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A WWII naval thriller in the tradition of the Hornblower series....
October 1942 - The United States and the Empire of Japan are at war. Charlie Harrison, a young and ambitious lieutenant, reports for duty aboard the S-55, a worn-out WWI-era submarine. While the Battle of Guadalcanal rages on land, air, and sea, the captain plans a daring attack against Rabaul, the heart of Japanese power in the South Pacific. There, the hunter will become the hunted, and Charlie will discover how good he is at war.
©2015 Craig DiLouie (P)2015 Craig DiLouie
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By Jean on 09-04-16

Gritty realism

Craig DiLouie is a new author for me. I understand this book is a new genre for him. He is an award winning horror genre author who has also written some sci-fi books. This is a book of fiction. Our protagonist is Lt. Charlie Harrison fresh out of sub school. Harrison had served several years on a destroyer in the Atlantic Ocean hunting U-boats prior to volunteering for submarines. Harrison reports to the Pacific command for duty on “pig boat” S-55; the crew call her Frankie.

The book is well written. The pace is fast; the plot is standard for the genre. The characters are most interesting and really make the story. DiLouie places the reader into the old pig boat; you can smell the stale, fuel fumed air and feel the depth charges rattle the boat. The suspense builds constantly throughout the story. As the depth charges rain down, the reader keeps focusing on the boat being old and no longer can go very deep; leaks keep popping up with each shaking of the boat. The story is action packed. I enjoyed the WWII history that is woven into the story. The book is short just under 5 hours. It is a great get away from it all book.

R. C. Bray does a great job narrating the book. Bray is a stage actor and voiceover artist and is an Earphone Award-winner and Audie-nominated narrator of audiobooks.


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By Sabrena on 12-12-15

Good story, great narration

This is mainly a character-driven story with just enough action and strategy to keep the reader reading. The battle scenes are not overly graphic and there
aren't many. Much of the time is spent describing life on an antiquated submarine.

As one would expect, R.C. Bray delivers an outstanding performance with this audiobook. It's a good story with great narration.

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By jasper on 04-03-17

Compelling drama.

This novel brings home in spades the savagery of the pacific naval war. The tense narrative is gripping.

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