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  • H.M.S. Saracen | Douglas Reeman

    H.M.S. Saracen

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Douglas Reeman
    • Narrated By David Rintoul
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    Malta 1941. To most people H.M.S. Saracen is just an ugly, obsolete ship with an equally ugly recent history: her last commander is due for court-martial after shelling the troops he was sent to protect. But to Captain Richard Chesnaye she brings back memories - memories of the First World War when he and the old monitor went through the Gallipoli campaign together. It seems that captain and ship are both past their best. But as the war enters a new phase Chesnaye senses the possibility of a fresh, significant role - for him and the Saracen.

    Patrick says: "Different kind of War Story"
  • Go In and Sink | Douglas Reeman

    Go In and Sink

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Douglas Reeman
    • Narrated By David Rintoul
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    February 1943. As the balance of the war slowly shifts in Britain's favour, Lieutenant-Commander Steven Marshall brings his battle-scarred submarine into home port. Captain and crew are exhausted after 14 months' continuous service, but for most there can be no thought of leave. If the enemy collapse in North Africa is to be exploited, every experienced man will be needed. Marshall must return to the Mediterranean, but this time to a very different kind of war.

  • Badge of Glory | Douglas Reeman

    Badge of Glory

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Douglas Reeman
    • Narrated By David Rintoul
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    It was an age of empire, an age of contrast, and an age of dramatic change - and one which would determine the destinies of nations as well as of men. Captain Philip Blackwood of the Royal Marines rejoins his ship, HMS Audacious, in August of 1850, anxious to get back into action. "Per Mare - Per Terram" is the marines' motto. In the torturous heat of Africa, where they are sent to stamp out the remaining strongholds of slavery, and later, in the bitter war of the Crimea, Philip Blackwood and his men learn to obey it without question.

  • To Risks Unknown | Douglas Reeman

    To Risks Unknown

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Douglas Reeman
    • Narrated By David Rintoul
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    The year: 1943. Now there was to be no more retreat for Britain and her Allies. At last the war was to be carried into enemy territory. And from captured bases and makeshift harbours in North Africa, the Royal Navy's Special Force was to be the probe and the spearhead of the advance. To this unorthodox war came the corvette H. M. S. Thistle and her commanding officer, John Crispin.

  • A Ship Must Die | Douglas Reeman

    A Ship Must Die

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Douglas Reeman
    • Narrated By David Rintoul
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    January, 1944. When the British light cruiser Andromeda arrives at Williamstown naval dockyard to be handed over to the Royal Australian Navy, she is already a legend - having earned her young captain, Richard Blake, the Victoria Cross in her last victory against overwhelming odds in the Mediterranean. Blake has grown to love Andromeda, so has few regrets when he is unexpectedly told to retain his command with a British and Australian ship’s company.

    David says: "SOAP OPERA"
  • The Destroyers | Douglas Reeman

    The Destroyers

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Douglas Reeman
    • Narrated By David Rintoul
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    From the author of The First to Land, a novel set during World War II. They called them the Scrapyard Flotilla. After a quarter of a century of service, the eight destroyers had seen all kinds of action. Now they were to be used in raids to open the way for the invasion of Occupied Europe.

  • The First to Land | Douglas Reeman

    The First to Land

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Douglas Reeman
    • Narrated By David Rintoul
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    The dramatic sequel to Badge of Glory, China 1900. When the Boxer Rebellion erupts into bloody war. The Royal Marines, true to their motto, are the first to land - and the last to leave. Again, a Blackwood is in command.

    Robert says: "Left me wanting more"
  • Send a Gunboat | Douglas Reeman

    Send a Gunboat

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Douglas Reeman
    • Narrated By David Rintoul
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    HMS Wagtail is a river gunboat, a ship seemingly at the end of her unusual life, lying in a Hong Kong dockyard awaiting her last summons to the breakers' yard. Commander Justin Rolfe is also seemingly at the end of his useful naval life, an embittered man, brooding and angry from a court-martial verdict. Then the offshore island of Santu is threatened with invasion from the Chinese mainland.

  • Dust on the Sea | Douglas Reeman

    Dust on the Sea

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Douglas Reeman
    • Narrated By David Rintoul
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    It is 1943 and Captain Mike Blackwood, Royal Marine Commando, is a survivor. Young, toughened, and tried in the hellish crucible of Burma, he labours beneath the weight of tradition and the burden of his own self-doubt. For him, the horizon is not the lip of the trench seen by men of the Corps in the previous war, but the ramp of a landing craft smashing down into the sea, and the fire of the enemy on a Sicilian beach.

  • Rendezvous - South Atlantic | Douglas Reeman

    Rendezvous - South Atlantic

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Douglas Reeman
    • Narrated By David Rintoul
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    In 1941, when she was turned into an armed merchant cruiser, the SS Benbecula was already old. Yet even she was needed to protect the vital Atlantic sea lanes. Commander Lindsay, her new captain, had to work desperately to mould the ship’s company - raw recruits and old-timers - into a fighting force. And better than anyone, Lindsay knew this could be his last command, his last chance.

