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Douglas Reeman (1924–2017)

Autor/a de Sloop of War

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Sobre l'autor

Douglas Reeman was born in 1924 in Thames Ditton, Surrey, England. At the the beginning of World War II, he joined the Royal Navy age of 16. His naval experiences have been major influences on his works. Reeman is regarded as the master of sea stories. In 1958, his first novel, A Prayer for the mostra'n més Ship was published. Under the pseudonym, Alexander Kent, he wrote over 20 novels including the best-selling Richard Bolitho novels. Under his real name, he has written over 30 novels including the Royal Marines Saga. His works as Kent and Reeman are published in 14 languages around the world. (Bowker Author Biography) mostra'n menys
Nota de desambiguació:

(eng) Alexander Kent is a pseudonym of Douglas Reeman.

Crèdit de la imatge: via author's website


Obres de Douglas Reeman

Sloop of War (1972) 448 exemplars
To Glory We Steer (1968) 448 exemplars
Stand Into Danger (1980) 439 exemplars
Command A King's Ship (1973) 430 exemplars
In Gallant Company (1977) 430 exemplars
Form Line of Battle! (1969) 402 exemplars
The Flag Captain (1971) 401 exemplars
Passage to Mutiny (1976) 395 exemplars
Enemy in Sight! (1970) 393 exemplars
Signal-Close Action! (1974) 339 exemplars
Success to the Brave (1983) 326 exemplars
The Inshore Squadron (1978) 326 exemplars
With All Despatch (1988) 316 exemplars
A Tradition of Victory (1981) 307 exemplars
Honour This Day (1987) 305 exemplars
Midshipman Bolitho (1975) 300 exemplars
Colours Aloft! (1986) 276 exemplars
The Darkening Sea (1994) 257 exemplars
Beyond the Reef (1992) 240 exemplars
The Only Victor (1990) 236 exemplars
For My Country's Freedom (1995) 214 exemplars
Cross of St George (1996) 208 exemplars
Second to None (1999) 207 exemplars
Sword of Honour (1998) 198 exemplars
Man of War (2003) 175 exemplars
Relentless Pursuit (2001) 175 exemplars
Badge of Glory (1982) 159 exemplars
Go in and Sink! (1973) 154 exemplars
RICHARD BOLITHO - Midshipman (1975) 154 exemplars
The First to Land (1984) 143 exemplars
Winged Escort (1975) 130 exemplars
Band of Brothers (2005) 127 exemplars
The Complete Midshipman Bolitho (1988) 127 exemplars
Torpedo Run (1981) 125 exemplars
The Destroyers (1974) 122 exemplars
Strike from the Sea (1978) 121 exemplars
H.M.S. Saracen (1965) 118 exemplars
The Horizon (1993) 113 exemplars
A Prayer for the Ship (1958) 112 exemplars
Rendezvous — South Atlantic (1972) 112 exemplars
Heart of Oak (2007) 111 exemplars
Battlecruiser (1997) 111 exemplars
The Iron Pirate (1986) 110 exemplars
In Danger's Hour (1988) 109 exemplars
A Ship Must Die (1979) 108 exemplars
The Deep Silence (1967) 108 exemplars
The Pride and the Anguish (1968) 107 exemplars
A Dawn like Thunder (1996) 99 exemplars
The Greatest Enemy (1970) 97 exemplars
The Last Raider (1963) 96 exemplars
Surface with Daring (1976) 94 exemplars
Dust on the Sea (1999) 94 exemplars
The Volunteers (1985) 91 exemplars
Killing Ground (1991) 91 exemplars
Sunset (1994) 87 exemplars
The White Guns (1989) 84 exemplars
With Blood and Iron (1964) 81 exemplars
Path of the Storm (1966) 81 exemplars
Dive In The Sun (1961) 79 exemplars
To Risks Unknown (1969) 76 exemplars
Twelve Seconds to Live (2002) 71 exemplars
Send A Gunboat (1960) 67 exemplars
In the King's Name (2011) 64 exemplars
Knife Edge (2004) 64 exemplars
The Hostile Shore (1962) 58 exemplars
High Water (1959) 56 exemplars
The Glory Boys (2008) 38 exemplars
Douglas Reeman Omnibus (1994) 9 exemplars
Against the Sea (1971) 7 exemplars
D Day Remembered (1984) 6 exemplars
The Bolitho omnibus (1991) 3 exemplars
Singaporen tykkivene romaani (1998) 2 exemplars
Admiral Bolitho (1980) 2 exemplars
Opp fra dypet (1979) 2 exemplars
Ostatni krążownik (2001) 2 exemplars
Bolitho wird Kapitän (2002) 2 exemplars
Bolitho an feindlichen Küsten (1996) 1 exemplars
Kent Boxed Set (1977) 1 exemplars
Dristig oppdrag : roman (1987) 1 exemplars
I fiendens kjølvann (1980) 1 exemplars
Konvooi op drift (2001) 1 exemplars
U-båt saknad (1975) 1 exemplars
Tuomittu laiva 1 exemplars
Under dobbeltild (1981) 1 exemplars
Klar til kamp! (1982) 1 exemplars
Operasjon Singapore (1983) 1 exemplars
El Saracen (Spanish Edition) (2003) 1 exemplars
Ataca si scufunda! 1 exemplars
Les torpilleurs (1982) 1 exemplars
Destroyer 1 exemplars
1917 Brotherhood of the Sky (2020) — Autor — 1 exemplars

Obres associades

Young Nelsons (2009) — Pròleg, algunes edicions28 exemplars
Escape Stories (1980) — Col·laborador — 9 exemplars
Great Sea Stories: The Cruel Sea, The Ship, Dive in the Sun (1979) — Col·laborador — 8 exemplars


Coneixement comú

Nom oficial
Reeman, Douglas Edward
Altres noms
Kent, Alexander (pseudonym)
Data de naixement
Data de defunció
País (per posar en el mapa)
England, UK
Lloc de naixement
Thames Ditton, Surrey, England, UK
Llocs de residència
Thames Ditton, Surrey, England, UK
Portloe, Cornwall, England, UK
naval Officer
police officer
child welfare officer
Reeman, Kimberley Jordan (spouse and co-author)
Royal Navy
London Metropolitan Police
Biografia breu
Douglas Edward Reeman (born 15 October 1924, Thames Ditton) is a British author who has written many historical fiction books on the Royal Navy, mainly set during either World War II or the Napoleonic Wars.

