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A thrilling WWII adventure set in a submarine in the Pacific, by the Boyd Award-winning author of Pacific Glory In late 1944, America's naval forces face what seems an insurmountable threat from Japan: immense Yamato-class battleships, which dwarf every other ship at sea. Built in secrecy, these ships seem invincible, and lay waste to any challengers. American military A thrilling WWII adventure set in a submarine in the Pacific, by the Boyd Award-winning author of Pacific Glory In late 1944, America's naval forces face what seems an insurmountable threat from Japan: immense Yamato-class battleships, which dwarf every other ship at sea. Built in secrecy, these ships seem invincible, and lay waste to any challengers. American military intelligence knows of two such ships, but there is rumored to be a third, a newly-built aircraft carrier, ready to launch from Japan's heavily-defended and mined Inland Sea. Such a ship would threaten U.S. Pacific forces, allow Japan to launch air attacks against the U.S. mainland, and change the course of the war.No American submarine has penetrated the Inland Sea; five boats and their crews have perished in the Bungo Suido strait. Lieutenant Commander Gar Hammond—an aggressive, attacking leader with a reckless streak—is now captain of a new submarine. Hammond may be the navy's only hope to locate and stop the Japanese super-ship before it launches . . . if it even exists.P.T. Deutermann's previous World War II adventure, Pacific Glory, won acclaim from readers and reviewers, and was honored with the W. Y. Boyd Literary Award for Excellence in Military Fiction, administered by the American Library Association. In Ghosts of Bungo Suido, Deutermann presents another sweeping, action-filled WWII novel, based on a true event from the Pacific theater.


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A thrilling WWII adventure set in a submarine in the Pacific, by the Boyd Award-winning author of Pacific Glory In late 1944, America's naval forces face what seems an insurmountable threat from Japan: immense Yamato-class battleships, which dwarf every other ship at sea. Built in secrecy, these ships seem invincible, and lay waste to any challengers. American military A thrilling WWII adventure set in a submarine in the Pacific, by the Boyd Award-winning author of Pacific Glory In late 1944, America's naval forces face what seems an insurmountable threat from Japan: immense Yamato-class battleships, which dwarf every other ship at sea. Built in secrecy, these ships seem invincible, and lay waste to any challengers. American military intelligence knows of two such ships, but there is rumored to be a third, a newly-built aircraft carrier, ready to launch from Japan's heavily-defended and mined Inland Sea. Such a ship would threaten U.S. Pacific forces, allow Japan to launch air attacks against the U.S. mainland, and change the course of the war.No American submarine has penetrated the Inland Sea; five boats and their crews have perished in the Bungo Suido strait. Lieutenant Commander Gar Hammond—an aggressive, attacking leader with a reckless streak—is now captain of a new submarine. Hammond may be the navy's only hope to locate and stop the Japanese super-ship before it launches . . . if it even exists.P.T. Deutermann's previous World War II adventure, Pacific Glory, won acclaim from readers and reviewers, and was honored with the W. Y. Boyd Literary Award for Excellence in Military Fiction, administered by the American Library Association. In Ghosts of Bungo Suido, Deutermann presents another sweeping, action-filled WWII novel, based on a true event from the Pacific theater.

