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By the spring of 1945, the once mighty Japanese fleet has been virtually destroyed, leaving Japan open to invasion. The Japanese react by dispatching hundreds of suicide bombers against the Allied fleet surrounding Okinawa. By mid-May, the Allied fleet is losing a major ship a day to murderous swarms of kamikazes streaming out of Formosa and southern Japan. The radar picket line is the first defense and early warning against these hellish formations, but the Japanese direct special attention to these lone destroyers stationed north and west of Okinawa.
One destroyer, the USS Malloy, faces an even more pressing issue when her Executive Officer Connie Miles begins to realize that the ship's much-admired Captain Pudge Tallmadge is losing his mind under the relentless pressure of the attacks. Set against the blazing gun battles created by the last desperate offensive of the Japanese, Executive Officer Miles and the ship's officers grapple with the consequences of losing their skipper's guidance - and perhaps the ship itself and everyone on board.
Vividly authentic, historically accurate, and emotionally compelling, Sentinels of Fire is military adventure at its best.
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By Jean on 01-27-17
This story takes place in the spring of 1945 aboard the destroyer USS Malloy. The destroyer is on radar picket duty off the coast of Okinawa. The Malloy is fitted with the brand new long range radar system and is to serve as an early warning for the fleet. Our protagonist is the executive officer, Connie Miles. The ship’s Captain is losing his mind under the pressure of constant attacks plus he has been in the war since the beginning. Miles is new to destroyer duties as he is a transfer from the Aircraft Carrier. Miles and fellow officers need to cover for the Captain and Miles needs to take over his duties. Miles being new to the destroyer tries out new techniques some successful others not.
The book is well written and meticulously researched. The description of the Kamikaze attacks is dramatic. The author is a master in writing battle scenes. Deutermann vividly portrays the battle off Okinawa in all its horror. This is a great historical fiction story of life on a destroyer during WWII.
Dick Hill does an excellent job narrating the book. His voice is perfect for this type of book. Hill is a multi-award winning audiobook narrator.
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