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The Far Reaches

A Novel

Homer Hickam

St. Martin's Griffin

The year is 1943 and World War II in the Pacific rages on, with Americans engaged in desperate battles against a cunning enemy. Coast Guard Captain Josh Thurlow is on hand at the invasion of Tarawa, as the United States Navy begins throwing her Marines at island after bloody island across the Pacific. But nothing goes as planned, and young Americans go up against fanatical defenders. 

As blood colors the waters around Tarawa, Josh flounders ashore through a floating graveyard of dead men and joins the survivors. Critically wounded, Josh expects to die. Instead, Sister Mary Kathleen, a pretty Irish nun, nurses him back to health, then shanghais Josh, sidekick Bosun Ready O’Neal, and three American Marines to a group of tropical islands invaded by a brutal Japanese warlord. Josh and his little band must decide whether to help the Sister ?ght the battle she demands, return to Tarawa and the “real” war, or settle down in the romantic splendor of the South Seas. 

With an incredible eye for historical detail, edge-of-your-seat writing, and the talent of a master storyteller, Homer Hickam delivers another page-turning tour de force.

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Praise for The Far Reaches

Praise for The Far Reaches
"Excellent." --Kirkus
“Entertaining…compelling and historically grounded.” --Military.com
“Packed with action and pathos…[Hickam’s] impressive writing skills chronicle a near-catastrophic battle early in World War II….it is here that Hickam injects his rich and colorful characters into the story.” –Bookreporter.com 
 
Praise for The Ambassador's Son
“A tightly wrapped tale of wartime action.”
--Publishers Weekly
“Homer Hickam establishes himself as an heir to such greats as James Jones and Herman Wouk.” --James Bradley, bestselling author of Flags of Our Fathers 
 "This fast-moving tale of action, intrigue, and romance during World War II is filled with fascinating characters and vivid backgrounds. Hickam is one of the best yarn-spinners in the business." --James Reasoner, author of The Last Good War
“A well-written piece of WWII fiction that would be worth reading even without its bonus characters.” –Roanoke Times
 “Hickam effectively weaves storytelling and exhaustive research on Kennedy into a thrilling tale” –The Denver Post
“A fast-paced adventure novel with sea chases and skin-of-their-teeth rescues…the real strength of the book lies in the characters.  The main protagonists are well-drawn and credible…[and] the peripheral characters truly shine.” –Richmond Times-Dispatch 
 "THE AMBASSADOR'S SON is the reason I love to read. It takes you to a place where propellers and tides and bullets decide men's fates and you feel like you're sweating along with the heroes and villains. Homer Hickam is such a good writer that I'd probably read anything that he put out, but this adventure made me feel like a kid again." --Rick Bragg, bestselling author of ALL OVER BUT THE SHOUTIN'
"Homer Hickam is the best natural storyteller I've read in years." -Stephen Coonts

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  • Homer Hickam

  • Homer Hickam is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Rocket Boys, which was made into the acclaimed movie October Sky. He is also the author of the previous Josh Thurlow novels, The Keeper’s Son and The Ambassador’s Son. He is married to Linda Terry Hickam, an artist, who is also his assistant. They share their time between homes in Alabama and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

  • Homer Hickam
    Homer Hickam
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The Far Reaches

A Novel

Homer Hickam

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