John Shors’s second work of fiction, BESIDE A BURNING SEA, is a novel of World War II, specifically the Pacific Theater. And most moviegoers know what that means: John Wayne leading a doomed Marine squad on a remote tropical island. Humphrey Bogart, on the bridge of a minesweeper, rolling those two little steel balls in his hand. Glenn Ford sweating out depth charges in a submarine beneath Tokyo Bay. Tough, hard-boiled stories about a desperate struggle on the shores of the great ocean --- that’s what you expect out of World War II fiction.
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