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on 6 November 2014
This is one if not the best book ever, I am a 66 year old lady and found this is a brilliant book that you could not put down. Delivered by Amazon in a few days - thank you - I have recommended this book to others - not sure if the have the geek factor tho.......
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on 19 July 2017
superbly researched and written; always interesting to hear the real record of events even 30 years afterwards. unsure that the publication of this book doesn't compromise national security but then, I suppose that these facts are known by our opponents anyway
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on 25 April 2017
Enjoyed it very much,.
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on 3 August 2017
Not bad
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on 30 December 2014
A very good read indeed
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on 28 October 2013
An interesting and gripping read which I thoroughly enjoyed. I had the Kindle edition and the pictures which were quite good, as sometimes the Kindle is very poor on visual content
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on 5 January 2014
I bought the book after reading the comments and have to agree with some of the reservations that have been discussed.

Whilst the story of operation barmaid is definitely an interesting insight into submarine operations during the cold war, you get the impression from the beginning of the book that this really does play second fiddle to the political discussions over the sinking of the Belgrano.

Cleary Prebble sides with those who believe that the sinking of the ship was not acceptable and too much of the book is dedicated to his personal journalistic investigations and frustrations in this area; especially the story of the diary kept by one rather unremarkable sailor who is painted as a hero for essentially breaching navy protocol. I wouldn't have minded too much if the view was balanced but Pebble's lack of military tactical knowledge combined with very selective references gives a wholly one sided view (doesn't even quote the Belgrano's Captain who has a very clear view on the subject). By all means read the book if you're interested in this period but some basic Google searches are needed to make up for the missing information and provide a much more balanced view
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on 20 February 2016
Not at all what I expected. This book is, in my opinion, more an attack on the Thatcher Government than the story of HMS Conqueror. If you want a book about submarine warfare don't buy this.
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on 30 December 2012
In a nut shell this book is about three different parts of Conqueror's history:
1) The Falklands - Which is very interesting and detailed, but doesn't reveal anything new.
2) The Political fallout of the Government's lies and their shameful attempt to cover them up by smearing some of the crew/civil service.
3) A top secret cold war operation that took place just after the Falklands war.
All three sections are interesting, the middle section probably being the most intriguing regardless of the fact it has little to do with the sub itself.

Overall a very good book. I just wish there were more details on the cold war ops, but as the author pointed out, many of these are still covered by the official secrets act.
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on 29 May 2017
I took part in two of the Barmaid operations. The author has completely misunderstood the intent of these and therefore (as has been pointed out below) the narrative makes no sense at all.
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