Commander Edward Richardson and his exec, Jim Bledsoe, are bound together by wartime duty, divided by jealousy, pride and love for one beautiful woman. Their home is the USS Walrus, part of the "silent service" engaged in a crucial drive to destroy the Japanese navy in the dark days of WW II.
In an heroic undersea mission, Richardson, Bledsoe, and their crew--the hunters and the hunted--confront their most formidable opponent in the vicious battle to survive and control the seas.
"If ever a book has a ring of reality, this is it...combat passages rank with the most exciting writing about any branch of service." (The New York Times)
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I find it interesting the overview states "...inspired a >>>well-known<<< Hollywood film starring Burt Lancaster and Clark Gable. " "Well known" is the perfect description of the movie because it was absolutely horrid compared to this book. Really, I think all Hollywood did was take an existing submarine movie script and use some of the character's names from the book and the book's title. That's about it. The book goes into a lot of details about what is involved in getting a torpedo into an enemy ship, but does so in a very entertaining way so as not to bore the reader. This, along with "The Flying Tigers" and "Thunderbolt", is one of my three favorite WWII books of all time.