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Wolfpack 351

Narrated by: Tim Campbell
Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
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After a harrowing war patrol in the Sea of Japan, the US submarines of Wolfpack 351 are low on fuel, torpedoes, and morale. Their only means of escape is a narrow passage teeming with enemy aircraft, mines, and coastal batteries - and guarded by a menacing Japanese fleet led by a legendary admiral hellbent on stopping them.  

Facing the imminent destruction of the entire wolfpack and with few options remaining, the American admirals in Pearl Harbor turn to an aging submarine, the only boat close enough to help. With time running out, the USS Aeneid - a V-boat from another era - must spring the trapped submarines from their watery prison before they meet their fates under the hull-shattering wrath of the enemy's depth charges.

©2019 R. Cameron Cooke (P)2020 Tantor

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  • Simon
  • 26-06-2020

The Guns of Camerone!

Oh yes I did enjoy this one! If you're harking back to the days when one of the biggest things in your life was the release of the next Douglas Reeman paperback then this might be one for you. It's back to basics WWII storytelling with plenty of action and no little adventure. It's not quite so often that the allied submarine forces are highlighted but this story, based only loosely on actual events during WWII, does just that. An American wolfpack of submarines is stranded deep in hostile waters with seemingly no way out, one more sub is sent on a dangerous mission to provide the diversion that will help them escape the predatory Japanese Imperial Navy.

The story that follows is classic WWII writing and the last few hours of the book do a great job of bringing the story to an exciting conclusion. There is land action and sea action, pinging sonar and terrifying depth charges, gunfire and fighting and of course a fanatical Japanese navy vengefully trying to eliminate the US submarines. It's told from both sides of the story giving both the US forced and the Japanese ones depth and character.

Tim Campbell does a decent job of the narration, especially towards the end I thought bringing it to life nicely and even if he doesn't have the biggest variety of accents and character voices he has a rich voice which I enjoyed listening to.

So, if you want to relive the Guns of Navarone or other classic war stories through the medium of a more recent release this is a decent choice. There's nothing pretentious or complicated about it just what felt like well-researched classic WWII naval story-telling which, as it turned out, was just what I needed!

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