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A Prayer for the Ship

By: Douglas Reeman
Narrated by: David Rintoul
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HMS Royston, Coastal Forces Depot Ship, is mother ship to a battered, war-worn bunch of MTBs and MGBs. New on board is Sub-Lieutenant Royce: commissioned for three months, sea experience three months in an Asdic trawler, and aged 20. His commanding officer is Lieutenant Harston, aged 23.

His predecessor has been killed in action 48 hours earlier and is now hardly remembered. The crew are all young - some very young - but all old before their time....

©1958 Douglas Reeman (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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Torpedo boats plus romance

Narration: not always able understand narration...some mumbling and, more distracting, volume often dips dramatically at ends of sentences.

Story: potentially exciting battles between British torpedo boats and German e-boats marred by corny romance.

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Great Sea Adventure

The first Reeman I've read, and I'm eager to read more. Fascinating look at the war in the small Motor Torpedo Boats in the early stages of WW2. Can't wait to get through the rest or Reeman's books -- his reputation is well deserved. #UnlikelyHero #ComingOfAge #Gritty #Violent #WorldWarII #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

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  • Dr
  • 07-26-15

Good

Good and 14 unique other words I am forced to write for this stupid review

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  • Hamish Lambert
  • 03-24-16

Classic Reeman

Just what you'd expect from Douglas Reeman! Taut and full of suspense and authenticity. You can smell the sea air!

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  • alexander
  • 04-05-18

A MOST SATISFYING READ

Good and well crafted characters.
Plot so filled with action that you can taste the sea.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-10-22

A ripping good yarn

The book starts well. The dash and daring of an MTB vessel braving it out against bigger foes, coupled with the gritty hardship of a crew and their complex camaraderie. However, it tales off towards the end of the novel, with the "love interest" taking the flag. Overall quite an exciting tale but perhaps momentum drops towards the end.

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  • 01-06-22

Immersed from start to finish

The third reeman book I have listen to and what a world it portrays, great action pieces but the reality of life aboard the ship is what really brings the story to life.

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  • I. M. Forrest
  • 10-08-21

Pretty good

But a bit of a bodice ripper, without any bodice ripping! Worth a listen though.