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Admittedly small and vulnerable, PT boats were, nevertheless, fast - the fastest craft on the water during World War II - and Dick Keresey's account of these tough little fighters throws new light on their contributions to the war effort. As captain of PT 105, the author was in the same battle as John F. Kennedy when Kennedy's PT 109 was rammed and sunk. The famous incident, Keresey says, has often been described inaccurately and the PT boat depicted as unreliable and ineffective. This book helps set the record straight by presenting an authentic picture of PT boats that draws on the author's experience at Guadalcanal, New Georgia, Bougainville, and Choiseul Island. Action-filled, his account describes evading night bombers, rescuing coast watchers and downed airmen, setting down Marine scouts behind Japanese lines, engaging in vicious gun battles with Japanese barges and small freighters, and contending with heat, disease, and loneliness. First published in 1996, the book has been hailed for telling an exciting yet fully accurate story.

©1996 Dick Keresey (P)2017 Tantor

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Highly recommended I couldn't stop listening!

Well done all the way around. Outstanding storyline, good narration, great ending. I highly recommend.

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A great first hand account of PT boat action

If you could sum up PT 105 in three words, what would they be?

Exciting Naval story

What did you like best about this story?

The author had a great experience with the PT boat's story from the beginning, and then was stationed throughout the war in key campaigns.

Which scene was your favorite?

Hard to say , from the trials and tribulations of training, to the battle accounts, they are all very good and the book flows almost as effortlessly and with as much excitement, as the its namesake boat in the title.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The author generated empathy in me as he told of a number of quite humorous incidents and with honesty and candor in the light it showed him.in and how the loss of friends affected him

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The narration was one of the best I have ever heard in an Audio book You will think you're listening to the author extemporaneously spinning tales of his time in the war.

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A very good book.

Great story that is history retold by someone that lived it. Thank you for letting me hear this.

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Great Audible narration of an interesting story

I enjoyed the book and the Audible narration was great. It was less about the action they encountered and more about the life of PT boat captain, Dick Keresey, during the war (which is still amazing). It does seem to reflect the reality of the PT boat life versus the glamorous one that is often depicted., but I liked that dose of reality.

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Great Book About Serving On A PT Boat

I’ve always been fascinated by PT boats in WW2. Something about their small size makes them and the men who sailed on them more personal than the bigger ships. Lt. Keresey gives an excellent description of what it was like to be a PT skipper. It’s not glamorous but they served an important purpose during the war.

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Outstanding PT Boat Action

From training through a full tour of duty. Realistic descriptions of action intermixed with humor and reflections.

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Like being told the story by the author...

Great story. GREAT narration. Over too soon. Both author and narrator are natural story tellers. Amazing stuff.

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Great book, well written and read

This is an excellent first-person history of the world of PT boats and their crews. It helped round out the history of the Pacific war and correct my earlier impressions regarding PT boats. Very moving and informative in dozens of well-assembled vignettes loaded with details of the environment, circumstances and people.

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Amazing book and great performance by narrator

This book captured my attention almost immediately. It is written in such a way that you almost feel like you are sitting around the authors dining room table, and he is reminiscing about his Naval service. He is a great story teller, and doesn’t mind detailing everything, including some of his more embarrassing moments as well as those involving significant action.

It is one of those books that when you finish you are elated to have selected such a great book, and sad that it is finished. I could have listened to so much more from this author.

The narrator did such a great job of telling the story, that at times I really thought I was listening to the actual author. I’m going to find more books narrated by this man.

You will be glad you selected this audiobook.

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Firsthand account, moving, real, raw

Really enjoyed this book. Keresey was not a historian. He was a man who found himself in life and death situations. His account is honest and told from a human point of view. His rescue of enemy sailors is especially moving. May Dick Keresey rest in peace.