Pacific Glory: A Novel
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Pacific Glory: A Novel

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A thrilling, multi-layered World War II adventure following two men and an unforgettable woman, from Pearl Harbor through the most dramatic air and sea battles of the war

Marsh, Mick, and Tommy were inseparable friends during their naval academy years, each man desperately in love with the beautiful, unattainable Glory Hawthorne. Graduation set them on separate paths into...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published March 13th 2012 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published March 4th 2011)
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Undoubtedly, this is one of the best WW2 novels I have had the pleasure of reading. P.T. Deutermann wrote his novel in such a way that I felt that I was right there looking over a dive-bomber pilot's shoulder, was on the bridge with the XO on a variety of vessels, or with a navy nurse as she cared for the grievous wounds and burns suffered by those lucky enough to escape from sinking ships, marauding sharks or air ambulances ravaged by enemy fire. Deutermann, a career naval officer, gives us a h...more
Several years ago I nourished my long-standing interest in naval history with two books on the Battle of Leyte Gulf, the largest naval battle of World War Two, and, depending on the criteria, possibly the largest naval battle in history. What we now call Leyte Gulf actually comprised four separate engagements: Battle of Sibuyan Sea, Battle of Surigao Strait, Battle off Samar and Battle of Cape Engano, along with other actions. P.T. Deutermann's Pacific Glory, in its essentials, is a novel of the...more
WARNING: If books were rated like movies, this one has an X rated scene. I stopped reading whenI came to it. Up until that point, the descriptions of the WWII sea battles were good. Since I am not a big War book reader, I was not overly impressed by that either. Without the X rated part, up until the point that I read, I would have given the book 3 stars. I was surprised when I got to this part, almost half-way through the book. This book was recommended by a WWII Vet , who I ran into. I wonder...more
The battle scenes were excellently written. This is not a book I would normally choose, but my father served on a battleship in the Pacific in WWII and was present at several of the battles represented in this book. I wanted a better vision of what he experienced/witnessed,and was not disappointed.
Mar 28, 2011 Richard rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in the time of place the story covers.
Recommended to Richard by: I read all Mr. Deutermann's work.
This is sort of a mystery, but if you haven't figured it out by by the end of page 2, I'm disappointed in you.

The author was born December, 1941; son of an admiral; became a career Naval Officer with a remarkable career and has now finished 15 novels. He has a perfect concept of naval war, having been in several theaters between 1963 and 1989 in the Pacific, Atlantic and Indian oceans. Shore duty included time in Washington, DC with the Joint Chiefs of Staff. His daughter flew US Navy F-14s; his...more
Ed Baldwin
P.T. Deutermann is a Naval Academy grad who commanded a destroyer and has written several successful thriller novels, so when he writes of the surface navy in the Pacific during World War II, you expect a lot. This is a thrilling story about three Annapolis grads from the Class of '32, and Glory, the navy nurse they all loved. That may sound like the setup for a romance novel, and there is some personal drama, but this is war as real as you can get from the printed page.

Told as a flashback by a...more
Fresh off of watching the HBO series, The Pacific, I encountered this novel and thought I’d give it a try. The story follows two Naval Academy graduates as they fight in the Pacific, and their friend’s widow, now a nurse stationed in Hawaii. Beast is a hard-drinkin’ pilot who doesn’t like to go by the rules, is rowdy, but very dedicated to his job. Beauty is so nicknamed because he is, in fact, quite ugly. He ends up climbing the ranks as his ships encounter insane battles on the sea. Glory, the...more
Captain Deutermann’s historical novel set in the Pacific Theater of Operations during the Second World War starts off with a tense and thrilling escape by an American naval officer from a sinking ship, followed almost by another tense and thrilling escape by a naval aviator from another sinking ship, and then from a sinking aircraft. Woven into the suspense and combat action of the tale is a love triangle and a realistic portrayal of the physical and psychological cost of the campaign on the men...more
Brenda Burnett
should put a map of the area in at the front of the book. Maybe also, an outline of a basic destroyer, for those of us who are reading this book because we like the author, but don't know much about the subject. I liked the characters, plot was good, and pulled me along, but didn't have the intensity of "Bungo Suido", I thought.
The scenes depicting battles were exciting, even for a non-military person like myself. Although I didn't understand all of the acronyms or vocabulary, I enjoyed the detailed descriptions of the action. The romance I found very cliché, and I just wanted to skim those parts.
I'll try to do a proper review later. But here are a few comments for now. As most of my reading friends know, I love military WW II stories, fiction or historical; Air Corps, Army or Navy. This book may be the best work of naval fiction (although much of it is true) that I've ever read. The characters were so real, I could picture them in mind's eye. The plot was clear and stays on point like few fictional stories ever do. And unlike many works of fiction, the editing was spotless. I was absorb...more
David Swant
An exceptionally good read . The best WWII story I have read. I didn't want to put it down after I started it. I highly recommend this book.
Jun 27, 2014 Tom rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who like naval action stories
An entertaining story but the true story of the events at Leyte Gulf is even more incredible. I highly recommend The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors by James Hornfischer.
Kurt Young
Sort of a fictional autobiography a WWII naval officer and his life in the Pacific following Pearl Harbor. If the beginning feels lifted straight from "Saving Private Ryan," you're not alone. You'll also be able to guess "both" endings early.

