Synopses & Reviews
Slaughter at seajust miles from U.S. soil!
In 1942 German U-boats turned the shipping lanes off Cape Hatteras into a sea of death. Cruising up and down the U.S. eastern seaboard, they sank 259 ships, littering the waters with cargo and bodies. As astonished civilians witnessed explosions from American beaches, fighting men dubbed the area "Torpedo Junction." And while the U.S. Navy failed to react, a handful of Coast Guard sailors scrambled to the front lines. Outgunned and out-maneuvered, they heroically battled the deadliest fleet of submarines ever launched. Never was Germany closer to winning the war.
In a moving ship-by-ship account of terror and rescue at sea, Homer Hickam chronicles a little-known saga of courage, ingenuity, and triumph in the early years of World War II. From nerve-racking sea duels to the dramatic ordeals of sailors and victims on both sides of the battle, Hickam dramatically captures a war we had to winbecause this one hit terrifyingly close to home.
About the Author
Homer H. Hickam, Jr., was born and raised in Coalwood, West Virginia. He is the author of numerous articles for such publications as Smithsonian Air and Space and American History Illustrated, as well as a memoir, Rocket Boys, which was nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award, and a novel, Back to the Moon. He is a retired NASA engineer, consults on aerospace projects that interest him, and lives in Huntsville, Alabama.