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5.0 out of 5 starsEasy Fun Reading About WWII
Reviewed in the United States on September 14, 2020
All of Jack Higgins WWII novels are easy and fun reading. Each has a great deal of suspense with some fiction and nonfiction elements to them.
4.0 out of 5 starsAn unbiast appraisal of the people who face the heartache of war and the relentless challenges of the sea
Reviewed in the United States on July 24, 2013
All the loose ends seem to tie in to a action packed main theme of great endeavours with plots and counter plots and the recorded love of ones fellow humans that really comes to the fore when seemingly insignificant people are faced with the decisions requiring great and selfless bravery coupled with huge tests of character. Underlying romances have also been captured giving the action a touch of softness that is brilliantly portrayed. A thoroughly good read that I am happy to recommend. I would have given it a five however there were one or two rather large calls on credibility that knocked that last star off, however, it is after all only fiction.
Multiple strands weave a fascinating tapestry of action in this WWII adventure on the seas. A sailing ship complete with an order of nuns, a German submariner and an American doctor 'collide' in this well-written story
5.0 out of 5 starsA tale of World War II that blurs the lines of nationality and highlights humanity.
Reviewed in the United States on April 27, 2008
Storm Warning by Jack Higgins a tale that makes you think about what exactly is important in this life. The basic faith in and responsibility to humanity regardless of politics and nationality is ever present in this novel.
This story begins with a group of German nationalists who commandeer a 19th century sailing ship to try and sail from Brazil to their families in war torn Germany, by the way of the North Sea at in the final year of World War II. The vessel is the Deutschland, Captained by Eric Berger. The crew includes members of the German Kriegsmarine (Navy), an ambassador and his wife and a group of nuns all looking to go home. Then we have an American Admiral who is convalescing on the Scottish Hebrides island of Fhada where we see a Scottish community so far removed from the front yet very affected by the ravages of war in that they now only have old men and many women widowed or waiting in the village. The young are at war and some never to return. Add to this the young American crew of a Gunboat on patrol around the islands and a German U-Boat Captain who is a POW in Britain. All paths collide in the seas off Fhada and all sides shift to the age old battle of man against the sea.
The character development of this story is great and the glimpse into the everyday life of each leaves you wanting to know more. Each person is real, tangible and believable. My personal favorite is Old Murdoch Macleod, Coxswain of the Fhada Lifeboat and self made conscience of the islanders. I could smell the peat burning and smell the whiskey. Captain Berger and his crew aboard the Deutschland battle all the elements, dodge allied navies and over come doubt to strive forth. With each page turned you try to will them on all the way to their homes. Great story telling and exceptional tale.
You've got to admire Mr Higgins as he has made a career of basically writing lots of books with the same core elements, similar characters & plot time & time again. This is one of the better ones and worth reading.
5.0 out of 5 starsAnother brilliant Jack Higgins novel
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 13, 2016
As with all Jack Higgins novels, this another brilliant story line where three completely separate parts of WW2 end up on the Outer Hebrides. The entries from the Deutschland's log at the start of each chapter is a excellent guide to her progress. Jack obviously knows sailing ships well. The ONLY downside to this e book is its digital conversion - the layout was poorly done. at the end of one sentence we are on the gunboat Dead End, the next we are thousands of miles away on the Deutschland, then suddenly we are on a U Boat............few blank line divisions between the events.
Like another reviewer said, it took a little while to fully get into the book whilst establishing all the different characters. At one stage, I thought I would not be able to rate this quite as well as some previous books by the author. However, from about 2/3 of the way through the book it just gets better and better. The ending keeps you breathless. Without a doubt, an EXCELLENT read.