[PDF] Killing Ground By Douglas Reeman – Writerscompany.co.uk

Killing Ground The Western Ocean 1942.From The Bridge Of HMS Gladiator, Lieutenant Commander David Howard S Orders Were Chillingly Clear There Could Be No Mercy.To The Men Who Fought To Protect The Vital, Threatened Merchat Navy Convoys In The Western Approaches, The Battle Of The Atlantic Was A Full Scale War.A Relentless, Savage War Against An Ever Present Enemy And A Violent Sea In An Arena Known Only To Its Embittered Survivors As The Killing Ground.HMS Gladiator Was Part Of That War An Ordinary, Hard Worked Destroyer And Her Company Of Men Fighting For Survival In A War With No Rules Well researched novel following the Captain and crew of a Royal Navy Destroyer during the Battle of the Atlantic from 1942 1944 Reeman paints a picture of the brutality of the conflict and the passions of the participants without delving into graphic language of violence While the main character is the Captain, Reeman jumps from character to character using the third person omniscient narrative, and develops the plot so that, like war itself, there is This feels derivative I think Nicholas Monsarrat did this subject better. I hate to be the naysayer, and I do so with caution since every author instantly wants to become a critic Nonetheless, I disliked the book so much I abandoned it about half way though Here is why.The narrator introduces a relatively large cast of characters and whenever the scene is inhabited by two or characters, Reeman moves his point of view between characters often, rapidly, and without warning I found it extremely difficult to keep the characters straight and who was thinking what at any one moment In author speak this is head hopping.I kept reading since I was able to keep track of the main storyline but the feeling I got was it was a rambling story because of the head hopping and at one point I had to stop and go back several paragraphs because a ship had just been torpedoed and it took me several pa Another good WWII sea novel by Douglas Reeman, this time involving British destroyers against German u boats in the Atlantic Western Sea convoy war Principal characters are finely drawn and we empathize with their losses and sorrows The fiction parallels real events and trends Much like The Cruel Sea, by Nicholas Monserrat, this book seems to be an authentic account of the struggles endured by the Royal Navy during the battle of the atlantic in escorting convoys while under attack by U boats This book has the added attraction of inc Nasty goings on below the surface of the waves, destroyer escorts, corvettes, convoys with sinking, smoking hulks and the waters burning with oil It could be the Gulf of Mexico 2010, however, as is usual for Douglas Reeman books it s WWII an As always with Douglas Reeman, an enjoyable read His descriptions make me feel as though I m actually there He actually did convoy duty and obviously knows what he is describing A very moving account of what it must have been like. One of the better books by the author Likely has the best presented depictions or action and combat, but still suffers from the two common Reeman tropes an inexplicable heel character with no redeeming qualities Who obviously gets his comeuppance , and a savior love interest who brings our hero back from the brink of insanity via a poorly portrayed courtship followed by sub trash romance novel sex scenes It s Douglas Reeman not only provides an excellent historical perspective of the Battle of the Atlantic but does so with a well constructed plot with complex and realistic characters.


About the Author: Douglas Reeman

Alexander Kent.Douglas Edward Reeman was 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


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