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Sechzig Meilen Südost

3.87  ·  Rating Details ·  150 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
A man's duty. . . a woman's passion. . . The Edge of Honor cuts both ways. In this sweeping novel of the Vietnam War at sea and on the homefront, Lieutenant Brian Holcomb, smart, ambitious, honorable, and up for promotion, discovers that his ship - the USS John Bell Hood - hides a dangerous secret. What Brian does about it may end his career, or threaten the lives of hundr ...more
Paperback, 734 pages
Published March 1st 1999 by Lübbe (first published April 1st 1994)
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Tom Tischler
At the height of the Vietnam War young Lt. Brian Holcomb is
about to embark on a long seven month tour of duty. On the home
front his new wife Maddy is lonely, confused and very tempted by
someone she meets. Back aboard the guided missile frigate USS
John Bell Hood we have a ship spinning in a pool of recklessness
it's crew wasted by drugs and it's top officers losing it's grip
on command. As the Hood steams toward a showdown with North
Vietnamese MIGS young Lt Holcomb is forced to make an agonizing
Mark Boyd
Aug 06, 2016 Mark Boyd rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although this is not my typical genre to read, a friend recommended the author and I found this in my favorite used bookstore. Having been in the Navy during the Vietnam conflict, I found this book interesting. I was nearly assigned to a guided missile destroyer my last two years (71,72), but instead ended up on Guam. PT Deutermann gives an outstanding description of life on a guided missile destroyer and throws in a great story on top of it. I could have used with a little less technical descri ...more
Morris Graham
Mar 14, 2014 Morris Graham rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
P.T. Deutermann's career as a U.S. Navy captain helps him bring to the novel a sense of authenticity. Though the language is a bit too salty for my tastes, but for sailors, it probably is authentic, too. The author's extensive knowledge of ships, the Navy, and the sea helps him to write this in extraordinary detail, describing each detail accurately. His ability to create multifacetted caracters, create drama and tension in every scene is top-rate. The most interesting thing is that it is hard t ...more
Sep 18, 2016 7$MartyQ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Truth Hurts

Its been a long time since I said goodbye to the Navy, however I was on a guided missile destroyer for the four years of service I did, and even back then we had a few guys who were doing drugs on board. It wasn't tolerated, and they were given a choice. Stop doing the drugs immediately, or face a general discharge. I can fully understand the problem being one which could not be tolerated because of the possibilities that this might impose upon a ship of the line, and what this mi
Kenneth Flusche
Sep 04, 2016 Kenneth Flusche rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
well navy 1972 till 1976 very familer with race relations, drugs, officer politics, in fact with the end of the war the politics were worce. I call this memory lane, with a little war mixed in
Tony Taylor
Dec 06, 2010 Tony Taylor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although this is one of P.T. Deutermann's earlier books, I think it is one of my favorites... it is a great novel about the challenges of a department head on a guided missile cruiser on station off North Vietnam during the early 70s. As a retired naval officer who has both commanded one of these cruisers as well as a squadron, he brings a lot of realism to events aboard ship. I can relate to it in that I was a department head on a similar guided missile frigate in the Atlantic during that time ...more
Rob Roy
Honor, is it black and white, or sometimes gray? What are the consequences of reasonable decisions that abrogate the rules? These questions are explored, but never fully resolved. There may well be no resolution, ugly as that thought is. Deuterman clearly shows the workings of the Vietnam era Navy and the effects of deployment on both sailors and dependents. The good, bad and ugly of the Navy are on display in this book.
Elwood Blues
Feb 08, 2014 Elwood Blues rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Intense book. It was a detailed read of the Vietnam war at sea. It sucks that careless morons on drugs would risk their shipmates in harm's way. I guess this was a war of complacency.
May 16, 2010 Icicle4 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked up this fiction book at random and got a few pages into it and realized "I was there". The book is very well done, but is likely of most interest to those of us "lucky" enough to have done a WESTPAC cruise circa 1969.
Mar 30, 2010 Chuck rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Naval Lieutenant Brian Holcomb begins a tour as Weapons Officer
aboard to guided missile frigate John Bell Hood off the coast of
Viet Nam during the war. Very good story.
Nov 15, 2012 Rob rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this book was very good, only wish he would write more books about the Vietnam War and the struggles during that period of time.
Jun 06, 2009 bookishblonde marked it as on-hold-stalled-out  ·  review of another edition
Will be listening to cd format on long car trip; Father's Day present for Dad.
Toesnorth's mom
too much tech stuff and sex description, good plot
Apr 09, 2008 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another good PT Deutermann book.
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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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