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The Captain`s Story

The Captain`s Story [Kindle Edition]

Ray J Cowling
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The Captain`s Story
An intriguing war novel.
Many war books especially naval war stories, have been written about World War Two and before. Some even delve further back into naval history to the days of sail.
However, very few naval fiction books have been written about the Falklands War. As war was never actually declared by either Argentina or Great Britain, we should actually refer to it as the Falklands Conflict.
At the age of thirty three, Commander Mike Mansfield is the youngest ever `Captain` in the Royal Navy. His first command is the type 42 destroyer, HMS Devonport. The weight of responsibility rests heavily on his shoulders. He is relentlessly tormented in a constant battle to prove he is up to the job, not only to his crew, but also to himself.
Does he have what it takes to overcome the doubts and fears of the two hundred and fifty two officers and men under his command?
Can he gain their respect?
His estranged wife Gill, a QARNNS (Queen Alexandra Royal Naval Nursing Service) nursing officer, is the one true love of his life. He fell hopelessly in love with her as a patient in The Royal Naval Hospital Stonehouse, Plymouth when he was sixteen. It was love at first sight. After many years in the Service together, she would now like them both to leave The Royal Navy. Navy life is all they have ever known, and she would now like them both to make a fresh start in `Civvy Street.` Maybe even start a family.
However, Mike feels an overwhelming desire to fulfil his destiny. Even though he`s not really sure exactly what that destiny is right now. As if he doesn`t have enough problems, his old enemy from his days as a sixteen year old Junior Seaman is never far away.
Gordon Bates has only one real pleasure in life; to inflict pain, misery and hurt into the lives of others, especially Mike. Luckily, his best friend Petty Officer Andy Hitchen is usually on hand to help and support him. Their unbreakable bond of friendship born from the time they joined-up together back in 1966.
Mike eventually finds himself embroiled in a war of attrition with his own insecurities, as he tries to conquer the inner demons which have plagued him throughout his life. His continual battle with mood swings, depression and low self- esteem, fuel an on-going saga in his own personal war. Not to mention his Achilles heel; seasickness.
Despite being a professional sailor for all his adult life, its ugly spectre still haunts him to this day. Whilst on NATO Exercises with other warships in the Mediterranean Sea, practising and honing their naval warfare techniques, an unfortunate maritime incident occurs. Mike finds himself now facing a court martial.
Will he lose his Commission and be dishonourably discharged from the Navy, or will justice prevail?
With his career in tatters and his marriage on the rocks, it seems things can`t get much worse.
Then, another fight appears on the horizon. The ruthless ruling Military Junta in Argentina invade The Falkland Islands. HMS Devonport is sent to the South Atlantic as part of a British Task Force, to reclaim them back for Britain.
Can Mike rise to the challenges ahead?
Does he have the courage within himself to equal the bravery of his crew?
Is he prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice to win back The Falkland Islands?
Does he have what it takes to help win The Falklands War, and bring his ship and her crew back home safely?
Could this be his true destiny?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 429 KB
  • Print Length: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Ray J Cowling (11 Dec 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #101,406 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read and Enjoy 18 Mar 2013
By robo
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Great read, came through the ranks the hard way, and made it in the end.
Just the job for new recruits to Her Majestys Finest.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Captains Story. 1 April 2013
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Well written, a bit far fetched at times. But made good reading. Would possibly read again. Has joined my library
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real page-turner!!! 15 Mar 2013
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This is a fictional account of one man`s experience in a real life episode of British history. It takes place in the months leading up to the start of the Falklands War and The Battle of San Carlos.

Mike Mansfield is The Royal Navy`s youngest ever Captain. Using a series of flashbacks, the author takes you back in time to his early naval career, when he joined-up as a fifteen year old junior seaman. Shaped by his experiences he became the man he is today. Flawed, but deeply patriotic, with an overwhelming sense of duty.

