Josh Thurlow travels to The Far Reaches

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Postby bert911 » Tue Apr 24, 2007 1:58 pm

For those of you that have been following the exploits of Josh Thurlow, Homer Hickam has a new book coming out this summer, The Far Reaches.

From Homer's newsletter, here is a review from Kirkus:

Hickam sends his recurring hero, Josh Thurlow, to the World War II
invasion of Tarawa and then off to an edenic atoll with a few stalwart
troops and a complicated Irish nun who hopes he will carry out her own
battle plan. Introduced in The Keeper's Son (2003), U.S. Coast Guard
Captain Thurlow, sea-savvy native of the Outer Banks, operates independently
under the mandate of Navy Secretary Frank Knox, sending back private
reports and analyses providing the Secretary with unfiltered information
on the successes and failures of the Navy's mission. The invasion of
Tarawa, with which this rouser begins, threatens to be a disaster of the
first order. The American strategy of island hopping has brought the
fleet to a low-lying string of islands well defended by Japanese troops
prepared to fight to the death. The emperor's forces have prepared
earthworks that seem impervious to the Navy's giant guns, and the day the
Marines have picked for invasion is cursed by a tide that will send the
invasion craft straight into murderous reefs. Thurlow, seeing that the
Marines have no idea what they are getting into, joins the troops and is
quickly involved in one of the bloodiest battles of the war. He, his
fellow Outer Banksman Bosun Ready O'Neal and a handful of Marines make it
out alive, spirited off to the islands of the Far Reaches. They have
been rescued by a band of islanders led by Sister Mary Kathleen, who has
already escaped the Japanese once and is dead set on going back to
settle things with her former captors. When the outriggers land the little
fleet on the Far Reaches, it takes no more than a few minutes for them
to succumb to the charms of the islands and the islanders. But Sister
Mary Kathleen, with whom O'Neal is hopelessly in love, will not let
anyone forget her mission to invade the main island where she endured
captivity and fell from grace. Excellent war and, when the guns aren't
firing, equally fine peace. THE FAR REACHES Dunne/St. Martin's(320pp.)
$24.95 Jun. 1, 2007 ISBN: 978-0-312-33475-8

Here is the book tour schedule for The Far Reaches:

Davis Kidd, Nashville - Tuesday, June 12, 6:00pm.

Books & Co, Dayton - Wednesday, June 13, 7:00pm

Davis Kidd, Memphis - Thursday, June 14, 6:00pm

Quail Ridge, Raleigh - Friday, June 15, 7:00pm

Manteo Booksellers, Manteo, NC - Saturday, June 16, 1:00 pm

Booksmith, Birmingham, AL - Monday, June 18, 6:00pm

Capital Book, Montgomery, AL - Tuesday, June 19, 4:00pm

Barnes & Noble, Jones Valley, Huntsville, AL - Friday, June 22, 7:00pm

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Postby shirin » Wed Apr 25, 2007 3:28 am

Thanks for the heads up on this one! I'll have to add that to my ever growing list of to read books.
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Postby Grover1 » Wed Apr 25, 2007 4:36 am

I'm sensing a regional bias to this book tour ... :wink:
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Postby beachbum1616 » Wed Apr 25, 2007 5:06 am

Can't wait to get this one. I know someone who should get it for me.... :wink:

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Postby Pharoslvr » Wed Apr 25, 2007 12:53 pm

Thanks for the 'heads up!' It is on my list!


P.S. I've been thinking about Homer since the incident occurred at Virginia Tech, last week. He is a devout 'Hokie' with strong ties to
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Postby vacastle » Wed Apr 25, 2007 4:25 pm

Homer is scheduled to receive the Virginia Tech 2007 Distinguished Achievement Award on May 10 and then attend commencement exercises at Tech the next day.

I'm looking forward to reading the new book. Homer indicated awhile back that there might be a fourth (another after this one), with Dosie as the main character.

Thanks Robert for posting the review.

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