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U.S.S. Seawolf

By: Gerold Frank,James D. Horan,Joseph Eckberg
Narrated by: Tom Perkins
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Publisher's Summary

The USS Seawolf was one of the greatest submarine raiders of all time. Having narrowly avoided the attack on Pearl Harbor the Seawolf set out for the seas of the Pacific to wreak havoc on Japanese shipping.

Joseph Melvin Eckberg was on the Seawolf from her maiden voyage and remained with her until January 1943. As chief radioman he was instrumental in assisting Captain Frederick Warder to find and destroy enemy targets.

From the claustrophobia of being trapped under water and the overwhelming fear of depth charges to the joys of aiding the war-effort and the camaraderie on the ship, Eckberg's account, told to the authors Gerold Frank and James Horan, gives remarkable insight into submarine warfare of the Second World War.

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Unfortunately not very good

The story is written as though it is being told straight from some notes that was taken there is no depth, it is extremely topical. I hate to give a bad review to any material that relates to the USS Seawolf and any of its crew who where such brave people however I just can't look this one over this book is pretty bad. I would love to read more about the Seawolf so I will hopefully find some different material.

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Great Book

This book did not disappoint. Enjoyed it very much. Good narrative story and well performed by the narrator.

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Great account of hero ship's action.

Great book. Very enjoyable and enlightening. The Wolf was quite a boat, and this book brings it and it's crew to life in the south Pacific.

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Great story, well delivered.

One of the best Sub books I've ever enjoyed. A must listen. Great story and great narration.

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U.S.Seawolf

I have enjoyed listening to this book and I believe that you will enjoy it too.

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Great first person account of the sea wolf

I thought the one person point of view made it a cohesive story and gave it a personal feel. Some of the emotion of a WW2 submarine crew came through. Good read for a sub history buff.

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Sucks, don’t bother with it. Fairy storytelling by emasculated sissies.

Sucks…unmanly - don’t bother with it. See Thunder Below! For the real-deal. No real-feel of War at all.

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Good WW-II Submariner Story

I have read many World War II submarine/submariner books. Most are much more technical than this one. They are great if you want to know the intricacies of the war below. This book, however, focuses more on the human aspects of this story. If you don't care about all of the details of operating a WW-II submarine, and instead want a good human interest story, this is it.

This book talks about one of the more successful submarine Commanding Officers as told through the eyes of his Chief Petty Officer. It stayed interesting throughout the entire book.

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History is the story's of the people

Realistic and interesting story about the beginning of WWII in the Pacific. Captures the feel of a warship!

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Overwhelmingly please

Loved it... hated to see it end. wish you could have talked about what happened to the crew if they served on any other boats or just got out of the Navy.

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Interesting & an eye opener

This was an interesting “dive” into the life of submariners during the Pacific war. That said I think it doesn’t capture what presumably would be a lot of fear as well it might (or I’m wrong about how scared people would be at times). Like reality there’s a degree off rinse/repeat about it all - submerge at day, surface at night. Which probably reflects well the boredom at times. Brave men doing a dangerous job.