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« Reply #510 on: September 11, 2018, 07:00:44 am »
Lorhainne Eckhart, Vanished, 2013

United States

USS Vincent (CVN-??)
Nimitz Class Carrier(?)
Details as per the real ships.
Note: The author simply mentions the "...Vincent Carrier..." without providing any specifics. However the cover uses a picture of CVN-77, so I am assuming that the author intended the ship to be a Nimitz.

USS Larsen (DDG-???)
Arleigh Burke Class Destroyer (Flight IIA)
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Also appears in the novel 'Saved' (2013), see the post for that novel for more details on this ship.

Plot summary: The year is 2006. For an American naval officer and the woman he rescued from the Arabian sea, things appear to be going along well. But then what seemed to be a mild case of post-natal depression following the birth of their son spirals into paranoia, has the father of their daughter returned to claim that which he believes he 'owns'.

Note (Spoilers): In this second novel in sequence that begins with 'Saved' (2013), while the author chooses a rather harrowing scenario for her characters, she again avoids resolving the plot thread that started the series off. I'm still not sure that was the right decision on her part, as the final ending of the series, aside from revealing a high degree of paranoia about Muslim extremists recruiting via Facebook does not feel right, since that issue is left unresolved.
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« Reply #511 on: September 19, 2018, 03:30:18 am »
Neill James, Atlantic Rendezvous, 2013

United Kingdom (WWII)

MGB-728
Fairmile D Motor Gun Boat
Note: Pennant clashes with a Fairmile D Motor Torpedo Boat.

MGB-733
Fairmile D Motor Gun Boat
Details as per the real ships
Note: Pennant clashes with a Fairmile D Motor Torpedo Boat.

MGB-780
Fairmile D Motor Gun Boat
Details as per the real ships
Note: Pennant clashes with a Fairmile D Motor Torpedo Boat.

MGB-781
Fairmile D Motor Gun Boat
Details as per the real ships
Note: Pennant clashes with a Fairmile D Motor Torpedo Boat.

Note: All of the above are explicitly identified as being the Motor Gun Boat version of the Fairmile D by the author.

United Kingdom (Post-WWII)

MTB-528
Vosper '73ft' Class
Real ship, details as in service.
Note: This ship was commissioned in 1946 and is recorded as being sold in 1948. In the novel the hero is the one who purchases the ship upon sale and renames it Corsair.

Unnamed
Halcyon Class Minesweeper
Details as per the real ships

France (Post-WWII)

Unnamed
Corvette, class not specified.

Plot summary:  The year is 1948, a retired RN officers plans to set up a charter boat business 'go south' leading him to take desperate steps to come up with revenue.

Note: The author states in his introduction that he was inspired by a boat he spotted from a passing train when he was a child. The overall plot-line can be compared with 'The Ship That Died Of Shame' (1952)  by Nicholas Monsarrat and an early Douglas Reeman novel 'High Water' (1959).
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« Reply #512 on: September 21, 2018, 03:43:28 am »
C.S. Forrester, Gold From Crete, 1941

United Kingdom

HMS Apache
Tribal Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships

HMS Cheyenne
Tribal Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships

HMS Navaho
Tribal Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships

HMS Potawatomi
Tribal Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships

HMS Seminole
Tribal Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships

HMS Shoshone
Tribal Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships

Note: All ships are part of the RN 20th Destroyer Flotilla. The author does not identify the class, however as all the names used are those of Native American tribes, assignment to the Tribal Class is most likely.

United States

USS Coulterville (CL-??)
Cruiser, class not specified
8000 tons
Stated to be newly built.
No other details provided.

Plot summary: A collection of 'morale raising' stories not all of which deal with naval actions.

Note: C.S Forester (1899-1966), as the creator of Horatio Hornblower needs no other introduction. There are no specifics to date the stories, however one of the non-naval stories is a fictionalized account of the Battle of Beda Fomm (6/7 February 1941), which puts an earliest date for just when the collection was written. Given there is no mention of the Japanese entry into the war (7 December 1941) it would appear that the stories are set between 1940 and 1941. 

