- Hardcover: 400 pages
- Publisher: Orion; First Edition edition (12 Sept. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1409144186
- ISBN-13: 978-1409144182
- Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.7 x 4.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (111 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 311,342 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Hunter Killers: The Dramatic Untold Story of the Royal Navy's Most Secret Service Hardcover – 12 Sep 2013
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Iain was one of a select few journalists aboard the carrier HMS Ark Royal when the pilot of a Sea Harrier shot down over the Balkans was rescued by Special Forces and returned to the ship.
More recently, Iain was aboard a Royal Navy frigate during a NATO counter-terrorism exercise in the Mediterranean and the same year (2008) visited US Navy and British warships facing down the Iranian and Al-Qaeda threat in the Northern Arabian Gulf.
Aside from being aboard the frigate HMS London (in 1991) when she was nearly hit by a practice torpedo launched by a Soviet submarine, during his visits to the USSR in its dying days Iain also came across a previously secret Russian prototype submarine at Balaclava in the Crimea. His report and photographs of the vessel when published were a world first.
During other Russian forays Iain twice visited the Kronstadt naval base (a restricted area). One memorable interview session with a Russian admiral involved 16 vodka toasts to 'the beautiful women of the world.'
In 2007, Iain's work in the maritime arena was saluted with a Special Recognition Award from the British Maritime Charitable Foundation (BMCF), for making 'a consistent and unwavering contribution to raising maritime awareness over the years'.
In addition to being founding (and current) Editor of the global naval news magazine WARSHIPS IFR (1998 - Present) and HPC Publishing's popular 'Guide to the Royal Navy' (2002 - Present) Iain continues to write for newspapers and other magazines.
His input for several years also infused and informed stories on naval affairs in the Sunday Telegraph and most recently (2014) in the Sunday Times.
In 2010 Iain's WW2 era book, 'Killing the Bismarck' won a Mountbatten Maritime Award for best literary contribution Certificate of Merit.
The citation, by a distinguished panel of judges, declared 'Killing the Bismarck' to be 'a book of intense drama, compiled with painstaking accuracy and vividly portrayed through the meticulous accumulation of first-hand witness accounts' to make it 'authoritative and compelling.'
Iain is an Associate Member of the HMS Warspite Association. His first book (published 2001) was a profile of the legendary battleship Warspite, primarily told through the experiences of her sailors and marines in two world wars, but also including a look at the exploits of the nuclear-powered submarine of the same name.
In June 2014, in recognition of his work on behalf of naval history, and in particular telling the story of Cold War submarines and submarines, Iain was presented with an award during a special 'HMS Warspite and Buddies in Boats Reunion' at the Royal Navy Submarine Museum.
His other books include 'H.M.S. London' which told the story of British warships to carry that names since the 17th Century, including the Type 22 frigate that was at one time commanded by Vice Admiral Sir Tim McClement.
Iain Ballantyne's latest book, 'Hunter Killers' (published by Orion), is the first work to tell the truth behind several dangerous episodes in the covert undersea confrontation between British and Soviet submarines and their crews during the Cold War.
an exciting, thought-provoking and very instructive book, most strongly recommended (SCUTTLEBUTT)
Ballantyne has written an excellent book, presenting many exciting and never before told stories from British submariners who served during the Cold War...it is surely one of the most enthralling of Cold War submarine thrillers. (Cem Devrim Yaylali WARSHIPS INTERNATIONAL FLEET REVIEW)
Ballantyne has persuaded former submarine captains to share not only their stories about life aboard what German wartime submariners called "iron coffins", but also some of the largely unknown details of their deployment, including their crucial role in the Cold War. (DAILY EXPRESS)
I've found no other book that delves so comprehensively into the underwater battle space during those tense years. (Julian Stockwin Author of The Kydd Series)
Ballantyne has written an excellent book, presenting many exciting and never before told stories from British submariners who served during the Cold War...it is surely one of the most enthralling of Cold War submarine thrillers. (Cem Devrim Yaylali Warships International Fleet Review)
Ballantyne has persuaded former submarine captains to share not only their stories about life aboard what German wartime submariners called "iron coffins", but also some of the largely unknown details of their deployment, including their crucial role in the Cold War. (Daily Express)
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The impact of the cold war on the quest for mastery in outerspace has long fascinated authors, journalists and film makers. No less dramatic was the cold war struggle for the inner space of the ocean depths from 1945 to 1991. This story, like the submarines and submariners that wrote it, remained invisible during the cold war years. The Royal Navy's silent service lived up to its reputation for silence and efficiency. Using a range of sources, including interviews with key protagonists, Iain Ballantyne's book brings to the surface the story of the Royal Navy's submarine force during the cold war years.
Ballantyne has quite a story to tell from deadly games of cat and mouse in the Baltic and the Barents Sea to operations under the Arctic ice cap. Stealthy missions to eavesdrop on ship radar emissions, weapons tests and Soviet naval exercises are punctuated by near misses and not so near misses. Ballantyne charts a series of incidents when, even in the coldest of northern seas, the cold war could have got hot as Royal Navy submarines were pursued with potentially lethal force by Soviet forces. The book's revelations are sure to send a shiver down the spines of those of us who lived through the cold war unaware of the dramas taking place 100 to a thousand meters below the surface of the sea.
Ballantyne has done a lot of detective work to piece the story together, but his real art as a writer lies in the way he engages the reader.Read more ›
Cold war patrols were never fun but the professionalism of the crews on RN Submarines was second to none, the captains the best in the world. They got us in and out in one piece. This books tells those stories beautifully. It also goes to explain why submariners will always be submariners even 30 years after leaving the mob.
Unusually, it is told through the eyes of specific crew, some careers it follows from recruitment to senior posts in the Navy and NATO.
A fascinating insight, highly recommended if you have wondered what life on-board was/is really like.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I thought life on Her Majesty's submarines was all about urine drinking contests until I read this excellent book.Published 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
Book on the navy's silent service(should be renamed the navy's secret service). Since. No body really knows what they get up to told from a x submariners point of view on the subs... Read morePublished 6 days ago by south walian
Very well written and technically brilliant. This gives a close up picture of reality not previously allowed in the public domain.
Brilliant book of real (as far as I can tell) accounts of what our submarines were up to (and probably still are). Read morePublished 1 month ago by AndyL