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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 unf 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.


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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 unf 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.

30 review for The Nugget

  1. 4 out of 5

    David Putnam

    I can easily see how this book wouldn’t be for everyone, it’s a full throttle action story set in World War II. It kicks off with the attack on Pearl Harbor and keeps running fast. I like history and I like action/thrillers and this book has it all. What it doesn’t do is slow down long enough to develop the characters like they should be to earn a full five stars. What the book does do is tell a great story of the battles, how they developed and their strategies. I loved this book and will now g I can easily see how this book wouldn’t be for everyone, it’s a full throttle action story set in World War II. It kicks off with the attack on Pearl Harbor and keeps running fast. I like history and I like action/thrillers and this book has it all. What it doesn’t do is slow down long enough to develop the characters like they should be to earn a full five stars. What the book does do is tell a great story of the battles, how they developed and their strategies. I loved this book and will now go back and get all the others. I highly recommend this book to those who read action/thrillers. David Putnam author of the Bruno Johnson series.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jean

    I am a big fan of P. T. Deutermann. I have enjoyed his World War II Series. Unlike most series each of his books in the series is a stand-alone with a different protagonist. Our hero of this story has graduated from the Naval Academy and just completed flight school. He has just arrived at Pearl Harbor to board the aircraft carrier Enterprise. While he waits for the arrival of the Enterprise, Pearl Harbor is attacked by the Japanese. The action is continuous from this point on in the story. I cou I am a big fan of P. T. Deutermann. I have enjoyed his World War II Series. Unlike most series each of his books in the series is a stand-alone with a different protagonist. Our hero of this story has graduated from the Naval Academy and just completed flight school. He has just arrived at Pearl Harbor to board the aircraft carrier Enterprise. While he waits for the arrival of the Enterprise, Pearl Harbor is attacked by the Japanese. The action is continuous from this point on in the story. I could hardly put the book down. Deutermann was a career naval officer, therefore, the story is very realistic. Looking for a good WWII naval story, try this book. I read this as an audiobook downloaded from Audible. The book is ten hours and twenty-two minutes. John Pruden does a great job narrating the book. Pruden is a professional voice actor and audiobook narrator.

  3. 4 out of 5

    happy

    DISCLAIMER - I was given an advance copy of the novel by St. Martins in exchange for an honest review Capt Deutermann has once again written a fascinating look at US Navy in World War II. In this novel he tells the story of Bobby Steele, a young naval aviator flying SBDs on his first tour on a carrier. In navy slang - a nugget. The story in the novel has two distinct parts. The first starts on 6 December 1941, when Ens Steele arrives at Pearl Harbor to join the USS Enterprise. Those who know histo DISCLAIMER - I was given an advance copy of the novel by St. Martins in exchange for an honest review Capt Deutermann has once again written a fascinating look at US Navy in World War II. In this novel he tells the story of Bobby Steele, a young naval aviator flying SBDs on his first tour on a carrier. In navy slang - a nugget. The story in the novel has two distinct parts. The first starts on 6 December 1941, when Ens Steele arrives at Pearl Harbor to join the USS Enterprise. Those who know history, know the Enterprise was at sea that day. Ens Steele meets up with a friend who is assigned to the Battleship, USS Oklahoma. After having too much to drink, Ens Steele is sleeping it off on the Oklahoma and awakes during the attack. This scene evokes the terror that must have gone through those men on the Oklahoma, as well as the chaos of a surprise attack in general where nobody knows what exactly is going on. Steele barely escapes the capsizing battleship. Steele duly joins the Enterprise and the author again shows his knowledge of the rhythms of the navy as Steele becomes carrier qualified and participates in the carrier battles of 1942. These include the raids on Japanese held Marshall Islands in February, the Dolittle raid in April and the Battle of Midway in June, when Steele succeeds in placing his bombs on one of the Japanese carriers. After Midway, Steele and his gunner participate in the naval battles around Guadalcanal. The author places him near the spot where the Enterprise it is hit by bombs during the Battle of Easter Solomans. Once again, the author gives the reader some mesmerizing battle sequences. As the Enterprise is withdrawn for repairs, Steele is given the chance to transfer to the USS Hornet, which he accepts. The second part of the novel begins when Steele and his backseater go into the water when the Hornet is sunk. At this point the author leaves actual history. They are picked up by a patrolling US Submarine, the fictional USS Hagfish, and stay on board her as she continues her war patrol. The sub is eventually sunk by a mine off one of the southern Philippines islands. The island is fictional as well as the actions that occur on it. After making to shore after the sinking, they are rescued by a guerilla group led by a disgraced Catholic priest. Their activities as well as the Japanese total lack of humanity are graphically shown. As a guerilla group, they are mainly responsible for keeping an eye on a transit anchorage on the island. As the story progresses the Japanese Commander decides he wants to rid the island of the pesky guerillas. This leads to a alliance of sorts between the Catholic and Muslim (Moro) inhabitants and well as some less advanced natives. While the story on the island is total fiction, the author claims it is representative of just what was happening on the Philippines during the Japanese occupation. Eventually Steel is rescued and because he has been out of touch for so long, the Navy convenes a court of enquiry to ascertain if he is who he says he is. All in all a fantastic read. It only took me 3 days to read. I did have some problems with some of the historical details. One of the main problems I had was the author’s identifications of the fighter aircraft aboard the the American Carriers. In one of early scenes immediately following Pearl Harbor, he identifies them is as F6F Hellcats. This airplane didn't have its first flight until the middle of 1942 and wasn't deployed to the fleet until mid 1943. Later he correctly identifies the fighters on the carriers as F4F Wildcats. Then in the Midway scenes, once again refers to them as Hellcats. I hope this is cleared up before publication. There seems to be a lot of these types of errors, both in fiction and nonfiction these days. Another point I wasn't clear on, is just how long one remained and Ensign in the prewar navy. As Capt Deutermann tells Steele's story, he says the Steele had completed two years on a cruiser along with flight school before boarding the Enterprise and is still an Ensign. As someone who is familiar with the modern military - that seems a bit long In spite of those problems, which only a WW II nerd would pick up on, this was a great read. As is, this is a solid 4 star read, with the historical corrections 4.5 stars and would round it up for good reads.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Rob Roy