30 review for Ghosts of Bungo Suido

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jean

    This story is set in late 1944. There is a report that Japan is about to launch a new immense Yamato-class ship. After the battle of Midway the Japanese converted the Yamato-class battle ship under construction into an aircraft carrier. Our protagonist Lieutenant Commander Gar Hammond, Captain of the submarine Dragonfish, has been ordered to go into the Seto Inland Sea to look for the aircraft carrier about to be launched and destroy it if possible. They also have a Japanese man they must secretl This story is set in late 1944. There is a report that Japan is about to launch a new immense Yamato-class ship. After the battle of Midway the Japanese converted the Yamato-class battle ship under construction into an aircraft carrier. Our protagonist Lieutenant Commander Gar Hammond, Captain of the submarine Dragonfish, has been ordered to go into the Seto Inland Sea to look for the aircraft carrier about to be launched and destroy it if possible. They also have a Japanese man they must secretly place on shore. Five submarines have gone down in the Bungo Suido Strait attempting to enter the Seto Inland Sea. The Bungo Suido Strait is between the Japanese Island of Kyushu and Shikoko. The book is well written and researched. The author did take some minor liberties with events but after all this is a book of historical fiction. The story is fast paced and action packed. The suspense builds throughout the story. This book won a number of awards in its genre. There is something familiar about the story and I was wondering if it was made into a movie. Dick Hill does an excellent job narrating the book. Hill has the perfect voice for this genre. Hill is an award-winning audiobook narrator.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Mr. Matt

    Ghosts of Bungo Suido scratched my itch for a good submarine story ... sort of. The first half of the book follows Lieutenant Commander Hammond and his submarine as they wreak destruction on Japanese shipping in late 1944. The second half of the story continues to follow Hammond, only now he is in a Japanese prison camp through the end of the war and beyond. There seem to be a lot of miraculous interventions on the part of the author to save Hammond. Case in point: Hammond is captured and winds u Ghosts of Bungo Suido scratched my itch for a good submarine story ... sort of. The first half of the book follows Lieutenant Commander Hammond and his submarine as they wreak destruction on Japanese shipping in late 1944. The second half of the story continues to follow Hammond, only now he is in a Japanese prison camp through the end of the war and beyond. There seem to be a lot of miraculous interventions on the part of the author to save Hammond. Case in point: Hammond is captured and winds up on the secret Japanese super carrier that is, in turn, sunk by another US sub. His survival was, too be blunt, miraculous. He then manages to survive through another miraculous chain of events where some Japanese villagers are actually helping him. In yet another miracle, he survives a Japanese prison camp where he actually held a gun to his captors at one point. No way. (Yes way). Then, finally, he is witness to the bombing of Nagasaki. All of this stretches my willingness to buy into what the author is selling. It was all just too much. The book still does deliver some good stuff. The actual submarine events were exciting. Hammond's eye witness account of the bombing was interesting. Despite these good and interesting parts it was just a bit too much overall. Too much tossed into the mix. Three stars out of five.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Tony Taylor

    I have always enjoyed Pete's novels, especially those that pertain to the Navy. As a retired naval officer myself and one who has known Pete Deutermann since our days at the Naval Academy, I am a great fan of his books, but for some reason I feel that his latest novel, "Ghosts of Bungo Suido" is not quite on the mark as I would have expected. Maybe I am being too critical being the son of a submarine skipper in WWII and the brother of another submarine skipper; also an Academy graduate. I was re I have always enjoyed Pete's novels, especially those that pertain to the Navy. As a retired naval officer myself and one who has known Pete Deutermann since our days at the Naval Academy, I am a great fan of his books, but for some reason I feel that his latest novel, "Ghosts of Bungo Suido" is not quite on the mark as I would have expected. Maybe I am being too critical being the son of a submarine skipper in WWII and the brother of another submarine skipper; also an Academy graduate. I was really getting into the story throughout the opening chapters and again through the tense moments as the story develops while the CO of "Dragonfish" attempts to find safe passage through the mine fields blocking Bungo Suido, the straits that protect Japan's Inland Sea. But then I began to run into what I would call "fantasy" chapters... story-lines that are just too hard to believe with too many coincidences for my liking. Overall the story flows well and Pete obviously did his share of research, but there were too many times that I felt that he was stretching the story while at the same time condensing real-world events just to bring it all to a proper conclusion. In fact, his concluding chapters were too predictable and a disappointment. Don't get me wrong: it is a good read and the uninitiated, when it comes to WWII submariner operations, will find it very interesting, but keep in mind, the mission and the hero are just fictional.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Chuck

