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I must respectfully disagree with the previous reviewer of this book. I am retired USN so I have some familiarity with the subject matter which may have helped my understanding. The narrator uses the Queen's English for the general narration. He also uses Cockney for Cockney crew-members, northern English for northern English crew members, Welsh accented English for the Welsh, etc.
I do believe that this is a book that you must listen to closely to stay in the picture since there is a fair amount of complexity to the subject matter and the main characters' thoughts and speech. The action is sharp and startling, as I believe was that kind of naval warfare, conducted mostly at night before the arrival of radar. All of the technical/historical material rings completely true to me.
This is my first listen to Reeman. I have listened to every Patrick O'Brian and Frederich Marryat novel that I can find in audio format, and I would love to see more of Reeman's writing on Audible.
...and if that weren't enough, it's confusing and disjointed. On top of that, you have to put up with the cockney accent of the narrator, which makes the whole experience something less than pleasing. You can skip this, without feeling at all as if you've missed something
I have read many of Douglas Reeman's books and have always enjoyed them, this is the first time I had listened to one. David Rintoul is ann excellent Narrator and I enjoyed his charcterisations, the story line is good but perhaps not one of his best nevertheless very enjoyable its a pity Audible dont carry more of them.
"good, but over priced."
This book is something that people who are interested in Malta, and its servival during the second world war should read.
It has good characters in, and if the end is a tad obvious, it is never the less yet another good book by Reeman. Audible should have more of them.
"The best author of sea novels"
I love Douglas Reeman books as well as his pseudonynm Alexander Kent. If you like sea novels about the sea then you probably already know about Reeman. Under the name Reeman it is mostly about WWII whereas Kent is about Richard Bolitho's war with the French in the 1700-1800s. They are all great and I would very much recommend them
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