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Author: Eugene B. Fluckey Narrator: Corey Snow Publisher: Tantor Audio Length: Release Date: August 2013 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781452685465

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The thunderous roar of exploding depth charges was a familiar and comforting sound to the crew members of the USS Barb, who frequently found themselves somewhere between enemy fire and Davy Jones's locker. Under the leadership of her fearless skipper, Captain Gene Fluckey, the Barb sank the greatest tonnage of any American sub in World War II. At the same time, the Barb did far more than merely sink ships—she changed forever the way submarines stalk and kill their prey.

This is a gripping adventure chock-full of "you-are-there" moments. Fluckey has drawn on logs, reports, letters, interviews, and a recently discovered illegal diary kept by one of his torpedomen. And in a fascinating twist, he uses archival documents from the Japanese Navy to give its version of events.

The unique story of the Barb begins with its men, who had the confidence to become unbeatable. Each team helped develop innovative ideas, new tactics, and new strategies. All strove for personal excellence, and success became contagious. Instead of lying in wait under the waves, the USS Barb pursued enemy ships on the surface, attacking in the swift and precise style of torpedo boats. She was the first sub to use rocket missiles and to creep up on enemy convoys at night, joining the flank escort line from astern, darting in and out as she sank ships up the column. Surface-cruising, diving only to escape, "Luckey Fluckey" relentlessly patrolled the Pacific, driving his boat and crew to their limits. There can be no greater contrast to modern warfare's long-distance, video game style of battle than the exploits of the captain and crew of the USS Barb, where the sub, out of ammunition, actually rammed an enemy ship until it sank. Thunder Below! is a first-rate, true-life, inspirational story of the courage and heroism of ordinary men under fire.

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  • Fluckey is a fine writer with a lively, colorful style. His book is packed with action and suspense and is rich in details about the day-today operation of a submarine in combat.

    - Publishers Weekly

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    " Chronicle of the adventures of the "Barb", WW-II attack submarine. Lucky Fluckey was the type of leader sailors are willing to follow into Hell, and be certain he would bring them out again. This historical accounting is as dramatic and entertaining as the novels on this subject. If you have the opportunity to tour one of these Sub Museums, do so. The experience will give insight into the courage of these brave warriors, accepting the devastating reality that their branch of service suffered to highest percentage of losses while strangling the Japanese economy and shortening the war. Real events are described through the use of records from both sides of the conflict, but great story-telling keeps your interest like a novel. "

    - TPerrySuperfan, 7/14/2021

About the Author

Rear Admiral Eugene B. Fluckey (1913–2007) was a United States Navy submarine commander who received the Medal of Honor and four Navy Crosses for his service during World War II. After the war ended, he became an aide to the chief of naval operations, Admiral Chester W. Nimitz. Fluckey also served as director of naval intelligence in the 1960s.

About the Narrator

Corey M. Snow is a full-time audiobook narrator and voice talent from the great Pacific Northwest working from his home studio in Olympia, Washington. Before becoming a narrator, he was a typesetter, a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division, a software developer, and much more. He has recorded numerous audiobooks, including the DeChance Chronicles by David Niall Wilson, Crescent Lake by David Sakmyster, and the riveting Black Hearts by Time magazine editor Jim Frederick.