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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP30 Apr 2020 9:30 p.m. PST

""Nicholas Dawlish is for me a real person whose life I am researching," says author Antoine Vanner. "I want to document not just his distinguished public career but also the more obscure aspects of his life and that of his no-less impressive wife."

Admiral Sir Nicholas Dawlish is probably best remembered today for leaving retirement in 1914, at the request of his friend and sometime rival Lord Fisher, to assume responsibility for Unconventional Naval Operations. His imaginative filling of that role, and his death at the age of seventy-two on the Zeebrugge Mole, where he fell in a hail of machine-gun fire on St. George's Day 1918, (making him the oldest serving officer to fall in action in either World War), ended an illustrious career in a manner which he would have found wholly appropriate…"
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Bozkashi Jones30 Apr 2020 10:14 p.m. PST

Spoilers, Armand, spoilers!

Actually, I've never really got on with the Dawlish books ripping yarns and great fun, but once the naval action is over I've not found the writing engaging enough to finish the book.

That said, Vanner's done a great job in researching and highlighting some fascinating episodes of the ironclad era, including highlighting some fascinating 'what ifs'.


Bob the Temple Builder01 May 2020 2:49 a.m. PST

I've read and enjoyed all the books … and I understand from Antoine Vanner that he is currently writing the next book in the series.

He has also written some short stories that can be downloaded and read electronically.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP01 May 2020 10:29 a.m. PST



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