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Pacific Glory

(World War 2 Navy)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  730 Ratings  ·  101 Reviews
A thrilling, multi-layered World War II adventure following two men and an unforgettable woman, from Pearl Harbor through the most dramatic air and sea battles of the war
Marsh, Mick, and Tommy were inseparable friends during their naval academy years, each man desperately in love with the beautiful, unattainable Glory Hawthorne. Graduation set them on separate paths i
Hardcover, 389 pages
Published March 15th 2011 by St. Martin's Press
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Sep 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Undoubtedly, this is one of the best WW2 novels I have had the pleasure of reading. P.T. Deutermann wrote his novel in such a way that I felt that I was right there looking over a dive-bomber pilot's shoulder, was on the bridge with the XO on a variety of vessels, or with a navy nurse as she cared for the grievous wounds and burns suffered by those lucky enough to escape from sinking ships, marauding sharks or air ambulances ravaged by enemy fire. Deutermann, a career naval officer, gives us a h ...more
Aug 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Several years ago I nourished my long-standing interest in naval history with two books on the Battle of Leyte Gulf, the largest naval battle of World War Two, and, depending on the criteria, possibly the largest naval battle in history. What we now call Leyte Gulf actually comprised four separate engagements: Battle of Sibuyan Sea, Battle of Surigao Strait, Battle off Samar and Battle of Cape Engano, along with other actions. P.T. Deutermann's Pacific Glory, in its essentials, is a novel of the ...more
Mar 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in the time of place the story covers.
Recommended to Richard by: I read all Mr. Deutermann's work.
This is sort of a mystery, but if you haven't figured it out by by the end of page 2, I'm disappointed in you.

The author was born December, 1941; son of an admiral; became a career Naval Officer with a remarkable career and has now finished 15 novels. He has a perfect concept of naval war, having been in several theaters between 1963 and 1989 in the Pacific, Atlantic and Indian oceans. Shore duty included time in Washington, DC with the Joint Chiefs of Staff. His daughter flew US Navy F-14s; his
Oct 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great book and non stop action.
Mr. Matt
Feb 20, 2016 rated it liked it
Pacific Glory was a nice surprise. It was more than just a testosterone loaded romp through the Pacific during the Second World War. All too often historical fiction set in the context of a major conflict is exactly that -- lots of killing, lots of shooting, and mostly conversations between dudes about ho war is hell and they can't wait to get back to their lady-friends, and, oh, shucks, John just got a letter from Mary. Not the case here.

Yes, Pacific Glory does follow the Pacific Campaign. And,
Jul 06, 2014 rated it did not like it
WARNING: If books were rated like movies, this one has an X rated scene. I stopped reading whenI came to it. Up until that point, the descriptions of the WWII sea battles were good. Since I am not a big War book reader, I was not overly impressed by that either. Without the X rated part, up until the point that I read, I would have given the book 3 stars. I was surprised when I got to this part, almost half-way through the book. This book was recommended by a WWII Vet , who I ran into. I wonder ...more
The battle scenes are well written, but they are basically the entire point of the novel. The characters are a little wooden - Marsh is probably the most developed, and his personality is seen mostly through his actions at war. Glory exists only to further the men's story, and her motivations are often difficult to understand/accept.

Deutermann does a good job putting the reader into the battles and in among the men fighting at sea. I probably would have liked the story better had he just excised
Nov 24, 2013 rated it liked it
The battle scenes were excellently written. This is not a book I would normally choose, but my father served on a battleship in the Pacific in WWII and was present at several of the battles represented in this book. I wanted a better vision of what he experienced/witnessed,and was not disappointed.
Nov 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015, military
I just finished reading this. Wow, quite an emotional read. I expected it to be good, but this far exceeded my expectations. Intense battle sequences, really capture the sacrifices our brave men and women made. A great read with Veterans day this week. Most strongly recommend this one!
Recently I seem to be reading some excellent historical fiction. I just finished reading Herman Houk, Simon Scarrow and now Deutermann.

This story follows three naval academy classmates. Tommy was married to navy nurse Glory Hawthorne. Tommy dies on the USS Arizona in Pearl Harbor. Marsh “the beauty” is a surface ship officer fighting in the pacific and Mick “the beast” is a fighter pilot who has a drinking problem. The author provides a bit of a twist in what happens to Glory.

The book is well w
Oct 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
I very seldom give a five star rating and this one was very close. I’ll let the better reviewers give the long reviews about the book. I was looking for a quick read after a marathon 5 book series. Having read ‘The Ghosts of Bungo Suido’ (3 stars) I knew the author was going to give me action. WOW!! What a ripping page turner of historical fiction about the Pacific War. The best fictional portrayal of ‘The last Battle of the Tin Can Sailors’ I can imagine. Highly recommended for WW2 Pacific Thea ...more
Oct 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This story tells the history of something I knew very little about: the battles at sea during WWII after Pearl Harbor described in such detail, military life onboard an aircraft carrier or destroyer, the life of pilots who do air support, the life of the nurses and doctors who try to patch together all the broken personnel. Told as a fiction account based on some real life events. Fascinating, very realistic, and a good read.
James Murphy
Aug 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
I just finished reading "Pacific Glory" by P.T. Deutermann and what an amazing story of naval combat. It's one thing to read a non-fiction book about a naval battle. However, when a novelist (who is himself a Navy veteran) writes about warships getting pummeled by enemy ships and aircraft, you get a sense of what officers and sailors went through. I found "Pacific Glory" an engrossing read and highly recommend it.
Andrew Campbell
Aug 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Epic WW2 naval action adventure novel- Like "Gone with the Wind" in sheer scale but with Matthew Reilly speed action. Emotional, thrilling and more or less based on a true story of the greatest naval battle of WW2
Truly an awesome read, I couldn't put it down!
Richard Hodgetts
Destroyers &Heroes who man them

