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Ghosts of Bungo Suido (World War 2 Navy)

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A thrilling WWII adventure set in a submarine in the Pacific, by the Boyd Award-winning author of Pacific Glory
In late 1944, America's naval forces face what seems an insurmountable threat from Japan: immense Yamato-class battleships, which dwarf every other ship at sea. Built in secrecy, these ships seem invincible, and lay waste to any challengers. American military i
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Published July 30th 2013 by St. Martin's Press
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Mr. Matt
Apr 22, 2016 Mr. Matt rated it liked it
Ghosts of Bungo Suido scratched my itch for a good submarine story ... sort of. The first half of the book follows Lieutenant Commander Hammond and his submarine as they wreak destruction on Japanese shipping in late 1944. The second half of the story continues to follow Hammond, only now he is in a Japanese prison camp through the end of the war and beyond.

There seem to be a lot of miraculous interventions on the part of the author to save Hammond. Case in point: Hammond is captured and winds u
Tony Taylor
Aug 31, 2013 Tony Taylor rated it really liked it
I have always enjoyed Pete's novels, especially those that pertain to the Navy. As a retired naval officer myself and one who has known Pete Deutermann since our days at the Naval Academy, I am a great fan of his books, but for some reason I feel that his latest novel, "Ghosts of Bungo Suido" is not quite on the mark as I would have expected. Maybe I am being too critical being the son of a submarine skipper in WWII and the brother of another submarine skipper; also an Academy graduate.

I was re
Mar 02, 2014 Chuck rated it really liked it
P. T. Deutermann is one of my favorite authors; a real "go to" guy. I can always depend on him. He is a multi genre author but he is particularly good, in my opinion, with WWII naval military action. This is no exception except that it is presented in three distinct phases. You will meet Gar Hammond, hotshot commander of the submarine Dragonfish, who, while not universally liked, is almost universally respected and is selected for a particularly important and dangerous mission. If this sounds li ...more
Dec 04, 2013 Mark rated it it was ok
Ghosts of Bungo Suido
By P. T. Deutermann
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Published In: New York City, NY, USA
Date: 2013
Pgs: 343

Imagine in the days after the recapture of the Phillippines in World War 2, if Japan had fielded a Yamato class aircraft carrier, a rumored sister ship to the battleship Yamato laid on a similar keel. It rests in Japan’s Inland Sea outside of the reach of bombers. Five submarines have attempted to force the straits of the Inland Sea. When word of this super carrier r
Sep 27, 2013 happy rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction-military
I guess I can sum up my feelings of Capt Deutermann’s latest offering by saying the whole is less than the sum of its parts. The author knows the Navy and writes riveting battle sequences, but the novel as a whole never quite gelled for me.

Let me start with what I really enjoyed - the first 2/3ds of the novel. This is the story of a slightly maverick submarine commander, who employs unorthodox tactics. While the tactics are not appreciated by the COMSUBPAC at Pearl Harbor, the results are. The s
Aug 21, 2013 Robert rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a magnificent story of submarine warfare during WWII and so much more. An American sub is tasked with taking it right to the Japanese. While there they must also complete a little secret side mission. But the author is not done there. And I can not say more because I really do not want to give up any more. I found this to be a very fast paced read. Now here is my only complaint, some of the naval jargon and acronyms can be a bit difficult with no glossary to help out. However on that not ...more
Jim A
May 14, 2014 Jim A rated it liked it
The first WW II submarine book I remember reading was back in the 50's, Run Silent, Run Deep, by Edward L. Beach.

The way this book began reminded me very much of that classic tale. Deutermann then takes the novel in a different direction. that left me satisfied with the novel.

For those who need a break from contemporary military thrillers, give this one a look. Not a blockbuster, but very entertaining.
Rob Roy
Mar 01, 2014 Rob Roy rated it it was amazing
This may well be Deutermann’s best book. Set in World War II, it is the story of a submarine commander with the instincts and leadership which make him one of the best. He is also outspoken, and there lies his fault. While there is lots of action, and horror, it is a story about resilience, courage, and hope.
Oct 19, 2016 Rick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good, but...

