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Crash Dive, Omnibus: Books 1-3

Written by: Craig DiLouie
Narrated by: R. C. Bray
Length: 14 hrs and 52 mins
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Crash Dive, Book 1: October 1942 - The United States and the Empire of Japan are at war. Charlie Harrison, a young and ambitious lieutenant, reports for duty aboard the S-55, a worn-out WWI-era submarine. While the Battle of Guadalcanal rages on land, air, and sea, the captain plans a daring attack against Rabaul, the heart of Japanese power in the South Pacific. There, the hunter will become the hunted. 

Silent Running, Book 2: Lt. Charlie Harrison survived the horrors of Rabaul and the midnight battle with the Mizukaze. When he reports to Sabertooth at Pearl, he must contend with a crew that isn't quite welcoming and an officer protecting a dire secret.While underway, the captain reveals the submarine's mission - travel to the Japanese-occupied Philippines, deliver supplies to the Filipino guerillas, and bring American refugees home.When Sabertooth runs into Yosai, one of the big aircraft carriers that attacked Pearl Harbor, the mission changes. As disaster strikes, Charlie must take command and make the ultimate decision - get the refugees home or risk everything on an all-or-nothing attack. 

Battle Stations, Book 3: Fresh from PXO School, Lt. Charlie Harrison is offered a posting on Sandtiger under Captain Gilbert Moreau, a legendary fighting captain in the submarines. Sandtiger's mission? Join an elite wolf pack penetrating the heart of the Japanese Empire. Along the way, Moreau teaches Charlie how to fight and what lines should never be crossed.

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  • RJ
  • Cottage Grove, MN, United States
  • 2018-07-14

Fast and furious, on and under the waves!

I was able to purchase the Omnibus boxed set of this series, which includes the first three books of the series; Crash Dive, Silent Running, and Battle Stations. In this thrilling naval journal we follow Lt. Charlie Harrison’s career from first war patrol in an old WWI S-55 submarine, to the Salmon-class? Sabertooth, then the Gato-class Sandtiger. With each boat Charlie learned his craft by doing, his inner self finding a home in the submarines. The action and tension is non-stop, fast and furious. The story came alive. The narration was exceptional, R.C. Bray once again performs brilliantly; vocal sound effects for the enemy screws, sonar, and battle stations a plus. For navy submarine fans this is a must read. I really enjoyed this series.

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  • Andy Allred
  • Washington
  • 2018-11-23

I’m now a fan of narrator RC Bray

Overall good stories, tons of action and realistic scenarios of boat life (I’m a former submariner).

RC Bray did a wonderful job! His accents for many characters was pretty good and it made some of the characters richer.

I highly recommend this series!

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  • Todd Bowman
  • 2018-10-17

A masterful re-imagining of the old WW2 stories!

“A masterful re-imagining of the old WW2 movies of the 50’s and 60’s in novel form. A truly enjoyable and exciting read!”

Growing up watching films like “Midway”, “Tora Tora Tora”, “Battleground”, and others, I felt at home in this novel.

And yet gone were unrealistic heroes and with them was the sterile consequence free experience of war for those who fought it.

Mr. Dilouie has captured the essence of what a WW2 action story should be.

The naval action is well paced and the characters are deeply fleshed out. The technical details are there but are integrated without feeling like info dumps. Enemies are real and the dangers are authentic. And yet neither fall into cliches. War has consequences for the men and women who experience it, and each character deals with them in unique and era plausible ways.

In “Crash Dive” the WW2 action adventure has grown up and matured. And it is all the more exciting and entertaining for it!

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  • John
  • 2018-09-20

Makes me miss submarines

i thought this was a great series. though i did not serve aboard the diesel SS submarines this story did stir some memory aboard the modern Submarines.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-07-29

perfect for me.

short books but they were entertaining and grasping the story moved along well kept keeping you coming back and listening and I even found myself listening and waiting for the end of a particular part before I turn it off to go to bed

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  • Gabriel
  • LAS VEGAS, NV, United States
  • 2018-07-09

A fast paced, well done, war novel series

I've always been fascinated by WWII sub warfare. Books like Shadow Divers, Thunder Below, and Silent Running are all non-fiction Sub combat classics which I have in my library. I never considered this fiction version until I found out R.C. Bray was the narrator. He's tops on my list, so I gave Crash Dive a try. It's an excellent set of novels. I really enjoyed them. The Omnibus 3 novel download helped. each novel is relatively short at between 4 and 5 hours, so getting three for 1 credit was great. I just downloaded book 4 "Contact!" and can't wait to get back in the Sub with our protagonist Charlie Harrison!

Great work by Author Craig Dilouie!

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  • Andrew Scott McClanahan
  • 2018-05-22

A good example of historic fiction

Definitely get the three books together. They are short, and this is a good value. They are sequels, so read them in order. Before reading any historic fiction, read as many eye witness accounts as possible. I don't recommend books by historians. For the WWII subs, at least read "Thunder Below" first so you will know the true stories are much more interesting than any of the historic fiction. Also, you will see how the historic fiction is just a collage of real events and people and rarely create something new. If it is new, its usually outlandish, like the jap destroyer running up on the sub and the boarding party attacking from the sub. In the first book are mispronunciations, but they get cleaned up by the third book, especially "submariner" and "garand." Yep, narrate a submarine book and miss pronounce submariner! I appreciate the main character getting a shot of whiskey from Mush Morton at the Pearl Harbor Officer's Club (I recommend "The Bravest Man"). The captain in the third book is obviously based on Dudley Morton because of this tactics, unique to the Wahoo.

Get a list of all of the autobiographies of US WWII submariners, go to Amazon, and find the first edition hardbacks. Most only run about $6. I've been able to collect all of them this way. Richard O'Kane and Charles Lockwood have several books and these two are a good place to start. By the way, my dog is named Anytime O'Kane, a stockdog with the heart of his namesake.

Enjoy going out on patrol. The last of the corsairs.

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  • tino6007
  • 2018-05-01

Why isn't this a movie?!

Your average coming of age tale about a young man going to war. Very theatrical, and dramatic.