Reeman joined the Royal Navy in 1940, at the age of 16, and served during World War II and the Korean War. He eventually rose to the rank of lieutenant. In addition to being an author, Reeman has also taught the art of navigation for yachting and served as a technical advisor for films. Douglas married author Kimberley Jordan Reeman in 1985.

Reeman's debut novel, A Prayer for the Ship was published in 1958. His pseudonym Alexander Kent was the name of a friend and naval officer who died during the second world war.[1] Reeman is most famous for his series of Napoleonic Naval Stories, whose central character is Richard Bolitho, and, later, his nephew, Adam. He also wrote a series of novels about several generations of the Blackwood family who served in the Royal Marines from the 1850s to the 1970s, and a non-fiction account of his World War II experiences, D-Day: A Personal Reminiscence (1984).
Nota de desambiguació
Alexander Kent is a pseudonym of Douglas Reeman.



Old submarine chaser USS Hibiscus has recently completed a refit in Hong Kong dockyard before being handed over to the Nationalist Communists in Taiwan. Suddenly she is handed over to Captain Mark Gunnar to command along with a quickly gathered crew scraped from various other US ships in port at the time and ordered to the desolate island group of Payenhau.

Gunnar has recently recovered from injuries sustained during his torture by the Viet Cong guerrillas and is haunted by the memories of what he had to endure. Initially he sees his new command as a poor reward for his experiences but soon comes to realise that he has been given a chance of redemption against a cunning and vicious adversary.

I don't know what it is but I love Reeman's books when he writes under the pseudonym of Alexander Kent and have read virtually all those books but when he writes under his own name they rarely seem to grab me in the same way. Perhaps it is the different ages when the books are set, the Kent series are set in the days of sailing ships and Nelson etc whereas Reeman's own are set during or just after WWII or perhaps it is because Kent's are part of a series so we see how the characters grow over several books whereas Reeman's are generally one offs. Who knows?

In many respects this book is stereotypical of so many in the genre. We have a honourable, brave, captain damaged by previous events who is given an aged ship to command, then fights and wins against impossible odds finding both love and redemption along the way. There are incompetent officers, double crosses and even a love interest squeezed in. But when all said and done it's a rollicking tale told at a breakneck pace. There is little character development other than what's absolutely necessary but you still end up hoping that the hero will ultimately succeed. Reeman is definitely at his best when describing life on board the ship as it and its crew's struggles to stay afloat during a typhoon.

If you are looking for some thought provoking, long living in the memory read then this is not for you but if you are looking for an escape into days when honour, duty and comradeship had real meaning then give it a whirl.
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PilgrimJess | Hi ha 3 ressenyes més | Jan 16, 2024 |
Nach mehr als zwanzig Jahren wiedergelesen. Mein früherer Eindruck hat sich dabei bestätigt: der Band ist eine unterhaltsame Lektüre für zwischendurch, schnell gelesen da knapp 160 Seiten, und meiner Meinung nach eher geeignet für Leser der Serie zur Abrundung, weniger als Einstieg in die Serie. Wir lernen zwar Richard Bolitho und das Leben als Midshipman an Bord eines Linienschiffs in der Royal Navy kennen und bekommen einen guten Eindruck seines Wesens und Charakters, aber insgesamt macht das Buch eher den Eindruck einer Einführung in das Genre, verstärkt durch explizite Erklärungen an ein paar Stellen, und hat spürbar weniger Tiefgang als die späteren Bände. Wieder einmal stelle ich auch fest daß die deutsche Übersetzung stilistisch und spannungsmäßig hinter dem Original zurückbleibt.… (més)
Neckarhex | Hi ha 7 ressenyes més | Aug 25, 2023 |
"The Inshore Squadron" is the fifteenth book in the Richard Bolitho series written by Alexander Kent, which is the pseudonym of Douglas Reeman. The series is set during the Napoleonic Wars and follows the naval career of Richard Bolitho.

In "The Inshore Squadron," Richard Bolitho holds the rank of Rear-Admiral and is tasked with leading a squadron of ships along the coast of France. The mission of the squadron is to disrupt enemy shipping and coastal defenses, as well as gather intelligence on French naval activities. Bolitho faces numerous challenges and dangers as he executes his orders and engages in naval battles along the French coastline.

Like other books in the series, "The Inshore Squadron" combines historical accuracy with compelling storytelling, providing readers with a glimpse into naval warfare during the Napoleonic era. The books often explore themes of honor, duty, leadership, and the personal struggles faced by the characters in the midst of war.
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delta61 | Hi ha 4 ressenyes més | Jul 2, 2023 |
Bolitho assigned to squadron sent to foil French in Caribbean but the French are planning to steal Spanish treasure and break alliance with England.
ritaer | Hi ha 5 ressenyes més | May 27, 2023 |


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