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Conqueror of the Oceans (Special Force Orca Book 11) [Kindle Edition]

Anthony Molloy , Paul Scott
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While the intolerable weight of the War had been removed from the tottering walls of Britain and redistributed to the Pacific, to Russia and to Africa, Barr’s clandestine operations were as fraught as ever. He would have said more so.
The U Boat, most now believed, had been defeated in the rout that the Germans were calling ‘Black May’. He seemed to be the only one facing up to the unwelcome truth. New and revolutionary submarine designs threatened the expanding and fragile web of Allied supply lines. Supply lines which were carrying the vulnerable reinforcements to theatres of war that lay across a vast and difficult to patrol Atlantic. If this modernisation of the U Boat Arm was allowed to continue it would mean a total rethink on the tactics used to combat his old enemy.
If Doenitz was to get the supplies of fuel, steel and men he demanded and therefore was able to build his new model U Boat Arm, it would overwhelm the Allied convoys in a matter of months and thereafter the oceans of the World. The Allies slow and outdated escorts would be deployed against U Boats able to spend longer periods under water and that were faster than surface ships.
The prognosis was a return to the bad old days; to a Britain short of materials, facing starvation with the prospect of a disastrous capitulation or total destruction under the jackbooted heel of the Nazis.
From captured papers Barr, at least, can visualise the new force that could be arrayed against them and the possible consequences if they were allowed to prevail. All he needed to do was persuade a sceptical and celebratory hierarchy, convinced that the war is all but over, that it wasn’t. He needed evidence, but that lay where few would dare to go, few except Barr’s own elite force. After a daring raid, by 30 Assault Unit, the group do get their hands on vital documents, but he finds the news is even worse than he had at first thought. The Germans not only had a new faster U Boat, they also had jet propelled planes in the pipeline and all but invincible tanks. He realises the grim truth that the research and manufacture of these super weapons must be delayed by any and every means available; even if it means the loss of ‘Orca’ itself, it must be done. Failure would mean tens of thousands of lives lost when eventually the Allies land in Europe. It means that Orca must venture into the Grey Wolves lair a second time for it is there that the biggest of prizes beckons.

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  • Print Length: 321 pages
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DPL7O7S
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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The 16th volume of the longest book in the World, 1,500,000 words, should be out by mid March its entitled, 'Deep and Silent' and marks the return of Special Force Orca to the storm tossed waters of the Atlantic. In their old hunting grounds they encounter a Nazi supersub which is faster underwater than most ships are on the surface, providing another headache for that master of anti-submarine warfare Commodore Barr R.N. The Royal Marines also have their hands full with an operation further behind enemy lines than they have ever been before, read on, as they say, but not until next month...

I thought it would be interesting to give the fans of Commodore Barr a snippet of Book 15 in the series. It's called 'Make Smoke' I wrote this bit this morning 0200 GMT.

Barr stared out to where a long white mustache of foam underlined the dark cliffs of Spain. They were breaking International Law, they were well inside Spanish waters, but on a dark night like this he doubted they could be seen from the shore. He felt safe enough, the Spanish had no Radar and his own would give early warning of any patrolling ships of the Armada Española. He smiled into the darkness, their nearest warship was probably a good thirty miles away at Cabo Trafalgar, a whole fleet of them in fact, he doubted they would be giving him much trouble, they hadn't Nelson.

I've just come across this bit of the author's profile where you can alter your appearance by updating your author's photo. I've been here for an hour now and dinner getting cold , but that's the only one I can find of me with hair. I have got the one of me, aged 11 months, with slightly more hair, but I don't look clever enough to be an author. but then I still don't, sod it...Better stick with what I've got before the sales fall and the whole family starves.

IT'S OUT FOLKS! The many fans of Commodore Barr and his Special Force Orca will be glad to know the next book in the series, number 13 is out. It's another thigh slapping yarn of daring do, so don't miss it. The title is 'Rejoin with All Speed', I hope you will!

This review is from: On the Edge of Darkness (Special Force Orca) (Kindle Edition)
What a rattling good yarn with great characters, both above and below decks and a real down to earth feel. It reminds me of Alistair McLean in the way it grabs you and drags you straight into the story. There's plenty of detail, but not pages of it before any sort of action, or interaction of characters. Some ingenious ideas are used to good effect, look out for the 'E' boat incident. It's a fast paced, crash, bang, wallop of a story, that's obviously been researched well, but doesn't get in the way of the narrative. This looks like a series of Orca Team 'books' and I look forward to the next one in the series.
Born: Yes I was, despite Hitler bombing my family out of house and home in London. I think it was a personal thing between him and me, I had two balls and he didn't. If I'm right it was some sulk.
The evacuation resulted in me being born a ´Devonshire Dumpling´. I went back to Bideford once, to the actual nursing home where I was launched, no blue plaque yet. I'm pretty sure that must be down to Council cuts.
Schooling: Rotherhithe New Road. That was the Rotherhithe before they got rid of the rats in the riverside warehouses and installed the other sort.
I was actually there, aged nine, when our neighbours Sunday joint floated away on the neap tide of 1953. Surely everyone alive at the time remembers that, the leg of lamb I mean, my family and I chased it for miles along with the rest of the starving thousands of Rotherhithe. As I recall it outpaced us all, we were all rather thin and weak at the time, I think it must have ended up gracing the tables of the ultra rich downstream.
Undeterred we searched for days until the increasing size of the mob was spotted by the Government who thought we looked hungry and , as a measure of their concern, called out the riot squad. They fired rubber bullets at us made from metal; they couldn't afford the rubber at the time thanks to Malayan speculators.
But I digress, my teacher at Rotherhithe thought that, because I liked drawing ships, I might like to go to sea. Perfectly logical, when you consider that one of my class mates, who enjoyed drawing plants, later became one.
So I went to the London Nautical School, there I learnt navigation, seamanship and how to muffle screams whilst receiving six of the best from the headmaster. Again undeterred I left as soon as I could, but they kept dragging me back until, at fifteen, I was able to leave legally and without the blood hounds and the skirmish lines that so blocked the Waterloo traffic.
I ran away to sea for two pound fourteen and six a week gross and enlisted at Blackheath Recruiting Office, not there now, I burnt that to the ground during my first leave.
There followed a year of hell, the beatings were fine, but the sport...every afternoon.
Come on!
Someone, I can't remember who, spotted I wasn't keen and decide I might prefer hard labour; they were all so sensitive in those days. It was then I acquired a liking for hard work. Hard work equals no pain being the rough formula. God how I loved HMS Ganges. They even put Bromide in your tea; I'm still waiting for that to take effect.
In those days you signed on in the Navy for nine years from the age of eighteen, there was a chance to buy yourself out when you were twenty four. I think it was that consoling thought that turned most of us to booze.
Then in 1971 they stopped the tot, That was the last thing I remember until I woke up in a Horticultural College studying that subject and married to my wife( I married her on April the first so as not to forget what a fool I was, I told Brenda it made it easier to remember the date.)
I then spent thirty odd years adjusting to life without brutality until finally I retired to Spain where I have used their cheap red wine as a kind of dummy ever since.

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4.0 out of 5 stars these orca books always work for me 20 Aug. 2013
By rog h
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as usual,the orca gang are up to their usual antics,pure fiction,but then,that is what a novel should be.look forward to more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars More books 29 July 2013
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Where is the next one,as good as the rest read them all .please hurry up with the next book I can't wait
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really good series 10 Jun. 2014
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I have enjoyed all of the Special Force Orca series and I am now awaiting the next book, I hope the author gets a move on. :)
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