Review of “Storm Over Leyte”

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“Storm Over Leyte” eBook was published in 2016 and was written by John Prados (http://johnprados.com/). Mr. Prados has published more than a dozen books.

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. This is the non-fiction account of the battle between Japan and the United States in the Leyte Gulf. This naval conflict occurred in the fall of 1944 and is considered to be one of the most significant naval battles in history.

This account is full of the details – names, dates and numbers – that you would expect in a history. It also includes many small stories relating personal events to personnel on both sides of the conflict. The use of intelligence and declassified military documents gives a greater scope in this story, providing insight to both sides in the conflict.

I enjoyed the nearly 13 hours I spent reading this 397 page book. I have read other accounts of this battle, but this is by far the most detailed. It is interesting to see how both sides had their failures and their triumphs. As often the case for a non-fiction book, this was not the most exciting read, though the description of the battle was engaging and read well. The internal politics of both militaries certainly affected the outcome of the battle, though I do think that the Japanese had more of an issue with this. While the cover is not bad, I think something more interesting could have been chosen. I give this book a 4 out of 5.

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

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