Well written, and it kept my attention. If Clancy had studied hard, he might have qualified to change the ink in Beach's pen. A novelized story of service on a Pacific fleet submarine that I read in junior high, there is a line describing the mix of diesel fuel and every manner of bodily fluid during a depth charge attack that brought home the brutal truth and outright terror of combat that I still remember some forty-five years later. Richardson begs to be let into Area 7, the Bungo Suido, and destroy Bungo Pete himself. His last work, completed shortly before his death, was to prepare for publication his father's manuscript of his own distinguished service in the navy. Richardson begins to rigorously drill the crew on a rapid bow shot: firing at the bow of an approaching ship, considered an act of desperation due to a vessel's extremely narrow profile.
Between patrols, Bledsoe has an extramarital affair at Pearl Harbor, causing Richardson anguish for Laura's sake. In its small way Run Silent, Run Deep does not. Navy's submarine school just two weeks after Pearl Harbor, and fought in the Pacific for the rest of the war. That book, From Annapolis to Scapa Flow: The Autobiography of Edward L. I have read complaints that certain characters such as Laura, Commander Richardson's love interest, aren't well realized. The story encompasses the whole war from fitting a ship in Connecticut to fighting the Japanese in the Pacific theater.
He and his wife sat on the steps outside for ten minutes before Gay showed up. There is also a tacked on romantic plot. The characterization becomes better although that's certainly not the strength of the book , but what really captured my attention was the descriptions of submarine warfare. He composed two sequels to Run Silent, Run Deep: Dust on the Sea 1972 , a third person narrative detailing later patrols of the Eel; and Cold is the Sea 1978 , about the same protagonist's later service on a nuclear-powered submarine in 1960. In all, Beach published thirteen books, but is best known for his first novel, Run Silent, Run Deep 1955 , which appeared on The New York Times Book Review bestseller list for several months.
High or High School in the late 60s or early 70s age. If Clancy had studied hard, he might have qualified to change the ink in Beach's pen. As pointed out in the introduction of this edition, not only had Edward L. This book is a very good, supenceful, action book. The conclusion of the novel has a pretty dramatic breach of the Geneva Convention. When Richardson questions Bledsoe about the laxness of the crew, the exec informs him that the men have lost their respect for him because of his refusal to attack the enemy.
The mutinous attitudes of the crew are an extension of Bledsoe's earlier rebelliousness, while the film provides them with no comparable context other than their loyalty to and respect for Bledsoe. While listening to proclaiming the sinking of their boat, several crewmen are mystified about how the Japanese are able to identify several of them by name. Lancaster saw himself in the role of the daring executive officer who bucks the more conservative and hard-nosed commander. I would suggest you watch the movie first to get the feel of the claustrophobia of submarine life and then go back and read the novel to understand the intricacies of being a commander. It is a submarine book which reads as if it were written by someone who had commanded a submarine in wartime, for an extraordinary reason: It was. I read this book in high school. After days of scouting, the Nerka sights the Akikaze escorting a supply convoy.
None will surpass its rising excitement and brilliant descriptions of men in combat. Richardson, who is among the survivors, spends the next year stationed at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. This doesn't particularly bother me. An American equivalent of Das Boot, this gripping, bestselling novel of submarine warfare inspired a well-known Hollywood film starring Burt Lancaster and Clark Gable. Richardson's executive officer, Jim Bledsoe , is worried about the safety of his boat and his crew. In the film, the submarine does not ram Japanese lifeboats to ensure that Bungo Pete is killed.
The rest is the story of what happens in Washington D. Bledsoe establishes a reputation as an aggressive skipper with an outstanding record for sinkings. Run Silent, Run Deep is marked by strong performances, particularly by Gable, and a taut script. To read Skipper Beach's stories is to understand more of what my Dad went through. Though it took Richardson three years of submarine duty to qualify for command, the war and the prospect of many more submarines coming into service lead Richardson, against his better judgment, to recommend Bledsoe for command in late December, just after learning that Bledsoe and Laura plan to wed. In addition to Gable and Lancaster playing the leads, the film also features , as well as the film debut of.
It's reasonably well written but has a fair few cliches in it. By sending up blankets, equipment, and the bodies of the dead, they convince the Japanese that the submarine has been sunk. It's interesting but was cut from the film that was later made of the book. I remember liking it very much, since it was about war, which was a totally fascinating subject to me at the time. Back at Pearl Harbor, Richardson obsessively plays out strategies that would have saved his crew. Beach, who has made eleven submarine war patrols himself.
I got a bit bogged down in the middle of the story and had to put it away for a few weeks before returning. That makes it rare and special in this genre. Bledsoe then orders the Nerka back to the Bungo Straits in time to intercept the next supply convoy. Richardson doubles the drills and, a few days later, when the Nerka sights a tanker and a destroyer, orders the submarine into combat. The main charaters are Rich the captian , Jim, and the other officers and crew of the submarine.
Satisfied with that solution, Gable returned to work and production proceeded smoothly. Beach, who has made eleven submarine war patrols himself. Gerald Cartwright and several officers propose to Bledsoe that he relieve Richardson. Bledsoe reveals to Richardson that he had only pretended to be a loyal friend and subordinate, but Richardson's conduct as skipper finally persuaded him that he had been wrong all along. Even the combat incidents, Lancaster insisted, were taken from Navy archives. Learning from his yeoman, Mueller, that the fourth submarine sent into the Bungo Straits has been destroyed by the Akikaze , Richardson resolves to request a return to sea duty. Suspicious when Richardson orders a change of course, Bledsoe discovers the commander is taking the Nerka into the Bungo Straits.