Good, but... I think his earlier works were a bit better. This does a good job, however, of exploring some moral ambivalecies of war.
Oct 09, 2016 Mark rated it really liked it
Completely enjoyable historical fiction...story of a sub commander's impossible missions into Japan's Inland Sea...during an emergency crash-dive Gar Hammond is lost overboard & captured...placed in a POW camp on the end of Honshu he witnesses Hiroshima & Nagasaki as WWII winds down...he then encounters charges of collaboration in the post-war wind down...will read more of PT Deutermann!!!
Steven Brandt (Audiobook-Heaven)
Ghosts of Bungo Suido had been sitting on my TBR pile for several months before I finally got around to listening. I think I got it sometime last summer. So by the time I loaded it onto my MP3 player I couldn’t remember at all what it was about. That’s okay because I like to approach a book that way, with no expectations at all and with no clue as to which way the plot might turn at any given moment.

I was pleasantly surprised to discover, or rediscover, that Ghosts of Bungo Suido was a milit
Dec 17, 2013 Puck rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, devoured it. Found myself up late reading it, like, really late - 2am stuff.

I think I take issue with folks feeling like PT Deutermann uses too much jargon in his books, I've never served in the Navy, but plenty of my family has, and I used to make videos for the USN, USNA and USMC early in my career, so I have a slight leg up on most in this department, slight - I admit, but I feel like - if the terms were explained or removed - it would take away from the book,
Nov 03, 2014 D.w. rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, reviewed
The is my third Deutermann, and as with the earlier works i've read, Deutermann knows how to describe action at sea in the navy of the twentieth century better than any other.

The Sub service is highlighted in this tale and we see the world through the eyes of a tip notch skipper who provides us an insight into what it takes to keep everything in the 'bubble.'

Where Deutermann has issue is his treatment of women. They are cardboard characters, all the same, though talking dames, broads, babes, alw
Jonathan Tomes
Aug 30, 2013 Jonathan Tomes rated it it was amazing
P.T. Deutermann’s Ghosts of Bungo Suido, which title wouldn’t have necessarily caused me to pick it up at the bookstore but for the jacket art depicting a submarine attacking a Japanese aircraft carrier, concerned the U.S. Navy’s mission to destroy a new 76,000-ton carrier about to go operational from Japan’s heavily mined and defended Inland Sea. Such a carrier could seriously disrupt American invasion efforts, so the Naval brass decides to send a submarine up through the Bungo Suido strait int ...more
Clearview Library District
Dec 23, 2013 Clearview Library District rated it really liked it
First of all, P. T. Deutermann us a great researcher pulling information from his background, family history and such notables as Laura Hillenbrand. This is not a book for the squeamish and faint of heart, but it is a very good story of an incident in the Pacific Theater of War in WWII. The main character is a bit of a maverick and runs his boat, the Dragonfish that way. Because of that he is sent on what is a near suicide mission to sink the Shinano, the largest Japanese aircraft carrier built. ...more
Aug 28, 2013 Larry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
P. T. Deutermann, a thirty-year Navy officer as well as an accomplished thriller writer, has written a novel of the submarine service in the Pacific during World War II that starts strong and gets stronger as it goes along. CMDR Gar Heywood, hotshot, aggressive skipper of a fleet sub, has orders to penetrate the Japanese Inner Sea and to attack an enormous aircraft carrier that is almost launch-worthy. That part of the novel is exciting and operationally savvy. (There's a section in a Japanese m ...more
Dec 30, 2013 Doug rated it really liked it
The Ghosts of Bungo Suido deserves the star review it got from Kirkus. The book had three distinct parts. In the first, the depiction of submarine warfare took me back to my youth - watching all the black and white WWII movies. The interaction between LtCrd Gar Hammond and his XO had me visualizing Gable and Lancaster in Run Silent,Run Deep. In the second part, Hammond becomes a POW. This portion seemed almost to have been taken directly from Lauren Hillenbrand's excellent Unbroken. I could have ...more
Aug 22, 2013 Mark rated it it was amazing
This novel met all the criteria that for me makes a good read: sentences composed by someone who doesn't write like English is a third language, witty and natural dialog, well-developed characters, and surprises. And it's this last, the surprises, that really made this novel so enjoyable. Again and again the story went to places I never expected, a real challenge considering the vast number of military history novels set in World War II. Alas, I can't get into what surprised me without offering ...more
Sep 16, 2013 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had visions of Run Silent, Run Deep when I picked this book off the shelf. But it was more than that. If it were a movie it would be a combination of "Run Silent, Run Deep," "Bridge over the River Kwai," and "The Caine Munity." A hot shot sub skipper is tagged for a secret mission. A mission so secret not even all of his superiors know the exact nature. There is a mission within a mission. I figured this would be a typical nautical slug fest but I was wrong. It takes some very interesting turn ...more
Washington Post
Aug 13, 2013 Washington Post rated it liked it
"Ghosts of Bungo Suido" is a thrilling story of the Pacific theater during World War II. The Imperial Japanese Navy has launched a massive and threatening aircraft carrier. Fleet Adm. Chester Nimitz commissions the U.S.S. Dragonfly to intercept the behemoth. It's a deadly mission. Deutermann portrays submarine life and war at sea in sharp and fascinating detail. If you loved "The Enemy Below," "Operation Petticoat," "Das Boot" or "U-571" this book is for you.