A fictional account of the crew that manned them in the great victory over battle wagons of the Imperial Japanese Navy. Author was a destroyer commander & his father was near the scene of these remarkable events done by ordinary Americans.
Dave Hoff
Dec 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Fiction that follow actual sea battles in WW2, from 1942 to 1944. Midway, and Leyte gulf, two which main characters saw most of the action. Throw in an RN Ensign who lost her husband on the Arizona and two of his Academy classmates. Some words and events didn't need to be in it.
Nov 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Did not realize how invested in the characters I was until the third act. Great character development and exceptional action sequences. First act kind of drags and second act a tad better, but the methodical approach to story development early on gives way to an excellent conclusion.
Paul J. Petersen
Aug 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Letterman is consistently a good story teller. All of his books are good and they all get great reviews. Pacific Glory felt slow in the middle, a great deal of text on Glory. But the soft ground is an investment to the end.
jean hummel
Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely outstanding!!

I've read a number of P.T. Determann books, this may be the best of the lot.
The man can sure write.
Thanks P.T.
Gene Hummel
Oct 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Everything about this is top notch

While this book honors the valor and bravery of the US Navy, it also presents an unromanticized perspective of WWII's Pacific Theatre.
Nov 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
good book
Dec 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Velmi povedená a propracovaná fikce s prostředím druhé světové války a námořních bojů USA proti Japonsku. Autorovy se velmi povedlo dosadit smyšlené postavy do skutečných bitev a událostí války v Pacifiku. I když se jedná o knihu s vojenskými motivy je možné aby si ji přečetl i někdo kdo se o válku tolik nezajímá jelikož autor dokáže poměrně dobře popisovat a také se jedná spíše o knížku zabývající se změnami osobnosti a působením války na lidi. Kniha je poměrně čtivá pouze jsou zde na můj vkus ...more
Aug 26, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: wwii
Despite all the rave reviews, I can't give this one more than an average rating. While I will concede that it is rich in the descriptions of battle and the "fog of war," it fails to rise above being more than a WWII narrative novel. I suppose my greatest criticism is that it "tells" instead of "shows." There are tons of "this happened" then "this happened" and then "this happened." It rarely SHOWS us what happened or allows us to emotionally feel what happens through the eyes of its characters. ...more
Ed Baldwin
Jul 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
P.T. Deutermann is a Naval Academy grad who commanded a destroyer and has written several successful thriller novels, so when he writes of the surface navy in the Pacific during World War II, you expect a lot. This is a thrilling story about three Annapolis grads from the Class of '32, and Glory, the navy nurse they all loved. That may sound like the setup for a romance novel, and there is some personal drama, but this is war as real as you can get from the printed page.

Told as a flashback by a
Feb 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Three classmates from the Annapolis class of 1932 wooed incredibly beautiful Penn nursing student Glory. Tommy won hear heart and the newlyweds are assigned to Pearl Harbor, Glory to the Naval Hospital and Tommy, you guessed it, to the Arizona where he goes down with the ship on Dec. 7. In alternate sections, the novel follows a) Marsh, who is assigned to surface ships, including a cruiser that is sunk off Guadalcanal and, later, destroyers, one of which he commands at the Battle off Samar wher ...more
Apr 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Feb 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoy Deutermann's books. They're written in a way that you almost see a movie unspooling in your head as the military fights unroll. Even for a non-military person like me, it's easy to follow the battles and the memorable characters!
Sam Reaves
Jan 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
World War Two was a worldwide catastrophe, a Homeric epic and an inexhaustible font of dramatic stories. In this one, three classmates at Annapolis in the thirties love the same woman; one of them marries her and they all go off to pursue their careers. The successful suitor goes down with the Arizona at Pearl Harbor, leaving his grieving widow, a nurse, toiling in the naval hospital within sight of the wreck where her husband lies entombed. The other two, one a destroyer captain and the other a ...more
Sep 26, 2012 rated it it was ok
Fresh off of watching the HBO series, The Pacific, I encountered this novel and thought I’d give it a try. The story follows two Naval Academy graduates as they fight in the Pacific, and their friend’s widow, now a nurse stationed in Hawaii. Beast is a hard-drinkin’ pilot who doesn’t like to go by the rules, is rowdy, but very dedicated to his job. Beauty is so nicknamed because he is, in fact, quite ugly. He ends up climbing the ranks as his ships encounter insane battles on the sea. Glory, the ...more
May 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book touches base with a number of significant moments during WWII in the pacific from a naval operations viewpoint. I learned a lot and had knowledge reinforced, but this isn't a true story so certain events were fictionalized as one might expect. The action scenes in here were remarkably vivid and the hell that was Guadalcanal couldn't have been clearer. The other engagements were equally vivid.

There is quite a bit of interpersonal relationship material within the story, a couple love sto
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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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