China Hand: A book review
By: Garland Davis
I just finished reading China Hand. An enjoyable story. I don’t doubt that it correctly described life and operations aboard submarines homeported in Asia during the depression years of the thirties. The boats and their tender, USS Canopus AS-34, spent their winters in Cavite and Olongapo and their summers in Tsingtao, China (I was serving in USS Reeves CG-24 in 1986 when we visited that port). Much of the book deals with the politics of China and the Japanese threat and the machinations of a wealthy Chinese merchant to profit by gaining intelligence information from two sailors to sell to the Japanese.
No Sand Pebbles, but a pleasant few hours. I would recommend it.
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Thanks Chief Davis, I’ll try to locate a copy. I’m very interested in that time period.
A few years back, my SUBVETS Base in Pittsburgh Inherited a cruise book with lots of pictures from one of these cruises. I scanned them all before having to give it back. I am pretty sure none of the guys who got it have a clue what the pictures were or the significance. Still trying to decide what to do with the collection.
Final Harbor is the best novel Harry Homewood wrote. Also by him are Silent Sea and O God of Battles. All worth a look.
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