    P. T. Deutermann is one of my favorite authors; a real "go to" guy. I can always depend on him. He is a multi genre author but he is particularly good, in my opinion, with WWII naval military action. This is no exception except that it is presented in three distinct phases. You will meet Gar Hammond, hotshot commander of the submarine Dragonfish, who, while not universally liked, is almost universally respected and is selected for a particularly important and dangerous mission. If this sounds li P. T. Deutermann is one of my favorite authors; a real "go to" guy. I can always depend on him. He is a multi genre author but he is particularly good, in my opinion, with WWII naval military action. This is no exception except that it is presented in three distinct phases. You will meet Gar Hammond, hotshot commander of the submarine Dragonfish, who, while not universally liked, is almost universally respected and is selected for a particularly important and dangerous mission. If this sounds like your bag I suggest you try it.

  5. 4 out of 5

    happy

    I guess I can sum up my feelings of Capt Deutermann’s latest offering by saying the whole is less than the sum of its parts. The author knows the Navy and writes riveting battle sequences, but the novel as a whole never quite gelled for me. Let me start with what I really enjoyed - the first 2/3ds of the novel. This is the story of a slightly maverick submarine commander, who employs unorthodox tactics. While the tactics are not appreciated by the COMSUBPAC at Pearl Harbor, the results are. The s I guess I can sum up my feelings of Capt Deutermann’s latest offering by saying the whole is less than the sum of its parts. The author knows the Navy and writes riveting battle sequences, but the novel as a whole never quite gelled for me. Let me start with what I really enjoyed - the first 2/3ds of the novel. This is the story of a slightly maverick submarine commander, who employs unorthodox tactics. While the tactics are not appreciated by the COMSUBPAC at Pearl Harbor, the results are. The scenes where Gar Hammond, the commander of the USS Dragonfish, is stalking destroyers, attempting to enter Japan’s inland sea thru the Bungo Suido, and attacking the Japan’s Kure Naval base are extremely well done and brought me right into the submarine with Gar and his crew. After Gar gets swept off the bridge during an emergency dive after torpedoing the dry dock at Kure and picked up and made a POW is where this novel lost me. There are a lot of coincidences during this part of the novel. For example, Gar witnesses both the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombings. The two parts of the novel just didn’t fit together for me. Also after the war ends, Gar is brought before a hearing to determine if he gave aid and comfort to the enemy when during interrogations he gave more than his name, rank and serial number. In this section Capt Deutermann seems to be making more of a comment on the Viet Nam era POWs and what they went thru than telling a WW II story. There is also a secret agent subplot that I felt was not resolved very well, probably a lot like real life. The Dragonfish is to land a Japanese national near Hiroshima, obviously something to do the Atomic bombing, but it is never explained. Even with all of the problems I had with the last 1/3d of the novel, the first 2/3ds of the book make this a 4 star read for me.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Robert

    This is a magnificent story of submarine warfare during WWII and so much more. An American sub is tasked with taking it right to the Japanese. While there they must also complete a little secret side mission. But the author is not done there. And I can not say more because I really do not want to give up any more. I found this to be a very fast paced read. Now here is my only complaint, some of the naval jargon and acronyms can be a bit difficult with no glossary to help out. However on that not This is a magnificent story of submarine warfare during WWII and so much more. An American sub is tasked with taking it right to the Japanese. While there they must also complete a little secret side mission. But the author is not done there. And I can not say more because I really do not want to give up any more. I found this to be a very fast paced read. Now here is my only complaint, some of the naval jargon and acronyms can be a bit difficult with no glossary to help out. However on that note I think any educated reader can figure out pretty much what the author is talking about, or at least make a pretty good educated guess. And I really think that this book would suffer if the proper jargon was not used. Kind of a double edged sword. Let me just quit rambling and say that I really enjoyed this book and wish to thank the author for writing such a literary treat.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sean