    Notice: I received an Advanced Reader Copy from St. Martin's Press, mainly because they have liked my reviews and I have read all of P. T. Deutermann's books. This is another World War II historical fiction by Deutermann, and another goodie. I am an old history major as well as a Naval retiree from Naval Aviation. His aviation details are spot on. In this novel, we follow a newly minted Naval Aviator at the beginnings of World War II. The main character is just trying to get his job done, and in Notice: I received an Advanced Reader Copy from St. Martin's Press, mainly because they have liked my reviews and I have read all of P. T. Deutermann's books. This is another World War II historical fiction by Deutermann, and another goodie. I am an old history major as well as a Naval retiree from Naval Aviation. His aviation details are spot on. In this novel, we follow a newly minted Naval Aviator at the beginnings of World War II. The main character is just trying to get his job done, and in doing so shows heroic qualities, though he doesn't realize that he is a hero. In fact, this book asks the question: What is a hero? His portrayal of the Japanese many will see as too harsh. Yet, Japanese honor during that war was at its lowest ebb. The events he portrays are historically verifiable, though modified for the plot. Read this book from the perspective of 1941-3 rather than today. If you are a World War II Naval fan or a Deuterman fan, once October arrives do get this book, but a warning, after the first few chapters, much will not get done around the house until you finish.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jim

    Thanks to St. Martin’s Press for the Advanced Reader’s Copy of THE NUGGET by PETER DEUTERMANN. Mr. Deutermann is one, if not THE, best writer of WWII military fiction on the market today. Both he and his father served in the U.S. Navy as senior officers. The father served in WWII, mainly in the Pacific Theater while Peter served more recently, including stops in the Philippines and Vietnam. The term “Nugget” refers to newly commissioned, newly assigned to an aircraft carrier, aviation ensigns. I Thanks to St. Martin’s Press for the Advanced Reader’s Copy of THE NUGGET by PETER DEUTERMANN. Mr. Deutermann is one, if not THE, best writer of WWII military fiction on the market today. Both he and his father served in the U.S. Navy as senior officers. The father served in WWII, mainly in the Pacific Theater while Peter served more recently, including stops in the Philippines and Vietnam. The term “Nugget” refers to newly commissioned, newly assigned to an aircraft carrier, aviation ensigns. I hope I got that description right. As the story opens, Lieutenant, U.S.N., Bobby Steele is facing a Court of Inquiry because he has been Missing In Action for nearly two years. The Court needs to determine if he really is Bobby Steele and what took place while he was M.I.A. Therefore, Lt. Steele tells his story to the Court. After a night of drinking on December 6, 1941, then Ensign Steele wakes up to to the sound of shooting. He had passed out in a cabin on the battleship Oklahoma. He barely has time to exit the ship before it rolled over and sinks on December 7, 1941 in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Thus begins his amazing story. Bobby is assigned to the aircraft carrier Enterprise where he partakes in the the sea battle that altered naval engagements forever. It was the Battle of Midway where United States and Japanese aircraft carriers a couple of hundred miles apart battled each other with airplanes. The U.S. lost one of its carriers but the Japanese lost four. It turned the tide in the Pacific Theater. Reading the author’s description of that air battle was like sitting in the cockpit with Steele and his radioman, Rooster Baynes. Later on in the story, Steele and Baynes are shot down and rescued. After their rescue, Steele and Baynes, end up on the island of Guadalcanal where they get a firsthand look at ground fighting. Not a pleasant experience. Eventually, they are returned to aircraft on board the carrier Hornet shortly before that carrier is sunk. Once again, Steele and Rooster are rescued, this time by a submarine. Because of its mission, going to the Philippines, Steele and Rooster are stuck on board. On arriving at its patrol area, the submarine hits a mine while on the surface near the mythical island of Talawan. A Catholic priest turned guerilla fighter rescues them. Steele, Rooster and the priest are joined by Negritos and Muslim fighters in a military campaign against the Japanese garrison on the island. To complicate matters, there is also a prisoner of war camp on the island that contains an ever-shrinking number of British P.O.W.s. It is bows and arrows against machine guns. Eventually, it all turns out well for Bobby and Rooster with some surprises. Mr. Deutermann once again proves that he is a master storyteller. There were nights that I read until the wee hours of the morning because I could not wait to see what happens. The story is suited for WWII history buffs or readers who enjoy a story well told. As in his previous books, there is some real history involved. GO! BUY! READ!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Karl

