Book Review: ‘Trial By Fire: A Novel’ By P.T. Deutermann

I love author P.T. Deutermann’s books! He has never written a bad one and his streak of great books continues with the novel Trial By Fire, based on real life events. They way he writes makes the reader feel like you are right there with the characters and are part of the action. You never want to put his books down.

It’s 1945 and the United States is still at war with Japan. The USS Franklin is finally ready to head out and meet up with the rest of the American fleet and to take out the Japanese bombers. On an early March morning the Japanese are able to get some of their planes through and the Franklin is bombed. The ship doesn’t sink and parts of it are still operational. For Commander George Lowry Merritt and the fire Marshall Lt. John Ryan McCauley it’s make or break time. The ship is being towed by another navy vessel and there have been many casulties and men jumping overboard. But there’s still hope of getting the engines running and getting the boat far enough out from the Japanese planes striking again and trying to save all the trapped men below decks. Author Deutermann has done his research in this gripping WWII novel.

You can pick up Trial By Fire in stores on Tuesday, July 13th from St. Martin’s Press.

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