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Small though they were, PT boats played a key role in World War II, carrying out an astonishing variety of missions where fast, versatile, and strongly armed vessels were needed. Called "weapons of opportunity", they met the enemy at closer quarters and with greater frequency than any other type of surface craft. Among the most famous PT commanders was John F. Kennedy, whose courageous actions in the Pacific are now well known to the American public. The author of the book, another distinguished PT boat commander in the Pacific, compiled this history of PT-boat operations in World War II for the US Navy shortly after V-J Day, when memories were fresh and records easily assessable.

Bulkley provides a wealth of facts about these motor torpedo boats, whose vast range of operation covered two oceans as well as the Mediterranean and the English Channel. Although their primary mission was to attack surface ships and craft close to shore, they were also used effectively to lay mines and smoke screens, to rescue downed aviators, and to carry out intelligence and raider operations. The author gives special attention to the crews, paying well-deserved tribute to their heroism, skill, and sacrifice that helped to win the war.

Public Domain (P)2018 Tantor

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  • Mat J Monk
  • 11-07-18

Dry as the dessert in July!

This is tied for the worst book I've purchased in all the time I've been with Audible (10+ years). The overview sounded very good but when you get into it, the book is basically a compilation of log books and patrol reports. This might not have been so bad but the narrator's style is the last nail in the coffin. He speaks with a monotone and very poor pacing. To add insult to injury, he mispronounces several words consistently. I was determined to get through it but just couldn't take it any more and bailed out at chapter 20.

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  • Jim
  • 18-06-18

Excellent factual history of the PT Boats.

Probably a bit too factual almost to the point of being as boring as reading a history book. The narration lacks inflection and sounds almost frantic at times. This is not a typical novel, but instead, a long factual narration of the history of the PT boat including boat numbers, commander's names, rank and service (USN/USNR). And yes, the PT-109/John F. Kennedy saga is included.