“76 Hours is the take-no-prisoners debut novel by bestselling World War II historian Larry Alexander. The battle for the Pacific island of Tarawa is seen from both a hard-as-nails US Marine with a dark past and a Japanese soldier determined to give his life to the emperor. The story is fast-paced and intense, as if you were on Tarawa with a rifle in your hand. If you want to know what it was like to invade an enemy-held island, read 76 Hours.” —Jeff Shaara, New York Times bestselling author
- 76 Hours
Release Date: 3/14/23
Formats: Retail CD Audiobook, MP3 CD, Digital Audiobook, Hardcover, eBook
The island of Tarawa, a tiny spit of sand out in the middle of the Pacific, teemed with five hundred pillboxes filled with artillery pieces and highly motivated Japanese soldiers. Their commanding officer encouraged his troops, saying, “It would take one million men one hundred years” to conquer Tarawa. They were convinced that the Americans would be slaughtered before they ever got ashore.
Private Pete “Hardball” Talbot was one of the US Marines tasked with taking the island. A cocky, tough street kid from Philadelphia, Pete joined up to escape his abusive father. In his mind, nothing the Japanese could throw at him could be as bad as what his father dished out. He was angry, and more than willing to take it out on the enemy. But once he climbed over the side and into the landing craft, and once the Japanese artillery and machine guns opened up in defense of the island, Pete knew this was going to be different. It would take all his training, and all his street smarts to stay alive while those around him got blown to bits.
Despite Japanese predictions, it took the United States Marines seventy-six hours to take Tarawa. It was a walk in the park … if the park were in the middle of hell itself.