Sentinels of Fire

Sentinels of Fire

Book - 2014
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P.T. Deutermann's 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.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2014
ISBN: 9781250041180
125004118X
Characteristics: 278 p. ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: Sentinels of fire : a novel

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SEBoiko
Nov 01, 2014

If the Divine Wind was blowing, you did not steer a straight course and make it easy for them.

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SEBoiko
Nov 01, 2014

Blame the problem, not the people.

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DenisDesautels
Jun 14, 2016

Quick read and very entertaining. Did not know the contribution made by destroyers in this manner.

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