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“Military novelist Deutermann, known for action-packed WWII naval fiction (Pacific Glory), has created by far the best entry in his Sea Stories series...This is marvelous military fiction; fast-paced, exciting, and utterly convincing.” ―Starred Publishers Weekly Review

“A World War II naval thriller in the tradition of Edward L. Beach's Run Silent, Run Deep, pitting an American submarine against daunting odds...The story is full of surprising twists and spectacular explosions...A first-rate yarn of war and the sea that will keep the reader on edge right to the end. ” ―Starred Kirkus Review

“P.T. Deutermann's gripping maritime thriller, "Ghosts of Bungo Suido," delivers on the promise of its exotic title. Into this yarn of a perilous mission in the Pacific Ocean during World War II, Deutermann packs capsizing ships, surprise attacks and explosive battles.” ―The Washington Post

About the Author

P. T. DEUTERMANN is the author of fifteen previous novels, including The Last Man and Pacific Glory, which won the W. Y. Boyd Literary Award for Excellence in Military Fiction. Deutermann spent twenty-six years in military and government service, which included a Pearl Harbor tour of duty; his father was a Vice Admiral in the WWII Pacific theater, and his uncle and older brother were submariners, whose stories helped inform this novel. He lives with his wife in North Carolina.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; 1St Edition edition (July 30, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250018021
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250018021
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (131 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #239,707 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By russell nusbickel on August 29, 2013
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Having given away a library of about 200 submarine books (collected over 20 years) to
a disabled Navy veteran I was glad to come across this book as sub stories are getting harder to find.

I agree with all of the reviews and have only a small comment to add.
Deutermann has the sinking of the "Shinano" as occurring during a transit from
Kure navy yard to the Tokyo navy yard. Actually it occurred in the reverse as
Captain Enright in his book "Shanano" has the sinking during the ship's transit from Tokyo to Kure and before it would have entered Kii Suido.
A trivial point and being a book of fiction the author can put it anywhere he wants.

In today's political correctness and social sensitivity I was surprised at some of the derogatory comments of the Japanese allowed in the book but heartily agree and thank the author for not pulling any punches as this was the reality of thoughts at the time.

I hope that I can find other new sub stories.

Russ
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As a devoted fan of P T Deutermann--and one who wishes he would go back to the Cam Richter stories--he is never better than when he goes to sea, especially under it. This intrigue about attacking Japan's largest carrier protected by a narrow entry that is heavily mined to the Inland Sea and a secret mission to set up the climactic moments of the war with Japan are top notch entertainment from the naval officer who knows of what he writes. His characters are alive on the page at every moment of the pursuit and engagement with the enemy and he extends that skill beyond the water in this story as his main character finds himself adrift and alone. Deutermann's love interests are often the weakest part of his stories and some of that is true here, but no one can fault the man when he is fighting the war at sea. For fans of this type of story, this will not disappoint.
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A tribute to the gallant men that comprised the U.S. Navy's submarine service during World War II. Deutermann is a retired Navy Captain that did not serve on undersea boats, but with help from relatives that did and his own research has written a totally absorbing novel about this all volunteer group known as the Silent Service. Losses of both men and boats were huge, and when a submarine ceased reporting in all that could be assumed was that it was sunk and all aboard were dead.
Action in the book is set in 1945 at a point where Japan was being beaten on land and at sea, but due to the Japanese nature no surrender was envisioned and a fight to the death was probable. Gar Hammond is the skipper of the submarine Dragonfish and has built himself a reputation as a reckless no nonsense officer. After a successful mission he is tasked by his supervisor with a two fold and very dangerous mission. A huge aircraft carrier is being completed at a facility along the inland sea in Japan itself. Five other submarines have attempted to attack it and were lost and presumed sunk. It is the last attempt by Japan to bring the fight back to the U.S. and restore a sagging morale in their nation. Gar is ordered to make another attempt to destroy the carrier, and as an important second part of the mission to carry a Japanese national, loyal to the U.S. back to the island he comes from in order to carry out a secret mission. In orders he carries to be opened upon arrival at the inland sea the landing of the Japanese civilian with a small device he carries is to take priority over any other aspects of the mission.
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The submarine portion of this book is excellent, with all the control room dialog to make it very authentic. I wished this portion could have been longer with more action scenes. But, the next section about the POW experiences seemed a trifle long and overly detailed. The same could be said about the final section concerning the protagonist's trial. There are a few points during the story that require a stretch of the reader's credulity, but not to the point where they detract from the overall plot. In the main, this was a thoroughly enjoyable book that should be a real find for any submarine enthusiast.
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I don't hate this book, I don't love it, and I didn't pay retail.

As far as WWII submarine adventure goes, I don't find any of the fictional Gar Hammond's exploits more exciting than Richard O'Kane's quite real exploits as told in "Clear the Bridge!". The reality simply cannot be embellished on. As for the added love story which I suppose is a necessary ingredient in a novel, it can be summed up "Man meets woman in wartime. They have enjoyable sex. Later they meet after the war, and agree to live together". My eyes are not exactly brimming with tears.

The somewhat unexpected coda to the book is an interesting plot twist - though I'm not sure even the US Navy at it's absolute bureaucratic WORST would be quite so ready to turn a heroic skipper into someone actually in danger of facing the firing squad, based on some chance remarks he made to a flyboy in a boxcar full of POW's in Japan. Though his volunteering information on top secret weapons when not even under torture or threat of death or witnessing others in this case strains credulity... his best defense would after all have been temporary insanity, since this is absolutely NUTS! He was trying to "demoralize them"? Oi vey! But even then, it just would have been bad publicity to turn a war hero into a traitor that quickly based on a poor judgement call and interservice rivalry. And I'm even slightly offended that the (real) admiral Charles Lockwood is made, at least temporarily, into a villain of the piece. If Richard O'Kane thought so highly of him he would not have been capable of even this temporary disloyalty to one of his best skippers. Traitors are people who deliberately betray their country to the enemy - there are lesser penalties for ordinary stupidity.
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