The cover for the 1973 printing of the collection was by Chris Mayger and is based off the first story in the collection.

Full Cover

https://www.dropbox.com/s/f3szqa5f0dv1k4l/Gold_From_Crete_1971_Full_Cover.jpg?dl=0
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Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
« Reply #513 on: September 22, 2018, 01:08:40 am »
Iris Johansen & Roy Johansen, Silent Thunder, 2008

Russia

Kulyenchikov
Oscar II (Pr. 949a) Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.
Note: The submarine been purchased by an American museum located in the state of Maine and has been disarmed while the preparations to display it are being completed.

United States

USS Bainbridge (DDG-96)
Arleigh Burke Class Destroyer
Real ship, details as in service.

Plot summary: An American museum has obtained an example of Russia's most recent combat submarine, one that 'got lost' in the chaos surrounding the collapse of the Soviet Union. While preparations are being made to put the submarine on display unknown individuals try to break into the submarine, but what are they looking for.

Note: This novel is more of a Romantic mystery novel than an action novel.
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« Reply #514 on: September 24, 2018, 04:01:34 am »
Clive Cussler & Boyd Morrison, Shadow Tyrants, 2018

Non-State

'Cabrillo Corporation'

Oregon (II)
Armed Merchant Ship (Converted 1960s cargo liner)
Length: 560ft (171m)
Beam: 75ft (23m)
11,585 tons
Propulsion: MHD Engines
Speed: 50 knots(+)
Armament: 1 x 120mm Cannon (Bow mount) 3 x 20mm Gatling cannon 4 x Exocet Missiles (Concealed in forward hold) 2 x Land Attack Missiles (Russian, type not specified.) 2 x 21 inch Torpedo Tubes (Bow), Machine Guns. Note: All weapons are concealed.
2 x Minisubs
1 x Helicopter
Note: Conversion was done at a Russian shipyard, but paid for by US Govt 'Black Budget' money. The below-water hull has been heavily modified to allow safe transit at high speeds. Mercenary ship, owned by the 'Cabrillo Corporation'. Registered in Iran (Carries flags for every maritime nation.) Performs intelligence gathering on behalf of the United States Government and other related work on behalf of friendly nations. This is the replacement for the ship of the same name that appeared in 'Flood Tide' (1997)

Orbital Ocean Corporation

Kalinga (ex-?)
Nilgiri Class Frigate
Details as per the real ships

Maurya (ex-?)
Nilgiri Class Frigate
Details as per the real ships

Note: Both ships are ex-Indian Navy, the authors do not specify which former Indian Navy Niligri Class Frigates they were. All armament has been retained.

Plot summary: A mission to recover stolen Russian nerve gas leads to the discovery of an ancient conspiracy.

Note (Spoilers): For the latest in the 'Oregon Files' series the authors mix together one of the possible solutions to the MH370 disappearance with ideas taken from the film 'Airport'77' and a tale from the fringe about a secret order founded by the legendary Indian Emperor Ashoka to guard the worlds knowledge lest it be misused.

Rather ironically the tale actually originated with a 1920s pulp writer named Talbot Mundy, who'se 1923 novel 'The Nine Unknown' deals with an attempt by a multi-racial band of adventurers to steal from a mysterious organization that controls the worlds economy in secret. (The novel can be read at the Australian Project Gutenberg website. (Link)) Their re-appearance in this 21st Century pulpy story can be seen as a kind of 'coming home'.
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Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
« Reply #515 on: October 03, 2018, 04:58:35 am »
J. P. W. Mallalieu, Very Ordinary Seaman, 1944

United Kingdom

HMS Marsden (I11)

M Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships

HMS Meltham
M Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships

Germany

Various 'Unnamed' warships.

Plot summary: A 'Typical' sailors experience of the Arctic Convoys.

Note: This was actually the authors third book, the first two written under various pseudonyms attacked war profiteers and the like. The navy apparently prevailed on him to present a unjaundiced view of the war in this book, which proved so successful he was able to use the money made from the sales to run for parliament in the post war General Election.

