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Run Silent, Run Deep (Classics of Naval Literature) Hardcover – October 15, 2016
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Beach's writing style probably influenced Tom Clancy, in that there is a lot of technical discussion, as well as strong charactorization and motivation. When one reads the early part of the book, when Richardson and co. are training up, one feels that one could get on a Gato class submarine and help the fire control party fire torpedos. But, the best part is the end, which I won't give away. As Richardson hears of his friends and people he has trained dying at the hands of Bungo Pete, it can only lead to his actions in the final battle. Read it and see.
If you've seen the movie, but never read the book, you're in for a surprise. The book covers a much longer period, from late December 1941 until the end of the war. And, while Richardson has two wartime commands in the book, just as in the movie, he is ashore nursing a broken leg, and standing in for Momsen solving the torpedo exploder problem, when Walrus is lost. The conflict with Bledsoe starts much earlier, in the old S-16, when Richardson feels compelled to withdraw his recommendation that Bledsoe get his own command after Bledsoe fouls up and nearly gets the boat sunk during a qualification test. The little detail that both of them are in love with the same girl adds to the conflict. Of course, a major difference is that Richardson survives, though that becomes fairly obvious from the opening words of the novel, which is told in the first person.
There are aspects of the undersea battle in the World War II Pacific that get less attention than they might today. Richardson is telling the story from his own viewpoint, so obviously he can't relate anything he doesn't see. Also, these old fleet subs were still primary fleet components when this book was first published in 1955, and many of the details were still classified. Beach provides as much detail as he can, but some processes remain deliberately obscure.Read more ›
Predating the Tom Clancy novels and later offerings in this genre, Captain Beach fills each page with excitement, humanity and the apprehension of battle only a warrior can depict accurately.
A must read for undersea warfare buffs, you will learn much about the tactics of current day submariners and glean where many of today's writers of this category of literature originated their styles and interest in undersea warfare.
From beginning to climatic end, this is a must read.
It even has a love interest, but a rather demure, reserved, discreet, indirect, and tepid one by the standards of 1990s popular culture.
The climax is shocking.
It hadn't occurred to me, but other reviewers' speculation seems apt that Tom Clancy probably read this book before he wrote Hunt for Red October.
It's hard to imagine a such a pleasant gentleman, then an officer on active service, not yet forty years old, with a wife and children, banging out such a compelling yarn in his spare time. One has to admire him.
I regret having waited 45 years to read this book, though I think I remember my parents reading it much sooner. If you have an interest in the Navy, in submarines, in WWII's Pacific war, or just a spellbinding war story, then you should read and enjoy Run Silent Run Deep.
Jeff Edwards, Author of "Torpedo: A Surface Warfare Thriller"
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This book was so slow I had a hard time finishing it. If you like sub stories don't start on this one.Published 28 days ago by Richard Mosher
I read this the first time when I was in 5th grade. Five decades later, I am still spellbound by this work.Published 4 months ago by evenst4r
Excellent description of submarine warfare in WWII. Fictitious story, but written by someone with first hand experience in the subject matter. Couldn't put it down.Published 7 months ago by Colin
FABULOUS book! Extremely well-written, we could not put it down. Normally I don't care for novels, preferring real life stories, and especially those about submarines, but I made... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Bev Thompson
This is my 3rd or 4th copy that I've purchased. I have read this so often the book falls apart and has to be replaced in my library. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Greg Phillips
This was an excellent read. Well written and kept my attention.Published 10 months ago by Joan Rappleyea
This is one of the few very good world war two war narratives. It is quite enjoyable as one gets to understand a bit of history as told from first hand experience.Published 13 months ago by Martin Amance