This fast-paced sea adventure has everything. War, peace, life, death, friendship, adversity, humour, sadness and even a love story. Read and enjoy. A steal at this price. Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Memory Lane 23 July 2013
By PaulG
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I thoroughly enjoyed the first few chapters as it brought back a lot of memories. I was in the navy at almost the same time and went through a lot of Mike Mansfield's experiences.. I was also in the Falklands aboard HMS Antrim and was a little disappointed at the amount of inaccuracies. I understand that it is a fictional story but when using ships names that were in the conflict then the information about them should be accurate. For example: Glamorgan had Seaslug missiles NOT Sea Dart. HMS Ark Royal before her refit in 1969/70 had Sea Vixen aircraft NOT Phantoms.
It is also very unlikely that a Commander especially a very young Commander would have been made Captain of a Type 42 which the Devonport wax supposed to be.. These positions were for a four ringed Captain. Peter Poland would have been better making him Captain of a Type 21 like the Ardent etc..
On the whole not a bad story although I found the personal side of his life a bit unbelievable..
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Firstly, pay no attention to the review saying `Poor use of correct English`. This review was written for another book with a similar name, `The Destroyer Captain,` and was placed on this page by accident. The reviewer should have the courtesy to remove it.
The Captain`s Story is extremely well written using correct English, with good spelling and grammar, and was a pleasure to read.
Speaking as someone who served in the Royal Navy as a seaman in the 1970`s, I feel qualified to write what I sincerely believe to be an accurate and honest review of The Captain`s Story.
No, it`s true, I didn`t serve as Captain or even as an officer, but my memories of the Royal Navy certainly ring true with much of what is written in this book.
I can personally relate to many of the situations the young Mike Mansfield found himself in, both good ones and bad.
I particularly loved the lad`s run ashore down `The Gut` in Valletta, Malta! Happy days!
This is a true insight into Navy life from the perspective of a young man who joins-up as a boy sailor, and works his way up through the ranks to eventually become Captain of his own ship.
After difficulties in reconciling his personal and professional lives, the story culminates with The Falklands War of 1982. Using flashbacks to the 1960`s, we also get to see his experiences as a junior seaman, the lowest rank in the Navy.
Although a realistic account of life in the Royal Navy at that time, it must be remembered that The Captain`s Story is a work of fiction. A very good piece of fiction at that.
The fast pace of the story means there`s never a dull moment in the whole book.
Good descriptive writing, very well-researched and plenty of humour make this a real page-turner.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Captain's Story 20 May 2014
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Very good storyline and very well researched. I would recommend this book to all who enjoy a good seafaring story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I couldn't put it down! 6 Dec 2013
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I found The Captains Story to be a very enjoyable book. It is very well written in a simple but effective way and although I knew virtually nothing about the historical reality behind the book, I found that this was no handicap. Indeed the author managed to entertain and educate me at the same time, and I now feel I understand a little more about this heroic and tragic episode of our history. I loved the credible cast of characters that played out the story in the book. Perhaps one day the author will revisit them and update us with another excellent story of their lives. Great read, pacey storey, and highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It Does What it Says on the Tin 29 Oct 2013
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The Captain's Story is exactly that:
The story of a young naval recruit who joins up as a junior seaman and climbs his way up through the ranks to Captain. Not just Captain, but the Royal Navy's youngest ever Captain.
Despite his battle with his own personal demons and a crumbling marriage, he takes his ship, HMS Devonport into war with Argentina, to reclaim the Falkland Islands.
It is a very well researched book, showing just what a close run thing the naval war turned out to be.
Not just a war story, but a very human story too.
A most enjoyable and entertaining read. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars p/b book
This is a much grittier version of the film of the same name, regarding Somali pirates hi-jacking a ship, and the events following.
A good read.
Published 1 month ago by Mr. E. Bray
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
As an ex Royal Navy man I found this book very readable but should appeal to non-service personnel too. Recommend.
Published 1 month ago by chrisg
1.0 out of 5 stars The captain's story
Rubbish misnamed misleading early movie claptrap won't waste any more time on saying so except to fill the word quota
Published 5 months ago by Eric the sailor
2.0 out of 5 stars Captain Pugwash!
This is so very far fetched it is unreal. Ray J Cowling is obviously not ex RN as there are a great deal of inaccuracies
Published 5 months ago by Jack Dusty
2.0 out of 5 stars Not the best
Having read plenty of naval novels ranging from Nelson's wooden walls through to WW2 i bought this because its more recent. Read more
Published 9 months ago by JCB1981
1.0 out of 5 stars The Captains Story
I not going to waste too much time reviewing this book.
Its all been said before especially by ex Naval types
Worst book I have read in recent years
Published 9 months ago by Helen Vrba
1.0 out of 5 stars Written for civilians
Do not read this book if you have ever served in the RN and in particular onboard a Type 42 Destroyer. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Mr Raymond K Storey
1.0 out of 5 stars Wrinkly reading club.
Not written by anyone of my vintage who served in the Royal Navy that I did. A complete load of sentimental rubbish with no grasp of life at sea in a warship.
Published 10 months ago by R. B. Moore
2.0 out of 5 stars Good story...but not terribly well written
I liked the idea of this book -take a factual series of events (The Falklands Conflict) and weave a fictional story around them. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Man of Harlech
4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoy reading all the books I order and have a few in reserve to...
I do like being able to get a free sample so that I can make up my mind if I would want to read it.
Published 11 months ago by Terry Smith
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