Having bought one kindle book recently on impulse and making a mistake I thought I would play safe this time and chose a subject matter that would interest me. I have no knowledge of submarines or how they featured in WWII so I was keen to start the download and get reading.
The book has a prologue from Admiral Of The Fleet Lord Boyce KG GCB OBE; Former First Sea Lord and Chief of the Naval Staff, 1998 to 2001.
When someone with that experience describes the books main characters’ experience of joining the Submarine service as having “scarily mirrored my own” I knew I was on for a good read. The Admiral makes reference to some of the unique fears of submariners such as “friendly fire” and Harry Gilmour our Hero tastes them all.
I did wonder if this was to be a modern day “Master And Commander” but whilst not in the same vein as Patrick O’Brian it is none the less a jolly good read. So much so I have downloaded its sequel, The Skipper’s Dog’s Called Stalin.
I do recommend you get this Kindle novel which did only cost me 0.99p when I downloaded it.
Amazon describes the book:
Norway, 1940: Sub Lieutenant Harry Gilmour’s first encounter with battleship action is not the adventure he had hoped for. Faced with a thankless task and ill equipped to handle it, Gilmour’s inexperience leads to a damning allegation. His future hangs in the balance.
But then Lieutenant Peter Dumaresq steps in to offer him a lifeline—an advanced navigation course that will take him aboard a crack submarine, HMS Pelorus, under the command of a Royal Navy hero. Faced with a possible court martial, Harry chooses life underwater. Once aboard, however, Harry is confronted for the first time by the full horror of submarine warfare. If he can just overcome his fears, it will be the making of him.
Because survival itself is the challenge now. For Harry and the rest of the crew, the next depth charge could be the one that sinks them.
The Amazon Review I can best relate to:
This book was a delight to read, all of the characters are well rounded and full bodied. It captures all of the fear, trepidation, excitement and uncertainty felt by a teenager entering the submarine service (The Trade) at the outbreak of war.
The submarine herself forms a large part of the success of this novel, the details the author includes bringing it very much to life. I have read many similar books and been depth charged hundreds of times while sitting in my armchair, David Black’s narrative being one of the best, especially in the final chapter where he describes the external damage to ‘The Bucket’.
Harry Gilmour’s family background is also a well thought out and written part of the book, his father’s struggle with memories of the first war, his mother torn between the love of her son and the love of her husband, and two very different girls vying for Harry’s affection.
Definitely worth the full 5 stars and impatiently waiting for the next instalment.
Well done David Black, now get writing!
About The Author:
David Black is a former Fleet Street journalist and television documentary producer. He spent much of his childhood a short walk from the Royal Navy Submarine Memorial at Lazaretto Point on the Firth of Clyde, and he grew up watching the passage of both US and Royal Navy submarines in and out of the Firth’s bases at Holy Loch and Faslane. As a boy, the lives of those underwater warriors captured his imagination. When he grew up, he discovered the truth was even more epic, and so followed the inspiration for his fictional submariner Harry Gilmour and a series of novels about his adventures across World War Two. David Black is also the author of a non-fiction book, Triad Takeover: A Terrifying Account of the Spread of Triad Crime in the West. He lives in Argyll.
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Update; I have just published my review of the sequel The Skippers Dog’s Called Stalin
If you want to discover more on the submarine war watch the video below.
You can read the sequel to this novel by clicking this Amazon Link or read my review here The Skipper’s Dog’s Called Stalin Book Review
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