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« Reply #516 on: October 04, 2018, 08:26:56 am »
Edwyn Gray, Action Atlantic, 1975

United Kingdom

HMS Weazel
V & W Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships
Note: Name is that of a V & W Class Destroyer cancelled while under construction in November 1918.

HMS Pelican
Destroyer, class not specified
No other details provided
Note: Name clash with an Egret Class Sloop.

HMS Percival
Destroyer, class not specified
No other details provided.

HMS Arrogant
Illustrious Class Aircraft Carrier
Details as per the real ships.
Note: The author uses the same name for a battleship of unspecified class in the 1978 novel 'Fighting Submarine' which is set in the same universe. This ship is explicitly identified as an Illustrious Class Aircraft Carrier.

Germany

UB-44
Type VIIB Class U-Boat
Details as per the the real ships.
Completed in 1938
Note: UB pennant not used after WW1. Original 88mm deck gun replaced with a 105mm deck gun in 1940

UB-48
U Boat, class not specified
No other details provided.
Note: UB pennant not used after WW1

UB-203
U Boat, class not specified
No other details provided.
Note: UB pennant not used after WW1

M-16
M1935 Class Minesweeper
Real ship, details as in service.

Plot summary: The continuing career of a U-boat commander who is becoming increasingly disillusioned about the country he is serving, this novel carries his story on until May of 1941.

Note: The novel is the second in a series of novels following this character. Another novel using the same setting, but not formally part of the series by this author is 'Fighting Submarine' (1978), which I have covered earlier in this thread. The novel has been re-issued as an E-book in 2018 via Amazon. The publisher in this case is a US ebook publisher specializing in Westerns and other 'man adventure' type books, there are a number of textural glitches and misspellings in the ebook that should have been caught by an editor prior to publication.
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« Reply #517 on: October 06, 2018, 02:19:29 am »
Something a little bit different...

G. C. Edmondson, The Ship That Sailed the Time Stream, 1965

United States

USS Alice
Yawl (Wooden hull)
Length: 89ft (27.13m)
Sails & diesel engine
Speed: 10 knots (Max)
Crew: 7 + 2 Scientists
Armament: Rifles and pistols for the crew (Not for the scientists). (What types are not specified but probably the types used by the US navy in 1965.)
Note: Ship is being used to test equipment designed to locate submarines.

Plot summary: The year is 1965 and a test of equipment designed to locate enemy submarines takes an unexpected turn when the test vessel is struck by lightning.

Note: The title gives the game away, but in some respects this story can be seen as the distant ancestor of another story I've covered in this thread 'Whisper' (2010).

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« Reply #518 on: October 06, 2018, 03:41:38 am »
An interesting addition that I found on Project Gutenberg. One of the The Dreadnought Boys series of children's adventure books by Captain Wilbur Lawton.

The Dreadnought Boys on a Submarine, by Captain Wilbur Lawton, 1911

United States
Lockyer: submarine, 2x torpedo tubes (12x torpedoes), 26kt (surf), 13kt (sub), 3,000hp compressed air propulsion, three propellers
USS Brooklyn: gunboat; name clash with the armoured cruiser ACR-3
USS Louisville: gunboat

Plot Summary: The inventor Lockyer has built a novel submarine but a rival yard who wants to buy the patents and sell the submarines to an unnamed 'Asian power' plots to cripple his submarine during an official Navy trial. Much daring do ensues as they test out the capabilities of the submarine and hunt down the conspirators at land and sea.

The most interesting aspect of the book is the submarine's propulsion system which is quite prescent for some of the developments that have occurred. The boat is powered by a compressed air system that Lawton probably modelled on the Sterling engine. The submarine's engine is started with an explosive gas mixture and then runs off of the compressed air tanks with sufficient capacity to run at cruising speed (about 6kts) for 5 hours. Then the tanks can be refilled from normal atmospheric air via a retractable 20ft tall 'air pipe' and a compressor. I wonder if this is the earliest description of a snorkel-type device?

