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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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  • Rnmedic1180
  • 23-08-2018

Great Book

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

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  • Genghis Green
  • 24-07-2019

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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  • Jason
  • 29-03-2018

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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  • Aaron Munson
  • 07-12-2021

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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  • William Bass
  • 04-09-2021

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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  • splainr
  • 13-07-2021

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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  • james quigley
  • 25-10-2020

Ex Sub sailor

As an old diesel boat sailor from the 60s and having stood sonar (sound), radar and countermeasures watches, I could almost feel part of the crew, with much of the equipment sounding familiar. Good read.

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  • Packrat
  • 06-09-2020

Excellent book

I have been reading about World War II for the last 60 years. This is one of the better books. I have not read as much about submarines as some of the other aspects of World War II. Seawolf was one of the first if not the first active submarine in WWII. Details of shipboard life were quite detailed and contained descriptions I had never heard before. I recommend this book highly.

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  • Jeff Williamson
  • 25-02-2020

Fabulous book!

One of the best books I’ve heard . The descriptions and narration make you feel like you’re on the boat

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  • John B. Cormier
  • 13-01-2020

ENJOYED TREMENDOUSLY

I ENJOYED THIS AUDIBLE BOOK, BEING A NAVY VET ALL THINGS NAVY ARE GOOD BUT I ALWAYS WONDERED ABOUT BEING ON A SUB AND WHAT IT TOOK TO BE A SUB SALOR IN WW2.

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  • Andrew
  • 09-07-2018

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.

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