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I thought I had read all of Homewood’s books. But, somehow, I missed this one. Homewood wrote a trilogy called Silent Wars about submarines in WWII plus a number of stand-alone submarine stories.
This book takes place in 1937 and the Navy is still suffering from budget restrictions. Our protagonist is Bobby MacPherson, a seaman 2nd Class just out of radio operator school. Bobby is just seventeen years old and was all excited about being assigned to Submarine S-37 with the Asiatic Fleet. Bobby travels to exotic places but find himself caught up in a plot involving all the key powers in Asia at the time. It is interesting to watch how the spies slowly work to achieve Bobby’s trust before they try to extract information from him. Do they succeed? You will have to read the book to find out.
The book is well written. It is a historical fiction novel but is based on the author’s experiences as a submariner in the 1930s Asiatic Fleet. Therefore, the naval part of the story is very realistic as is the descriptions of the various city ports such as Shanghai. The story is average. But what makes the story is the realistic description of life on a pre-World War Two submarine.
The book is just over nine hours long. Joe Barrett does an excellent job narrating the book. I have listened to Barrett narrate many books over the years and have always enjoyed listening to him. Barrett is a multi-award-winning audiobook narrator.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Seemed more a story of two cultures than a sub story. I enjoyed it although it was not quite what I expected.