This is a fictional account based on fact about the Sen-Toku submarines that were developed by the Japanese toward the end of WWII. They were capable of launching aerial attacks on New York and Washington. The end of WWII put a stop to any such plans.
great pacific theater of war read.
The Sen-Toku Raid is an old-fashioned World War Two adventure in the best sense of the word. It reminded me of The Guns of Navarone, being a "desperate mission" story concerning a mismatched group of castaway soldiers, guerillas, and civilians. Author Mannock creates some interesting tensions between characters here, and thankfully spares the reader the tired cliche of artificially inserting some bimbo female "love-or-lust interest" character into the middle of what is essentially a combat mission. Very fascinating look at the kamikaze ethic, and not just that of the Japanese. This novel is full of tantalizing historical tidbits like the actual Sen-Toku sub, a sort of undersea aircraft carrier that did in fact exist and nearly changed the course of the Pacific war. Kudos for this well-written, well-researched, and entertaining novel.
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The Sen-Toku Raid is well researched and a great read for war history enthusiasts. The Sen-Toku were real subs developed near the end of the war making the story very believable and Mannock's writing makes it an interesting read without the soap-opera love triangles some insert to draw a wider audience. Exciting, realistic, historically accurate. It's well worth reading.
Men's adventure, a book I haven't read.