When Lieutenant Lawrence Miller first sees U.S.S. Bacalao in the builder's yard in late 1940, the submarine is little more than a pile of curved steel plates. During the next few months Miller watches the boat take shape, and the crew gather from throughout the fleet. By late 1941 Bacalao is in commission and assigned to the Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor. Then, on a Sunday morning, everything changes as the Japanese sneak attack plunges the United States into World War II. The new submarine and her untried crew are immediately thrown into action against the Japanese. And Miller is there through it all, from the disastrous first patrol, when the boat is nearly lost and a pair of surprising heroes emerge, to the deployment to Australia, where a chance encounter ashore will change his life forever. Then, after spending a year in command of an antiquated S-boat in the frozen hell of the Aleutians, Miller returns to Bacalao as her last wartime commander. Written in a simple, straightforward style, Bacalao is destined to become an instant classic of submarine fiction.
|Publisher:||Riverdale Electronic Books|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.67(d)|
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"Bacalao is an impressive and exciting novel of undersea warfare that follows an American attack sub from the moment its keel is laid and on into the deep, blue Pacific Ocean to do battle against the Japanese Empire. Her commander and crew are individuals we come to respect, even to worry over. The Bacalao also becomes one of those individuals, a steel spirit with a great heart and persevering soul. J.T. McDaniel, an authority on World War II submarines, is a terrific writer who has created a classic of wartime adventure."
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McDaniel doesn't sugar coat things. He carries the reader into the action and describes what is happening and what demands the crews are facing during each instance as the battle rages. Events happen quickly! Attention to duty is paramount. Must read!
This book has it all. The characters are rich, the dialogue is first-rate, and the technical details are superb. This is easily the best submarine warfare novel I've seen in years. Expect J. T. McDaniel's name to become a household word.
I got to look over an advance copy of this novel, looking for technical goofs. I only found one. The technical stuff wasn't all McDaniel got right. I'm fairly sure I knew some of these characters in my own Navy days. Since I was looking for errors, I wound up reading the book three times. I kept getting caught up in the story and forgetting what I was supposed to be doing. The characters are as authentic as the setting, and the action scenes are both exciting and accurate. As World War II sub novels go, this is one of the best.