  • The Horizon | Douglas Reeman

    The Horizon

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Douglas Reeman
    • Narrated By Julian Glover
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    This is the third book in the 'Blackwood' saga. For three generations, members of the Blackwood family served the Royal Marines with distinction. With the outbreak of World War I, at last comes Jonathan Blackwood’s turn to carry the family name into battle. But as the young marines embark for the Dardanelles, and a new kind of warfare, it dawns on them that the days of scarlet coats and an unchanging tradition of honour and glory have gone forever.

    D. says: "Reeman does it again."
  • In Danger's Hour | Douglas Reeman

    In Danger's Hour

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Douglas Reeman
    • Narrated By David Rintoul
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    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. Under sealed orders in the battle-tossed waters of the Mediterranean, he and his jack-tired crew face one final test of their courage....

    Joe says: "Tense, realistic naval drama"
  • Killing Ground | Douglas Reeman

    Killing Ground

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Douglas Reeman
    • Narrated By David Rintoul
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    Western Ocean, 1942... From the bridge of HMS Gladiator, Lieutenant-Commander David Howard’s orders were chillingly clear. There could be no mercy. To the men who fought to protect the vital, threatened Merchant Navy convoys in the Western Approaches, the Battle of the Atlantic was a full-scale war. A relentless, savage war against an ever-present enemy and a violent sea - in an arena known only to its embittered survivors as the killing ground. HMS Gladiator was part of that war.

    F. Pryor says: "Very finely rendered"
  • Battlecruiser | Douglas Reeman

    Battlecruiser

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Douglas Reeman
    • Narrated By David Rintoul
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    When Captain Guy Sherbrooke joins HMS Reliant in 1943, he knows he may be her last Captain. Sister battleships have been destroyed, and Sherbrooke cannot alter the bitter truth that there will be no half measures for HMS Reliant.

    Cody says: "Another great Reeman story"
  • A Dawn Like Thunder | Douglas Reeman

    A Dawn Like Thunder

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Douglas Reeman
    • Narrated By David Rintoul
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    The human torpedo, or chariot, is the ultimate weapon in a war, and only men of extreme courage or recklessness volunteer for the special operations missions requiring its use. Reeman has also written 22 novels under the pseudonym Alexander Kent.

  • Winged Escort | Douglas Reeman

    Winged Escort

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Douglas Reeman
    • Narrated By David Rintoul
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    As the Second World War progresses, the destruction of Allied shipping mounts. Fighter pilot Tim Rowan is posted to an escort carrier to help guard the precious convoys. His adventures take him first to the Arctic and then the Indian Ocean.

    David Share says: "Superb WW II fiction"
  • The Volunteers | Douglas Reeman

    The Volunteers

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Douglas Reeman
    • Narrated By David Rintoul
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    They were the men and women of the Royal Navy's Special Operations units. Carrying out lightning raids on hostile coasts, they became a navy within a navy - each handpicked for their individual skills, and all of them courageous. Against the mighty backdrop of World War II they performed their small but deadly operations - living often beyond hope, sometimes beyond mercy. This is the dramatic story of a handful of such people. The Volunteers.

  • Sunset | Douglas Reeman

    Sunset

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Douglas Reeman
    • Narrated By David Rintoul
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    Hong Kong, 1941... To the residents and defence forces of the Crown Colony of Hong Kong, the war in Europe remains remote. Even the massive build-up of Japanese forces on the Chinese border cannot dent their carefree optimism. Yet one man suspects the truth. Lieutenant-Commander Esmond Brooke, captain of HMS Serpent and a veteran of the cruel Atlantic, sees all too clearly the folly and incompetence of Hong Kong’s colonial administration. To Brooke, attack by Japan seems inevitable.

    David says: "Very. Compelling story of a British destroyer and"
  • Torpedo Run | Douglas Reeman

    Torpedo Run

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Douglas Reeman
    • Narrated By David Rintoul
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    It was in 1943. On the Black Sea, the Russians were fighting a desperate battle to regain control. But the Russians’ one real weakness was on the water: whatever they did, the Germans did it better, and the daring hit-and-run tactics of the E-boats plagued them. At last the British agreed to send them a small flotilla of motor torpedo boats under the command of John Devane. Devane had been in the Navy since the outbreak of war.

  • The Glory Boys | Douglas Reeman

    The Glory Boys

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Douglas Reeman
    • Narrated By David Rintoul
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    They are called 'The Glory Boys', by those who regard their exploits with envy. Bob is one of them. Already a survivor of the close action in the English Channel & North Sea, in January of 1943 he is ordered to the Mediterranean & beleaguered Malta.

    BikeMeister says: "Great WW-II Naval Fiction"
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