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The Nugget

(World War II Navy #6)

4.55  ·  Rating details ·  47 ratings  ·  14 reviews
A novice naval aviator grows into a hero in this gripping and authentic World War II adventure by master storyteller P. T. Deutermann

Lieutenant Bobby Steele, USN, is a fresh-faced and eager naval aviator: a "Nugget," who needs to learn the ropes and complex procedures of taking off and returning safely to his aircraft carrier. A blurry night of drinking lands him in an un
Hardcover, 308 pages
Published October 8th 2019 by St. Martin's Press
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Jun 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
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DISCLAIMER - I was given an advance copy of the novel by St. Martins in exchange for an honest review

Capt Deutermann has once again written a fascinating look at US Navy in World War II. In this novel he tells the story of Bobby Steele, a young naval aviator flying SBDs on his first tour on a carrier. In navy slang - a nugget.

The story in the novel has two distinct parts. The first starts on 6 December 1941, when Ens Steele arrives at Pearl Harbor to join the USS Enterprise. Those who know histo
Rob Roy
Jun 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Notice: I received an Advanced Reader Copy from St. Martin's Press, mainly because they have liked my reviews and I have read all of P. T. Deutermann's books.

This is another World War II historical fiction by Deutermann, and another goodie. I am an old history major as well as a Naval retiree from Naval Aviation. His aviation details are spot on. In this novel, we follow a newly minted Naval Aviator at the beginnings of World War II. The main character is just trying to get his job done, and in
Jul 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to St. Martin’s Press for the Advanced Reader’s Copy of THE NUGGET by PETER DEUTERMANN. Mr. Deutermann is one, if not THE, best writer of WWII military fiction on the market today. Both he and his father served in the U.S. Navy as senior officers. The father served in WWII, mainly in the Pacific Theater while Peter served more recently, including stops in the Philippines and Vietnam. The term “Nugget” refers to newly commissioned, newly assigned to an aircraft carrier, aviation ensigns. I ...more
Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
After 25 years in the Navy including the command of a destroyer and later the command of an entire destroyer squadron, it should come as no surprise that P.T. Deutermann has written a few novels about naval warfare. Preceded by “Pacific Glory” (2011), “Ghosts of Bungo Suido” (2013, “Sentinels of Fire”(2014), and “ The Iceman” (2018), “The Nugget” continues Deutermann’s tales of W.W. II in the Pacific Ocean. “ The Nugget” follows Lieutenant Bobby Steele, a fresh caught Navy pilot, fresh from flig ...more
Dan Curnutt
May 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Nugget follows the military exploits of a naval dive bomber pilot in the Pacific Theatre during World War II. Lieutenant Robert T. Steele. The story starts out with a board of inquiry about whether Lt. Steele is who he says he is. That is because he was lost at sea and presumed dead.

But the novel unfolds as Lt. Steele tells his story to the board of inquiry about what happened to him and how he fought the war even after being "lost at sea."

The story is well written and enthralling. It draws
Jul 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Chuck by: George Witte
I am a long time P. T. Deutermann fan and I've been looking forward to this book. Mr. Deutermann is a naval academy graduate and was a career U.S. Navy officer. He has a special way with stories about the navy. The protagonist here is a carrier pilot fresh out of flight school, which is the definition of "Nugget." We fly with him on his first, and subsequent, missions in the Pacific theater during WWII. I thought Mr. Deutermann could have fleshed his characters out a little more and perhaps emph ...more
Cathy Geha
Oct 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Nugget by P.T. Deutermann
World War II Navy #6

I remember reading books by C. S. Forester with Horatio Hornblower that were kept on a special shelf in my father’s library. Earlier than that I had an interest in women pirates after reading a book in an American Heritage series. This book took me back in time but not as far back in time as the books I just mentioned. This took me to WWII and Pearl Harbor when it was bombed and then later into battle in the Pacific.

The main character narrates thi
Jun 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley for allowing me to read this advance copy of The Nugget by P. T. Deutermann. This is my second book by this author and I jumped at the chance to read more of his work. This novel is set during World War II. The main character is navy Lieutenant Bobby Steele, a dive bomber pilot assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise. “Nugget” is the slang term the navy used for its rookie officers. The book begins with the newly arrived lieutenant caught aboard ...more
Jun 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Nugget is the sixth novel in P.T. Deutermann’s World War Navy series. The series has had an interesting progression. The first novel, Pacific Glory (2011), is an epic novel with a large cast of characters and a time frame that begins with the Pearl Harbor attack on December 7th 1941 and continues through the brutal battles of the Pacific War. It is exceedingly well crafted. In the four novels that follow Pacific Glory Deutermann changes the focus slightly by concentrating on a smaller slice ...more
Doug Yonce
May 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The best way to read history is through a Deutermann novel. The research and details make history come alive. The experiences of the fresh-faced Annapolis grad/pilot keep the reader involved and appreciative of the sacrifices made by the greatest generation.
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Gritty tale of naval air war and survival told as a testimony as to the identity of the speaker.. The Nugget is Lieutenant "Fish" Bobby Steele, USN, a Naval Academy graduate and dive bomber pilot who survives the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor then takes the war to the enemy. After a night of heavy drinking, Lt. Steele becomes a first hand witness of the sinking of the battleship Oklahoma (BB-37) having been on the ship during the bombing. He is assigned to the carrier USS Enterprise as a Dougl ...more
Dennis L.
Oct 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful read, An authentic story

This novel presents itself as Court of Inquiry testimony in the closing days of WWII. Told as continuous flashback, the first third of the book is an eminently readable "coming of age as a combat naval pilot. With only a few minor anachronisms, the author presents a junior officer's view of the opening campaigns of the Pacific Carrier War. The final two thirds are a well written, comprehensivly characterized account of this officer's fictional, but authentic
Jo Anne
Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is every bit as suspenseful and informative as every one of this author's "Sea" books have been. Heroic characters and difficult circumstances keep readers on edge and wanting the book to go on forever. Can':t wait until the next book..
Craig Pearson
May 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Another great World War II historical novel from Deutermann. The nugget ensign flyer is caught up in many improbable but still realistic situations as a carrier aviator. The author always provides accurate details thst keep the reader engaged. I did not understand the opening with the court of inquiry. Seemed an artificial addition and un-needed.
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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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