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Ghosts of Bungo Suido Hardcover – July 30, 2013
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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
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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.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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I discovered P.T. Deutermann several years ago and quickly sought out all his books. I only recently picked up "Ghosts of Bungo Suido" and, as with all his work, thoroughly... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jim Davis
I loved this book. It drew me in at the beginning, and upped the suspense near the end.Published 2 months ago by J. T. Paulson
Fun read! Details are realistic and the story is quite interesting. I'm going to read more of P.T. Deutermann.Published 2 months ago by Raymond Bell
I am a great fan of historical novels,; the kind that Stone wrote, and this author, Mr. Dietermann, reminds me of Stone's style. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Martin Q.
Chillingly accurate. He knows his stuff. I never pass up a chance to read his books as a former naval officer.Published 6 months ago by Sweetwater
Deutermann is a great writer, and this book doesn't disappoint. I'd be more than happy to give it five stars but for one, glaring reason. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Amazon Customer