like most people i know of the USS Indianappolis from Quints speech in Jaws. I saw this book and remembered the speech and the godawful film staring john boy walton. the book looks a little hyped and glossy but it is a thrilling read and very character driven. the build up to the torpedoing is riviting, the description of the ship and life on board thoroughly engrossing. once torpedo'ed the book wains a little. the sections in the water are terrifying but they are so brief. i'm not saying i wanted gore and guts but since the main part of the story is the 4 days in the water i expected a little more. nonetheless it is a gripping story - excellently told and heartbreaking in parts. the end is a little patriotic but given the subject matter that it more then forgivable. the image that will haunt you is the pilots view downwards of the survivors with hundreds of sharks circling them below.
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