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Casemate Publishers announces the availability of:

In the Shadows of Guadalcanal

In the Shadows of Guadalcanal

Phillip Parotti

Price – $22.95 USD

Re-deployed from convoys in the Atlantic, the men of PC-450, an advanced sub-chaser, face Japanese submarines and air attacks as they support the U.S. Marines island-hopping across the Pacific.


Twice torpedoed during the Battle of the Atlantic, LT. Tony Colombo U.S.N.R., a former merchant marine officer, is appointed to command a new Navy ship, PC-450, a 173-foot, steel-hulled and much advanced submarine chaser carrying five officers and 65 men. After a period of escorting convoys up and down the Atlantic coast, Tony suddenly finds himself escorting ships loaded with Marine Corps equipment all the way to Wellington, New Zealand, and then to Brisbane, Australia.

Once arrived, he is instantly ordered to begin escorting small convoys up and down the Australian coast. Some weeks later, Tony and PC-450 engage in battle with a dangerous Japanese midget submarine which is attempting to penetrate Brisbane harbor.

In the summer of 1942, as PC-450 begins to escort numerous convoys from Australia to Noumea in New Caledonia, the United States suddenly invades Guadalcanal, with the result that Tony begins guiding convoys north in support of the invasion while fending off the multiple day-and-night air raids that the Japanese throw down The Slot. Subsequently, following the hard-fought victory on Guadalcanal, PC-450 participates in the invasion of the Russell Islands and then, during the grinding fight for New Georgia, PC-450 not only helps to fend off Japanese air attacks on the fleet, but twice engages in surface actions when the Japanese attempt to infiltrate troops onto the island. Wounded in a sudden air attack that radar could not detect in advance, Tony and Baldy are returned to Brisbane for convalescence and new assignments.

About the Author

Phillip Parotti grew up in Silver City, New Mexico, graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1963, and served four years at sea on destroyers, both in the Pacific and the Atlantic, before exchanging his regular commission for a commission in the U.S. Naval Reserve. In addition to a number of short stories, essays, and poems, Parotti has published three well-received novels about the Trojan War. In retirement, Parotti and his wife, Shirley, live in their hometown, where he continues to write and work as a print artist. Together, they have two daughters and four grandchildren.


People won't forget the visceral impact of these real-life characters. Ordinary people, pushed to extraordinary ends, surviving the true horrors of war accurately portrayed. A military, naval, novel you won't want to put down.

– Ron Lealos, author of "Pashtun: A Military Thriller" and "Don't Mean Nuthin"
A page-turning historical portrayal of love, war, hardship and discovery of the true cost for sailors' survival. Those who were at sea in any war time will savor every page.

– Maria Riva, Best-selling Author of "Marlene Dietrich: The Life"
Casemate has a long history of publishing high quality military history non-fiction. Lately, they have expanded their range of work to include well written novels using wartime settings.

– WWII History Magazine

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