    After 25 years in the Navy including the command of a destroyer and later the command of an entire destroyer squadron, it should come as no surprise that P.T. Deutermann has written a few novels about naval warfare. Preceded by “Pacific Glory” (2011), “Ghosts of Bungo Suido” (2013, “Sentinels of Fire”(2014), and “ The Iceman” (2018), “The Nugget” continues Deutermann’s tales of W.W. II in the Pacific Ocean. “ The Nugget” follows Lieutenant Bobby Steele, a fresh caught Navy pilot, fresh from flig After 25 years in the Navy including the command of a destroyer and later the command of an entire destroyer squadron, it should come as no surprise that P.T. Deutermann has written a few novels about naval warfare. Preceded by “Pacific Glory” (2011), “Ghosts of Bungo Suido” (2013, “Sentinels of Fire”(2014), and “ The Iceman” (2018), “The Nugget” continues Deutermann’s tales of W.W. II in the Pacific Ocean. “ The Nugget” follows Lieutenant Bobby Steele, a fresh caught Navy pilot, fresh from flight school, to Pearl Harbor and on to his first carrier assignment. Steele survives naval combat including being shot down and having his carrier sunk. Almost half of this book follows Steele as he participates and later leads resistance against the Japanese on a small island in the Philippines. Steele’s guerrilla warfare antics bring to mind the real life exploits of heroes like Joe Baker, Ed Ramsey, and Gene Strickland who fought a guerrilla style war in the Philippines. Deutermann’s works of fiction are so authentic that they read as if they were non-fiction. Sometimes the reader actually forgets that he is reading a novel. “The Nugget “ is a first class W.W. II adventure story. This book, and all of Deutermann’s war novels, are a must read for those who enjoy this genre. Thanks to Netgalley and St. Martins press for allowing me to read this advance copy.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Dan Curnutt

    The Nugget follows the military exploits of a naval dive bomber pilot in the Pacific Theatre during World War II. Lieutenant Robert T. Steele. The story starts out with a board of inquiry about whether Lt. Steele is who he says he is. That is because he was lost at sea and presumed dead. But the novel unfolds as Lt. Steele tells his story to the board of inquiry about what happened to him and how he fought the war even after being "lost at sea." The story is well written and enthralling. It draws The Nugget follows the military exploits of a naval dive bomber pilot in the Pacific Theatre during World War II. Lieutenant Robert T. Steele. The story starts out with a board of inquiry about whether Lt. Steele is who he says he is. That is because he was lost at sea and presumed dead. But the novel unfolds as Lt. Steele tells his story to the board of inquiry about what happened to him and how he fought the war even after being "lost at sea." The story is well written and enthralling. It draws your interest in and gives you an excellent glimpse into what happens during war and how things can go from bad to worse to even worse for any military person. But then their desire to survive and fight kicks in and they can do extraordinary things. Lt. Steele and his navigator, Rooster, survive by pure luck and also by skill. Then they don't just survive, but they go on the offensive with resistance fighters to thwart the Japanese. I enjoyed the entire novel and find that it is a complete guide in how one person trained as a pilot can become all things in war to survive and fight. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Keith

