arrangement with St. Martin’s Press, LLC.

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  • Jean
  • Santa Cruz, CA, United States
  • 01-27-17

Riveting

This story takes place in the spring of 1945 aboard the destroyer USS Malloy. The destroyer is on radar picket duty off the coast of Okinawa. The Malloy is fitted with the brand new long range radar system and is to serve as an early warning for the fleet. Our protagonist is the executive officer, Connie Miles. The ship’s Captain is losing his mind under the pressure of constant attacks plus he has been in the war since the beginning. Miles is new to destroyer duties as he is a transfer from the Aircraft Carrier. Miles and fellow officers need to cover for the Captain and Miles needs to take over his duties. Miles being new to the destroyer tries out new techniques some successful others not.

The book is well written and meticulously researched. The description of the Kamikaze attacks is dramatic. The author is a master in writing battle scenes. Deutermann vividly portrays the battle off Okinawa in all its horror. This is a great historical fiction story of life on a destroyer during WWII.

Dick Hill does an excellent job narrating the book. His voice is perfect for this type of book. Hill is a multi-award winning audiobook narrator.

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  • Allan
  • New Market, TN, United States
  • 09-15-17

Author is AMAZING!!!

I have listened to a great deal of audio books and I must say this Author is one of, if not, the best authors I have heard. All the books in this series are outstanding! And Dick Hill performed flawlessly as he also does in the Back Reacher books. I have thoroughly enjoyed this entire series.

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  • Greg
  • North Alabama
  • 08-25-17

Man, That Deutermann Writes Good WW2 Books!

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It has been a couple of months since I finished this, yet the overall impression remains, which is... This was one of those books that, when you return to it after interruption, you say, "Oh, boy! I get to get back into that good story!"

Dick Hill's narration takes getting used to, and I'm still not there yet, even after 15 or so books he has narrated (I am a Lee Child fan). Still, Hill does a good job in this book.

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well told

great narrator for a very intense story
very personal for those loved ones whose family members served on a destroyer in this war.

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Extremely enjoyable

Great read, as a destroyer sailer myself USS Borie DD704, it took me back to my time at sea.

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Famtastic....

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 destroyer action is GREAT... Highly recommend !!!

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Outstanding!!! Hmc usn retired

Best book I have ever read. I was 21 years in navy on active service

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Navy WW2 Okinawa What it was to live through

Would you listen to Sentinels of Fire again? Why?

Yes, I will be back listening to this book again in a few years. P.T. Deutermann has an excellent style and firm grasp of the historical context of his novels. This is another in a collection of excellent WW2 Naval stories.

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  • Edward
  • Chelsea, AL, United States
  • 11-11-16

a winner, with reading

not quite as good as the other books in the series but very very close

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History Made Vivid

Learned things I should already have known. Easy to forget that suicide bombers are not a 21st Centiru phenomena and are not uniquely jihadist.

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