The Far Reaches

The Far Reaches

by Homer Hickam
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The Far Reaches by Homer Hickam

The year is 1943 and World War II in the Pacific rages on, with Americans engaged in desperate battles against a cunning enemy. Coast Guard Captain Josh Thurlow is on hand at the invasion of Tarawa, as the United States Navy begins throwing her Marines at island after bloody island across the Pacific. But nothing goes as planned, and young Americans go up against fanatical defenders.

As blood colors the waters around Tarawa, Josh flounders ashore through a floating graveyard of dead men and joins the survivors. Critically wounded, Josh expects to die. Instead, Sister Mary Kathleen, a pretty Irish nun, nurses him back to health, then shanghais Josh, sidekick Bosun Ready O'Neal, and three American Marines to a group of tropical islands invaded by a brutal Japanese warlord. Josh and his little band must decide whether to help the Sister fight the battle she demands, return to Tarawa and the "real" war, or settle down in the romantic splendor of the South Seas.

With an incredible eye for historical detail, edge-of-your-seat writing, and the talent of a master storyteller, Homer Hickam delivers another page-turning tour de force.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312383053
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 06/24/2008
Series: Josh Thurlow Series
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 1,005,142
Product dimensions: 9.22(w) x 6.08(h) x 0.91(d)

About the Author

Homer Hickam is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Rocket Boys, which was made into the acclaimed movie October Sky. He is also the author of the previous Josh Thurlow novels, The Keeper's Son and The Ambassador's Son. He is married to Linda Terry Hickam, an artist, who is also his assistant. They share their time between homes in Alabama and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Guest More than 1 year ago
As a lover of fine literature, especially set during the World War II era, I have been very taken with Mr. Hickam's 'Josh Thurlow' series. The opening scene of the battle of Tarawa really brings the blood and grit of what that battle must have been like. Then, following Josh and Sister Mary Kathleen to the Forridges (the Far Reaches) is a pleasure. Hickam is going for something more than the standard WWII genre fiction. This is literature told in a most compelling way. Highly recommended. I promise you it will be a page-turner, filled with wisdom you won't soon forget. I know I won't.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you like a 'stay up all night' book with adventure, romance and memorable characters, this one is for you! Hickam's research and wonderful writing ability to set you smack dab in the middle of any of his stories makes The Far Reaches' opening with Coast Guard Captain Josh Thurlow in that terrible battle on Tarawa in 1943 INTENSE to say the least. Then, his always surprising plot twists keeps the readers turning pages.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books to come out of World War II. It is one of the best books to come out of anywhere recently. I am a WW II buff and I have never ever read any fiction about that war as good as this one. I felt like I was in the battle of Tarawa. But Hickam is more than a pedestrian writer of cheap novels about war. This is a novel that engages a reader, grabs you by the throat if you will, so that you really CARE about these people and when things happen to them you feel it viscerally. I can best explain it by suggesting you go to your local book store, pick up the book, and read the end of chapter 51. I felt a chill go down my spine when I finished that chapter because all that Hickam had written had been aimed at that moment. Just remarkably good writing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I got this book the day it came out the book cover art just jumped off the shelf at me...very 'Saving Private Ryan' feel. And, the author Homer Hickam really knew how to reel me in and keep me hooked! The lead character Josh Thurlow is a tough as nails guy, and the battle action in the book was gritty and super-realistic. I couldn't put the book down. I bet this will be one of THE big summer reads this year.
Guest More than 1 year ago
All around great storytelling at it's best. Definitely worth the read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Couldn't wait to get my copy--then couldn't put it down! Great read, great story, another great book from Homer!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Just finished The Far Reaches. It's a great read. Loved all the characters, especially Sister Mary Kathleen. Josh Thurlow is a character who has grown on me. In this novel, he is so real I think Hickam is either channeling him or he's based on a real person. As in all the Thurlow books, Hickam not only writes a page-turner but also teaches a little history. The opening chapters of the battle of Tarawa are absolutely spell-binding. I think I learned what it was really like in that battle and I'm a huge WWII buff. Hickam captures the sand, grit, sweat, and stink of battle like few authors. W.E.B. Griffin seems always a little above the fray. Hickam has Thurlow right in the middle of it. After Tarawa comes the islands of the Far Reaches. I will never forget when I read of Sister's greatest sin. I thought I had it all figured out but Hickam surprised me at the end. Just good writing and a reading pleasure.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He nodded in agreement, purring softly.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Filled with character sterotypes, bad dialogue, ridiculous plot turns, and complete lack of any understanding of the geographical and historical context in which the story is set.