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Dust on the Sea: A Novel [Paperback]

Edward L. Beach
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March 15 2014 Bluejacket Books
In 1972, following the huge success of Run Silent, Run Deep, Edward L. Beach's second novel of submarine warfare was published to great acclaim. Like its predecessor, Dust on the Sea was lauded for its authentic portrayal of what it meant to be a submariner during the desperate years of World War II. Tense, dramatic and rich in technical and tactical detail, the book draws on Beaach's experience as a submariner in the US Navy to describe the commander and crew of the fictitious USS Eel as they battle overwhelming odds to destroy Japanese ships and save American lives. With no margin for error, the men withstand storms, depth charges and even hand-to-hand combat to defend their boat and themselves. Mistakes, as the title reminds us, result in the debris which serves as a brief grave maker for sunken ships: dust on the sea.

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Edward L. Beach graduated from the US Navy's submarine school in December 1941, two weeks after Pearl Harbor. He commanded submarines in the Pacific throughout the rest of the war. His first novel, Run Silent Run Deep, became an immediate bestseller, and was later made into a Hollywood blockbuster. He passed away in 2002.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Dust on the Sea: Edward L. Beach Dec 17 1997
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is the definitive work of fiction set in WWII aboard an American submarine. Beach's character development does, however, while improved since Run Silent, Run Deep, is a reflection of his actually commanding submarines and not investing a lifetime as a professional fiction writer.

The plot is a hoot, but some readers should remember that this book was written several years ago by a man who fought the Japanese. Beach's depiction of the Japanese is not as sensitive to the unique Japanese culture as is currently popularized by some. Beach wrote this book as an adventure story and not to pursue an agenda.

Oh, and the Bungo Suido is not in the Yellow Sea.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dust on the Sea: Edward L. Beach Dec 17 1997
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is the definitive work of fiction set in WWII aboard an American submarine. Beach's character development does, however, while improved since Run Silent, Run Deep, is a reflection of his actually commanding submarines and not investing a lifetime as a professional fiction writer.

The plot is a hoot, but some readers should remember that this book was written several years ago by a man who fought the Japanese. Beach's depiction of the Japanese is not as sensitive to the unique Japanese culture as is currently popularized by some. Beach wrote this book as an adventure story and not to pursue an agenda.

Oh, the Bungo Suido is not in the Yellow Sea.
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3.0 out of 5 stars sequel to "Run Silent, Run Deep" Nov. 14 2002
By Rottenberg's rotten book review - Published on Amazon.com
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Forget the movie "Run Silent" from 1958 - "Dust" is a sequel to the very original book, faithful to everything about it not kept in the film. In the book (which follows Ed "Rich" Richardson throughout his career in the early days of WWII, rather than on a single cruise), Rich avenges himself on "Bungo Pete", a near-mythical IJN officer whose mastery of the science of subhunting has dearly cost the USN. one of the victims is Jim Bledsoe (played by Burt Lancaster in the film, but otherwise sharing no resemblence to Beach's creation) "Run" ends with Richardson executing the crew of Pete's ship - presumbly including Pete himself, knowing that Pete will remain a danger as long as he's alive. "Dust" opens where "Run" left off - with Rich returning to Pearl, with conflicting emotions over the morality of his act. It's the inner moral dilemma that haunts Rich throughout the book, even as the story - which returns Rich to the battle-waters of the South Pacific - has little to do with it. Instead, in "Dust", Rich has his ship essentially commandeered by his commodore and joined to others in an experiment in "wolfpacking" the Japanese. Rich's superior quickly shows signs that he's got his own problems, but Rich's demons (which also include a burgeoning love for Jim Bledsoe's widow even as he romances another woman in Hawaii, a lapse that will come back to Haunt Rich in "Cold is the Sea".) prevent him from thinking or acting forcefully against the commodore. There's a gratuitous subplot involving Rich's capture by a brutal Japanese naval commander on a lower order than Bungo Pete - it doesn't do much for the plot, while the character's unrelieved meanness makes it clear that the story needed some idiot to kick around. Getting back to the war, Beach artfully and magnificently mixes on-board intrigue with the sea battle going on around Rich's sub. Beach's flaws (characters are on the whole just decent people, making the imperfect ones look unnneccessarily unlikable; rather than dialog, Beach has his characters speak in large, unbroken paragraphs, so instead of conversations, Beach's officers engage in miniature briefings; that made sense in "Run" which had a first person narrative, but doesn't work in "Dust" which reverts to 3rd person) are outbalanced by his expertise, even for those unfamiliar with the science of submarine warfare, and easily so for those who know a thing or two.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dust on the Sea: Edward L. Beach Dec 17 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is the definitive work of fiction set in WWII aboard an American submarine. Beach's character development does, however, while improved since Run Silent, Run Deep, is a reflection of his actually commanding submarines and not investing a lifetime as a professional fiction writer.

