By P. T. Deutermann Center Point Large Print, 2012
Genre: Thriller, Historical Fiction
Reviewed by Herbert White - July 12, 2012
Marsh Vincent, Mick McCarty, and Tommy Lewis are Navy buddies who are united not only by the close friendship that they formed while attending the Naval Academy in Anapolis, but by their love of the same woman. The woman in question is Glory Hawthorne, whose heart was finally won by Tommy. The lives of all four people were forever changed December 7, 1942, with the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The attack cost Tommy his life, and although no one plans on it, the embers of old flames are rekindled amidst the horrors of war.
Pacific Glory, by P. T. Deutermann is an action-packed thriller that follows the war time exploits of Marsh, a surface ship officer, Mick, a fighter pilot, and Glory, a tough as nails Navy nurse as they live through the War in the Pacific. Covering the period from the attack on Pearl Harbor through to the end of the war, this unforgettable book takes readers on a whirlwind tour of the battle for Guadalcanal, the war turning battle of Midway in which the American and Japanese fleets never caught a glimpse of each other and fought the entire battle using aircraft, through the battle that technically ended any remaining chances that Japan had for winning the war - the battle at Leyte Gulf. Other battles touched upon in this novel include the Battle of Savo Island and the Battle of Samar.
Filled with romance and heroism, and enough action to satisfy any adrenalin junkie, Pacific Glory is essential reading for anyone who loves to read military fiction, or more specifically, books on the Second World War. Deutermann was a destroyer Captain during the war and a career Naval officer. He brings a real sense of realism to this novel, and he does an outstanding job of describing the horrors and the thrills of sea battles. A riveting book that will have you on the edge of your seat as you 'live' the twists and turns in the lives of the three main characters, and witness the War in the Pacific through their eyes!
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