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Bathtub Admirals Hardcover – April 1, 2008
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From Publishers Weekly
Retired navy commander Huber's debut novel is a profane and hilarious parody of the post–Cold War navy. Huber's hero is Jack Hogan, a straight arrow trying to keep his sanity in a bureaucratic culture where connections and politics trump competence. Hogan's career appears bright during the waning days of the Cold War, but when the iron curtain crumbles, the sandbox generals and bathtub admirals are reduced to playing war, and Hogan's stock sinks while that of careerists like his friend Buzz Rucci rises. Huber is funniest when satirizing the bureaucratic infighting and petty rules ingrained in naval culture, but he also scores direct hits on feminism, politicians and the military's policy toward homosexuals. Populated by outrageous characters and fueled with pompous outrage, Huber's irreverent broadside will pummel the funny bone of anyone who's served. (Apr.)
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Jack Hogan and Buzz Rucci are a couple of buddies in the modern U.S. Navy. They signed up to risk their lives defending their country, but instead they’re risking their sanity playing at war in a series of military maneuvers and preparedness exercises. They are “bathtub admirals,” performing meaningless exercises in the name of global peace . . . or something like that. In the spirit of Phillip Jennings’ recent Nam-A-Rama (2005), or Joseph Heller’s classic Catch-22 (to which Huber makes a brief reference, acknowledging his novel’s pedigree), this is a witty, wacky, wildly outrageous novel that skewers just about anything you’d care to name, from military budgets to political machinations to America’s success as the self-appointed guardian of the world. Considering that Huber, a career navy man, has mostly written for military publications and Web sites (although he has turned out some short satirical pieces), and especially considering that this is his first novel, it is a remarkably accomplished book, striking just the right balance between ridicule and insight. --David Pitt
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Top customer reviews
The clear, dialogue-driven writing style makes Bathtub Admirals a real page-turner. If I were back at sea, I probably would have powered through this book in a few days on the transit back home from an overseas deployment. As it is, I ended up devouring this book over the course of a few late nights over a long weekend, and found myself disappointed to arrive at the end.
Cdr Huber has hit a home run with his debut novel and I am already anticipating his next effort.
A great book? Not really. A good one? You bet, and very entertaining. The clearly stated tributes to Vonnegut and Heller are obvious references to a duplication of the genre. But author Jeff Huber brings plenty of originality to the table.
Career navy men and women will see familiar frustrations and sad commentaries of lives spent away from families, aboard ship, and in isolation cells called O-Clubs. Huber also gets high marks for a funny and ultimately lucid story, filled with real-life navy lingo, situations and procedures. The profanity may shock some readers, but not if they ever spent time in the military. He also scores well with his characters and the depiction of the many anomalies that make navy life different from the real world.
My reason for writing this is to let those out there like me, know that Bathtub Admirals is a great book, has a great storyline and the humor is outstanding. I grew to love Jack and care about his life. One minute I was rolling on the floor laughing..and hoping the neighbors weren't listening!..and the next, my heart was breaking. I found myself rationing my reading, as I didn't want it to end.
So.....all Navy aside.....this is a great read for anyone. Please, Mr. Huber.......more.