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5.0 out of 5 stars Another engrossing Reeman MTB story,
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This review is from: Torpedo Run: Complete & Unabridged (Audio Cassette)Many of Reeman's familiar character types are back in action in 'Torpedo Run.' There's Our Hero, the young, handsome RNVR officer, gallant and admired, but prematurely aged by harsh experience of war at sea. There's the crusty, martinet regular RN officer, recalled 'from the beach' by the needs of the Service, arrogant, unimaginative, willing to sacrifice the lives of his men for his own glory. And there's The Girl, the young beauty with the past obscured in shadows, for whom Our Hero longs as he stands on the bridge of his motor torpedo boat during the long midnight watches in the dark, deadly waters of the Channel. Or the Med. Or, in this case, the Black Sea.
Within these types, Our Hero, Lieutenant Commander John Devane, is largely interchangeable with Sub-Lieutenant Royce of 'A Prayer for the Ship,' Commander Drummond of 'The Destroyers,' or any number of other Reeman heroes.
And yet, despite a certain element of predictability, Reeman stories never seem to grow old.
Maybe that's because he keeps finding new elements, new tensions. One of the new elements in 'Torpedo Run' is the setting, the Crimea. Commander Devane and his task force, 'Parthian,' have been sent to an obscure corner of the European war, in part to fight the Germans, but mostly to prove that the UK is committed to helping take the pressure off strained Soviet forces on the eastern front. Devane therefore has to mix diplomacy with his naval skills, and help the Russians fight their war while he also fights his own.
Devane's personal war introduces the second new element in 'Torpedo Run,' a fully drawn (or relatively so) enemy character. This is the ninth or tenth Reeman title I've read -- or, in this case, listened to -- but it's the first one I can recall where we are really introduced to, and taken into the mind of, Our Hero's principal antagonist. Korvettenkapitan Gerhard Linke is not, by any stretch, a sympathetic character. But we are allowed to hear his interior monologues, and see his mind at work. Unfortunately, Reeman only sustains this for a short time -- a chapter or two at most. By the climax of the story, Linke has faded back into the near-faceless obscurity afforded to most enemy personnel.
I've always said that what Reeman does best is paint scenes of war at sea. And 'Torpedo Run' is chock full of them. Nobody who enjoys his writing will be disappointed by this title.
Narrator David Rintoul does a nice job in the audio recording. Unlike some books-on-tape narrators, he doesn't go over the top in his portrayal of character's voices (why do so many narrators have such a hard time doing adequate simulations of female voices?). He knows how to vary his pace and emphasis based on the needs of the narrative. Best of all, his voice often reminded me of Leonard Graves', the narrator of the classic American naval documentary, 'Victory at Sea' -- a program I grew up watching (in rerun), and which is still (in my opinion) the standard by which all naval history and fiction is measured. Very nicely done.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars from the cover...,
This review is from: Torpedo Run (Hardcover)In 1943 the Russians -- supported by a small flotilla of British motor torpedo boats -- fought a desperate and bitter war against Nazi Germany. After many months of reverses and losses on land and sea, Britain and the Allies had gained a foothold in Sicily, to be followed three months later by the invasion of Italy. Even along the Eastern Front the Germans were at last falling back -- but in the Black Sea the Crimean Peninsula remained firmly in German hands, the crucial hinge for the whole Russian campaign. The Russians were plagued and hampered by the daring hit-and-run tactics of German light naval forces: E-boats brought overland to be thrown into the fight.
Partly as a gesture of Allied solidarity, a flotilla of five British motor torpedo boats were sent by a roundabout route to fight the old enemy on their own terms. Lieutenant-Commander John Devane, already a veteran at twenty-seven, was given command of the flotilla at short notice, and soon discovered that, even set against the vast backcloth of the Eastern Front, war could still be personal, a duel between individuals in the savagery of high-speed battle.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars torpedo run,
This review is from: Torpedo Run (Kindle Edition)The story is "boys own" stuff,well written in places,unfortunately, the proof readers slipped up, they did not spot the mis-spellings in the text,wrong words used in places(the word dose comes a few times)does not fit into the discription of the situation being discribed or the change of name for one of the mtb's captains "Lt Home becomes Lt Horne then a couple of lines later becomes Lt Home again" silly mistakes on the part of the proof readers.
I am enjoying this book greatly and will not let these silly errors spoil the story for me as it is an excellent naval wartime tale which could have been made into an exciting film maybe.
4.0 out of 5 stars a good read,
This review is from: Torpedo Run (Kindle Edition)A typical Douglas Reeman book full of action and adventure but different from other books. As always gripping to the end
4.0 out of 5 stars Good,
This review is from: Torpedo Run (Kindle Edition)read this book some years ago and enjoyed it then now have it on my kindle still a good read
5.0 out of 5 stars Always a good read,
This review is from: Torpedo Run (Paperback)Another romping good yarn by my favourite author. The only trouble is when I start reading, its hard to put it down :-)
4.0 out of 5 stars Always like to read Douglas Reeman's books.,
This review is from: Torpedo Run (Kindle Edition)very good read but once I started I found had read it before a while back . I enjoyed it both times.
5.0 out of 5 stars Legendary Read,
This review is from: Torpedo Run (Kindle Edition)My favourite Author and books that I have read at least twice before.
Gripping and true to life.
Brings back the terror of War
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Torpedo Run by Douglas Reeman