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Motivated by the sneak attack on Pearl Harbor, champion swimmer Lee “Stump” Kelley is hell bent on becoming a Marine.  Waylaid by a silver-tongued Navy recruiter he becomes a frogman instead. After blowing up under water obstructions all over the Pacific, at Tacloban he loses the first of his best friends in a gruesome explosion. A month later he loses the second in a freak encounter with a giant hammerhead shark at Manila Bay. Moving on to Okinawa with what’s left of his frogman team, he suffers serious burns during the largest kamikaze attack of the war. At Guam a three star admiral asks his opinion on a prospective landing site for the invasion of Japan. As always, Stump tells it like it is. “Admiral… trying to march into Tokyo will cost a million American lives. And one of those lives is gonna be mine.”

Pages: 270
Pub Date: 04-01-2015
Softcover: 17.95 978-1-94019-297-0
Ebook: 7.99 978-1-63393-048-3


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A retired naval officer and Vietnam veteran, Lindsey did his undergraduate studies at Princeton and his master's work at Kent State. He was stationed overseas in Spain, Guam and Okinawa, and served tours of duty with both the Seabees and the Marines. He served on the worst riding ship in the Navy, a World War II LST–the same ship that landed his father at Normandy–and also the best riding ship, a modern aircraft carrier. He currently resides in San Diego.

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