Deborah Hopkinson's newest book is about submarines and the men who called them home during WWII. I was not expecting to enjoy this book as much as I did, but Hopkinson does a great job of taking this vast subject that is part of an even more vast story and making it personal.
The book starts with the bombing of Pearl Harbor and quickly moves ahead to the beginning of submarine warfare. She makes the story engaging by focusing on specific submarines and men, like Mush Morton who took command of the Wahoo after a skipper who had been trained the WWI reconnaissance style of submarining. The new captain led his crew with gusto and bravado while sinking numerous Japanese ships.
Hopkinson also includes humanizing stories, like the stowaway dog and the importance of the ice cream machine. She does such a great job that the reader feels the loss when some of the profiled men are lost in battle.
I would recommend this book for war buffs in particular but also to anyone who likes a good high stakes adventure!