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A Dawn Like Thunder

3.69 of 5 stars 3.69  ·  rating details  ·  70 ratings  ·  6 reviews
After four years, the tide of war is turning in North Africa and Europe. The conflict in Southeast Asia, however, has reached new heights of savagery, and Operation Monsun poses a sinister threat to the hope of allied victory. The Special Operations mission off the Burmese coast requires volunteers. Men with nothing to live for, or men with everything to lose. The two-man ...more
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Published April 4th 1997 by Pan Books Ltd
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Nooilforpacifists
Douglass Reeman drinking game: What page does the ", what?" character first say the sentence ending in that phrase? Answer: 183. The ", what?" character in Reeman's work always is the incompetent senior Admiral, promoted too fast or senile, though rarely actually evil.


Three and a half stars. The book begins slow with two-man torpedo boats (a subject of a different Reeman book, set in Norway), but then casually tosses that aside for bigger game: spying, then a highly fictionalized retelling of Op
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Keith McGowan
Although described as "The True Story of Torpedo Squadron Eight", the author expands to include accounts of the battles of Midway and Guadalcanal. The author describes the hardships and the incredible bravery of men who risked death fighting for a cause they believed in.

Interesting insight gleaned from this book: Sometimes a jerk makes the best commander in a war.
George

After four years, the tide of war is turning in North Africa and Europe. The conflict in Southeast Asia, however, has reached new heights of savagery, and Operation Monsun poses a sinister threat to the hope of allied victory. The Special Operations mission off the Burmese coast requires volunteers. Men with nothing to live for, or men with everything to lose. The two-man torpedo — the chariot — is the ultimate weapon in a high-risk war…

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Douglas Reeman joined the Navy in 1941.

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Robin
A good yarn spoilt by Reeman's new fetish for throwing in a murder of one of the also-rans of the book which slows down the action and makes it a bit tedious. Perhaps he thinks that it makes the book more exciting. Not really, although I liked the way he tied it all up at the last page. That much was neatly done. However, Reeman at his best is very good, sadly his last few books have been only average and I wish he would stop this nonsense of slipping in an almost irrelevant murder half way thro ...more
Yassir Ammisse
if you are more interested in World War 2 events & want to know more about the Conflict of the Pacific & struggle of the sailors on their daily basis in the ocean well i would recommend this book for you to read ^^
David
Another good read by the author. Thoroughly enjoyed the book.
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AKA Alexander Kent.
Douglas Edward Reeman (born 15 October 1924, Thames Ditton) is a British author who has written many historical fiction books on the Royal Navy, mainly set during either World War II or the Napoleonic Wars.

Reeman joined the Royal Navy in 1940, at the age of 16, and served during World War II and the Korean War. He eventually rose to the rank of lieutenant. In addition to being a
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