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Strike from the Sea

Narrated by: David Rintoul
Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
Categories: History, World
4.5 out of 5 stars (35 ratings)

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Indo-China 1941, and cruising somewhere off Saigon is the world’s largest, most dangerous submarine, the French Soufriere. The British navy must capture and use her in the defence of Singapore before she is used against them. For Commander Robert Ainslie it is the supreme challenge of his career.

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Great Sub warfare with a unique sub.

Another one of Douglas Reeman's great books set during the fall of Singapore. Like most of his books there is quite an interesting cast of people that draws you in and keeps you quite invested, or at least it did for me.

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REEMAN NEVER FAILS TO ENTERTAIN

Someone commented that Reeman wrote the same story again and again and I have to admit that seems to be true, but it's also pleasant to cruise known waters. The heroine in this novel was different but similar, and the other characters likewise seemed to have walked in from the pages of an earlier story. It was a relief that the ship - submarine - in this story was not crippled, aged, flawed/rusted or destined for the wreckers, and was in fact a cool French mega-sub with lots of space to swing a crew. That made it much more interesting. If you like Reeman you won't be disappointed at all.

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A French Navy historical novel of WW II

A genre rarely seen about foreign forces in WW II done in english. Uniquely, it is set on a rare, large submarine out in the colonies of the French Empire as Paris fell & some french continued to fight on.

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I love this guys work

Would you consider the audio edition of Strike from the Sea to be better than the print version?

About the Same I've listen to Strike form the Sea and have read it.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The Captain of the Sub. He's like most of Mister Reeman's main character's haunted by war, but understands he has a job to do.

Have you listened to any of David Rintoul’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

He read all of Mister Reeman's books he's one of the best.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

You shouldn't have joined if you can't take a Joke. (From another Book)

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This is not my favorite Douglas Reeman book. My fav is Sunset it's set in Hong Kong weeks before and after WWII in the Pacific starts. Strike From the Sea is one three books set in the Pacific before during and after the Japanese attack. He catches the arrogance, the wishful thinking, the slow dawning that a way of life is coming to an end as the Japanese advance. One is set in Hong Kong the other two are set in Singapore, any WWII buff will know what train wreck that was. His other WWII books are set in the Atlantic and the Med and show the cold, grim, dirty horror of the killing grounds of the North Atlantic, Atlantic, and sunny killing grounds of The Med. Give him a try.

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silent but not finished

If you could sum up Strike from the Sea in three words, what would they be?

interesting, exciting, incomplete

Did David Rintoul do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

yes, the chracters are a distinct bunch , no two alike,

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

to be continued

Any additional comments?

just seemed to wrap it up in the end to finish the story in time.

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  • John H
  • 10-26-16

Entertaining

An excellent glimpse of a part of history seldom written about - the fall of Singapore. The author cleverly weaves a tale of courage and romance taking the reader into the intimate world of military strategy and politics with all the lost chances and bad decisions that goes with it. A thoroughly good read.