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Old 01-09-2008, 03:46
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No. I was taking up Mark's point that he found the books tedious. I rarely read your posts at all.

But I have read the last one. Lacking excitement? You should read his description of Anson taking the Acapulco or of rounding the Horn. The man's books abound with excitement.
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You are odd. You are often making comments about my posts. I have often wished you didnt read them. Its that memory of yours playing up again!

And as for I rarely read your posts at all. But I have read the last one...priceless!
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Old 01-09-2008, 11:59
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As I said....I will give the O'Brian books another try at a later date. The age of sail is not my main naval interest and this is probably why I failed to get further than four books into the series on the first go. My main research interests are WWII RN and Ironclads and my fictional reading tends to match those interests.

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Old 26-10-2008, 20:59
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Personally I have to agree with the comments on HMS Ullysses. My dad was on the russian convoys during the war and said it probably came closest to describing the conditions.
I am also a fan of John Wintons comedy books featuring the "Artful Bodger" (We joined the navy and sequels). I have just reread them all and although somewhat dated found them good fun.
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Old 29-10-2008, 15:04
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G'Day All

Well now, you guys have given me loads of new authors to look at.

But I'm going to throw a few of my favorite authors into the mix. Granted, some only have elements of naval warfare in them, but I like them.

Stephen Coontz, Larry Bond, Tom Clancy, Barret Tillman, Mark Joseph. An Aussie author, Micheal O'Conner, wrote a great book called 'An Act Of War' (It rare to find now, I had to hunt down my copy twice from people that liked it too much.) that has RAN surface and submarine operations.

David Poyer's books on the modern USN are great, and when I read them, timely, as they usually cover current events in a fictional world.
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Old 29-10-2008, 18:27
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Ian - if you like Coontz and Clancy - have you read any by Dale Brown??
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Old 29-10-2008, 21:03
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Ian - if you like Coontz and Clancy - have you read any by Dale Brown??
OH YES! But I put Dale Brown into the Air Force category, along with other great airforce authors like Henry Zeybel, Mark Berert, Richard Herman Jr. For land based warfare Harold Coyle, both modern and the civil war are worth the time.

But just to bowl a googly at you...I love alternate reality books, and the way war is written by Harry Turtledove in his 'American Saga' series that stretches from the Civil War to the end of WWII, and Billy Birmingham's World War 2.1 - 3 series is as good as the other authors I have mentioned here!
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Old 29-10-2008, 23:50
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To be fair I have always viewed Coontz as a writer with a leaning toward Airforce themes. I haven`t heard of the last two writers you mentioned - but I will keep my eyes open for them...

I have heard of Billy Birmingham the sports writer/cricket writer guy - but I presume he is not the same Birmingham?
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Old 31-10-2008, 03:59
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I have heard of Billy Birmingham the sports writer/cricket writer guy - but I presume he is not the same Birmingham?
Ok, I stuffed up. It JOHN Birmingham. Sorry.

Coontz, in my mind, is naval aviation, which is a different type of flying.

I just had a book dropped on me. Nicholas Monsarrat's H.M.S. Marlborough Will Enter Harbour, a 1949 edition. Looking forward to reading it.
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I like Monserrats novels and I also enjoyed Mallilieu's "Very Ordinary Seaman".
Whilst at sea in the sixties I read "The Red Sailor" which I enjoyed but for the life of me I can't remember who wrote it. There must be others that I've forgotten over time and to be honest I much prefer non-fiction books about the age of sail. I'm reading one about Cochrane at the moment which is very gripping. I write some naval fiction myself but my stuff is more about people than ships.
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Old 24-08-2009, 16:00
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I have been reading douglas reeman for a few years now, finding it dificult to get hold of his books.

My only complaint, the hero is usually a VC winner or other decoration.

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Old 24-08-2009, 18:12
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I am surprised you are finding it hard to get hold of Douglas Reeman books as even our local WH Smiths is full of them.