    Exciting and interesting read. The plot was unique and held my attention. Characters were also well developed which is a plus for me. Book is basically two parts: (1) Submarine thriller and (2) Submarine Captain turned POW and a sprinkle of post WWII fall-out. Overall, the plot was super well structured and made for a very interesting read. The author did his research on the US Submarine operations during the war an I give him credit for that. Another solid read by Deutermann!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Alan

    Another excellent book by this author.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Terry

    This was a very enjoyable read. As an ex Navy man, I read and reread many paragraphs to make sure the description matched my memories of shipboard life and to get the whole picture of sub battle scenes. I've been to Hawaii when I was an aviation electronics technician serving with a sub and surface ship hunter (Patrol Squadron VP-60) and walked the beaches the lead character walked and stayed in the same military hotel on the beach. I can only image how crazy it must have been during transit of This was a very enjoyable read. As an ex Navy man, I read and reread many paragraphs to make sure the description matched my memories of shipboard life and to get the whole picture of sub battle scenes. I've been to Hawaii when I was an aviation electronics technician serving with a sub and surface ship hunter (Patrol Squadron VP-60) and walked the beaches the lead character walked and stayed in the same military hotel on the beach. I can only image how crazy it must have been during transit of thousands during WW–II. I HELD MY BREATH during several scenes, winched and grimaced, when Commander Gar Hammond took a beating to... Well no spoilers. I'll read more of his books. Glad I found him.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Steven Brandt

    Ghosts of Bungo Suido had been sitting on my TBR pile for several months before I finally got around to listening. I think I got it sometime last summer. So by the time I loaded it onto my MP3 player I couldn’t remember at all what it was about. That’s okay because I like to approach a book that way, with no expectations at all and with no clue as to which way the plot might turn at any given moment. I was pleasantly surprised to discover, or rediscover, that Ghosts of Bungo Suido was a m Ghosts of Bungo Suido had been sitting on my TBR pile for several months before I finally got around to listening. I think I got it sometime last summer. So by the time I loaded it onto my MP3 player I couldn’t remember at all what it was about. That’s okay because I like to approach a book that way, with no expectations at all and with no clue as to which way the plot might turn at any given moment. I was pleasantly surprised to discover, or rediscover, that Ghosts of Bungo Suido was a military fiction piece set during World War 2. The main character is Gar Hammond, captain of the US submarine Dragonfish. When it comes to attacking Japanese ships, Hammond has a bit of a unique approach. Instead of going straight for the cargo ships, those carrying fuel or raw materials, and then running like the devil, Hammond first attacks the Destroyer escorts while he still has the element of surprise. Once the escorts are eliminated, he can then pick off the remaining ships in the convoy more or less at his leisure. In fact, Hammond has begun to achieve something of a reputation back at command headquarters in Pearl Harbor. The kind of success that Hammond has achieved in the Pacific is usually a good way to get promoted but in this case Gar will end up wishing his name had never come up. Word has come down that Japan is building a new aircraft carrier. Once it’s completed, it will be the largest carrier in the world and could cause some serious problems for the Allied fleets in the Pacific. The new ship is being built at a shipyard in Japan’s Inland Sea and the only approach is through a narrow trench called Bungo Suido. The passage is heavily mined and several American ships have already gone to a watery grave trying to penetrate the gap. There is, however, a newly developed type of sonar that should make it possible for a submarine to “see” the mines and thus avoid them. The powers that be want to send a single submarine through Bungo Suido and into the Inland Sea to take out that aircraft carrier before it becomes operational. And, you guessed it, Hammond and his Dragonfish get the job. You know, something just occurred to me while I was typing out that last paragraph. Does that sound a little like Star Wars? The Empire is building the Death Star and the Rebels need to take it out before it becomes operational. The only way to do it is to penetrate a narrow gap into the heart of the base and blow it up. Okay that’s a bit of a stretch I know. Actually, Ghosts of Bungo Suido reminded me more of the movie Crimson Tide starring Gene Hackman and Denzel Washington. If you’ve never seen that I highly recommend it. Just like Crimson Tide, this audiobook is just one tense moment after another with very few lulls in between. It’s got bucketloads of suspense, plenty of action, and some interesting historical notes as well. A little something for everyone and a highly enjoyable read. Narrator Dick Hill is a wonderful reader. His voice is very rich and warm and is easy to listen to. He doesn’t do the best voices but he does manage to differentiate the characters enough that you can tell when someone different is speaking. Hill was an AudioFile Best Voice in Mystery and Suspense for the novel 61 Hours in 2010 but is probably best known for his work on Lee Child’s Jack Reacher books. I enjoyed listening to Hill and will look for more of his work. Steven Brandt @ Audiobook-Heaven