    The Nugget is the sixth novel in P.T. Deutermann’s World War Navy series. The series has had an interesting progression. The first novel, Pacific Glory (2011), is an epic novel with a large cast of characters and a time frame that begins with the Pearl Harbor attack on December 7th 1941 and continues through the brutal battles of the Pacific War. It is exceedingly well crafted. In the four novels that follow Pacific Glory Deutermann changes the focus slightly by concentrating on a smaller slice The Nugget is the sixth novel in P.T. Deutermann’s World War Navy series. The series has had an interesting progression. The first novel, Pacific Glory (2011), is an epic novel with a large cast of characters and a time frame that begins with the Pearl Harbor attack on December 7th 1941 and continues through the brutal battles of the Pacific War. It is exceedingly well crafted. In the four novels that follow Pacific Glory Deutermann changes the focus slightly by concentrating on a smaller slice of the war. This allows for a smaller cast of characters and a concentration on a specific combat action. Ghosts of Bungo Suido (2013) and Iceman (2018) are novels of US Navy submarine actions, while Sentinels of Fire (2016) and The Commodore (2017) are tales of destroyer action. Each novel follows the pattern of fictional characters on fictional ships but deeply enmeshed in historic actions. All of these novels are deeply informed by Deutermann's knowledge of history, as well as his own experience in the modern US Navy. The Nugget begins in a similar fashion with the story of Lieutenant Bobby Steele, a newly minted carrier pilot, a "nugget" in Navy slang. It's December 6th, 1941 at Pearl Harbor as Bobby awaits the return of the carrier Enterprise, his first combat assignment. The first third of the book deals with Bobby's introduction to carrier combat. He flies against the Japanese carriers at The Battle of Midway and in other operations. At this point Deutermann introduces a new set of action and danger which turns the book in a direction I had, frankly, not expected, (my surprise is probably understandable as I am the kind of reader who tends to avoid marketing blurbs and early reviews). Nevertheless, this change of scene is exceedingly well done. It brings a different kind of action and suspense to the series. I enjoyed this as I have enjoyed the other books in this series, which is to say, immensely. Thanks to St Martin's Press for an advance reading copy.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Frank

    Gritty tale of naval air war and survival told as a testimony as to the identity of the speaker.. The Nugget is Lieutenant "Fish" Bobby Steele, USN, a Naval Academy graduate and dive bomber pilot who survives the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor then takes the war to the enemy. After a night of heavy drinking, Lt. Steele becomes a first hand witness of the sinking of the battleship Oklahoma (BB-37) having been on the ship during the bombing. He is assigned to the carrier USS Enterprise as a Dougl Gritty tale of naval air war and survival told as a testimony as to the identity of the speaker.. The Nugget is Lieutenant "Fish" Bobby Steele, USN, a Naval Academy graduate and dive bomber pilot who survives the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor then takes the war to the enemy. After a night of heavy drinking, Lt. Steele becomes a first hand witness of the sinking of the battleship Oklahoma (BB-37) having been on the ship during the bombing. He is assigned to the carrier USS Enterprise as a Douglas model 3A dive bomber. From that carrier he undertakes missions in the early stages of the war and fights in the battle of Midway. As with many avatars, he is shot down and rescued. But his life is not that simple: carriers are sunk while you are on a mission or are bombed when you are on-board. After ditching his plane and being rescued, Lt. Steele finds himself and his gunnery mate stranded on a remote Philippine island that is crawling with an enemy that is ruthless and relentless. This leads to his being intimately involved in the politics and civilization of the islanders and a Catholic priest who leads a minimal resistance. Lt. Steele gets involved and helps with the islanders in an attempt to drive to the invaders. The technical and historical backgrounds are well-researched and brought into the story at appropriate points The story brings out Philippine history that is not generally taught when the islands are discussed. Religious strife plays a part in the society, and the islanders do not trust their conquerors: the Moors, the Spaniards, the Americans, and the Japanese. This historical perspective adds to the depth of the story. The Nugget is well-written and engaging and makes a good fictional WW2 tale.

  10. 4 out of 5

    John

    Thanks to St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley for allowing me to read this advance copy of The Nugget by P. T. Deutermann. This is my second book by this author and I jumped at the chance to read more of his work. This novel is set during World War II. The main character is navy Lieutenant Bobby Steele, a dive bomber pilot assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise. “Nugget” is the slang term the navy used for its rookie officers. The book begins with the newly arrived lieutenant caught aboard Thanks to St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley for allowing me to read this advance copy of The Nugget by P. T. Deutermann. This is my second book by this author and I jumped at the chance to read more of his work. This novel is set during World War II. The main character is navy Lieutenant Bobby Steele, a dive bomber pilot assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise. “Nugget” is the slang term the navy used for its rookie officers. The book begins with the newly arrived lieutenant caught aboard the battleship Oklahoma during the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Once aboard the Enterprise Steele and "Rooster", his rear gunner/radio man, participant in several bombing raids including the Battle of Midway. Their adventures give them a front row seat to many of the action spots in the Pacific War including spending a brief sojourn in the trenches of Guadalcanal. They are shot down and rescued twice, have their carrier sunk underneath them, and spend time on a submarine. About half of the book involves them stranded on a Philippines island where they join a guerilla band fighting the Japanese occupiers and trying to rescue prisoners of war. As with Deutermann’s other books, this one is filled with authentic detail and plenty of action. I recommend it to anyone interested in WWII Pacific War and the U. S. Navy.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Chuck

