My novel, An Honorable German, just received an outstanding review from long time blog reader and personal correspondent, Lt. Joel Ira Holwitt, USN in Submarine Review which is the magazine of the US Naval Submarine League.
As faithful readers of the blog know, Lt. Holwitt is particularly qualified to make his comments since he is on active duty as a submarine officer, currently serving as navigator on the recently commissioned Virginia class attack boat, USS New Mexico (SSN 779). Prior to serving on the USS New Mexico, he was assigned to Naval Submarine School in Groton, CT in 2010. He served as a division officer on board USS Houston (SSN 713), based out of Apra Harbor, Guam, from 2007 to 2010. A 2003 graduate of the US Naval Academy, he earned a PhD in naval and military history from Ohio State University in 2005. He is the author of Execute Against Japan: The U.S. Decision to Conduct Unrestricted Submarine Warfare, published by Texas A&M University Press. I commend his book to you without reservation.
I am very appreciative of Lt. Holwitt’s review because he highlights my meticulous attention to the details of life aboard a warship. I did not serve in the US Navy or any other branch of the armed forces so this took a lot of time and research. To be recognized for that by a man who actually is a professional submarine officer is very gratifying to me. His review is below: