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Rogue Raider: The Tale of Captain Lauterbach and the Singapore Mutiny by [Barley, Nigel]
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2.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews

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"A swashbuckling adventure story, full of bawdy, uproarious fun. Barley writes with verve and humor-settle back and enjoy the journey."--"Tash Aw, award-winning author of "The Harmony Silk Factory" (Riverhead Trade, 2006)"

A swashbuckling adventure story, full of bawdy, uproarious fun. Barley writes with verve and humour settle back and enjoy the journey.--Tash Aw, award-winning author of 'The Harmony Silk Factory'"

About the Author

Nigel Barley (London, England) is the author of ten books with Penguin, Time Warner, and Little, Brown. An anthropologist by training, Barley is now a writer and broadcaster, dividing his time between London and Indonesia.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 995 KB
  • Print Length: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Monsoon Books Pte. Ltd. (1 Aug. 2006)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00593YUAE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #949,882 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is an over-blown, silly and badly-written fictional account of a gripping real-life drama.
It is poorly researched as it makes the unforgivable claim that a VC was awarded to a sailor on-board HMAS Sydney during the engagement with SMS Emden. This is untrue and an insult to those who have earned their VC. Don't bother with this book.
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This book is wholly undeserving of the fatuous, short-sighted review of it that I have just read. If you have a connection with or interest in Singapore, and enjoy history - meticulously researched or otherwise - blended with humour, then this is a book for you. In "Rogue Raider", the black comedy of J G Farrell's "The Singapore Grip" and Anthony Burgess's "Malayan Trilogy" meets on frequent occasions with Conrad's experienced perception of the far East, and as such the book has a great deal to recommend it. What makes it just shy of five stars is the frustratingly high number of typos in the current edition, which of course is the fault of the publisher, not the novel itself. Hopefully something will be done about this in later editions of this extremely readable book. The illustration on the front is also almost comically sub-standard - but one should never judge a book by its cover.
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Whilst I enjoyed reading this book as it was an entertaining adventure story the reason I bought it, the reference in the title to the Singapore Mutiny,played only a very small part in the narrative and I felt that I had been conned to a certain extent.

It is also littered with historical errors (although the main theme is largely accurate) for example no VCs were awarded as a result of sinking the Emden and Scrabble had not been invented in 1917.
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