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Trapp's Secret War (Edward Trapp Adventures (Hardcover)) Hardcover – 3 Dec 2007

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Severn House Publishers Ltd (3 Dec. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0727865404
  • ISBN-13: 978-0727865403
  • Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 2.3 x 22.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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Format: Hardcover
This is the fifth book in the series. I have read all Brian Callison's novels and liked them all. His war novels stand out. All the Trapp novels are wonderful. Mixing adventure and comedy. Captain Edward Trapp must be considered one of modern literature's great characters. They MUST film these novels. The book is probably the weakest of the five but they are a hard act to follow. Worth the read. Trapp's War the first novel is a MUST read, have read it four times over the last dozen years. I would rate the character as good a character as Dirk Pitt in the Clive Cussler novels. Someone else should take him on when MR. Callison hangs up his pen.
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There really is no other author who delivers quite the same sort of experience as Brian Callison.. and it's a treat to see him bring back his favourite protagonist Trapp, even if the originality is fading somewhat thin by now.
As usual, the story is told through the eyes and words of Lieutenant Miller, who finds himself on board yet another dilapidated merchant marine vessel during WW II, this time en route to Murmansk on the Russian run. And as usual, Trapp and his Glaswegian slow witted right hand man Gorbals Wullie have ulterior motives, intending to try again to make a fast buck.
Callison's style is to use vivid descriptive prose told in down to Earth, even dare I say it - salty - language. His genius lies when he brings pathos and poignancy to proceedings, as he did in `The Sextant', and his masterpiece `A Flock of Ships', however with the Trapp novels it's all about black humour. It's intended to bring a smile to your face, as well as describe a little bit of how hellish the Russian run must have been for a merchant seaman in WW II.
It takes a while to get going with the effort of building up Trapp's entrance a little overwrought, but once the ship sets sail, its rip roaring all the way. Alas, the originality has long since gone from this series, and the result has no genuine surprises in store. But Callison on autopilot is still a good read. Not a good place to first try Brian Callison's work, but if you are already a fan, then this is required reading.
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The first 31% of this book is just a review of all previous books and adds nothing to the characters or the plot. If sections had been copied and pasted then it may have demonstrated more than a passing nod to originality. If you persist to the end of this tedious review of the previous offerings I believe the only piece of originality will be the final sentance "ship sank, Trapp drowned",,,,, mmmm sorry even that was done before, and has been proved does not prevent another sequel.
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Having read all previous Trapp books I looked forward to this one but found it a little disappointing. There was the usual antagonism between Miller, Trapp & Gorbals Wullie, but I missed a lot of previous crew characters and would have liked the plot to be more sharply drawn.
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Loved the description of trapps cap, I've taken to Wullies character and frequently found myself laughing out loud.
Not as good as the previous books in this series but when the others are perfect, one cannot improve
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Format: Paperback
Callison really knows his subject and has written many seafaring adventures. This is one of the better ones in the "Trapp" series. In it's way it is a little formulaic but if you like the others in the series then you'll enjoy this.

Trapp is probably the ultimate seafaring anti-hero with his misfit crew and sidekick "Gorbals Wullie". Not a novel to take seriously but a good amusing read.
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I am a big fan of Brian Callison's writing and have read most of his books. Especially most of the 'Trapp' series. This however was very disappointing and way below his usual standards.

I got to nearly 50% of the way through the book with little or no plot progression, and have had to spend large proportions of my time skipping forward to avoid the re-gurgitation of large chunks of previous novels, that aren't really necessary. I have read many sequels in the form of novels and all have been adequately dealt with by the author without resorting to repeating pages and pages of text from the earlier work.

Real shame. I gave up in the end and haven't finishing it.
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At least a third of this book constantly refers back to previous Trapp novels. If you have already read them it becomes a very tedious read. When the story eventually gets going it is a bit predictable.
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