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A Call to Colors Kindle Edition
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“Wonderful . . . a rousing dramatization of history’s greatest sea battle.” –James D. Hornfischer, author of The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors
General Douglas MacArthur’s promise to the Filipinos was “I shall return.”
But it will take 165,000 troops and 700 ships in the bloody battle of Leyte Gulf to do it.
Among them is the destroyer USS Matthew and her skipper, Commander Mike Donovan, a veteran haunted by earlier battles. What Donovan doesn’t know is that a Japanese admiral has laid an ingenious trap in the Leyte Gulf.
But Donovan faces something even deadlier than Japanese battleships: explosives secretly slipped on board by saboteurs, set to detonate at any time.
Now the ship’s survival hinges on the ability of Donovan and his men to dismantle a bomb in the midst of the panic...and the chaos of history’s greatest naval battle.
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"Wonderful . . . a rousing dramatization of history's greatest sea battle." -James D. Hornfischer, author of The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B085XP3KLX
- Publisher : Severn River Publishing (March 15, 2020)
- Publication date : March 15, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 5477 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 526 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1648750257
- Best Sellers Rank: #61,043 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- #398 in War & Military Action Fiction (Kindle Store)
- #457 in Military Thrillers (Kindle Store)
- #469 in War Fiction (Kindle Store)
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Reviewed in the United States on November 6, 2020
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At first I was daunted that I might not get into it, but immediately I realized I should not have been thrown off by the attention to detail that this author pays in his organization of this story. By that I mean he has done exactly what it is that I have so wanted to be done in a book that I might be reading that has many interesting characters and takes place over many areas, as well as from different perspectives. He has laid out a brief character cast description in the beginning of the book. The few maps are perfect for referring to and I used them constantly to understand the logistics of the events that were happening. I was so surpised by how enthralled I got. It is a story set somewhat from a Naval perspective during World War II but boy, the narrative goes all over the place in personalizing each and every character - as if you were right there with them. And this is with characters extending from General MacArthur to Japanese Naval Admirals! Not my every day cup of tea in the past that I would have thought I would have been interested in. But he does not write in a boring way at all so that it was wonderful to read about men in the Japanese navy from such a REAL perspective. There are characters on both sides of varied enlisted status but also civilians living in California towns surrounding the railway transportation routes. There is a wonderful female doctor who plays a good role in the story because she lives right near this important rail line. I was enthralled learning a little about the history of the Northern California railroad development because of the way that he made historical facts so accessible to me. I avoided history in school but this book wove facts into such a great story that I became eager to read on about the escalation of naval battles that were taking place and I kept on being able to sense where everything was taking place because of the 2 maps. It just was great that the story encompassed a wide geographical area and a wide variety of facts.
It is a very knowledgeable novel that remains exciting through out. And unlike so many best sellers that are knee deep in murders and swarmy facts that make me always feel a bit down, this story is uplifting and the facts are so interesting. There are numbered notes in the back to explain terms that come up. You remain hooked into the story even though it is a far reaching array of characters. It's a cliche I know but he truly has a gift with bringing his characters to life - their dialog .. their descriptions. I was captivated and I really regretted it ending this week. I definitely now want to read another of his earlier novels. The Neptune Strategy
He is not at the same level in developing his fictional characters (Commander Michael Donovan, a destroyer skipper, and Lt. Commander John Sabovik, a naval intelligence officer) -- for example, the declared amity between them is a bit forced and depends on coincidences to drive things along. At the novel's outset, Michael and John and John's brother, "Tiny" (all were frat brothers at USC) are all on the same cruiser which is all but sunk near Guadalcanal. Tiny is killed and John blames Michael, who also blames himself. Into this brew mix the fact that both fall for the same woman some chapters later...
The novel has two story lines: the first is of Commander Donovan who is destined to command a destroyer in battle against the Japanese battleship, Yamato, in the Philippine Leyte Gulf. This storyline is by far the best part of this novel -- some exciting stuff here! In fact, I had to remind myself that Commander Donovan's destroyer is fictional! But homage is indeed paid to those American "tincans" and to those planes from American "Jeep" escort carriers who snatched victory out of certain defeat!
The second story is about sabotage which is being investigated by Lt. Commander Sabovik. Unfortunately, this story takes a bit too long to connect with the first storyline to form the novel's climax -- a climax that depends on a series of coincidences... I do, however, like his detailed descriptions of wartime rail transportation...
I recommend this novel essentially on Gobbell's ability to set the stage for, and to detail the actions that comprised the Leyte Gulf battle.
-J. B. Bannister