Captain Josh Thurlow is back in a new World War II adventure, packed with action and pathos. Fans will remember the feisty U.S. Coast Guard Captain from two previous books. We first met Josh in THE KEEPER'S SON as he hunted a wolfpack of German U-boats off the Outer Banks of the Carolinas before the U.S. entered the war. In THE AMBASSADOR'S SON, Josh and his crew were sent to the Solomon Islands on a secret mission to search for President Roosevelt's missing cousin early in the war.
Captain Thurlow's sea-savvy has been duly noted by Washington after his action in the Solomons, and he is dispatched to the Mariana Islands as an observer for Secretary of the Navy Frank Knox. The Americans had met blistering resistance from the Japanese in the bloody battle of Guadalcanal, and now the U.S. seeks to secure the island chain to the east as a strategic stopping point in the supply lines as they gear up for invasion of Japan. Late in 1943 the Marines are launching an assault of...
First and foremost, I am a HUGE Homer Hickam fan. If you look back at the history of my reviews, you'll see that I've probably read and reviewed all, if not most, of Homer Hickam's books. And I have completely enjoyed Mr. Hickam's writing, up until now.
I just didn't get the feeling that I'd finished a masterpiece with The Far Reaches. The initial few chapters make Josh Thurlow seem to be some sort of an invincible Rambo, surviving multiple injuries that would have done in a mere mortal. The rest of the book plows forward, and has some interesting moments. I'll admit that at times I longed to be sitting in a hammock on The Far Reaches, which was a great accomplishment by Mr. Hickam.
The dialogue of the fella boys wasn't quite what it was in The Ambassador's Son, and the "nostalgia" factor just wasn't there.
Yes, I get it that this was a differenct perspective on the harsh realities of war, and I get it that there were some new characters...
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