The trouble with Reeman is although always a good read, his writing is very formulaic. Once you have read a few of them they begin IMO to seem the same...
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Old 24-08-2009, 19:07
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Agree comments on Douglas Reeman/Alexander Kent - but still good works.

For period reading I have found the Julian Stockwin novels are intriguing and historically educational in addition to being damn good yarns.

Up to date works on Nuclear Boats "Patrick Robinson" writes a good story.
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Interesting. Mind you if you want a brilliant book detailing WW2 naval action, then look no further than HMS Ulysses by Alaistar Maclean.
A fantastic story of life on the convoys to Russia. Easily as good as Cruel Sea by Nicholas Monserrat IMO...Haunting and unputdownable.
I agree,a great story. At the end,Ulysses heading at speed to the depths,propelled by her screws, which were still turning rapidly. Stark.


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Old 26-08-2009, 08:06
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My local WH Smiths only stock 4 reeman books, i have found the Works occassionally get a few in, I think i've read about 60% of his books.

I agree about the comment that once you have read a few they all read the same, Hero with problems, overcomes them meets girl, they fall in love, hero wins the day.

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Old 26-08-2009, 20:24
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I would also like to suggest the works (three in the series) by Ronald Bassett.

The Tinfish Run, Pierhead Jump and Neptune Landing. All excellent books.

For more modern albeit American stories I've found David Poyer to be a good read.
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Old 26-08-2009, 20:29
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Forgot to add "A Very Ordinary Seaman" by J.P.W. Mallielleu. And I'm sure I butchered the spelling of hus last name so apologies in advance.

Quite possibly the best book I've ever read. Period.
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Old 26-08-2009, 22:48
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The Authors Name i have forgotten But a good series of books were I joined the Navy and others Follows the life of a naval officer all good reads now out of print i believe, and another one Very ordinary seaman written by an M.P.
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Just seen post 29 yes John Winton an ex Electrical officer
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Old 27-08-2009, 00:32
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G'DAY All,to all the Hornblower followers,C.S.Forester's birthday falls today 27/8 (1899)-a date he shares with Sir Donald Bradman (1908).Does anyone happen to know if there is any move in Blighty for another series of the terrific Hornblower series starring Ioan Gruffudd as Horatio Hornblower?
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Old 27-08-2009, 07:27
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Sadly it is now certain there will be no more episodes of Hornblower.

High production costs have made this inevitable.
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Old 27-08-2009, 21:56
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Think my favourites are the Aussie author JE Macdonnell, and John Winton.

With the latter, "The Good Ship Venus" is one of his best,. pre-empts females at sea in reality by a good few years, and anyone who has ever done a Portland work-up would recognise the location immediately.
Also, whilst not intentional amusing, I had tears of laughter streaming down my face whilst reading "HMS Leviathan"....John Winton's ability to portray things so that the reader can easily visualise them is priceless.
Btw. whilst I was QM in SURPRISE I often chatted during night-watches to the 2nd OOD, Midshipman Sommerville, and he always stated that "The Artful Bodger" was based on an actual person easily recognisable to anyone that had been to Dartford.
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Old 27-08-2009, 22:49
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Another good read HMS Marathon, hms crusader and hms inflexible by A E Lansford.

3 books follow a naval captain across 3 ships. would recomend as they have just been reprinted.
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I would also reccommend, HMS Leviathan by John Winton and two American based books The Sand Pebbles, and The Steel Cocoon by Bentz Plaggerman (sp?).
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Old 30-08-2009, 08:11
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Jim7966...........I howled with laughter at the part in HMS Leviathan, where someone operated lift during commissioning ceremony, and the "Devil Dodgers" (Padres) descended to the depths!
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Going back to factual books, I recently managed to get hold of two books I've been after for a while, MAKE A SIGNAL, and MAKE ANOTHER SIGNAL, both by Jack Broome.
Really interesting,accounts of Naval events and signals used during them,with a lot of humour as well.
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