I believe the author set out to write a love-triangle story with the Pacific war as a backdrop, however, the tale evolved into a more single-centered story. As such, it seems unfocused; the side-stories of the other 2 main characters interesting, but somehow...more
Jaymie Shook
The storytelling was masterful and had me in tears. I'll be looking for more from this author.
Tony Taylor
Apr 06, 2011 Tony Taylor rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: who loves history, especially naval history of WWII
A great naval tale... Captain Deutermann is a class act in how he can bring the characters and the incidents of his books to life; he is a master of detail, especially when writing about the Navy and stories built upon naval history. I thoroughly enjoyed this story, especially the close-up action in his describing some of the great sea battles of WWII in the Pacific. This book is extremely well written and full of surprises... it should definitely be on everyone's read list not only for the stor...more
Beautifully written, with great characters that suck you in from page one. I ripped through this book in just a couple of days, though that's fairly standard for books I like. Aside from a couple minor "uh-huh" moments, it was a great read. I thought I had the narrative path worked out in my head when I started the novel, but was pleasantly surprised as the book went along. There's also a very informative historical note at the end that points out where the author fudged the history for the sake...more
David Jarrett
Good WWII story, but not his best.
Great, understandable battle descriptions. Fast-paced.
Joseph Ribera
I have enjoyed every book I've read by this author. He really knows the U.S. Navy culture and how to tell a good story. This one is a fictional account of a real battle late in 1944 when a small group of destroyers and planes from escort carriers fought and drove off a fleet of Japanese cruisers and battleships, including the Yamamoto, the largest battleship ever.

The romantic elements of this story were short and for the most part irrelevant, but the battle accounts were worth the read.
World War II is scene through the interconnected lives of three old friends: a navy nurse whose husband died at Pearl Harbor, a supremely gifted but strictly lone wolf navy pilot, and a naval officer/ship driver. It works fairly well, and the end is exciting (though it results in a battleship vs. destroyer close-range shootout that improves on reality). The best scenes,of course, are at sea and focus on the third of the charachters (Marsh Vincent), who deserved his own novel.
Rodger Campbell
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I've been a major fan of naval history since CS Forrester's Hornblower Series. Deutermann clearly understands the navy and the battle of Leyte Gulf. His story of three friends in love with the same girl has some awkward moments and stumbles here and there but the descriptions of the battle scenes are incredibly moving and realistic and his descriptions of bravery versus valour and glory ring very true.
Great historical fiction novel about the pacific theater during World War II. I especially enjoyed the war sequences, but not so much the sex scenes. My other problem with the book is that I am not a naval scholar, so a lot of the jargon used was wasted on me - it would have been nice to have had a cheat sheet at the end of the book to explain what the author meant when he called certain ships "jeeps," etc.
P. T. Deutermann graduated from the Navel Acadamy and served 26 years in the U. S. Navy. This is a novel but could be a history book as it relates to the Battle of Leyte Gulf in WWII. It was a little slow in places as the author went to great lengths to develop his characters and their relationships. I gave it an extra star after reading the author's notes at the end. I liked it.
Excellent novel centered on the naval war in the Pacific, specifically the battles of Savo Island, Midway and Samar (Leyte). The description of naval warfare is breathtaking, especially the exploits of Taffy Three which is probably the greatest feat of arms in military history. Deutermann does great service to all those naval personnel who fought in that theatre of operations.
This was of particular interest to me as my father was at the Leyte Gulf battle. I enjoyed listening to this book, but one should know the battle scenes and injuries are described in horrific detail. - Lisa, Youth Services

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A real action packed yarn and good old-fashioned read, with four characters from 30s Anapolis days -- one a Pearl Harbor casualty, the other three making their way through the war's events. Read this at the same time as Shaara's Final Storm, about the end of Pacific war. Deutermann's characters are much more engaging, albeit not so realistic and certainly not so talky.
As a lover of history & as a second generation career military member the book was simply outstanding. Maybe a little too heavy in the details for those who don't have an understanding of those two things. The story line has plenty of dramatic moments of both love & loss as well as bravery & honesty. Well done!
Historical novel set in Pacific ocean during later stages of WWII. Very descriptive and brutal battle scenes interspersed with background love story and frienship of Naval Academy grads. More nautical detail than I could understand but an intense read which dramatically presents the hell of war.
Elaine Mayes
This is a difficult book to rate. The first 200 pages werea moderately interesting, but a familiar story of WW II. The last 100 pages were riveting - excellent, gripping storytelling. I would recommend it just for the last 100 pages or so, which I would rate as a 5 star portion.
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P. T. Deutermann is a retired Navy captain and has served in the joint Chiefs of Staff as an arms control specialist. He is the author of sixteen novels, and lives in North Carolina. His World War II adventure novel Pacific Glory won the W. Y. Boyd Literary Award for Excellence in Military Fiction, administered by the American Library Association. His most recent novel is Ghosts of Bungo Suido, pu...more
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