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31 Aug 2018 6:16 p.m. PST
by Editor in Chief Bill

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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian22 Feb 2018 9:56 a.m. PST

Which novel(s) do you recommend?

Personal logo T Callahan Supporting Member of TMP22 Feb 2018 10:09 a.m. PST

The Cruel Sea
Run Silent, Run Deep

Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP22 Feb 2018 10:21 a.m. PST

Beat me to it!

JimSelzer Supporting Member of TMP22 Feb 2018 10:24 a.m. PST

Ditto on Run Silent Run Deep probably the only WW2 naval fiction I ever read

mwindsorfw Supporting Member of TMP22 Feb 2018 10:27 a.m. PST

War and Remembrance is not WWII naval fiction (it skips among different characters in different places), but there are some naval portions that are well done.

rmaker22 Feb 2018 10:30 a.m. PST

In Harm's Way
Away All Boats
The Caine Mutiny

Personal logo Herkybird Supporting Member of TMP22 Feb 2018 10:33 a.m. PST

Another vote for The Cruel Sea (Nicholas Monsarrat)

Jcfrog Supporting Member of TMP22 Feb 2018 10:35 a.m. PST

Cruel sea.
Douglas Reeman's books
one from Alistair Mclean, HmS Ulysses I think.

Wackmole9 Supporting Member of TMP22 Feb 2018 10:55 a.m. PST

The Ship and The Shepard by C.S. Forester

Crow Bait22 Feb 2018 10:59 a.m. PST

Up Periscope by Rob White.

Huscarle22 Feb 2018 11:07 a.m. PST

The Cruel Sea
HMS Ulysses (as Jcfrog thought)
Das Boot by Lothar Gunther Buchheim

Possibly "Stella" by Jan de Hartog, the film "The Key" based on the book was very good, but I've never read the story. Anybody read it?

BuckeyeBob22 Feb 2018 11:37 a.m. PST

Battle Cry by Leon Uris
My favorite by Uris, although it starts just at the end of WW2 is Armageddon

Robb White wrote (IMO) 3 good novels on WW2 (tho there were others)….Up Periscope, Flight Deck and Torpedo Run.

Almost left out, Richard Newhafer's The Last Tally-Ho

panzerCDR Supporting Member of TMP22 Feb 2018 11:40 a.m. PST

The Caine Mutiny
The Cruel Sea
Run Silent, Run Deep
The Enemy Below

These are all good.

Personal logo SBminisguy Supporting Member of TMP22 Feb 2018 11:52 a.m. PST

Craig diLouie's submarine series is good, as are the books by PT Deuterman. His most recent book, The Commodore, is focused on destroyer actions at Guadalcanal.

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP22 Feb 2018 12:12 p.m. PST

Best WWII Naval Fiction?

My uncle Ben's sea stories!

… plus …

Who ate my strawberries?
TV show – Black Sheep Squadron (or the novel Black Sheep One for the non-fiction version)

dragon622 Feb 2018 12:23 p.m. PST

Lots of good books

South to Java
Another six-hundred: A true history in narrative form

Jcfrog Supporting Member of TMP22 Feb 2018 12:36 p.m. PST

Aie aie … Temptations.

Colonel Bogey22 Feb 2018 3:45 p.m. PST

Another vote for Douglas Reeman

Ed Mohrmann Supporting Member of TMP22 Feb 2018 3:55 p.m. PST

The Ship and The Good Shepherd are my favorites

Hussar6222 Feb 2018 5:40 p.m. PST

Alexander Fullerton wrote a series of 6 books set in ww2. I thought they were well written.

jurgenation Supporting Member of TMP22 Feb 2018 7:40 p.m. PST

Up Periscope..

zoneofcontrol Inactive Member22 Feb 2018 8:01 p.m. PST

Up Periscope
A Flock Of Ships

Navy Fower Wun Seven Inactive Member22 Feb 2018 10:27 p.m. PST

Douglas Reeman is the a remarkable author, who also has the pen name of Alexander Kent, of Napoleonic Naval fiction fame.

Douglas, like myself was a regular Seaman in the Royal Navy, and commissioned from the ranks, ending up as a Lieutenant.

There the similarity ends he was a combat veteran many times over, his ship sinking during the Battle of the Atlantic, when he was injured by a depth charge. He then served in small ships during the fight for the Narrow Seas, and was at D-Day. When the Korean War started he joined up once again, ending up as a Lieutenant Commander… What a guy! And boy could he write good stuff!

Sadly, he passed over the bar in 2017, but what a life well lived!

Thank you for the great literature Sir, not to mention your Gallant Service in the defence of Freedom.

Joes Shop Supporting Member of TMP23 Feb 2018 5:28 a.m. PST

Any book by Douglas Reeman.

The Cruel Sea.
The Caine Mutiny.
Run Silent, Run Deep.
The Sand Pebbles.
The Enemy Below.
Das Boot.

Marc33594 Supporting Member of TMP23 Feb 2018 6:07 a.m. PST

Another vote for Douglas Reeman regardless of which war.

Rallynow Supporting Member of TMP23 Feb 2018 7:59 a.m. PST

Another vote for the "Cruel Sea" and the rest of Reeman's books.

Rallynow Supporting Member of TMP23 Feb 2018 8:02 a.m. PST

Run Silent, Run Deep
Caine Mutiny

Don't think the "The Sand Pebbles" qualifies. It is set in the 1920s.

goragrad23 Feb 2018 1:09 p.m. PST

I have to say that I read quite a few (if not all) of Reeman's books and that he did push the bounds a bit far in his climactic actions in the WWII books (for some reason a bit more believable in the Napoleonic era). Otherwise good reads.

Love Maclean's 'HMS Ulysses' another RN veteran writing what he had seen as a Seaman and LTO on the Royalist. Although per wiki

Algis Budrys described MacLean's writing style as "hit 'em with everything but the kitchen sink, then give 'em the sink, and when they raise their heads, drop the plumber on 'em"
and things that took place over the course of many convoy runs all happen in one.

Another of his books 'South by Java Head' deals with a tanker attacked by Japanese bombers in the Pacific also a good read.

'The Cruiser' by Warren Tute (another RN veteran) is also a solid read. Starts pre-war and doesn't stretch the bounds quite as far when it comes to the final action.

I also liked the Rob White books.

Joes Shop Supporting Member of TMP24 Feb 2018 5:07 a.m. PST

Rallynow: you are correct, my mistake.

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