    I am a long time P. T. Deutermann fan and I've been looking forward to this book. Mr. Deutermann is a naval academy graduate and was a career U.S. Navy officer. He has a special way with stories about the navy. The protagonist here is a carrier pilot fresh out of flight school, which is the definition of "Nugget." We fly with him on his first, and subsequent, missions in the Pacific theater during WWII. I thought Mr. Deutermann could have fleshed his characters out a little more and perhaps emph I am a long time P. T. Deutermann fan and I've been looking forward to this book. Mr. Deutermann is a naval academy graduate and was a career U.S. Navy officer. He has a special way with stories about the navy. The protagonist here is a carrier pilot fresh out of flight school, which is the definition of "Nugget." We fly with him on his first, and subsequent, missions in the Pacific theater during WWII. I thought Mr. Deutermann could have fleshed his characters out a little more and perhaps emphasized the importance of the battle of Midway more definitively but I didn't have time to dwell on that as his storytelling grabbed me, as usual, and I had other things on which to concentrate. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I will offer a cautionary note; please do not overlook the Author's Note. Reading it will be well worth your time.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Clark

    A great World War II novel with much of it based on a true story. I may be a sucker for WWII books but, nevertheless, this one has everything: extremely well-written, historical information, and thriller-like drama. I’ll be reading more of this series.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Steven J

    Great WWII story Totally enjoyed this book. The author takes you on an improbable journey of two WWII dive bomber pilots in the Pacific during Pearl Harbor, Midway, Guadalcanal, and other major battles/events. Many surprises befall the characters. Well thought-out and written.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Cathy Geha

    The Nugget by P.T. Deutermann World War II Navy #6 I remember reading books by C. S. Forester with Horatio Hornblower that were kept on a special shelf in my father’s library. Earlier than that I had an interest in women pirates after reading a book in an American Heritage series. This book took me back in time but not as far back in time as the books I just mentioned. This took me to WWII and Pearl Harbor when it was bombed and then later into battle in the Pacific. The main character narrates thi The Nugget by P.T. Deutermann World War II Navy #6 I remember reading books by C. S. Forester with Horatio Hornblower that were kept on a special shelf in my father’s library. Earlier than that I had an interest in women pirates after reading a book in an American Heritage series. This book took me back in time but not as far back in time as the books I just mentioned. This took me to WWII and Pearl Harbor when it was bombed and then later into battle in the Pacific. The main character narrates this story and in so doing vividly shares his experiences in a way that engaged all of my senses. I followed Robert T. Steele as he woke to the bombing of Pearl Harbor and managed to survive, qualified to land his plane on the deck of a ship in the middle of the ocean, dealt with the loss of those he fought and flew with, was with him when he ran into trouble flying or on ships and was beside him as he dealt with being marooned on a Philippine Island occupied by Japanese. The horrors perpetrated by the Japanese were atrocious, inhumane and grimly shared. The work that Steele and his gunner, Rooster, managed to accomplish on that fictional island were both heroic and impressive making me thankful I was merely an observer from my living room armchair rather than in the pitched battles Steele seemed to find himself in. My grandfather was in the Navy during WW I and my father was in Pearl Harbor waiting to be shipped out when the war ended. I have been to Pearl Harbor and have thought about all of those men that were lost. This book made me think and feel and care as it made me remember World War II. It also reminded me of the ship that evacuated me from Lebanon on my birthday in 1984. Did I enjoy this book? Yes Would I read more by this author? Definitely Did I need to read previous books in this series before reading this one? No Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for the ARC – This is my honest review. 5 Stars

  15. 5 out of 5

    Rich

    Yet another outstanding WWII novel by P.T. Deutermann. As an amateur historian of the WWII conflict and, more specifically the Pacific theater it is fascinating to realize there is so much more to the history than you originally thought. One of the fantastic aspects of Deutermann's books is the source material he uses is off the beaten path and always adds another dimension to what you thought you knew about the pacific theater in WWII. Thanks to this fantastic novel I discovered Shattered Sword Yet another outstanding WWII novel by P.T. Deutermann. As an amateur historian of the WWII conflict and, more specifically the Pacific theater it is fascinating to realize there is so much more to the history than you originally thought. One of the fantastic aspects of Deutermann's books is the source material he uses is off the beaten path and always adds another dimension to what you thought you knew about the pacific theater in WWII. Thanks to this fantastic novel I discovered Shattered Sword, a historical non-fiction book that gives the Battle of Midway from the Japanese perspective. Although it is inbound and I have yet to read it, based on previous books used by Deutermann as source material I have no doubt this one will be equally superb. Now onto the novel! This book has everything with the exception of Yul Brenner (as Murray Head would say). The protagonist starts out as a basic Ensign aviator or a Nugget, hence the title. The reader gets some epic carrier battles from Midway to the sinking of the Hornet. Before we know it our hero is drifting in a life raft in the Pacific ocean only to be picked up by the U.S.S. Hagfish submarine. Now we are treated to submarine operations, which culminates in a catastrophe that leaves our man stranded in the Philippines on a small island that has been captured by the Imperial Japanese navy. More hi-jinx ensue culminating in volcanic eruptions and guerrilla attacks! I told you this book has everything---except the leader of the Magnificent Seven. If you are a fan of WWII novels do not pass this one up--it is a fast read with pulse pounding action.

