As they listened to the death throes of their sister ship Mako sinking in the Pacific where the waters were six miles deep, the crew of USS Eelfish suddenly came of age. They were a new breed: a brand-new fleet submarine crewed by draftees and reservists. Hidebound regular Navy officers believed they wouldn't fight. But fight they did with reckless abandon, proving themselves on two fronts - against the Japanese at sea, and against their own Admirals, who clung to outmoded concepts of how to wage war under the sea.
This true-to-life novel moves at breathtaking speed from the invasion of Guadalcanal through the battle of the Philippine Sea and to the coast of Japan. By the end of the war, submarines such as Eelfish had so tightened the noose of naval blockade around Japan that the enemy was finished as an industrial nation, unable to fight effectively.
But American submariners paid dearly for their victories. One out of every five men who went to sea in submarines in the Pacific died in combat, the highest percentage of any branch of the US Armed Forces. This is a novel about their exploits, how they fought, how they loved, and how they died, written by a man who was there.
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Maybe. The narrator ruined the good fiction for me with his constant rapid dialogue and portraying all commanding officers as very excitable men which they certainly are not.
Slowed his delivery down to a more nearly normal pace. I suspect he is normally a fast talker but fast food drive through speech speed gets pretty wearing especially when the writer has the excitement covered with his writing skills. The delivery speed was wearing enough that I had to take breaks from the book to allow my ears to rest. My mind kept wondering if he was going to ask me if I wanted "fries with that". Again Commanding Officers cannot lead men if they themselves are excitable.
A good narrator could have made me cry at some of the things that happened particularly when Mako was sinking.
- Don J. Smith
Solid WWII Submarine action!!
- Matthew Baily