- Taschenbuch: 300 Seiten
- Verlag: Riverdale Electronic Books (1. Juli 2004)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0971220751
- ISBN-13: 978-0971220751
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 14 x 1,9 x 21,6 cm
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- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 1.382.654 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Bacalao (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 1. Juli 2004
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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.
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The detailing of submarine construction, and of the gradual coming "aboard" (at nearby New London Sub Base) of the crew during different periods of construction, and of the shake-down cruises, all are told rather leisurely. There is a great amount of technical detail given to the reader. I found his analysis of the magnetic torpedo problems (failures) to be lucid and to the point. He also gives interesting side-commentaries about the America of that period. But the focus is always upon the character of the novel's individual crew members (primarily the officers and chiefs), and upon the culture of naval professionalism. Either you will squirm with impatience (perhaps boredom) or you will enjoy this "calm before the storm." Indeed it is this careful building of the story that explains the emotional impact of the novel. Since you will have already identified with the characters, the "action" descriptions do not have to be at fever pitch to be effective -- it is simply the story of duty, of heroes, of those "not up to it," of sailors killed and injured, of torpedoes awry, of ever closer depth charges being dropped, of ships torpedoed and breaking apart, of men in the water...and of men fearing they will not be returning to their loved ones. -J. B. Bannister
This is a very credible read about a war that is fading into history for many these days.
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