  16. 5 out of 5

    David Barnes

    A good yarn about WWII that was quite enjoyable

  17. 5 out of 5

    Bryan

    Another outstanding book about our Navy and the resistance in the pacific during WWII.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Doug Yonce

    The best way to read history is through a Deutermann novel. The research and details make history come alive. The experiences of the fresh-faced Annapolis grad/pilot keep the reader involved and appreciative of the sacrifices made by the greatest generation.

  19. 5 out of 5

    John Purvis

    Author P. T. Deutermann (https://www.ptdeutermann.com/) published the novel “The Nugget” in 2019. Mr. Deutermann has published more than 20 novels. I received an ARC of this novel through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this novel as ‘R’ because it contains scenes of Violence and Mature Language. The story is set in the South Pacific during WWII. The primary character is US Navy pilot Lieutenant Bobby Steele. Steele has recently earned his wings as a Author P. T. Deutermann (https://www.ptdeutermann.com/) published the novel “The Nugget” in 2019. Mr. Deutermann has published more than 20 novels. I received an ARC of this novel through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this novel as ‘R’ because it contains scenes of Violence and Mature Language. The story is set in the South Pacific during WWII. The primary character is US Navy pilot Lieutenant Bobby Steele. Steele has recently earned his wings as a Navy dive bomber pilot. His assignment is to an American Aircraft Carrier. While flying over Guadalcanal, he is shot down. He spends a brief time in the thick of things with US Marines on the ground. He no sooner gets back to a carrier when it is sunk by the Japanese. He finds himself adrift but a US ship picks him up. After further naval action, he ends up on a Philippine island. He finishes his war there at first avoiding the Japanese. Eventually, he stops being hunted and leads others against the invaders. I enjoyed the 8.5+ hours I spent reading this 315-page WWII action-adventure novel. The range of experiences the hero goes through stretch believability. Still, I liked both the plot and the character of Bobby Steele. The author works many historical events into his plot. This is the third book (The other two were The Commodore and Red Swan) of Mr. Deutermann’s I have read and I think he is consistently an enjoyable author. I like the chosen cover art. I give this novel a 4.5 (Rounded up to a 5) out of 5. You can access more of my book reviews on my Blog ( https://johnpurvis.wordpress.com/blog/).

  20. 4 out of 5

    Barry Martin Vass

    This starts at a dead run and never really slows down. When Ensign Bobby Steele graduates from Navy flight school, he is assigned to the U.S.S. Enterprise out of Pearl Harbor. Arriving on December sixth, 1941, he learns that the Enterprise is at sea so he finds himself with nothing to do. While waiting he proceeds to get, as he puts it: pee-lastered, and ends up bunking with a buddy onboard the battleship Oklahoma. Bad mistake. He escapes the carnage, but seven other battleships are either sunk This starts at a dead run and never really slows down. When Ensign Bobby Steele graduates from Navy flight school, he is assigned to the U.S.S. Enterprise out of Pearl Harbor. Arriving on December sixth, 1941, he learns that the Enterprise is at sea so he finds himself with nothing to do. While waiting he proceeds to get, as he puts it: pee-lastered, and ends up bunking with a buddy onboard the battleship Oklahoma. Bad mistake. He escapes the carnage, but seven other battleships are either sunk or damaged so badly that they will never sail again. Author P.T. Deutermann is a former Navy Captain, and he explains in broad strokes how Pearl Harbor changed the way America fought WWII on the sea: with so many battleships out of commission, the Navy turned to aircraft carriers and Navy planes to take the war to the Japanese. Flying off the Enterprise, Bobby Steele quickly joins the battle in the Pacific, fighting in places like Midway and Guadalcanal, until finally being torpedoed while flying off the U.S.S. Wasp and thus shipwrecked in the lower Philippines. He joins the Filipino resistance and spends two years running and hiding as the Japanese mercilessly choke the islands. Author Deutermann tells this story with just the right amount of panache, making The Nugget (Navy slang for a new pilot) seem all too real.

