A Novel of Tarawa
by Larry Alexander
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Pub Date 14 Mar 2023 | Archive Date 20 Mar 2023
The island of Tarawa, a tiny spit of sand out in the middle of the Pacific, teemed with five hundred pillboxes filled with artillery pieces and highly motivated Japanese soldiers. Their commanding officer encouraged his troops, saying, “It would take one million men one hundred years” to conquer Tarawa. They were convinced that the Americans would be slaughtered before they ever got ashore.
Private Pete “Hardball” Talbot was one of the US Marines tasked with taking the island. A cocky, tough street kid from Philadelphia, Pete joined up to escape his abusive father. In his mind, nothing the Japanese could throw at him could be as bad as what his father dished out. He was angry, and more than willing to take it out on the enemy. But once he climbed over the side and into the landing craft, and once the Japanese artillery and machine guns opened up in defense of the island, Pete knew this was going to be different. It would take all his training, and all his street smarts to stay alive while those around him got blown to bits.
Despite Japanese predictions, it took the United States Marines seventy-six hours to take Tarawa. It was a walk in the park … if the park were in the middle of hell itself.
A Note From the Publisher
“76 Hours is the take-no-prisoners debut novel by bestselling World War II historian Larry Alexander. The battle for the Pacific island of Tarawa is seen from both a hard-as-nails US Marine with a dark past and a Japanese soldier determined to give his life to the emperor. The story is fast-paced and intense, as if you were on Tarawa with a rifle in your hand. If you want to know what it was like to invade an enemy-held island, read 76 Hours.”
-Jeff Shaara, New York Times bestselling author
“New York Times bestselling WWII historian Larry Alexander captures the vicious reality of the Battle of Tarawa in his first novel, 76 Hours. Alexander puts the reader on the blood-soaked Pacific island amidst devastating machine-gun fire, desperate Banzai attacks, and brutally effective flamethrowers. His characters and prose are as tough as the marines who took the island against a dug-in foe.”
-Steven Pressfield, bestselling author of Gates of Fire and A Man at Arms
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An outstanding novel of the battle for Tarawa during WW2, looking at the story from the viewpoint of both sides. The story is fast paced and gripping. The characters are well developed and the reader can find themselves drawn into caring about what happens to them. A great read.
Thank you to #NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for my honest review.
Thank you to @NetGalley for the ARC in response to an honest review.
76 hours is a book that can be described in one word. Outstanding. The novel covers the battle for Tarawa during WW2,
The battle is covered well from both sides and I have to say, the characterisation is superb. Fast paced throughout, this will have you turning pages anxious to see what’s happening. When you find your self attached to characters and caring for their outcome, you know that you are onto something good.
Thank you to our author of whom I have read several of his other works. This most certainly did not disappoint.