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Dust on the Sea: A Novel (Bluejacket Books) Paperback – March 15, 2014
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Edward L. Beach graduated from the US Navy's submarine school in December 1941, two weeks after Pearl Harbor. He commanded submarines in the Pacific throughout the rest of the war. His first novel, Run Silent Run Deep, became an immediate bestseller, and was later made into a Hollywood blockbuster.
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Beach is referring to the small particle debris from sinking ships or subs that layers the sea temporarily. Even though this is a novel there are a lot of true facts, etc. used in the book.
Dust of the Sea was great, with non stop action and terminology and actual procedures that went on in WW2 US subs. Beach should know as he was the skipper of a sub that saw action, and aid to President Eisenhower and the skipper of the USS Triton sub during an eighty four day, forty one thousand mile entirely underwater around the world voyage. Retired Captain Beach knew his submarines!
In Dust On The Sea we see Commander Richardson (stars in all three books) and two other commanding sub Captains being given orders from Captain Squadron Commander Joe Blunt via Vice Admiral Small, to form a three sub Wolfpack, to coordinate their attacks on Japanese shipping.
Little do they know that Commodore Joe Blunt has a deadly brain tumor that will effect the effectiveness of the Wolfpack's attack while he is the Commodore stationed on the lead sub Eel, that Commander Richardson commands.
We see one of the US subs attacking in an ineffective maneuver and being sunk by Japanese destroyer depth charges. The other two subs are the Whitefish and the Eel, that Richardson commands, They sink many ships including two huge troop ships loaded with Japanese soldiers that would of been used in attacking US soldiers and marines on Okinawa and Iwo . Also two escort destroyers are destroyed, one in a massive surface gun battle with the Eel, as the Eel runs out of torpedoes. Two of the huge troop ships are sank but one gets away. One of the Kwantung Army divisions gets through to attack our troops.
What an incredibly exciting, fast action book. The reader is left "biting his nails" waiting to know what manuevering techniques the subs will use in their attack and escape. The 351 page book is a page burner, I couldn't put down. I read it in three days. Beach had great character development and the reader has deep empathy with their emotions, fears, and dedication to duty.
I won't ruin the great 5 star ending for you.
I liked all the DVD Run Silent Run Deep and the second and third books so much I bought Edward L. Beach's Salt and Steel Reflections of a Submariner and will review. Dust On The Sea, a great WW2 submarine battle attack book written by a retired Naval Captain with 30 years and first hand experience. Dust On The Sea 5 stars and the late, retired Captain Edward L. Beach a superb Naval officer and writer.