Ghosts of Bungo Suido : World War 2 Navy

  • by P. T. Deutermann
  • Narrated by Dick Hill
  • Series: World War 2 Navy
  • 13 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A thrilling World War II adventure that moves from a daring submarine to a notorious Japanese prison camp and ends in a dramatic military court, by the Boyd Award-winning author of Pacific Glory
In late 1944, America’s recapture of the Philippines is jeopardized by what seems an insurmountable threat from Japan: immense Yamato-class battleships, which dwarf every other ship at sea. Built in total secrecy, these 76,000-ton warships seem invincible. American military intelligence knows of two such ships, but there are rumors of a third, built not as a battleship but as an aircraft carrier. Now ready to go operational from Japan’s heavily defended and mined Inland Sea, a carrier of that size could disrupt the entire invasion effort. American bombers can’t reach the Inland Sea, so the Navy high command decides to send a submarine on a special mission to kill the carrier...assuming that it even exists.
No American submarine has ever been able to penetrate the Inland Sea; five boats and their crews have perished in or around the main entrance strait, known as Bungo Suido. Lieutenant Commander Gar Hammond - an aggressive, ship-killing captain with a reckless streak - is now skipper of the Dragonfish, a new submarine. When Admiral Nimitz decides to try one more time, Hammond becomes the navy’s only hope to locate and stop the Japanese super-ship before it escapes into the open Pacific.
P. T. Deutermann’s previous World War II adventure, Pacific Glory, won acclaim from listeners and reviewers, and was honored with the W. Y. Boyd Literary Award for Excellence in Military Fiction, administered by the American Library Association. In Ghosts of Bungo Suido, Deutermann presents another sweeping, action-filled World War II novel, based on a true event from the Pacific theater.

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Mission: Impossible

STORY (historical fiction) - Lt. Commander Gar Hammond commands the American submarine Dragonfish. He and his crew have been asked to do the impossible -- navigate the dangerous Bungo Suido strait into an inland sea of Japan, singlehandedly destroy the largest aircraft carrier in the world, then navigate back through said dangerous Bungo Suido and escape to safety. Bungo Suido contains the ghosts of several American subs who have been unable to safely navigate her waters due to low tides, dangerous currents, mines and -- oh, yes -- the fact that there's a huge Japanese naval base there, complete with destroyers and bomber aircraft.

I loved the submarine action and wish it had lasted the whole book, but it doesn't. There's also a large part of the book that takes place on land in Japan and also in Pearl Harbor, which was not as interesting to Yours Truly and, therefore, seemed a little slow IMHO. I don't want to give too much away, but this part of the book involves prison camps, Hiroshima and military legal proceedings. Interesting, but what attracted me to this book was the sub action.

PERFORMANCE - I know Dick Hill is a popular Audible narrator but I don't like him. Never have, never will. His reading style is choppy and breathless, and his female characters are horrible.

OVERALL - Good book. I'd recommend this for males or females, whether you particularly enjoy historical fiction or not. (It's not my favorite genre, but I really liked this book). There's lots of action and it affords a view of the war from characters who are actually inside Japan as things are happening. There's a sprinkling of F-words and a few very small references to sexual encounters.
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- AudioAddict "I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!"

Wish It Were True

This is an exciting story that illuminates a part of the war in the Pacific that I knew less about. I have read great true stories of submarine warfare in the Pacific which were truly 5 stars. This would have been as well if only it were history instead of Fiction. Still well worth reading for an exciting story!
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-30-2013
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio