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Old 10-10-2013, 07:58 AM   #1
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Question Historic Naval Fiction

Just wondering if there was anyone else here that enjoys reading Historic Naval Fiction like I do?

I enjoyed:
Alexander Kent, C.S.Forester, Dewey Lambdin, Dudley Pope, Julian Stockwin, R.M. Ballantyne.

I'm now reading stories by Harry Collingwood, which are not all navy but a little of Jules Verne type of stories.
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Some 25 years ago I read The Cruel Sea by Nicholas Monsarrat, and I remember I liked it very much. It may be worth a re-read, if I found it again (I borrowed it from the library of the English institute where I was learning the language).

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The Cruel Sea is a 1951 novel by Nicholas Monsarrat. It follows the lives of a group of Royal Navy sailors fighting the Battle of the Atlantic during World War II. It contains seven chapters, each describing a year during the war.

The novel, based on the author's experience of serving in corvettes in the North Atlantic in World War II, gives a matter-of-fact but moving portrayal of ordinary men learning to fight and survive in a violent, exhausting battle against the elements and a ruthless enemy.

Few books have ever conveyed in such gripping detail the brutal destruction of the Battle of the Atlantic and the endurance of the men who fought it. The novel brought instant fame to its author.
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Don't forget about Patrick O'Brian's Master and Commander series. They are great!
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Old 10-10-2013, 09:34 AM   #4
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::applause:: for Monsarrat.

I was always a bit saddened that he didn't finish his ``Wandering Jew'' like mariner story.
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I've read Patrick O'Brian and (some) CS Forester. I don't know much about the others.

I've seen the movie of the Cruel Sea.
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Some 25 years ago I read The Cruel Sea by Nicholas Monsarrat, and I remember I liked it very much. It may be worth a re-read, if I found it again (I borrowed it from the library of the English institute where I was learning the language).
One of my favourites. Thanks for the reminder. I hadn't realized it had finally gotten to ebook format. I just snapped it upat amazon.ca at a great price (CDN$ 5.39)
http://www.amazon.ca/The-Cruel-Sea-ebook/dp/B006O5KP8C

It's also available at amazon.com for a comperable price
http://www.amazon.com/The-Cruel-Sea-ebook/dp/B006O5KP8C
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Just wondering if there was anyone else here that enjoys reading Historic Naval Fiction like I do?

I enjoyed:
Alexander Kent, C.S.Forester, Dewey Lambdin, Dudley Pope, Julian Stockwin, R.M. Ballantyne.

I'm now reading stories by Harry Collingwood, which are not all navy but a little of Jules Verne type of stories.
My favourite genre. Have you looked at this website
http://www.historicnavalfiction.com
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My favourite genre. Have you looked at this website
http://www.historicnavalfiction.com
Ooh... what a great site to bookmark! Thanks!
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One of my favourites. Thanks for the reminder. I hadn't realized it had finally gotten to ebook format. I just snapped it upat amazon.ca at a great price (CDN$ 5.39)
http://www.amazon.ca/The-Cruel-Sea-ebook/dp/B006O5KP8C

It's also available at amazon.com for a comperable price
http://www.amazon.com/The-Cruel-Sea-ebook/dp/B006O5KP8C
Thanks for the links!
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My favourite genre. Have you looked at this website
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I am also a member of the site. It's great
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Don't forget about Patrick O'Brian's Master and Commander series. They are great!
I have read them. Forgot to put him on my list.
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I've read and enjoyed Alexander Kent, Dudley Pope and CS Forester, but I couldn't get on with Patrick O'Brian for some reason and never got further than his second book.

There's also Douglas Reeman who's written a lot of novels set in WWII
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I've read and enjoyed Alexander Kent, Dudley Pope and CS Forester, but I couldn't get on with Patrick O'Brian for some reason and never got further than his second book.

There's also Douglas Reeman who's written a lot of novels set in WWII
Alexander Kent is a pseudonym of Douglas Reeman's.
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I've read and enjoyed Alexander Kent, Dudley Pope and CS Forester, but I couldn't get on with Patrick O'Brian for some reason and never got further than his second book.
I will admit that Patrick O'Brian is an acquired taste. I did struggle with the first couple of books due to story detail and nomenclature, but by the third book I was just enjoying the ride.
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I will admit that Patrick O'Brian is an acquired taste. I did struggle with the first couple of books due to story detail and nomenclature, but by the third book I was just enjoying the ride.
His writing and depth of characters certainly improved as time went on.

An additional author in this genre not mentioned yet that I enjoyed was Richard Woodman and the Nathaniel Drinkwater Series. Glad to see he has started up something new.
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