  11. 5 out of 5

    Mark

    Ghosts of Bungo Suido By P. T. Deutermann Publisher: St. Martin’s Press Published In: New York City, NY, USA Date: 2013 Pgs: 343 Summary: Imagine in the days after the recapture of the Phillippines in World War 2, if Japan had fielded a Yamato class aircraft carrier, a rumored sister ship to the battleship Yamato laid on a similar keel. It rests in Japan’s Inland Sea outside of the reach of bombers. Five submarines have attempted to force the straits of the Inland Sea. When word of this super carrier r Ghosts of Bungo Suido By P. T. Deutermann Publisher: St. Martin’s Press Published In: New York City, NY, USA Date: 2013 Pgs: 343 Summary: Imagine in the days after the recapture of the Phillippines in World War 2, if Japan had fielded a Yamato class aircraft carrier, a rumored sister ship to the battleship Yamato laid on a similar keel. It rests in Japan’s Inland Sea outside of the reach of bombers. Five submarines have attempted to force the straits of the Inland Sea. When word of this super carrier reaches the brass at Pearl, Lt Commander Gar Hammond finds himself tasked with forcing the strait and damaging that carrier. Genre: fiction, world war 2, militaria, submarine warfare Why this book: Cover image of an American submarine attacking a Japanese aircraft carrier. This Story is About: courage, duty, honor, pettiness, and resentment. The world changing around you. Favorite Character: Gar Hammond is a good character. He’s a little bit too much, but I bet a lot of those guys in those situations with that kind of responsibility thrust upon them would react similarly. Least Favorite Character: Captain Forrester. That bug up his ass in this book is bad and his being an asshole shows through. Character I Most Identified With: Gar, obviously. The Feel: You don’t get that close, claustrophobic feel that comes with many submarine stories. It flows great. Lots of action. Wish it had more of the close submarine feel to it. I like submarine warfare to seem like a knife fight in the dark while wearing a blindfold. Favorite Scene: The attack on the Japanese Navy dock at Kure. Settings: Hawaii, the bridge of the Dragonfish, the ocean, the Inland Sea of Japan, the deck of a Japanese war secret, Kempetai custody Pacing: The pacing is great. Not breakneck, but great. It does fall off a bit as we get into the later half/quarter of the book. The book steps down again when it returns to Hawaii in the denouement. Plot Holes/Out of Character: The Gar vs Gar thing in the middle of the book. Last Page Sound: It’s a horrible thought, but this book may have been better if the hero had died either when he went into the water in the Inland Sea or if he would have died during one of those POW experiences. The book lost something when we left the Dragonfish behind. Author Assessment: I would definitely look at other stuff by P. T. Deutermann. Editorial Assessment: I’m sure there is a “message” in the second half of the book which we spend in Japan. But the second half of the book doesn’t stand up to the first half. Disposition of Book: Irving Public Library Why isn’t there a screenplay? Could be a good movie. Leave out the courtroom stuff that drags down the ending and goes anti-climax to a large extent and compress the POW stuff into an afterclimax, during the credits, what happened later...maybe. Casting call: Gar Hammond could be played by George Clooney...though I guess he is getting a little old for this role. Maybe Matt Damon. Would recommend to: genre fans