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« Reply #519 on: October 06, 2018, 06:24:48 pm »
Alfred Draper, Grey Seal, 1981

United Kingdom

HMT Grey Seal
Armed Trawler
1 x 12pdr (fwd)
2x 20mm Oerlikons (Mounted port and starboard side midship.)
Lewis guns (3 x twin mounts, 1 on each bridge wing and 1 on top of the galley flat)
Depth charges
Small arms for crew: 6 x .303 Lee-Enfields & 4 x .455 Webley Revolvers plus one Lee-Enfield rifle modified as a line thrower.
Length: 180ft (55m)
Beam: 28ft (8.5m)
600 tons
10 knots (+)
No other details provided.

HMT Beaver
Armed trawler
Weapon details identical to Grey Seal
No other details provided

HMT Otter
Armed trawler
Weapon details identical to Grey Seal
No other details provided

HMT Vole
Armed trawler
Weapon details identical to Grey Seal
No other details provided

HMS Zeus
'Cruiser' class not specified
Explicitly identified as a cruiser by the author.
No other details provided.

Germany

Various 'Unnamed' warships.

Plot summary: The year is 1939, and one young naval officer learns the most important lesson, it is not what ship you command that matters, but the spirit of her crew.

Note: This is the first in a series of novels following the trawler and her crew through WWII, a later novel in the series set in 1941 entitled 'The Raging Of The Deep' (1985) has been covered in this thread.
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« Reply #520 on: October 07, 2018, 07:36:38 pm »
With thanks to Hood in sorting out the identification of one submarine.

Edwyn Gray, Tokyo Torpedo, 1976

Canada

HMCS Thorlock
Flower Class Corvette
Real ship, details as in service.

United States

USS Needlefish (SS-???)
Gato Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships, save that the deck gun is a 6 inch gun presumably identical to the weapon fitted to the USS Argonaut (SM-1), USS Narwhal (SS-167) & USS Nautilus (SS-168).
Note: Name clashes with an unbuilt Balao Class Submarine (SS-379) and an unbuilt Tench Class Submarine (SS-493). The author explicitly identifies the submarine as being a member of the Gato Class.

Germany

U-885
Type IXD2 Class U-Boat
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Pennant number is that of a Type IXD/42 Class U-Boat cancelled while under construction in 1943. The author explicitly identifies the submarine as a Type IXD2 U-Boat.

Japan

I-202
Type B1 (I-40) Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships, save it is fitted with Type 22 Radar and has been modified for use as a test platform for Kaiten human torpedoes.
Note: Pennant clashes with the second of the Sen Taka (I-201) class submarines.

Plot summary: The year is 1943 and following the first wartime visit by a Japanese submarine to Germany, it is decided to reciprocate.

To ensure success, a captain noted for 'getting the job done' is pulled from the desk job he's been holding down since the loss of his last submarine, given a new sub and ordered not only to reach Japan, but to learn the secret of their 'Long Lance' torpedoes a weapon which could sweep the Atlantic of Allied shipping.

Note: This is the third novel in the four book series that starts with 'No Survivors (1974), the entire series is being re-issued in ebook form in 2018.
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« Reply #521 on: October 09, 2018, 10:13:09 pm »
Christopher Nicole, Bloody Sunrise, 1993

United Kingdom

HMS Juno
Steam Sloop (Screw)
1600 tons
Armament: 2 x 7 inch Armstrong Muzzle Loaders (Bow chasers), 8 x 64 pdr smoothbores.
Crew: 206
Speed: 13 knots (Steam), speed under other conditions not specified
Wooden hull.
Note: At the time the ship is mentioned (1861) in the novel the name clashes with a Spartan Class Frigate (Sail), that was later renamed HMS Mariner in 1878 and then HMS Atalanta shortly thereafter.

Every other warship mentioned in the novel is real.

Plot summary: The rise of Japan in the 19th Century as seen through the eyes of an ex-Royal Navy seaman who is there from the beginning of the Meji Restoration to shortly after the Battle of Tsushima.

Note: This is actually the second series the author has written covering this time period. The other series is from the perspective of a US Army officer bought in to help create the new Japanese Army shortly after the Meji Restoration.
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« Reply #522 on: October 11, 2018, 02:46:39 am »
J. E. MacDonnell, U-Boat, 1962

Australia

HMAS Scimitar
J, K & N Class Destroyer?
Details as per the real ships.
Name clash with S Class (WWI) Destroyer HMS Scimitar which served in WWII and was scrapped in 1947.
Note: Class assignment based on the armament details provided by the author.

