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Pride Runs Deep by R. Cameron Cooke

Pride Runs Deep

by R. Cameron Cooke

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4754. Pride Runs Deep, by R. Cameron Cooke (read 19 Sep 2010) This is easy and exciting reading even though it is what in olden times would be called "pulp fiction." The Mackeral is an American submarine in 1943 which Jack Tremaine takes over and does two exciting missions. The dialog is unfancy and sometimes silly, but it moves the story along. And I suppose the technical part as to submarines is at least possible as the author has served on submarines. The plot is creaky and there is no great writing but I suppose one shouldn't mind that. He is not as good as the author of The Hunt for Red October, even though Nelson DeMille says he is. Nor is he as able a writer as Nelson DeMille, for that matter ( )
  Schmerguls | Sep 19, 2010 |
Pride Runs Deep is a adventure thriller taking place in 1943 as the US navy is desperately trying to rebuild their fleet and hold the Japanese at bay. Lt. Commander Jack Tremain is on layover in Pearl Harbor on his way back to the mainland after serving in the South Pacific for some time. He is looking forward to seeing his wife when he is suddenly requested to takeover the command of the U.S. submarine, Mackerel. This submarine has been labelled a “hard-luck ship” after a couple of patrols that went badly with lives lost and no targets sunk. Tremains’ assignment is to pull the crew back together and give them a sense of pride while increasing morale by sinking some decent targets.

The book read like a wonderful old black and white war movie. I loved the action, the characters, the descriptions of day-to-day life in both the US navy and submarines. The author is a serving US naval submariner and so I really felt the details were well-researched and authentic. Filled with action, this was a real page turner that I had a hard time putting down. His descriptions of the pressure the hull is under, the stale air and close quarters made me realize that it would take a special kind of person to serve on these ships. Personally, this is as close I would care to get to being on a submarine.

If you like action packed adventure historical reading, then I don’t think you could ask for much more from a book that what Pride Runs Deep has to offer. ( )
1 vote DeltaQueen50 | May 21, 2010 |
Most of the WWII submarine books out there take place in the Atlantic. It was a nice change of pace to read on that takes place in the Pacific. I enjoyed the story line and the characters. ( )
  Oogod | Jul 19, 2008 |
It is very realistic; since it is Richard Cooke Jr. who is writing out of his experience in the Navy. It has some salty language, but also some thought-provoking scenes. The characters are well formed and there are some changes of character that are gratifying. ( )
  lopemopay | Dec 29, 2006 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0515138339, Mass Market Paperback)

Shattered by the surprise attack at Pearl Harbor, the U.S. is rebuilding its fleet while the badly damaged Submarine Division Seven holds the line against the Japanese Navy. The loss of even one more submarine could be devastating--and every enemy ship that slips through means more lives lost. But Lieutenant Commander Jack Tremain is determined to whip into shape a boat that's returned from a hellish patrol and make the Japanese pay--even if this is his last mission ever.

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