  12. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    I had visions of Run Silent, Run Deep when I picked this book off the shelf. But it was more than that. If it were a movie it would be a combination of "Run Silent, Run Deep," "Bridge over the River Kwai," and "The Caine Munity." A hot shot sub skipper is tagged for a secret mission. A mission so secret not even all of his superiors know the exact nature. There is a mission within a mission. I figured this would be a typical nautical slug fest but I was wrong. It takes some very interesting turn I had visions of Run Silent, Run Deep when I picked this book off the shelf. But it was more than that. If it were a movie it would be a combination of "Run Silent, Run Deep," "Bridge over the River Kwai," and "The Caine Munity." A hot shot sub skipper is tagged for a secret mission. A mission so secret not even all of his superiors know the exact nature. There is a mission within a mission. I figured this would be a typical nautical slug fest but I was wrong. It takes some very interesting turns just when you think the mission is complete and the ending was surprising, alarming and interesting. I'm going to have to read more Deutermann.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jim A

    The first WW II submarine book I remember reading was back in the 50's, Run Silent, Run Deep, by Edward L. Beach. The way this book began reminded me very much of that classic tale. Deutermann then takes the novel in a different direction. that left me satisfied with the novel. For those who need a break from contemporary military thrillers, give this one a look. Not a blockbuster, but very entertaining. Updated March 2019. Second reading of the book and my thoughts on it haven't changed much. Stil The first WW II submarine book I remember reading was back in the 50's, Run Silent, Run Deep, by Edward L. Beach. The way this book began reminded me very much of that classic tale. Deutermann then takes the novel in a different direction. that left me satisfied with the novel. For those who need a break from contemporary military thrillers, give this one a look. Not a blockbuster, but very entertaining. Updated March 2019. Second reading of the book and my thoughts on it haven't changed much. Still a good WW II naval thriller. Good undersea action.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Rob Roy

    This may well be Deutermann’s best book. Set in World War II, it is the story of a submarine commander with the instincts and leadership which make him one of the best. He is also outspoken, and there lies his fault. While there is lots of action, and horror, it is a story about resilience, courage, and hope.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Susan Krich

    This book will keep your interest until the very end. It is hard to keep in mind that this is a fiction book and not an actual account of submarine warfare and the lives of the men and woman involved.

  16. 5 out of 5

    James K Sellers

    Very Good Read! Good insight into how Japan treated POWs during WWII. Also provided some perspective on how the Japanese people suffered during the war. War is not glamorous.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Paul J. Petersen

    Good story This was a well written story with several twists. I will seek out a few more of his books to read.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Rich

    I will settle on 4.5 stars, alas that is not an n option with this somewhat antiquated rating system and I do not believe the author should be punished. For anyone looking for a pulse pounding read that describes the harrowing experience of Submarine warfare in the pacific during WWII, this is your book. Deutermann has nailed all of his books in his WWII naval saga and this is no exception. From the mind boggling real stat that 1 in 5 boat crews never made it home and are as he states on "eterna I will settle on 4.5 stars, alas that is not an n option with this somewhat antiquated rating system and I do not believe the author should be punished. For anyone looking for a pulse pounding read that describes the harrowing experience of Submarine warfare in the pacific during WWII, this is your book. Deutermann has nailed all of his books in his WWII naval saga and this is no exception. From the mind boggling real stat that 1 in 5 boat crews never made it home and are as he states on "eternal patrol" to the total loss of 3500 sailors in the Silent Service Deutermann does them justice with this book. The action is fast, furious, and intense. His description of the conditions of prisoners of war in Japan during the war is devastating, and sadly true. This is a book I urge anyone with an interest in WWII and the submarine service to read, you will not be disappointed.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Joseph Olson