The plot is a hoot, but some readers should remember that this book was written several years ago by a man who fought the Japanese. Beach's depiction of the Japanese is not as sensitive to the unique Japanese culture as is currently popularized by some. Beach wrote this book as an adventure story and not to pursue an agenda.

Oh, the Bungo Suido is not in the Yellow Sea.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dust on the Sea: Edward L. Beach Dec 17 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is the definitive work of fiction set in WWII aboard an American submarine. Beach's character development does, however, while improved since Run Silent, Run Deep, is a reflection of his actually commanding submarines and not investing a lifetime as a professional fiction writer.

The plot is a hoot, but some readers should remember that this book was written several years ago by a man who fought the Japanese. Beach's depiction of the Japanese is not as sensitive to the unique Japanese culture as is currently popularized by some. Beach wrote this book as an adventure story and not to pursue an agenda.

Oh, and the Bungo Suido is not in the Yellow Sea.
4.0 out of 5 stars great history, good deal May 8 2014
By ray cooper - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
very good recap of history, good deal, great relive of a horrid time in everyones life, heros long gone for the cause of gallantry..
5.0 out of 5 stars Great WW2 submarine battle novel June 1 2012
By Thomas Erickson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I'm a fan of the late retired USN Captain Edward L. Beach. His submarine WW2 DVD Run Silent Run Deep was great...5 stars. This the first of his great trilogy. The last was Cold Is the Sea...5 stars. Dust Of The Sea is the second book of the great trilogy.

Beach is referring to the small particle debris from sinking ships or subs that layers the sea temporarily. Even though this is a novel there are a lot of true facts, etc. used in the book.

Dust of the Sea was great, with non stop action and terminology and actual procedures that went on in WW2 US subs. Beach should know as he was the skipper of a sub that saw action, and aid to President Eisenhower and the skipper of the USS Triton sub during an eighty four day, forty one thousand mile entirely underwater around the world voyage. Retired Captain Beach knew his submarines!

In Dust On The Sea we see Commander Richardson (stars in all three books) and two other commanding sub Captains being given orders from Captain Squadron Commander Joe Blunt via Vice Admiral Small, to form a three sub Wolfpack, to coordinate their attacks on Japanese shipping.

Little do they know that Commodore Joe Blunt has a deadly brain tumor that will effect the effectiveness of the Wolfpack's attack while he is the Commodore stationed on the lead sub Eel, that Commander Richardson commands.

We see one of the US subs attacking in an ineffective maneuver and being sunk by Japanese destroyer depth charges. The other two subs are the Whitefish and the Eel, that Richardson commands, They sink many ships including two huge troop ships loaded with Japanese soldiers that would of been used in attacking US soldiers and marines on Okinawa and Iwo . Also two escort destroyers are destroyed, one in a massive surface gun battle with the Eel, as the Eel runs out of torpedoes. Two of the huge troop ships are sank but one gets away. One of the Kwantung Army divisions gets through to attack our troops.

What an incredibly exciting, fast action book. The reader is left "biting his nails" waiting to know what manuevering techniques the subs will use in their attack and escape. The 351 page book is a page burner, I couldn't put down. I read it in three days. Beach had great character development and the reader has deep empathy with their emotions, fears, and dedication to duty.

I won't ruin the great 5 star ending for you.

I liked all the DVD Run Silent Run Deep and the second and third books so much I bought Edward L. Beach's Salt and Steel Reflections of a Submariner and will review. Dust On The Sea, a great WW2 submarine battle attack book written by a retired Naval Captain with 30 years and first hand experience. Dust On The Sea 5 stars and the late, retired Captain Edward L. Beach a superb Naval officer and writer.
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