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Posted November 27, 2005
You start off in an out of control crash dive to your imminent death and Kenneth Ruiz has you immersed in a Tom Clancy styled epic, the only difference, this is a real life and death struggle. Not only does the crew have to battle the Japanese but they are also fighting the antiquated USS Pollack. You won't have the author giving you family history like a lot of other military authors, instead you are with the crew 250 feet below the surface being depth charged or on the surface , with the spray in your face, charging after the enemy. For the movie goer there is 'DAS BOOT', for the reader there is Kenneth Ruiz's 'The LUCK of The DRAW'.
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Posted June 25, 2013
Posted April 3, 2011
Having read several accounts of WWII submarines, this book stands up well. It lacks the technical attack details of the book "Wahoo", but provides a good sense of what it was like to be on a boat in the Pacific. The submarine of this account was one of the older U.S. boats with many technical problems; yet, the crew fought on to make their contribution to the war effort. Unlike accounts of Jack and Wahoo, which were both very successful, this particular account is about a typical boat and the many issues and stress the crew faced. Good technical details are provided on types of Japanese depth charges, their kill radius and depth settings etc. Also, some good insight into the skill level of the Japanese Destroyers vs. typical escort ships is provided. I recommend this book positively to those with an interest.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 21, 2011
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