  21. 4 out of 5

    David Gramley

    This is a very good “3 star” book. It’s just not quite as good as some of the books I’ve rated 4 stars. I recently finished Ian’s Toll book, Pacific Crucible, so when I saw this book at the library, I checked it out. I thought it’s storyline would parallel the historical account, and I was right. It is my first book my P.T. Deuterman. He is able to draw from his own naval experiences to put the reader into the middle of WWII in the Pacific. He follows the “nugget”, a dive bomber named Bobby Stee This is a very good “3 star” book. It’s just not quite as good as some of the books I’ve rated 4 stars. I recently finished Ian’s Toll book, Pacific Crucible, so when I saw this book at the library, I checked it out. I thought it’s storyline would parallel the historical account, and I was right. It is my first book my P.T. Deuterman. He is able to draw from his own naval experiences to put the reader into the middle of WWII in the Pacific. He follows the “nugget”, a dive bomber named Bobby Steele, from Pearl Harbor, to Midway, and the Solomon’s, and the Philippines. We are sunk, we dive bomb Japanese carriers, we are picked up by a submarine, and we are stranded on an island in the Philippines. We join in with the Filipino resistance forces and live with them fighting the Japanese. All of these experiences are a great compliment to the greatest generation of men and women who fought and sacrificed in this war.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Dennis L.

    A wonderful read, An authentic story This novel presents itself as Court of Inquiry testimony in the closing days of WWII. Told as continuous flashback, the first third of the book is an eminently readable "coming of age as a combat naval pilot. With only a few minor anachronisms, the author presents a junior officer's view of the opening campaigns of the Pacific Carrier War. The final two thirds are a well written, comprehensivly characterized account of this officer's fictional, but authentic A wonderful read, An authentic story This novel presents itself as Court of Inquiry testimony in the closing days of WWII. Told as continuous flashback, the first third of the book is an eminently readable "coming of age as a combat naval pilot. With only a few minor anachronisms, the author presents a junior officer's view of the opening campaigns of the Pacific Carrier War. The final two thirds are a well written, comprehensivly characterized account of this officer's fictional, but authentic fight on a small Phillipine island against the Japanese occupation forces alongside the Philippine resistance. The small island is fictional, but the fight was real. A sterling account of an underrepresented theater in WWII. Truly a worthwhile, well crafted novel. Don't miss this one!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ben

    An exciting tale by former Naval officer P.T. Deutermann that I enjoyed totally. Written in the first person, The Nugget ( a derisive term for a brand - new Naval Ensign) follows the adventures of Bobby Steel from his first action as a pilot of a dive bomber off the U.S.S. Enterprise into the battle of Midway, to his harrowing days on the Japanese occupied island of Talawan in the Philippines. The writer is an experienced hand at bringing characters to life, while quickly involving the reader in t An exciting tale by former Naval officer P.T. Deutermann that I enjoyed totally. Written in the first person, The Nugget ( a derisive term for a brand - new Naval Ensign) follows the adventures of Bobby Steel from his first action as a pilot of a dive bomber off the U.S.S. Enterprise into the battle of Midway, to his harrowing days on the Japanese occupied island of Talawan in the Philippines. The writer is an experienced hand at bringing characters to life, while quickly involving the reader in the novel‘S wartime dangers. Good story, fast moving and tautly plotted - a very enjoyable read. Trigger warnings: combat action, so expect bloody killing. Otherwise, clean language and no sex acrobatics.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Ron

    The Nugget is a tale of adventure during World War II. Ensign Steele woke up with a headache in the Oklahoma after a bender the night before. It was December 7, 1941 and the Japanese were bombing Pearl Harbor. He survived that, went on to participate in sinking Japanese carriers at Midway, got shot down and spent a couple of days on Guadalcanal, had the carrier Hornet sunk under him, got rescued by a submarine and ended up on a Philippine island until the Dugout Doug returned. P. T. Deutermann d The Nugget is a tale of adventure during World War II. Ensign Steele woke up with a headache in the Oklahoma after a bender the night before. It was December 7, 1941 and the Japanese were bombing Pearl Harbor. He survived that, went on to participate in sinking Japanese carriers at Midway, got shot down and spent a couple of days on Guadalcanal, had the carrier Hornet sunk under him, got rescued by a submarine and ended up on a Philippine island until the Dugout Doug returned. P. T. Deutermann does a very nice job of making the reader feel involved in the story. If you enjoy WWII adventure tales, take a read here!

  25. 4 out of 5

    David

    A powerful story about a newbie dive-bomber pilot during World War II in the Pacific. The author was able to sprinkle interesting bits about the planes, the, ships and the pilots. He did an excellent job describing combat as well as the hurry-up-and-Wait elements of the wartime pilots. The hero sees some important historical battle before eventually becoming stranded on a Philippine island occupied by Japanese that are led by an insidious commander. Great pains are given to present the people’s A powerful story about a newbie dive-bomber pilot during World War II in the Pacific. The author was able to sprinkle interesting bits about the planes, the, ships and the pilots. He did an excellent job describing combat as well as the hurry-up-and-Wait elements of the wartime pilots. The hero sees some important historical battle before eventually becoming stranded on a Philippine island occupied by Japanese that are led by an insidious commander. Great pains are given to present the people’s of different tribes and their culture in an informative and entertaining manner This was a great adventure novel and a must read for those interested in this moment in history.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jim A

    As Deutermann Pacific naval action thrillers go, this one was not as enjoyable as others, at least in my opinion. Because the whole story is a narrative being told to a Naval Board Of Inquiry, there really is not suspense. All of the important facts, Midway, the sinking of Hornet, and the sinking of the rescue submarine are all described in the prologue. Steele's adventure as a guerrilla fighter on the Philippine island is a tale told by many other writers of military novels. Overall, it's just As Deutermann Pacific naval action thrillers go, this one was not as enjoyable as others, at least in my opinion. Because the whole story is a narrative being told to a Naval Board Of Inquiry, there really is not suspense. All of the important facts, Midway, the sinking of Hornet, and the sinking of the rescue submarine are all described in the prologue. Steele's adventure as a guerrilla fighter on the Philippine island is a tale told by many other writers of military novels. Overall, it's just a "so-so" story.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Mark Vetter

    PT Deutermann has long been a favorite author of mine and I was eager to read his latest WW2 fiction - I was not disappointed! The story follows a young Navy Ensign in the early naval battles in the Pacific and is told in what I found to be a unique way, thru flashbacks during a Court Of Inquiry. I enjoyed the format and as a huge fan of naval fiction I found it hard to put down. The main characters first hand vantage point to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and the Battle Of Midway were gripp PT Deutermann has long been a favorite author of mine and I was eager to read his latest WW2 fiction - I was not disappointed! The story follows a young Navy Ensign in the early naval battles in the Pacific and is told in what I found to be a unique way, thru flashbacks during a Court Of Inquiry. I enjoyed the format and as a huge fan of naval fiction I found it hard to put down. The main characters first hand vantage point to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and the Battle Of Midway were gripping.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Mark

    Continued great historical fiction from P.T. Deutermann...I've loved every part of his WWII Navy series...Like Walter Cronkite said, "You Are There!"...Not only are his WWII stories solid, I really enjoy his Cam Richter series too..."The Nugget," a term meaning a newly minted carrier pilot fresh out of flight school, follows the military exploits of a naval dive bomber pilot in the Pacific Theatre from Pearl Harbor and Midway to his guerilla activities in the Philippines...Great Stuff!!! Continued great historical fiction from P.T. Deutermann...I've loved every part of his WWII Navy series...Like Walter Cronkite said, "You Are There!"...Not only are his WWII stories solid, I really enjoy his Cam Richter series too..."The Nugget," a term meaning a newly minted carrier pilot fresh out of flight school, follows the military exploits of a naval dive bomber pilot in the Pacific Theatre from Pearl Harbor and Midway to his guerilla activities in the Philippines...Great Stuff!!!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Daniel Coyne

    A WW2 adventure as a Navy pilot. The book revolves around a nugget (a new pilot) aboard several aircraft carriers in the Pacific theatre. Ensign Steele who has just completed pilot training and has his new assignment to the USS Enterprise at Pearl Harbor on Dec 6,1941. The Enterprise is out of port so Steele is sent to an on base Officer quarters where he goes drinking with a crewman on the USS Oklahoma. Steele wakes up from a hangover to the sound of airplanes and bombs. He somehow gets above d A WW2 adventure as a Navy pilot. The book revolves around a nugget (a new pilot) aboard several aircraft carriers in the Pacific theatre. Ensign Steele who has just completed pilot training and has his new assignment to the USS Enterprise at Pearl Harbor on Dec 6,1941. The Enterprise is out of port so Steele is sent to an on base Officer quarters where he goes drinking with a crewman on the USS Oklahoma. Steele wakes up from a hangover to the sound of airplanes and bombs. He somehow gets above deck before it capsizes. From there he finally gets abord the Enterprise. From there he gets his first taste of combat as he assists sinking 2 Japanese aircraft carriers. He eventually gets shot down ends up on Guadacanal with the marines then shot down again and him and his copilot are picked up by an American Submarine. Eventually the sub is sunk and Steele still somehow manages to survive and ends up on a Philipine island and in the hands of the resistance. The story is full of adventure Very unbelievable but really fun to read.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Michael Wooten

    Nice and pretty accurate I have enjoyed the Author’s various works for a number of years. The History is accurate, and as a Naval Officer, he gets his equipment correct. I did nitpick a couple of details, but will forgive them as He is a “black shoe,” and is allowed a few “brown shoe,” mistakes. The lack of what is often an unnecessary romantic relationship was also enjoyable. With a ratio of about 100 to 1 men to women in Hawaii in WW2, not quite sure how all the men meet the perfect woman and f Nice and pretty accurate I have enjoyed the Author’s various works for a number of years. The History is accurate, and as a Naval Officer, he gets his equipment correct. I did nitpick a couple of details, but will forgive them as He is a “black shoe,” and is allowed a few “brown shoe,” mistakes. The lack of what is often an unnecessary romantic relationship was also enjoyable. With a ratio of about 100 to 1 men to women in Hawaii in WW2, not quite sure how all the men meet the perfect woman and fall in love. The Hooligans is my next stop.

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