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The Iceman

Narrated by: John Pruden
Series: World War 2 Navy, Book 2
Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
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The Iceman is an action-packed World War II military thriller featuring a daring submarine commander during the Pacific War.

In 1942, off the port city of St. Nazaire in occupied France, a US Navy S-class submarine assigned to the Royal Navy lurks just outside the borders of the minefield protecting a German U-boat base. Lieutenant Commander Malachi Stormes, the boat’s skipper, patrols dangerously close to the minefield entrance and manages to trap and sink three outbound U-boats in one spectacular attack. Britain decorates him; the US Navy promotes him and then gives him command of a brand-new class of submarine, a fleet boat based in Perth, Australia, called Firefish. Having been driven out of the Philippines by the Japanese juggernaut, the Perth boats are the only American forces capable of hitting the Japanese in the Western Pacific.

With his cold, steely-eyed focus on killing Japanese ships, Stormes is an enigma to his officers and crew - especially when it becomes clear he is willing to take huge chances to achieve results. Firefish sinks more ships than any Perth boat on her first war patrol, but Stormes’ unconventional tactics literally frighten his crew. Driven by a past steeped in the whiskey-haunted violence of the Kentucky coal fields, whose psychological scars torment his sleep and close him off from those around him, Stormes is nicknamed "The Iceman". His crew members are proud of their boat’s accomplishments but wonder if their iron-willed skipper will bring them home alive.

With intense action and featuring authentic submarine tactics from the early years of the Pacific War, The Iceman continues P. T. Deutermann’s masterful, award-winning cycle of thrillers set during World War II.

©2018 P. T. Deutermann (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • Jean
  • Santa Cruz, CA, United States
  • 12-25-18

Fast and Furious

I have read a number of books by Captain Deutermann. He is a great writer of naval stories. In this book our protagonist is Commander Malachi Stormes. He has been transferred from the European Theatre to the Pacific. He is been ordered to take command of the submarine USS Firefish.

The book is well written and researched. The pace is fast. The action is non-stop. The author is a great naval storyteller. Deutermann served twenty-six years in the Navy and grew up a Navy brat, needless to say, the stories are authentic. As with most of Deutermann’s books, this one is hard to put down. If you enjoy a good submarine story about World War II, this is a great choice.

The book is ten hours and forty-one minutes. John Pruden does a good job narrating the book. Pruden is a voice actor and is well known for his many audiobook narrations.

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Another Great Deutermann Story

I always automatically get any new Captain Deutermann book. He never disapoints. Good story line and characters that you really care about. Wonderful reader. I want a follow-up to find what happens next. Malachi and Marjorie's story needs to be told.

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Submarine Saga

wonderful story, loved every minute. deuterman at his best! terrific story with Wonderful World War II action!

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Good story

The story is good although not factual and I had some trouble with that. I recommend this book if you’re not a WW II history buff and it will be a fair read if you are. This book is not represented to be an actual history but is based on historical events. The book moves right along and never drags and the reader does a great job with it.

Accents can be difficult but they were well done by the reader who speaks clearly and is easy to understand.

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P. T. Deutermann does it again with a great book.

What could be better than a WW II U.S. Submarine story. Mr. Deutermann tells this story with grace always keeping the story and subjects interesting. I enjoyed the book so much that I found that I did not want the book to end so I listened to each chapter twice. P.T. Deutermann is one of my favorite authors.

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Great book and character

I have enjoyed all of PT’s books and this was no exception. This character was great. I hope you find a way to carry him into another story.

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Maybe His Best

I have read or listened to almost all of Mr. Deutermann's works, and in my opinion, this is one of his best. Great development of the main character and a suspenseful story line, with can't-put-it-down action and human interest. The reading performance was first class also. I highly recommend this book.

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  • Matt D.
  • Franklin, NC United States
  • 08-29-18

Very Good

This makes the nineteenth book I have read by Mr. Deutermann. Pacific Glory is my very favorite. I started with the Scorpion of the Sea years ago. Also, I have read the Cam Richter series.
This military novel follows a decorated submarine commander assigned to the Perth/Fremantle command in Australia during the early years of WW2.
His commanders feel like he is too young and promoted too fast. What they discover is they have a commander that only has one thing in mind, fight.
His officers and men think that he is too careless. But when you get results, that's what matters. This book is full of action and adventure.

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Possibly the best yet by Deutermann

I have read/listened to all of this authors works, and have re-listened to several just because his combination of characters and storytelling is so good. I've read a lot of naval history and fiction, both 20th century and much older and really appreciate the author's accuracy and sometimes ironic use of historical character names in his fictional works. Late in this book a Commodore Byng plays a very small role, and thankfully does not share the fate of Admiral Byng, RN.
P.T. puts in enough details to show he knows what he's writing about, but not so many that the technical jargon hinders the flow of the story. Many of the events in this book have a basis in history, particularly the torpedo problems and the denial of those problems by the Navy's gun club. He also uses some actual historical characters in their historical role in this book, which is also a nice touch. Overall, an excellent story even if you are not a big fan of Naval history or literature.

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  • Stevon
  • Tempe, AZ, United States
  • 07-24-19

I like PT

I've methodically listened to this series after first discovery and have really enjoyed the stories of the Navy in the Pacific theater of World War II. It seemed the books were following a timeline that would end with the dropping of the bombs to end the war. I thought we were right there. But the author throws a curve and comes back to earlier in the war. So be it, I still enjoyed it.

This book takes up after the Japan has taken the Philippines, MacArthur has fled to Australia and taken what parts of the US military he could and the fight to beat the Japanese has begun in earnest. In this book the author tells of one submarine skipper, his boat and the crew and their adventures in the western Pacific Ocean. It was harrowing duty. But life in a submarine in wartime and the lives of the men on board seem to be accurately described and if you want to get a feel for what that life was like this is a good book to listen to.