    A DEEPER STORY THAN IT APPEARS. Capt. D. knows his Navy. As a fellow Vet with loooong service and a JAG, I really enjoyed watching the inner story develop. It helps that 50 years ago I wrote my Senior Honors Essay on the POW experience in Korea. Faced by determined interrogators 1 in 1000 never talks. Of those who do talk, 99 in 100 know nothing of importance. So how does the 1 fight back? A successful technique is to give 'em TMI, to use a 21st Century term --- you run at the mouth flooding the A DEEPER STORY THAN IT APPEARS. Capt. D. knows his Navy. As a fellow Vet with loooong service and a JAG, I really enjoyed watching the inner story develop. It helps that 50 years ago I wrote my Senior Honors Essay on the POW experience in Korea. Faced by determined interrogators 1 in 1000 never talks. Of those who do talk, 99 in 100 know nothing of importance. So how does the 1 fight back? A successful technique is to give 'em TMI, to use a 21st Century term --- you run at the mouth flooding the interrogators with information you choose to bury them in. If much of it undermines their beliefs (as Commander Hammond did here) so much the better. The key is not what you say but, rather, what you never mention.

  20. 4 out of 5

    minz

    I think the author had too many times where the captain gets rescued or saved with only 'divine intervention' rather then the previous books where somebody around him comes up with something cleaver. He does not listen to the people around him and forces his way through the game and still gets out OK. The Author just rubbed me the wrong way on those points. I could not finish the last 50 pages as some of this comes back to haunt him. I would say that the other sub book in this series was far supe I think the author had too many times where the captain gets rescued or saved with only 'divine intervention' rather then the previous books where somebody around him comes up with something cleaver. He does not listen to the people around him and forces his way through the game and still gets out OK. The Author just rubbed me the wrong way on those points. I could not finish the last 50 pages as some of this comes back to haunt him. I would say that the other sub book in this series was far superior in writing, twists and adventure and it was a let down to go to an earlier book. All the books are their own series.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Dan Dundon

    It certainly makes a difference when the author of historical fiction has first-hand experience. Such is the case with "Ghosts of Bungo Suido" by P. T. Deutermann. The authenticity of the narrative is striking and it is easy for the casual reader to begin to believe the events actually occurred. In fact, other reviewers have noted that similar events did indeed occur near the end of World War II. Nevertheless, combining the real with the fiction makes for a very interesting story. A job well don It certainly makes a difference when the author of historical fiction has first-hand experience. Such is the case with "Ghosts of Bungo Suido" by P. T. Deutermann. The authenticity of the narrative is striking and it is easy for the casual reader to begin to believe the events actually occurred. In fact, other reviewers have noted that similar events did indeed occur near the end of World War II. Nevertheless, combining the real with the fiction makes for a very interesting story. A job well done.

  22. 5 out of 5

    H.W. Bernard

    Since this novel has been reviewed plenty of times, I won't rehash the plot here. Suffice it to say GHOSTS OF BUNGO SUIDO is another wonderful WWII page turner from P. T. Deutermann. From a purely literary standpoint, I thought there were perhaps too many coincidences in the plot, but because the drama had such great forward momentum, that's easily overlooked. The novel has a bit of everything: a "suicide" mission for a U. S. submarine, a hellish time as a Japanese POW for a U. S. Navy captain, Since this novel has been reviewed plenty of times, I won't rehash the plot here. Suffice it to say GHOSTS OF BUNGO SUIDO is another wonderful WWII page turner from P. T. Deutermann. From a purely literary standpoint, I thought there were perhaps too many coincidences in the plot, but because the drama had such great forward momentum, that's easily overlooked. The novel has a bit of everything: a "suicide" mission for a U. S. submarine, a hellish time as a Japanese POW for a U. S. Navy captain, and a Naval court of inquiry following the imprisonment. All in all, a five-star drama.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jane Broadhead

