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    The riveting first book in Bruce Gamble's critically acclaimed
    Rabaul trilogy, originally published in hardcover as Darkest
    Hour, which chronicles the longest battle of World War II.

    January 23, 1942, New Britain. It was 2:30 a.m., the darkest hour
    of the day and, for the tiny Australian garrison sent to defend
    this Southwest Pacific island, soon to be the darkest hour of the
    war. Lark Force, comprising 1,500 soldiers and six nurses, faced
    a vastly superior Japanese amphibious unit poised to overrun
    Rabaul, capital of Australia’s mandated territories. Invasion
    Rabaul, the first book in military historian Bruce Gamble’s
    critically acclaimed Rabaul trilogy, is a gut-wrenching account
    of courage and sacrifice, folly and disaster, as seen through the
    eyes of the defenders who survived the Japanese assault. Gamble’s
    gripping narrative follows key individuals—soldiers and junior
    officers, an American citizen and an Army nurse among them—who
    were driven into the jungle, prey to the unforgiving environment
    and a cruel enemy that massacred its prisoners. The dramatic
    stories of the Lark Force survivors, told here in full for the
    first time, are among the most inspiring of the Pacific War—and
    they lay a triumphant foundation for one of today’s most highly
    praised military nonfiction trilogies.

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