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This story is set in late 1944. There is a report that Japan is about to launch a new immense Yamato-class ship. After the battle of Midway the Japanese converted the Yamato-class battle ship under construction into an aircraft carrier.
Our protagonist Lieutenant Commander Gar Hammond, Captain of the submarine Dragonfish, has been ordered to go into the Seto Inland Sea to look for the aircraft carrier about to be launched and destroy it if possible. They also have a Japanese man they must secretly place on shore. Five submarines have gone down in the Bungo Suido Strait attempting to enter the Seto Inland Sea. The Bungo Suido Strait is between the Japanese Island of Kyushu and Shikoko.
The book is well written and researched. The author did take some minor liberties with events but after all this is a book of historical fiction. The story is fast paced and action packed. The suspense builds throughout the story. This book won a number of awards in its genre. There is something familiar about the story and I was wondering if it was made into a movie.
Dick Hill does an excellent job narrating the book. Hill has the perfect voice for this genre. Hill is an award-winning audiobook narrator.
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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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