The Nugget

The Nugget

Book - 2019
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A novice naval aviator grows into a hero in this gripping and authentic World War II adventure by master storyteller P. T. Deutermann

Lieutenant Bobby Steele, USN, is a fresh-faced and eager naval aviator: a "Nugget," who needs to learn the ropes and complex procedures of taking off and returning safely to his aircraft carrier. A blurry night of drinking lands him in an unfamiliar bed aboard the USS Oklahoma ; later that day, the Japanese destroy Pearl Harbor. After cheating death and losing his friend in this act of war, the formerly naive Steele vows to avenge the attack.

Flying sea battle after battle, Steele survives the most dangerous air combat in World War II, including Midway, is shot down twice, rescued twice, and eventually leads a daring mission to free prisoners from a secluded Japanese POW camp. Packed with authentic military action on land and at sea in the Pacific Theatre of WWII and featuring a memorable protagonist based on a true-life hero, The Nugget is a first-class adventure by a former commander whose family served in the Pacific.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2019
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250205889
Branch Call Number: Deutermann, P
Characteristics: 312 pages ; 25 cm


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Nov 05, 2019

If you like historical fiction, particularly from World War II, P. T. Deutermann's THE NUGGET may be your cup of tea. I try not to do spoilers, but here is a hint of what you in for. Roughly the first half of the book is devoted to what it is like to be a brand new Navy pilot who's first assignment is aboard the carrier, USS Enterprise. Unfortunately for him, but fortunately for the US Navy, when he arrives at Pearl Harbor, the carrier is out at sea. His adventures begin when he goes with a friend and spends the night of 6 Dec 1941 aboard USS Oklahoma. From there, we watch as he matures and grows professionally through a series of famous, Pacific naval battles. The second half of the book, shows him stranded on a small island in the Philippines which is occupied by a Japanese garrison. The transition from a carrier-based pilot to a man stranded on a small island among the enemy and needing to rely on the local population, is fascinating. The author notes at the end that the island named Talawan in the book is pure fiction, but also notes that the story in the book is based somewhat on an actual occurrence during World War II in the Philippines. Great read, and VERY hard to put down.


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