When Lieutenant Lawrence Miller first sees U.S.S. Bacalao the submarine is little more than a pile of curved steel plates stacked up alongside the builder's ways. Over the next few months Miller watches the boat take shape and the crew gather from throughout the fleet.
By late 1941, Bacalao is in commission and attached to the Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor. Then, on a Sunday morning, everything changes as the Japanese sneak attack plunges the United States into World War II. The new submarine and her untried crew are immediately thrown into action against the Japanese.
And Miller is there through it all, from the disastrous first patrol, when the boat is nearly lost and a pair of surprising heroes emerge, to the deployment to Australia, where a chance encounter ashore will change his life forever. Then, after a year in command of an ancient S-boat in the frigid hell of the Aleutians, Miller returns to Bacalao as her last wartime commander.
Written in a simple, straightforward style, and with careful attention to historic and technical detail, Bacalao is destined to become an instant classic of submarine fiction.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.6" Width: 5.7" Height: 1" Weight: 1.05 lbs.
Release Date Jul 31, 2004
Publisher Riverdale Electronic Books
ISBN 1932606033 ISBN13 9781932606034
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More About J. T. McDaniel
McDaniel is a former newspaper editor and radio personality. He served with the 101st Airborne in Vietnam, and has had a long interest in military history and the sea.
I nominate J. T. McDaniel as the new Edward L. Beach. Bacalao is edge-of-the-seat military fiction at its page-turning finest.
Pulse-quickening! Apr 5, 2007
Mr. McDaniel may not have served aboard an active-duty fleet boat but you certainly can't tell it from his book. He knows submarines and when you read "Bacalao" so will you! He entwines fiction with historical fact in a manner that is very similar to the way W.E.B. Griffin does. You very quickly begin to care about what happens to his characters. A "page-turner"! As a former Navy man, I'm pretty critical of the "technical stuff" in books of this nature and Mr. McDaniel has it right. I recommend it highly
Action in the Pacific Sep 17, 2006
Bacalao is the name of a fictional Gato class submarine. McDaniel brings us inside the sub. He gives look at what it must have been like to fight the war against the Imperial Japanese Navy, and the frustrations encountered.
This is a very credible read about a war that is fading into history for many these days.
A Fictional WWII Submarine Techno-thriller! Jun 5, 2006
There have been many excellent books written about WWII submarine warfare over the decades. One would think that this genre was over done and that nothing new or better could done with this theme--and you would be wrong! J. T. McDaniel has a great tale to tell through a fictional sub and its crew in his novel called "Bacalao." This one will eventually join the ranks of old naval classic submarine stories like "Run Silent, Run Deep" and a very short list of others that are considered classic war stories.
McDaniel has captured the emotions of the sub crews and what seems to me, as a technically accurate portrayal of what these subs were really like. He paints with his words visual images that are mixed into real historic back drops of time and place to create a feeling that this all could have happened. I believed in the story line and the people and the sub itself.
The writing is brilliant and the reader will have little trouble following the plot. The book takes you from the construction of the submarine in Connecticut, through Pearl Harbor and onto patrol in the Pacific. The author allows the story to unfold from the view point of Laurence Miller who rose from junior officer to the commanding officer of the Bacalao. This works very well for telling this story.
The book is a good read and will keep you interested from the first couple of pages to the ending. It is given the MWSA TOP RATING - FIVE STARS!
2005 Distinguished Honor Award from the MWSA!
A special military novel Oct 25, 2005
We think of the submarine as a silent, deathly hunter. However, within seconds the sub can become the hunted. Only the skill and ingenuity of the commander, his officers' staff and each member of the crew will enable them to elude the determined enemy surface force bent upon destroying them. McDanels doesn't sugar coat things. Events happen quickly! Attention to duties is paramount! Your response must be instantaneous and correct. Other options are not acceptable if you are to fight another day. This is a must read!