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  • 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.

    profile says: "Well done"
  • Killing Ground | Douglas Reeman

    Killing Ground

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Douglas Reeman
    • Narrated By David Rintoul
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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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"
  • A Prayer for the Ship | Douglas Reeman

    A Prayer for the Ship

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Douglas Reeman
    • Narrated By David Rintoul
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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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....

  • Strike from the Sea | Douglas Reeman

    Strike from the Sea

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Douglas Reeman
    • Narrated By David Rintoul
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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.

    Carroll says: "A French Navy historical novel of WW II"
  • The Pride and the Anguish | Douglas Reeman

    The Pride and the Anguish

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Douglas Reeman
    • Narrated By David Rintoul
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    In November 1941, Lt Ralph Trewin, DSC arrives at Singapore as second-in-command of HMS Porcupine. To the shell-shocked Trewin, the gun boat and her five elderly consorts symbolise the ignorance and blind optimism he finds in Singapore.

    Kristoffer says: "Not for me..."
  • The Volunteers | Douglas Reeman

    The Volunteers

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Douglas Reeman
    • Narrated By David Rintoul
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    (11)
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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.

  • 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"
  • 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"
  • Surface with Daring | Douglas Reeman

    Surface with Daring

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Douglas Reeman
    • Narrated By David Rintoul
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    It takes a special sort of courage to serve in midget submarines, and Lieutenant David Seaton, commanding officer of XE16, needs no reminding of the perils involved. The little X-craft with their four-man crews have been used against heavy enemy surface units and important harbour installations. But in 1944, with the Allies poised for an invasion through France, a new and more hazardous role is given to Seaton's flotilla.

  • The Greatest Enemy | Douglas Reeman

    The Greatest Enemy

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Douglas Reeman
    • Narrated By David Rintoul
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    Twenty-five years ago HMS Terrapin was part of a crack hunter/killer group in the Battle of the Atlantic. Now she is working out her last commission in the Gulf of Thailand. To Lieutenant-Commander Standish, the frigate seems to mark the end of his hopes of a career in the navy. Then a new captain arrives, a man driven by an old-fashioned, almost obsessive patriotism. And under his stubborn leadership, Standish and the crew discover a long-forgotten unity of purpose.

    gg says: "It's a good book"
  • For Valour | Douglas Reeman

    For Valour

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Douglas Reeman
    • Narrated By David Rintoul
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    As captain of the crack Tribal Class destroyer HMS Hakka, Commander Graham Martineau must once again call from the ordinary seamen the ultimate in courage, and prepare to defend to the death vital convoys to Russia. No man and no ship is immortal.

  • 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"
  • 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.

    Robert Lofstedt says: "A stressful, frenetic reading!"
  • Twelve Seconds To Live | Douglas Reeman

    Twelve Seconds To Live

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Douglas Reeman
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
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    Below a dark and angry sea, men in the submarines of the British Navy prowl. Explosive spherical mines lie silently in wait for their weathered vessels. At any time, the abyssals of the Atlantic can be rocked by the terrifying din of a mine exploding and a boat imploding. Manning these cramped vessels is a fulltime hardship, with myriad risks and sometimes terrifying emergencies.

    Myk says: "Too many story threads"
  • 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"
  • Battlecruiser | Douglas Reeman

    Battlecruiser

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Douglas Reeman
    • Narrated By David Rintoul
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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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"
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • The White Guns | Douglas Reeman

    The White Guns

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Douglas Reeman
    • Narrated By David Rintoul
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    There will be days when you wonder at and question some of the risks you had to take, the sacrifices you were forced to offer in the face of death. In Kiel Harbour, 1945, the war in Europe is at an end. But for Lieutenant Vere Marriott and the men of MGB 801, moored amid a nightmare of devastation, it is an uneasy, unsettled peace. New assignments ashore and afloat mean fresh tensions and conflicting emotions. For some, glory now takes second place to profit.

  • 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"
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