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“A thriller that plows forward with the unrelenting intensity of a World War II submarine hunting down an enemy cruiser, but this tale is powered by the devotion of three ...
“A thriller that plows forward with the unrelenting intensity of a World War II submarine hunting down an enemy cruiser, but this tale is powered by the devotion of three faithful sons desperately searching for their father, Lieutenant Commander Jim Abele—and to solve the fate of his crew, the men of the USS Grunion. A masterful mystery that is truly a love story disguised as a war story.”
—Michael Keane, author of Patton: Blood, Guts, and Prayer
“A fascinating account of how a brave man’s loyal sons discovered that a stateside design flaw had doomed him and his crew. Touching and eloquent.”
—John Koster, author of Operation Snow: How a Soviet Mole in FDR’s White House Triggered Pearl Harbor
“Suspenseful . . . a chilling conclusion.”
The Crew of the USS Grunion ix
Chapter 1 "We've Got a Target" 1
Chapter 2 An Unconventional Course 7
Chapter 3 The Submariner 17
Chapter 4 "Into the Thick of Things" 27
Chapter 5 Battle Stations 39
Chapter 6 The Enemy Awaiting Them 49
Chapter 7 A Mysterious Message 57
Chapter 8 "As We Waited for the End" 63
Chapter 9 "Missing and Presumed Lost" 73
Chapter 10 Making Do with Less 83
Chapter 11 A Chart, a Clue, and a Chance Meeting 91
Chapter Tweleve Logistics of a Long Shot 99
Chapter 13 "We Haven't Seen the Worst of it Yet" 105
Chapter 14 "That Looks Like a Sub" 115
Chapter 15 "Don't Let Your Desire for This to Be the Right Target Fool You" 127
Chapter 16 By Land, Sea, and Air 135
Chapter 17 "There She Is" 143
Chapter 18 Lost and Found-Again 147
Chapter 19 From Bow to Stern 153
Chapter 20 "They Wanted to Be Found" 165
Epilogue: There One Moment, Gone the Next 169
Selected Bibliography 245
Posted September 14, 2012
This is a wonderful issue of non-fiction which brings back many memories.
I was in my teens when this disaster occurred and it is marvelous that this submarine Commander's three sons, 67 years later, were able to locate the sub in some of the most treacherous waters in the world.
The families of all the crew members, officers and enlisted alike, must have been very grateful that this was undertaken and so successfully.
Posted September 4, 2012
A great book! Who’d have thought there are still exciting, unexplored mysteries from WWII? Peter Stevens has found a fascinating one which he lays out and solves in a “couldn’t put the book down” fashion. My hat is off to him as well as to the Abeles who, against all odds, answer the 60 year old question of what sank the USS Grunion with all hands and even locate the sub itself.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.