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This novel kept me glued to the story. I have never been a fan of war novels or war movies, but I was absolutely intrigued and would be the first in line to view this novel on the big screen! It has all of the elements of a great novel.... Believable story line; mystery; great mix of characters; love interest... It was very well written and narrated. Thank you for indoctrinating me to submarine life. I also enjoyed hearing the author's statement at the end of the novel.
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Very well done.... Cannot wait to listen to the next of the series!
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
This is a new author for me. The submarine USS Mackerel has returned to Pearl with three of its crew dead. The crew is demoralized. Our protagonist, Lt. Cmdr. Jack Tremaine, has been assigned to command the Mackerel. They go on patrol and battle with a Japanese escort ship as they sink a convoy ship. This return to Pearl is much happier than the prior return. Cooke describes the fear and difficult relationships of the demoralized crew as they slowly rebuild their confidence and team-ship. Then they get orders for what could be called a suicide mission.
The book is well written; the pace is fast. The action and suspense is nonstop. As the story develops there is an officer who is a bully, a new captain and a brand-new Ensign, Mr. Wright, aboard the boat. The author does a superb job describing what it’s like for the crew to submit to extended depth charges and the air turning foul. The author provides details about World War II submarines as well as information about life aboard a submarine. Cameron Cooke was a United States Naval submarine officer and that background allows him to bring reality to his writing.
The book is ten hours long. Tim Campbell does an excellent job narrating the book. Campbell is an opera singer, actor, voice over artist and audiobook narrator.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
one of the best books I have listened to also book 2 exellant loved it
I’m an ex uk submariner and I first read this book when I qualified and keep re reading/ listening to it