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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (80 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Homer Hickam Narrator: Mark Deakins Publisher: Books on Tape Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The year is 1943 and World War II in the Pacific rages on, with Americans engaged in desperate battles against a cunning enemy. Coast Guard Captain Josh Thurlow is on hand at the invasion of Tarawa, as the U.S. Navy begins the grand strategy of throwing her marines at island after bloody island across the Pacific.

As blood colors the waters around Tarawa, Josh flounders ashore through a floating graveyard of dead men and joins the survivors, determined to somehow wrest victory from disaster. Critically wounded, Josh expects to die. Instead, Sister Mary Kathleen, a young Irish nun, nurses him back to health, and then shanghais Josh, sidekick Bosun Ready O'Neal, and three American marines to a group of beautiful tropical islands invaded by a brutal Japanese warlord. Josh and his little band must decide whether to help the Sister fight the battle she demands, return to Tarawa and the real war, or settle down in the romantic splendor of the South Seas.

Hickam expertly weaves the adventures of these hot-blooded characters tighter and tighter until the Sister's secrets and sins are finally revealed during a horrific battle in the lair of the warlord. With an incredible eye for historical detail and the talent of a master storyteller, Homer Hickam delivers another tour de force.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Harry Lane | 9/22/2013

    " This book falls somewhere between "South Pacific" and "Winds of War." It treats its material gently and with some humor, given the horrific nature of war. And just when you've about decided it is purely light entertainment, it gets very tragic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ellen | 3/24/2013

    " I love all of Homer Hickams books, both the autobiogrphical and the fiction. This one is no exception. He tells a great story! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Phyllis | 12/15/2011

    " Although the battle scenes were difficult for me because they were so vivid, I could not put the book down. I look forward to reading other Hickam books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Navajojim | 4/15/2011

    " cool and funny war book, a little sad at the end. "

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