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The year is 1941.

Shortly after the United States declares war on Japan in response to Pearl Harbor, Japan’s Tripartite Treaty allies, Germany and Italy, declare war on America.

The United States finds itself in a two-theater war.

President Franklin Roosevelt sets as America’s first priority the defeat of Nazi Germany, electing to wage a more-or-less holding war in the Pacific.

In the beginning, the only force opposing the Japanese onslaught in the Pacific is the U.S. Submarine Service.

Jake Lawler begins his war as executive officer aboard USS S-49, an aged S-class submarine, with orders to conduct unrestricted warfare against the enemy in the Pacific.

When a freak mid-sea grounding causes the loss S-49, Jake assumes command of another boat, USS Orca, a new Gato-class submarine, under construction in Groton, CT.

As Jake prepares a new boat and a freshly-assembled crew for war, the conflict in the Pacific is going badly for the Allies.

This is the story of Captain Lawler’s eleven war patrols, including an ongoing conflict with Imperial Japanese Navy Captain Hiriake Ito of the destroyer Atsukaze.

The crew of the Orca is made up of grizzled veterans and wet-behind-the-ears youngsters, all working together for a single purpose: to bring an implacable enemy to its knees.

Along the way, friendships are forged, and love affairs and marriages are created - and destroyed.

Pour yourself a favorite libation, grab a comfortable chair, and enjoy a tale that’s sure to hold your interest in Silent Warriors by Gene Masters.

©2018 Eugene Masters (P)2019 Eugene Masters

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  • Fred Stellabotte
  • 08-08-2019

One of the Best WW2 Audio Books !!

One of the Best WW2 Audio Books I have listened to, and I have listened to almost all of Audible's WW2 Submarine Stores. Its a mix of Submarine, land and air war fare from the point of view of a Submarine Commander. It is the best fiction ww2 book I have listened too, suburb narration mixed with sound effects made the 21 hr book go by fast.

If you are into WW2 historical fiction, this is a must read.

Please Gene, write some more ... I will buy every audio book you release !

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  • Charlene
  • 20-07-2019

New Appreciation For The Submarine Force

Thoroughly enjoyed the storyline and learned a lot from the historical and technical accounting. I’m not a fan of war themed stories but this was very good and I gained some sobering insight into what it takes to become a submariner. It truly is one of the military’s elite forces. The narration of the story on Audible was very enjoyable. I may listen a second time.

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  • Just_Shoppin
  • 11-02-2020

Sound affect drove me crazy

Old outdated sub fights during the early stages of WWII. The book had some appeal until they started with the sound affect. This cheapened the story and the experience.

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  • Doctor without Patience
  • 25-10-2019

Great Story, Well Presented

The story is excellent, it follows the exploits of the USS Orca, a WWII submarine, throughout the entire war in the Pacific. That said, the audible production is exceptional; the reader has a great and expressive voice, and added sound effects only add to the enjoyment of the narration. I would recommend this audio book to anyone who likes a great read.

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  • B Rettger
  • 11-03-2021

can't miss

Great story told well. One of the best submarine books yet! Many stories combined to create riveting action.

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  • Discriminating Consumer
  • 09-01-2021

Overall a Entertaining Listen

Very detailed attack descriptions. The Audio version was hampered by the belief that sound effects would enhance the story. Author was excellent while at Sea, but felt the need to "humanize" the war with "love" subplots. Not what I believe (my opinion of course) that individuals who read/listen to this genre of Submarine Adventure/History/Entertainment are looking for. Also, you would think that the boat was maned by 5 to 6 People. There is much more to a crew than the CO, XO one or two additional Officers and the COB. If you enjoy WWII Pacific Submarine novels, this novel is certainly worth a credit and your time.

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  • D Lee
  • 05-06-2020

Poor Narrator

Sounded like he was drunk. Story was just OK. Listen to the preview before you purchase.

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  • Bob Shabowski
  • 29-03-2020

Stick with it

I almost gave up after the first few chapters but I’m glad I stuck through it. I prefer first person stories. This read almost like a documentary. Still enjoyed the stories and insight it provided though.

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  • Ron
  • 04-03-2020

Awful Production value

The production of this book is so bad I couldn’t make it past the 4th chapter.

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  • Turner
  • 01-03-2020

Ouch... I wasted a credit.

As a WWII naval history buff I was hoping for much more. I simply couldn’t stand the performance. It was distracting and goofy. I gave it a good solid 4 hours of listening hoping it would get better, but the longer I listened, the more it began to sound like fingernails on a chalkboard. Aoooga!

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