Review of “The Commodore”

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“The Commodore” eBook was published in 2016 (August) and was written by P. T. Deutermann (http://www.ptdeutermann.com). Mr. Deutermann has published more than a dozen novels.

I received a galley of this novel for review through https://www.netgalley.com. I categorize this novel as ‘PG’ because it contains scenes of Violence. The novel is set during the early years of World War II. In 1942 the Americans were fighting the Japanese for Guadalcanal. In the sea around the island, the US Navy was doing all that they could to stop the flow of supplies and reinforcements headed to the island.

When the story begins, one of the US destroyers in the conflict is commanded by Commander Harmon “Sluff” Wolf. Though a US Naval Academy graduate, Wolf does not fit the normal mold of a Naval Officer. As a Native American from rural Minnesota he is far outside the circles of most of the other officers.

But Wolf’s outside-the-box thinking enables him to survive encounters with the Japanese and begin to make them pay for their attack on the US. Wolf’s actions catches the eye of Admiral Halsey. Halsey puts Wolf in charge of a destroyer squadron, promoting him to Commodore.

Wolf leads his men and ships into action with the Japanese. They suffer high casualties, but continue to confront the Japanese. Wolf finds that some of his enemies are fellow naval officers and must deal with that distraction. Wolf also meets a pretty nurse when he is recuperating in the hospital for injuries suffered during action at sea.

I really enjoyed the 8.5 hours I spent reading this 304 page World War II Thriller. I thought that it painted a very real picture of the surface combat going on in the Pacific. I give this novel a 4.5 (rounded up to a 5) out of 5.

My book reviews are also published on Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/31181778-john-purvis).

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