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Posted on 10 Jan 2012 23:30:33 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 11 Jan 2012 00:34:32 GMT
Roger Weston says:
Thanks, Mac65.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Feb 2012 20:39:08 GMT
Last edited by the author on 27 Feb 2012 21:00:38 GMT
Yes every bit as good as Nicholas Monsarrat's "The Cruel Sea" . mclean wrote HMS Uiysses when he was a teacher in Rutheglen Glasgow after that Maclean gradually lost touch with reality.

Posted on 27 Feb 2012 20:44:21 GMT
"The Wreck of the Mary Deare" by Hammond Innes

And of course most novels by Douglas Reeman

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Feb 2012 05:33:59 GMT
Roger Weston says:
Hi Andrew, I'm not familiar with Douglas Reeman. What would you recommend by him?

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Feb 2012 08:39:40 GMT
Sou'Wester says:
Reeman has been a prolific writer of naval stories for over fifty years. He also writes historical naval fiction under the name of Alexander Kent. The books aren't bad but - as with so many authors - the earlier novels are probably best.

Posted on 28 Feb 2012 19:01:55 GMT
Last edited by the author on 28 Feb 2012 19:03:49 GMT
Roger Weston says:
Sou'Wester, Thanks for mentioning the Bolitho series. Passage To Mutiny looks great as do the others. I'll have to put it on my TBR list.

Andrew, Recently started reading The Strode Venturer by Hammond Innes. I'm hooked.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Feb 2012 20:15:08 GMT
As already said Douglas Reeman's earlier books were his best,I haven't read them for years the one that I recall enjoying most is "The Ship that Died of Shame".

Posted on 28 Feb 2012 20:26:26 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 28 Feb 2012 20:27:17 GMT
Roger Weston says:
Thanks, Andrew. Would you mind providing a link for The Ship That Died of Shame? I'm not seeing it. Thanks!

Posted on 28 Feb 2012 20:30:16 GMT
Roger Weston says:
I just saw this Adventures on the high seas;: True sea stories from Captain Bligh to the Nautilus (Men in action series). It looks like it is out of print. I'm going to have to search it out. Looks like my kind of book.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Feb 2012 21:50:15 GMT
My mistake not a Reeman story The Ship That Died of Shame" was a Monseratt story.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Feb 2012 01:37:10 GMT
Roger Weston says:
Ah, Monseratt. I have The Ship That Died of Shame and other stories on my bookshelf, along with The Cruel Sea. I guess it's about time I read them. Thanks for reminding me.

Posted on 29 Feb 2012 06:58:52 GMT
Sou'Wester says:
I would certainly recommend The Cruel Sea; it gives an incredibly vivid and moving portrait of what life was like on convoy duty during the Second World War. They did quite a good film version of it but the book is much better.

Posted on 29 Feb 2012 19:34:21 GMT
Check out Brian Callison. Most of his novels are set in WWII, but some - like for instance "The Auriga Madness" - are thrillers.

Posted on 29 Feb 2012 19:51:12 GMT
If you like Nicholas Monseratt, have you tried "The Kappilan of Malta" (hope I spelt that right!).

Not really a maritime thriller, but a good read with the bonus of teaching me a lot about the history of Malta.

Posted on 29 Feb 2012 20:04:19 GMT
Was a fiction book ever written around the Malta convoys ? as former Merchant Navy engineer I was profoundly moved by the powerful story of the SS Ohio.
For anybody with an interest in seafaring doing the tourist thing in the Grand harbour is must.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Feb 2012 22:19:30 GMT
"The Kappilan" does make mention of the SS Ohio saga, and whilst only in brief it does make you realise what that ship suffered.

Posted on 1 Mar 2012 16:03:10 GMT
Jeff Farlow says:
Bloodbath on the Titanic by Stewart King

Posted on 3 Mar 2012 23:07:10 GMT
Jack says:
Noble Cause "A CIA Spy Thriller" is a story of a rogue CIA Officer who teams up with a gang of Somali pirates to hijack large crude carrying oil tanker.

Posted on 28 Mar 2012 19:18:44 BDT
Roger Weston says:
Just came across this book: Deadly Straits by RE McDermott. It looks like a great maritime action-adventure. Has anyone read it?

Posted on 23 Jun 2012 04:47:45 BDT
Roger Weston says:
Has anyone read The Captain by Jan de Hartog?

Posted on 27 Jun 2012 13:15:17 BDT
Ivor says:
Thank's to every body for info.relating to sea stories I would like to add my favourite sea stories & author Peter Robinson to the list. HMS Unseen Seawolf &Kilo Class to name a few. Reviews are brilliant. KIM

Posted on 27 Jun 2012 14:29:31 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 30 Jun 2012 16:49:19 BDT
Last edited by the author on 30 Jun 2012 16:56:29 BDT
Roger Weston
Has anyone read The Captain by Jan de Hartog?

Yes, I read it some 30 years ago and still remember how enjoyable it was. A young Captain is given command of an important ocean going tug used for convoy escort. A good seaman though naieve with people which leads to all sorts of problems later on. It ends dramatically in a Convoy that had the luck of PQ17 or similar.
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