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  • Series: Bluejacket Books
  • Paperback: 367 pages
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press; 1st edition (April 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1557503621
  • ISBN-13: 978-1557503626
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #223,416 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The best account to date of America's early war against the U-Boat." Journal of Military History

"Homer Hickam is a gifted storyteller...the reader is transported back to those crucial battles at sea to live and die with those seamen." Times-Herald, Newport News, Va.

"A dramatic end detailed account." West Coast Review of Books --Journal of Military History

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SLAUGHTER AT SEA--JUST MILES FROM U.S. SOIL!

In 1942 German U-boats turned the shipping lanes off Cape Hatteras into a sea of death. Cruising up and down the U.S. eastern seaboard, they sank 259 ships, littering the waters with cargo and bodies. As astonished civilians witnessed explosions from American beaches, fighting men dubbed the area "Torpedo Junction." And while the U.S. Navy failed to react, a handful of Coast Guard sailors scrambled to the front lines. Outgunned and out-maneuvered, they heroically battled the deadliest fleet of submarines ever launched. Never was Germany closer to winning the war.

In a moving ship-by-ship account of terror and rescue at sea, Homer Hickam chronicles a little-known saga of courage, ingenuity, and triumph in the early years of World War II. From nerve-racking sea duels to the dramatic ordeals of sailors and victims on both sides of the battle, Hickam dramatically captures a war we had to win--because this one hit terrifyingly close to home. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Homer Hickam (also known as Homer H. Hickam, Jr.) is probably best known for his award-winning memoir Rocket Boys which was adapted into the ever-popular movie October Sky. Mr. Hickam has been a coal miner, Vietnam combat veteran, scuba instructor, NASA engineer, and now a best-selling author. For more information, please go to http://www.homerhickam.com.

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Well researched, good writing.
Brian R. Wynne
Anyone interested in early WW2 U Boat, Coast Guard cutters, destroyers, British trawlers, minesweepers, B29 planes, blimps and more will enjoy this book.
Thomas Erickson
I highly recommend this book for any history buff, particularly WWII buffs.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Andrew on November 8, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Torpedo Junction was an area off the eastern coast of the United States. During World War II, a handfull of German U-Boats sunk more tonnage than the Japanese fleet sunk in the pacific. War material being transfered across the ocean was the target and many items were lost. In the first days alone, one U-Boat sunk just under ten transports before returning to reload.
This part of the war is largely unknown, but played a crusial part in the war.
Homer Hickam wrote out this book wonderfully, making it seem if you were right there with the submarine commanders in battle. What I found interesting about the book is the detail and accuracy of the book. Hickam used sources from the commanders to military officials to write this, providing a complete and accurate history of the U-Boat wars.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 7, 2003
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Torpedo Junction is one of the most exciting and action filled books I have read. It covers the early U-boat war off the East coast. I could not believe that the U-boats were doing so much damage to the U.S. shipping lanes and how long it took the U.S. Navy to do something about it: examples; Ships running with their running lights on at night, no black outs laws for towns and city's located up and down the coast line, ships being able to run by themselves instead of in convoys like the British had already suggested. This book was really hard to put down. A ton of action for only $.... I would buy this book again!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 11, 2003
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I read Hickam's The Keeper's Son first then noticed in the back where he mentioned writing this book, too. It is the true story behind The Keeper's Son and what a story it is! Like the other reviewers, I never realized the tremendous damage the u-boats caused along our shores. The book, Hickam's first, is written with such skill, it seems like you're right there on those little cutters or the con of the u-boats. High recommended for all those interested in World War II or true sea tales.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Edwards on November 21, 2004
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In the 1940's, an entire war was fought within sight of America's East Coast, and most of America never knew it. In `Torpedo Junction,' Homer Hickam brings that war alive. Put out to sea with the men who fought, and bled, and died, defending America from a threat we weren't even aware of. This book is more than a history of America's coastal war with Germany; it's also one hell of a great read.

Jeff Edwards, Author of "Torpedo: A Surface Warfare Thriller"
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Anonymous on September 24, 1999
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This is a great, page-turning history (It's always a thrill find one of these) of little-known U-boat engagements against merchant shipping off the Atlantic coast at the beginning of WWII.
Nearing the 3/4 point in Mr. Hickam's book, I took last night off to view the film, "Das Boot," a well-researched German-produced film about a WWII U-boat and crew. Don't get me wrong. The book is incredible, but if you want to spice up the experience even more, "Torpedo Junction" and "Das Boot" (The Boat) make excellent symbiotic entertainment.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 7, 2000
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Torpedo Junction is the best book about men at war on the high seas I've ever read. And I'm a naval history buff! The author is the same Homer Hickam who wrote Rocket Boys and then the subject of the movie October Sky. How he came to write this book I have no idea but he did a great job!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John C. Lobert on August 2, 2001
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Homer Hickam and I have something in common: we're both from the same area of West Virginia. What we don't have in common is the ability to write: he can.
Most are familiar with Rocket Boys and the movie it spawned, October Sky, but few know that Homer has such an interest in U.S. history. This book makes it clear that Homer can weave a tale no matter what the subject.
As an avid amateur U-boat historian myself, I found this account of this little-known part of WWII fascinating. He tells of the brave sailors, airmen, and civilians who succeeded in ending Grand Admiral Karl Doenitz's reign of terror along the East Coast of the United States, when his U-boats attacked Allied shipping in plain view of swimmers on our Atlantic Coast beaches.
A battle that was only fought half-heartedly in the beginning finally reached a successful crescendo when our military leaders realized that the only way to end the terror was to devote the resources to the effort. This story is that of brave Coast Guard and Navy officers and crewmen who fought against overwhelming odds, eventually enacting such a heavy price from the Nazis that Doenitz brought his campaign to an end. Hickam is to be commended for remembering and memorializing this critical time in our war effort.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ed Robbins on March 8, 2001
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I had never read anything about WWII submarine warfare, but I was very familiar with the author's other titles. As a history buff I found this to be a very interesting and informative book. The detail of the U-Boat operations and the U.S.'s attempts to defend it's waters was excellent. I was particularly struck by the humanitarian(relatively speaking) treatment that the various sub skippers and their treatment of crews that had abandoned ship. I highly recommend this book for any history buff, particularly WWII buffs.
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