I enjoyed this Osprey book very much. There are quite a few illustrations by notable artists Peter Dennis and Ian Palmer which are beautifully done; they range from battle scenes to individual vessels & weapons. The author has included a couple of charts and maps (some maps in color) which are helpful to the reader. I found the photos within this book to be excellent and they include many examples of both Q ships and U-boats as well as noteworthy personalities on both sides. There are also several photos which show a Q ship before AND after its quick transformation (before & after photos are next to one another for comparison purposes). There are also photos which demonstrate the appearance of a Q ship crew as to how they would look to an unsuspecting U-boat approaching its "target" (appearance of "ordinary" merchant seamen clothed appropriately); same as the just-mentioned Q ship photos (before & after), a SECOND photo is listed next to the "ordinary" merchant seamen photo showing the EXACT same sailors, in their EXACT same positions but wearing their actual Royal Navy service uniforms. I found these comparisons VERY WELL presented and is most interesting indeed! I found the entire book to be most interesting and informative and also, well organized. I was quite pleased with all of its contents and would recommend it.
This book has detailed illustrations of vessels and gives a concise history of a period in history that has often been overlooked. It is a must read for anyone interested in the role of the drifters at war as well as covert operations.