The Mediterranean, 1943... The HMS Rob Roy. A tiny machine, just 230 feet from stem to stern. In peacetime she would have trawled for cod. Now her catch is deadlier by far. Lieutenant-Commander Ian Ransome is a veteran of the treacherous front line of naval combat. For three years, he’s swept the explosive curtain of Nazi mines that shrouds the British Isles. Now, under sealed orders in the battle-tossed waters of the Mediterranean, he and his jack-tired crew face one final test of their courage and seamanship under fire. Their secret mission: to spearhead the Allies’ desperate invasion of Italy.
©1988 Douglas Reeman (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
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"In the Navy"
Listening to this book will tell you about some aspects of Royal Navy life in minesweepers during the Second World War. As usual with Douglas Reeman there is much soul searching and self doubt expressed by the main characters - can be tiresome especially as it is difficult to fast forward. For me, this book is best at describing the day to day life of the minesweeper and the lives of the officers and ratings and their duties. The less convincing passages deal with the family lives of officers and crew. Overall it was an enjoyable yarn well read as always by David rintoul.
Not a modern book but it was a fast read when it first came out and I for one loved it. Alas time has moved on and writing with it. Today's writers are more able to describe the scenario with more emphasis.
This should not detract from Reemans evident talent. If you are into naval stories from the world wars this is worth a listen.
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