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In The Commodore, the navy in 1942-1943 is fighting a losing battle against Japan for control of the Solomon Islands. Vice Admiral William "Bull" Halsey is tasked with changing the course of the war. Halsey, a maverick, goes on the offensive and appoints a host of new destroyer commanders, including a wild card named Harmon Wolf. An American Indian from a Minnesota reservation, Wolf has never fit in with the traditional navy officer corps. But under Halsey, Wolf's aggressive tactics and gambling nature bring immediate results, and he is swiftly promoted to commodore of an entire destroyer squadron. What happens next will change Wolf's life and career and the fate of his ships forever.
An epic story of courage, disaster, survival, and triumph that culminates in the pivotal battle of Vella Gulf, The Commodore is a masterful novel of an unlikely military hero.
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By Jean on 10-31-16
A Native American, Harman Wolf, is a Navy Destroyer Commander, fighting in the Pacific Theatre. His aggressive tactics brought him to the attention of Adm. William F. Halsey who promotes Wolf. He becomes the de facto commodore of a division of destroyers fighting the naval battle around Guadalcanal. The author describes Wolf’s command of his ship and his division as he develops tactics to combat the Japanese.
The story is a historical fiction but I wonder if the author took some of the experiences and tactics of some real-life U.S. Navy destroyer captains such as Arleigh Burke, Ernest Evans and Frederick Moosbrugger. I have read their biographies and find similarities to battles and tactics in Deutermann’s story. The book is well written and meticulously researched. The story might be fiction but it is historically accurate. Deutermann has great descriptions of naval battles that are very realistic and easy to read.
P.T. Deutermann retired from the navy after 26 years as a Captain. He is also the son of Admiral H. T. Deutermann. As in a typical military family both his son and daughter are Naval Officers. After retirement, he began his writing career.
Dick Hill does an excellent job narrating the book. Hill is a multi-award winning audiobook narrator and also won the Golden Voice award.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
By Alan Demetri on 11-28-16
Great very very good
There was nothing about this Audiobook
That I did not enjoy . The story was enjoyable
The narration was great .Iv read a lot about
The slot and all off the horror and death that
Took place there .
1 of 1 people found this review helpful