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Carl Marcus
Oct 22, 2014 Carl Marcus rated it really liked it
The author mentions that he read and was influenced by "Unbroken" when researching this book. Readers who have not read it might find parts of this novel strain credulity.

Its excessive miraculous escapes aside, this is a well written book and it is apparent that Deuterman did quite a lot of research for it. He does an excellent job of evoking a sense of the period.

One part of this book I particularly liked was the way one is able to see more than one character's point of view. The protagonist
Engaging - Captivating - Intense. A masterfully written WWII dramatic novel, where the greatest wars waged are often within ourselves, in many shades of gray. Superbly developed storyline, well-developed characters of substance, efficient flow of dialog and narrative. Additionally, settings and technical descriptives are so clearly communicated, a reader with little to no prior Navy or submarine knowledge will have no trouble enjoying this masterfully written novel. A highly recommended, excelle ...more
Nov 19, 2014 Debbie rated it liked it
"The Ghosts of Bungo Suido" was an interesting read. At times it was compelling (the submarine sections were absolutely riveting!), at times it was confusing, and at times it was quite boring. The writing was quite inconsistent and the plot covered too much ground too quickly for taut storytelling. The research appeared to be solid. The main characters were interesting but their backstory needed fleshing out. I liked the book and I would consider reading more by this author. I plan to recommend ...more
Mar 27, 2016 7$MartyQ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Terrific Story!

I am a great fan of historical novels,; the kind that Stone wrote, and this author, Mr. Dietermann, reminds me of Stone's style. Weaving believable fictional characters into a non fictional historical event, and making it totally believable. I would however have liked to know what the secret mission of Mr. Hashimoto was.
I believe that I am the newest fan of Mr. Dietermann, and look forward to devouring his next novel.
Jun 23, 2014 Mike rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was a good book. Not as good as his last but good none the less. My grandfather was a POW in Japan during WW2 so I enjoyed that part of the book. I was also interested in Submarine warfare and thought the author also created a good story behind this. I wish he would have gone into more detail about sub warfare and skipped the trial at the end of the book. However, overall I would recommend this book and look forward to reading his next!!
Deutermann writes a decent tale of submarine warfare and prisoner of war near the end of the Pacific Campaign of WWII. This is more a personal story of Captain Gar Hammond rather than a naval battle book. Enjoy if you want more personal tale rather than battle scenes (although you get a few of those).
Nan Williams
Dec 08, 2013 Nan Williams rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes military historical fiction
Another outstanding historical military novel about the war in the Pacific. Very enlightening, very human and ... well, really enjoyable. Well written, well defined characters, good pace. I loved Pacific Glory and I will look forward to more from this writer. Actually, I enjoyed most of his earlier works, as well.
May 14, 2015 JoDee rated it really liked it
I have a happy hubby! I chose this book to share on Audio with him while commuting. I usually choose detective stories as that is my favorite genre, but he loves war stories and this is an all inclusive look at the end of the Pacific Theater. You experience what happens on-board vessels, in Hawaii and in Japan.
Damon Rice
Mar 11, 2014 Damon Rice rated it liked it
Really good adventure read. This is my first WWII fiction novel and I may be hooked. Good pool side reading but you won't be yelling oh captain my captain at the end. But you will have a good time. Spoiler: at the end we win.
Brenda Burnett
Feb 10, 2014 Brenda Burnett rated it really liked it
don't usually read this genre, but like the author in his other books (Cam Richter series), so thought I would try it, and was very pleasantly surprized to be caught up in it. Sort of believable historical fiction.
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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 eighteen 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 other World War II novels are Ghosts of Bungo ...more
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