AnA suspense laden novel of submarine warfare in WW11 which will leave you admiring the americans who fought and the man who wrote their tale...
Amazing character association, you'll be cheering these guys along almost from the first page! Great navy story, excellent read for anyone in (or interested in) the Armed forces regardless of branch!
A pretty formulaic plot with no great twists to speak of, really. But not a bad read...
Shattered by the surprise attack at Pearl Harbor, the U.S. is rebuilding its fleet while the badly damaged Submarine Division Seven holds the line against the Japanese Navy. The loss of even one more submarine could be devastating--and every enemy ship that slips through means more lives lost. But Lieutenant Commander Jack Tremain is determined to whip into shape a boat that's returned from a hellish patrol and make the Japanese pay--even if this is his last mission ever.
I don't know what it is about submarines. I really enjoy reading about the history of submarines, especially during World War II, and I also enjoy reading submarine fiction. Yet I would never want to serve on a submarine. Perhaps it is something about being in the ocean depths.
This novel had all the cliches and the standard characters you would find in a Hollywood movie about submarines, but I loved reading it.
I've also read the book about the giant Japanese aircraft carrier which, according to the author, was part of the background for writing this book, although the Japanese ship depicted in this novel was not a carrier.
Sadly, the American submarine service had the highest casualty rate of all the American forces in World War II.
Many American submariners enjoyed the hospitality of my mother's mother's home in Sydney, Australia, during the War. My mother remembered so many of them who visited between patrols, many of whom never came back from that last patrol.