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Bulkley provides a wealth of facts about these motor torpedo boats, whose vast range of operation covered two oceans as well as the Mediterranean and the English Channel. Although their primary mission was to attack surface ships and craft close to shore, they were also used effectively to lay mines and smoke screens, to rescue downed aviators, and to carry out intelligence and raider operations. The author gives special attention to the crews, paying well-deserved tribute to their heroism, skill, and sacrifice that helped to win the war.
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By Mat J Monk on 07-11-18
Dry as the dessert in July!
This is tied for the worst book I've purchased in all the time I've been with Audible (10+ years). The overview sounded very good but when you get into it, the book is basically a compilation of log books and patrol reports. This might not have been so bad but the narrator's style is the last nail in the coffin. He speaks with a monotone and very poor pacing. To add insult to injury, he mispronounces several words consistently. I was determined to get through it but just couldn't take it any more and bailed out at chapter 20.
By Jim on 06-18-18
Excellent factual history of the PT Boats.
Probably a bit too factual almost to the point of being as boring as reading a history book. The narration lacks inflection and sounds almost frantic at times. This is not a typical novel, but instead, a long factual narration of the history of the PT boat including boat numbers, commander's names, rank and service (USN/USNR). And yes, the PT-109/John F. Kennedy saga is included.