Malta 1941. To most people H.M.S. Saracen is just an ugly, obsolete ship with an equally ugly recent history: her last commander is due for court-martial after shelling the troops he was sent to protect.
But to Captain Richard Chesnaye she brings back memories - memories of the First World War when he and the old monitor went through the Gallipoli campaign together. It seems that captain and ship are both past their best. But as the war enters a new phase Chesnaye senses the possibility of a fresh, significant role - for him and the Saracen.
©2011 Douglas Reeman (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
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"Different kind of War Story"
Yes I would because it was a good read/listen. I am also going to look into more of his books because I am very interested in WWI and WWII naval ships and battles.
I like the first part of the story about how the the ship and the crew were brought to life. The English might be a little hard at first, but that is because we don't use the English language like it was used back then.Also that it was written long before I was born. I feel that this book helped bring alive some of the old romance from back when Naval battles where more interesting than watching a missile on a CCTV screen.
If you are a younger reader/listener like I am, give this book a chance if you are a naval history buff. It was refreshing pace from my normal science fiction and modern day thrillers. I recommend it.
"A classic long overlooked"
This plucky malformed ship and crew and the tumult of two wars are the stuff that legends are made of. With great characterization and the throng of battle at sea it's a compelling work of fiction informed by the authors own service at sea.
I started reading Douglass Reeman/Alexander Kent novels since I started working for one of his print publishers twenty or so years ago, and enjoyed them all. Unfortunately, since losing the greater part of my sight last year, I've relied on audiobooks. I was more than happy to see so many of his books on Audible.
H.M.S. Saracen was not a let down at all, and is amongst his best. The climactic sea battle was particulrly enthralling; so much so that I stood up to listen to it.
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