• The Last Paladin

  • A Novel (World War II Navy Series, Book 9)
  • By: P. T. Deutermann
  • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (75 ratings)

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Summoned to relieve destroyers that are bogged down by escort duty in the escalating Pacific Theater, the Hayward is met with a rather cold reception. In the eyes of Pacific Fleet sailors, North Atlantic convoy duty pales in comparison to the bloody, carrier-sinking battles of Savo Island and Guadalcanal. However, Atlantic Fleet ships have had to specialize in one thing: anti-submarine warfare.

The Hayward is sent off into remote South Pacific operating areas with orders to find and destroy Japanese submarines—but with little expectation of success. Her commanders take the mission literally; using radio intercepts that are being ignored at higher levels, they determine that the Japanese have set up a 1000-mile-long picket line of seven submarines, an entire squadron's worth, to act as a moveable barrier against the expected American advance into the next set of islands. These submarines are poised to sink every American aircraft carrier and destroyer and to change the course of the war.

What happens next is one of the legendary stories of the US Navy. The Last Paladin is high stakes naval warfare at its best, told with utter authenticity and a former ship captain's understanding of dramatic, intense combat. P. T. Deutermann continues his acclaimed series of WWII thrillers in this unforgettable novel.

©2022 P. T. Deutermann (P)2022 Tantor

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Best one yet!

Just when I think this author can't get any better he outdoes himself! The entire series has been spectacular and this latest one is the best yet.
Deutermann's charachters are so well defined and fleshed out that you truly feel as though you know them personally.
If you enjoy military novels that are true to form and based on reality, then look no further. You cant find better than Mr Deutermann.

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Very well done.

An invigorating story of the heroism and dedication that Deutermann has become known for writing. Though lacking in his common romantic relation like his previous WW2 novels, it focused more on the relationship between a commanding officer and their 2nd in command, and how essential it is for both individuals to understand each other.

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He did it again!

P T Deutermann as created another great book. Being a navy veteran, I have enjoyed all of his works, not just the navy books but everything he has written.
This book tells two sides of the story. One being the commanding officer of a destroyer escort and the other being the executive officer of the same ship. In a remote part of the Pacific Ocean, this ship was ordered to hunt down a Japanese submarine that was spotted by an aircraft. Mission accomplished along with a revelation that they were on to something big. A theory that proved correct and led to mayhem for the Japanese submarine force.
From recruits to four-star admirals, this book covers all. Victory and betrayal for the good of the navy.
I can see a sequel coming and if it does, somewhere in the next book will be the word [Samar]. I recommend this book.

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unbelievable

Hard to believe a DE could sink 6 submarines. Cpt was a hard charger. XO incredibly smart.

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Classic Deuterman!

WWII Pacific theater properly documented.
Deuterman tells it like he was there. You will feel like you were there too.