United Kingdom

HMS Renown
Renown Class Battlecruiser
Real ship, details as in service.

HMS Ark Royal
Ark Royal Class Aircraft Carrier
Real ship, details as in service.

Various 'Unnamed' warships

Germany

U-114
U-Boat, class unspecified
No other details provided.
Note: Pennant clashes with an unbuilt Type Type XI Class U-Boat cancelled at the start of the Second World War.

U-648
U-Boat, class unspecified
Armament: 6 x 21inch Bow Tubes, after tubes unspecified. 1 x 4 inch deck gun. 11 torpedoes carried including 6 x Pi-2 Torpedos (Fitted with a magnetic detonator that makes use of the targets own magnetic field as the trigger, no impact detonator.)
Note: Pennant clashes with a Type VIIC class U-boat commissioned in November of 1942 and lost in November of 1943.

Plot summary: The year is 1941, and a U-boat crew experience triumph and tragedy with a new, supposedly war-winning torpedo.

Note: The story is easily date-able as Operation Rheinübung (18 May - 27 May 1941) takes place during the opening chapters, which suggest that the whole thing is set within 1941. Unusually for this author the plot is centered around an 'enemy' crew rather than his usual characters, although the story does directly tie in to the novel 'Sainsbury VC' (1962) in that the last action of this novel is the same convoy battle that ends that novel.

The torpedo problems experienced by the crew of U-648 are based on actual issues the Germans had with their Type G7e torpedoes early in the war, faulty triggers and depth keeping mechanisms cost the Germans a lot of sinkings at a critical time before the matter was resolved.

J. E. MacDonnell was a prolific Australian writer of action fiction for newsstand paperbacks. Some of the World War II novels by him covered in this thread include, 'Gimme the boats!' (1953), 'The Frogman' (1958),  'The Surgeon' (1959),  'The Secret Weapon' (1959), 'Subsmash' (1960), 'The Coxswain' (1960), 'Not Under Command' (1963), 'Killer Group' (1964), 'Approved to Scrap' (1968), 'The Hammer of God' (1968), 'Hunter-Killer' (1968), 'The Last Stand' (1970), 'The Kill', (1974), 'Breaking Point' (1979) & 'The Glory Hunter' (c. 1980s) . He also wrote a series of 'James Bond' style superspy thrillers featuring an agent named Mark Hood, novels in this series that have appeared in the thread are 'Come Die With Me' (1965) and 'Operation Octopus' (1968).
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« Reply #523 on: October 12, 2018, 05:14:36 pm »
Peter Poland, The Destroyer Captain, 2011

United Kingdom

HMS Constance
C/Cambrian Class Cruiser
Real ship, details as in service
Note: In real life this ship was scrapped in 1936. In the novel it is still in service as of 1938.

HMS Portsmouth
Town Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships.
Explicitly identified as a member of the Town Class by the author.

HMS Crewe
'Cruiser' Class not specified
No other details provided.

HMS Leeds
'Cruiser' Class not specified
No other details provided

HMS Vance
V & W Class Destroyer?
Details as per the real ships
Note: Class assignment solely based on the name.

HMS Basset
B Class Destroyer?
Details as per the real ships
Note: Class assignment solely based on the name.

HMS Hercules
H Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships.
Completed: 1937 (Presumably this means commissioned.)
Explicitly identified as a member of the H Class by the author. The name was not used by the RN at the the time the novel is set. The last example a Colossus Class Battleship was scrapped in 1921. The next ship of the name a Majestic Class Aircraft Carrier did not start construction until 1943.

HMS Haigh
H Class Destroyer?
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Class assignment solely based on the name.

HMS Harriet
H Class Destroyer?
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Class assignment solely based on the name.

HMS Jasper
J Class Destroyer?
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Class assignment solely based on the name.

HMS Jasmine
J Class Destroyer?
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Class assignment solely based on the name.

