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4.0 out of 5 stars Less battle than human psyche 16 Nov 2010
By Lucilla Bellucci - Published on Amazon.com
The Atlantis crew is classed as mostly scum and the story makes me wonder if Dibner did serve with such a gang. The first part of the story focuses on internal strains that widen into serious cracks in morale and behavior. Long, grueling patrols at sea will do that. The captain himself has not yet been tested in battle and the reader wonders how he will function when his moment comes. When the ship actually engages the Japanese cruisers, flaws and heroes come flying into light of scrutiny. It's quite an epic, from beginning to end. All the Drowning Seas: The Nicholas Everard World War II Saga Book 3
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed every page 5 April 2012
By T.M. Reader - Published on Amazon.com
I had never heard of Martin Dibner and as usual, picked up this unknown 50's era paperback with some fear of it being a typical shallow WWII action book. Not to worry. The Deep Six, alhtough easy to read, was quite fulfilling as a great WWII war-at-sea piece. Excellent character studies, with plenty of flies in the ointment. I served several years of sea duty (in Cold War submarines), and it's obvious that so did the author (in the WWII environment, obviously).

Briefly, this is about an aged heavy cruiser serving in WWII North Pacific. A hazardous mission, an untested captain, and a rather cast-off crew. I dare say that I found this novel to stand near the stature of Wouk's, The Caine Mutiny, or Monsarrat's, The Cruel Sea.

Easy to recommend as a great WWII maritime read. I'll look for more of Dibner's work.
4.0 out of 5 stars The source of a so-so 1958 movie. 16 Feb 2014
By Pvt. W.G. Kirby - Published on Amazon.com
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Martin Dibner wrote this story as an autobiographical novel from his WWII naval experiences on a USN cruiser. Action moves from the Atlantic to the North Pacific, with the majority of the story in the Pacific. It's an interesting story, with many good characterizations. Main issue of the central character, an artist naval ROTC officer called up for duty, is dealing with his Quaker upbringing and his duty as gunnery control officer on vessel in combat action. Warner Brothers turned this book, a publishing success bestseller of the mid fifties, into a movie vehicle for Alan Ladd, William Bendix, and Joey Bishop (?!) in 1958 with cooperation of the US Navy. About half the books content and less of its intent were put on the screen with the ship turned to a destroyer and the stars all too old to portray the sailors of the novel. I saw the movie many times on TV as a kid and adult, and finally read the novel in the 1970s. The story on the book is much more involved, interesting and intertwining...which is as these things always are. I recently got a DVD of the movie again...what was I thinking?!!! And decided I needed to read the novel again, so I obtained this used copy of the book that is long out of print. My copy is in good, but well read condition, ordered from an Amazon affiliate source. Book is still a good read...in that 1950s style of gritty fiction so many WWII books presented.
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