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Ghosts of Bungo Suido (World War 2 Navy)

4.08 of 5 stars 4.08  ·  rating details  ·  220 ratings  ·  43 reviews
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 inte
ebook, 352 pages
Published July 30th 2013 by St. Martin's Press
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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
Tony Taylor
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
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
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
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
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
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
Jim A
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
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.
Carl Marcus
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
Clearview Library District
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
"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
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,
Jonathan Tomes
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
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
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
Damon Rice
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.
William Hill
An excellent historical novel. If you are interested in the Silent Service, esp. the WWII era, then this is a book you will want to read. Great background on the diesel subs of that era coupled with an intriguing story.
Brenda Burnett
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.
Great story about submarine operation, warfare, & culture during WW2. Easy to read; Deutermann makes the techy stuff work, even for a reader who knows little. Makes you think pretty hard about how we treat POW's when they return to American soil. A good read.
Washington Post
"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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Likely a 3.5. Enjoyable read with Subs, POWS and Court all rolled into one. A larger than life Sub Skipper, some good old fashioned sneaky submarine stuff and a love interest leads to a fast moving WW2 tale. Recommended!!
David Jarrett
A very enjoyable and exciting read about United States submarine warfare in the Pacific during World War II. Seemingly very well researched and well-written.
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
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
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.
Dan Smith
Outstanding story of a sub Commander during WWII. Deutermann really researchs his stories..
Apr 25, 2014 PWRL marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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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
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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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