- 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)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,401,890 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Trapp's Secret War (Edward Trapp Adventures (Hardcover)) Hardcover – 3 Dec 2007
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
Not as good as the previous books in this series but when the others are perfect, one cannot improve
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A far fetch story - but funny!! You wonder what is coming next, if you served, you'll enjoy.Published on 3 Mar. 2015 by David Crede
had hoped the book was about the Malta convoys which it alas was not so have acvtually not read the bookPublished on 23 July 2013 by Mogens H. Jensen