P. T. Deutermann’s World War II navy series began with the
Glory, followed by the brilliantly reviewed Ghosts of
Bungo Suido. His new novel Sentinels of Fire tells the tale
of a lone destroyer, the USS Malloy, part of the Allied invasion
forces attacking the island of Okinawa and the Japanese home islands.
By the spring of 1945, the once mighty Japanese fleet has
been virtually destroyed, leaving Japan open to invasion. The Japanese react by
dispatching hundreds of suicide bombers against the Allied fleet surrounding
Okinawa. By mid-May, the Allied fleet is losing a major ship a day to murderous
swarms of kamikazes streaming out of Formosa and southern Japan. The radar
picket line is the first defense and early warning against these hellish
formations, but the Japanese direct special attention to these lone destroyers
stationed north and west of Okinawa.
One destroyer, the USS Malloy, faces an even more pressing
issue when her Executive Officer Connie Miles begins to realize that the ship’s
much-admired Captain Pudge Tallmadge is losing his mind under the relentless
pressure of the attacks. Set against the blazing gun battles created by the
last desperate offensive of the Japanese, Executive Officer Miles and the ship’s
officers grapple with the consequences of losing their skipper’s guidance—and
perhaps the ship itself, and everyone on board.
Vividly authentic, historically accurate, and emotionally
of Fire is
military adventure at its best, by an author whose career as a Navy captain
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