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POLL: Favorite WWII Naval Novel? (Round One)


859 votes were cast by total voters.


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Willy the Rat writes:

If you can find it, try Ronald Bassett's "The Pierhead Jump".


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VOTING RESULTS
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1945 (Forstchen/Gingrich)
7
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A Grue of Ice
4
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A Prayer for the Ship
5
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A Twist of Sand
2
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Away All Boats
22
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Brown on Resolution
6
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Caine Mutiny, The
67
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Captain, The
2
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Cmdr. Prince, USN
1
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Cruel Sea, The
75
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Cruiser, The
6
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Das Boot
95
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Days of Infamy
13
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Designated Targets
0
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Enemy Below, The
54
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Enigma
9
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Final Impact
0
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Good Shepherd, The
18
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Harms Way
24
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HMS Marlborough Will Enter Harbour
2
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HMS Ulysses
53
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Last Dogfight, The
6
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Last Lieutenant, The
4
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Mister Roberts
41
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Pearl Harbor (Forstchen/Gingrich)
14
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Pearl Harbor (Turtledove)
2
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Ramage's Diamond
3
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Rising Sun Victorious
9
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Run Silent Run Deep
95
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Sharks and Little Fishes
4
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Ship, The
12
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South by Java Head
16
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Storm Force From Narvik
7
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The Ninety and Nine
3
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Time and Tide
2
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Up Periscope
44
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Very Ordinary Seaman
4
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Weapons of Choice
4
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Whip
2
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no opinion
122
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POLL IS CLOSED
POLL DESCRIPTION

Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP wonders...

In honor of Mal's soon to be published masterpiece, I ask the question: What is your favorite WW2 naval novel?

Coincidentally (or not), both of these are based on convoy action.

When I was a child, I liked childish things… I was a huge fan of Alastair MacClean's HMS Ulysses. It is now hard to read without breaking out laughing at its poor writing and cliches. It borders on the surreal reading how much Bleeped text MacClean can throw at that poor ship. No asteroids, at least.

The real thing is Nicholas Monsarrat's The Cruel Sea. It was made into a splendid movie too, with Jack Hawkins at his finest. No one can say "What is it, Number One?" quite like Mister Hawkins. The book is so good, it is Literature.

I will frankly admit it. This is a plea for new reading material. I need a break from Elmore Leonard, as good as he is. grin My only needs are action, good writing and good characters. I am easy.

(Nominations taken from this pre-poll discussion.)