Monday, November 9, 2015

Into the Killing Seas by Michael Spradlin

Patrick and his younger brother have stowed away on the USS Indianapolis with the help of Marine Benny.  The two boys have been separated from their parents since the beginning of World War II and hope to be able to find them again. But their plan is endangered when the Indianapolis is sunk by a Japanese torpedo.  The two boys are left clinging to a makeshift raft for days while around them sailors are dying of dehydration, madness and shark attacks. 

I'm fascinated by the real life story of the USS Indianapolis and I like Spradlin's "Spy Goddess" series so I was expecting much more from this.  The writing is not good and Benny's 1940's lingo feels forced.  A book about people being eaten by sharks should be more exciting than this.