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  • Dark Waters, Starry Skies

  • The Guadalcanal-Solomons Campaign, March–October 1943
  • By: Jeffrey Cox
  • Narrated by: John Chancer
  • Length: 31 hrs and 15 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (5 ratings)

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Dark Waters, Starry Skies

By: Jeffrey Cox
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Summary

Esteemed Pacific War historian Jeffrey Cox has produced a fast-paced and absorbing read of the crucial New Georgia phase of the Guadalcanal-Solomons Campaign during the Pacific War.

Thousands of miles from friendly ports, the US Navy had finally managed to complete the capture of Guadalcanal from the Japanese in early 1943. Now the Allies sought to keep the offensive momentum won at such a high cost. This is the central plotline running through this page-turning history beginning with the Japanese Operation I-Go and the American ambush of Admiral Yamamoto and continuing on to the Allied invasion of New Georgia, northwest of Guadalcanal in the middle of the Solomon Islands and the location of a major Japanese base. Determined not to repeat their mistakes at Guadalcanal, the Allies nonetheless faltered in their continuing efforts to roll back the Japanese land, air and naval forces.

Using first-hand accounts from both sides, this book vividly recreates all the terror and drama of the nighttime naval battles during this phase of the Solomons campaign and the ferocious firestorm many Marines faced as they disembarked from their landing craft. The reader is transported to the bridge to stand alongside Admiral Walden Ainsworth as he sails to stop another Japanese reinforcement convoy for New Georgia, and vividly feels the fear of an 18-year-old Marine as he fights for survival against a weakened but still determined enemy.

Dark Waters, Starry Skies is an engrossing history which weaves together strategy and tactics with a blow-by-blow account of every battle at a vital point in the Pacific War that has not been analyzed in this level of detail before.

©2023 Jeffrey Cox (P)2023 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
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  • Categories: History

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interesting rarely told story

enjoyed the story, i haven't heard much previously about this pacific campaign, all new to me. only gripe was the sometimes tedious listing of the many squadrons and aircraft involved in the various actions, which no doubt deserve a mention. also the continual naming of the aircraft design numbers instead of just calling them by the names the allies recognised them by Betty, Jane, Val etc. i found myself constantly looking them up to get the idea what they were. in all though a good listen and well narrated

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Very good but flawed

This is clearly a very well researched book and I really enjoyed the journey but it has some frustrating characteristics. Perhaps intended for a certain type of reader, I found that the constant open childish sarcasm and regular unnecessary hyperbole reduced my enjoyment. Read it for yourself. Like tabloid newspapers rather a serious read, yet so much excellent info and interesting insights are also packed in there.

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