Hell Is Upon Us

  • by Victor Brooks
  • Narrated by Peter Ganim
  • 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

June 14, 1944, just nine days after the D-Day invasion of Normandy, another mighty fleet steamed towards its own D-Day landing. A huge U.S. flotilla of 800 ships carrying 162,000 men was about to attempt to smash into the outer defenses of the Japanese Empire. Their target was the Marianas Island group, which included Saipan, home to an important Japanese base and a large population of Japanese civilians, and Guam, the first American territory captured in the aftermath of Pearl Harbor.During the next eight weeks, tens of thousands of men, hundreds of airplanes, and dozens of major warships were locked in mortal combat. When it was over, 60,000 Japanese ground troops and most of the carrier air power of the Imperial Navy were annihilated; Japan's leader, Tojo, was thrown out of office in disgrace; and the newly captured enemy airfields were being transformed into launching bases for the B-29s that would carry the conventional and, later, atomic bombs to Japan, turning the land of the Rising Sun into a charred cinder. After the U.S. victory in the Marianas campaign, the road to Tokyo was clearly in sight.

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What the Critics Say

"This opinionated, profane, and confrontational sailor was a brilliant naval strategist who has rarely received the acclaim he deserves. This is an excellent account of a campaign that guaranteed final victory in the Pacific theater." (Booklist)

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Customer Reviews

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Great story of an important battle

Brooks account of the various battles in the Marianas is compelling and well researched. And very readable. I highly recommend this to anyone interested in the Pacific campaigns.
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- J. R. Stubbs

Good, but Not Great, Story of Little Known Invasio

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

It was a more in-depth look at the invasions and the fact that Adm King focused on the Marianas early on in the war. It is pretty disjointed in the beginning. There is not much about the individuals involved in the fighting. The book talks about them and their situations, but not much about any one. You need stamina to get through the whole book.


What aspect of Peter Ganim’s performance would you have changed?

He is pretty monotone in the beginning. He got better as time went on, or I got more used to it.


Was Hell Is Upon Us worth the listening time?

Yes, if you need in-depth information about these invasions, though you will be tempted to quit listening.


Any additional comments?

The pronunciation of the town and geographic names on Saipan is atrocious. I don't know if this is due to the narrator or the author. If it is from the author, he might have used a Japanese map. Its not anything you might notice unless you lived there, but it drove me nuts.

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- Arjay

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-25-2009
  • Publisher: Audible Studios