HMS Jockey
J Class Destroyer
Comissioned: 1938
Explicitly identified as a member of the J Class by the author.

HMS Lachlan
L Class Destroyer?
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Class assignment solely based on the name.

HMS Montcalm
M Class Destroyer?
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Class assignment solely based on the name.

HMS Masai
Tribal Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships.
Explicitly identified as a member of the Tribal Class by the author.

Germany

Moltke
'Cruiser', class not specified
No other details provided.

Plot summary: The rise of an officer regarded by his superiors as hard driving and efficient, but as for what the man himself thinks, well that's another matter.

Note: It's been a while since I dipped into the 'self-published on amazon' WWII fiction and this one makes for an interesting character study of fine line between heroism and cowardice let down by a thoroughly unpleasant central character and all manner of spelling and formatting glitches. The story-line runs from just after the Munich Agreement in 1938 to the Evacuation of Dunkirk in 1940.
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« Reply #524 on: October 14, 2018, 04:47:44 pm »
Kenneth Bulmer (Pen name: Bruno Krauss), Steel Shark, 1978

Australia

HMAS Ulmurra (Ex-HMS ?)
Hunt Class Minesweeper (WWI)
Details as per the real ships.
Armament has been modified
Equipped with Hydrophones and an unspecified number of depth charges. Main armament 2 x 12 pdr guns.
Note: This ship is based (Loosely) on a real RAN ship. The HMAS Doomba (ex-HMS Wexford) was a Hunt Class Minesweeper that was converted into a passenger ferry during the interwar period and was reconverted back into an escort vessel during WWII. The dimensions the author provides for this ship match the WWI Hunt class perfectly. The Doomba's armament was actually heavier than her fictional counterpart, with the RAN fitting her with a 4 inch gun and 40 depth charges.

United Kingdom

HMS Rodney
Nelson Class Battleship
Real ship, details as in service.

HMS Ark Royal
Ark Royal Class Aircraft Carrier
Real ship, details as in service.

HMS Saltburn Head
Armed Merchant Cruiser
Built: 1924
Crew: 250
Armament: 8 x 6 inch guns (4 a side), 2 x 3 Inch AA Guns, Machine guns (Unspecified number. The only specific type mentioned are Lewis guns.)
Displacement: 16320 tons
Length: 542ft 3in (165.3m)
Engines: '...two-shaft reciprocating engines...' (15000 IHP), Single funnel
Speed: 16 knots
Note: Described as an ex-Passenger liner.

Various 'Unnamed' warships.

Germany

U-40
Type IX U-boat
Details as per the real ships
Note: Pennant clashes with a Type IXA U-boat sunk in October of 1939. In the series this novel the U-boat is still in existence in December 1939.

U-42
Type IX U-boat
Details as per the real ships
Note: Pennant clashes with a type IXA U-boat sunk in October of 1939. In the series this novel the U-boat is still in existence in December 1939.
Author anachronistically gives this ship an Fa-330 'Bachstelze' (Wagtail) towed autogyro, these did not enter service until 1943.

Rugen
Armed Merchant Ship (Commerce Raider)
Crew: 340
Displacement: 8300 tons
Armament: Unspecified number of 5.9 inch guns in concealed mounts, probably torpedoes as well.
No other details
Note: The name given to this ship does not fit the scheme Germany used for commerce raiders. As in WWI these ships were named after animals, not islands.

Plot summary: The year is 1939 and as it draws to a close the war at sea is hotting up.

Note: This is the first in an eight book series ('Sea Wolf') of novels following the career of a particular U-boat officer through the Second World War. Written by science fiction author Kenneth Bulmer under a pseudonym, this is one of several series of action novels he wrote under various pseudonym's (Adam Hardy ('Fox' A Napoleonic Naval Series & 'Strike Force Falklands' A Falklands War series.), Ken Blake ('The Professionals', TV-Tie ins.) , etc.) for the cheaper end of the paperback market in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Likely intended to cash in on the success of Edwyn Gray's U-boat novels published in the mid to late 1970s, this series was probably intended to cover the entirety of World War Two, but the last published novel only carried the series to 1942.
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