    Ghosts of Bungo Suido by PT Deutermann was another excellent historical novel about the US Navy in WWII. I like how Deutermann's novels follow actual events, he makes them come alive and the pace is incredible. I'm reading his WWII series. My father was a veteran of the US Navy, WWII and fought in Leyte Gulf on a light cruiser. He didn't talk about it much. His boat was hit by a torpedo. He passed some years ago and I miss him dearly. Reading these stories brings him into my heart. Love you, Dad Ghosts of Bungo Suido by PT Deutermann was another excellent historical novel about the US Navy in WWII. I like how Deutermann's novels follow actual events, he makes them come alive and the pace is incredible. I'm reading his WWII series. My father was a veteran of the US Navy, WWII and fought in Leyte Gulf on a light cruiser. He didn't talk about it much. His boat was hit by a torpedo. He passed some years ago and I miss him dearly. Reading these stories brings him into my heart. Love you, Dad.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Glenn Dyer

    Deutermann is, along with David Poyer, a master of naval thrillers. He is particularly skilled in his handling of battle scenes. His command of writing pitch perfect dialogue is truly impressive. In this book, Deutermann does what all great thriller writers do, make life back-breakingly hard for his protagonist, Gar Hammond.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Ado Mohammed

    This is a book of two halves. Firstly, a rip-roaring naval adventure, intrepid submariners daring the Japanese navy in its own waters. Then the aftermath of a raid, relating how the submarine's captain is captured by the Japanese, and his subsequent treatment in captivity, up-to the war's end, and his eventual return to the US navy etc. This is a book of two halves. Firstly, a rip-roaring naval adventure, intrepid submariners daring the Japanese navy in its own waters. Then the aftermath of a raid, relating how the submarine's captain is captured by the Japanese, and his subsequent treatment in captivity, up-to the war's end, and his eventual return to the US navy etc.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    I'd read one of the author's books before and found it interesting. This second book, both stand alones, was just as interesting. 50% into the book I thought the main character achieved the objective and I wondered how the book could only be 50% done, and then a bunch of unexpected twists. I had a hard time putting the book down, especially the second half. I'd read one of the author's books before and found it interesting. This second book, both stand alones, was just as interesting. 50% into the book I thought the main character achieved the objective and I wondered how the book could only be 50% done, and then a bunch of unexpected twists. I had a hard time putting the book down, especially the second half.

  27. 5 out of 5

    donald h sandler

    Another great read by P.T. Deutermann! Very different story from his Pacific Glory book, which is what I like about his stories. Unlike some other authors wherein succeeding novels are a continuation of the previous, same theme, same heroes, which becomes tedious, Duetermann's books are stand alone adventures. Well written and engrossing. Another great read by P.T. Deutermann! Very different story from his Pacific Glory book, which is what I like about his stories. Unlike some other authors wherein succeeding novels are a continuation of the previous, same theme, same heroes, which becomes tedious, Duetermann's books are stand alone adventures. Well written and engrossing.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kent Leary

    If there was ever a book You didn't tell us if he died of cancer from seeing the two bombs go off in his sight I hated the book it kept me up at night reading and my dog could not do his business enough times to finish the chapters. I even had to read it doing my business This was a short read time for this book and it kept me wondering the whole time If there was ever a book You didn't tell us if he died of cancer from seeing the two bombs go off in his sight I hated the book it kept me up at night reading and my dog could not do his business enough times to finish the chapters. I even had to read it doing my business This was a short read time for this book and it kept me wondering the whole time

  29. 5 out of 5

    Donald

    This story centers around a submarine Commander during WWII. It's a gripping story told well that sweeps you along to a nearly unbelievable ending that saves itself at the very last instant. Likeable characters in enthralling situations. Nice job of narration. A winner all around. This story centers around a submarine Commander during WWII. It's a gripping story told well that sweeps you along to a nearly unbelievable ending that saves itself at the very last instant. Likeable characters in enthralling situations. Nice job of narration. A winner all around.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Rick Peterson

    4 1/2 stars

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