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POLL: Favorite WWII Naval Novel? (Final Round)


379 votes were cast.


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Bill Rosser Supporting Member of TMP writes:

HMS Saracen was the book on the Monitor. Douglas Reeman I think was the author.


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VOTING RESULTS
AnswerVotes%Chart
Caine Mutiny, The
30
8%
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Cruel Sea, The
55
15%
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Das Boot
77
20%
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Enemy Below, The
19
5%
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HMS Ulysses
17
4%
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Mister Roberts
20
5%
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Run Silent Run Deep
55
15%
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Up Periscope
9
2%
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no opinion
97
26%
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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.

(Finalists chosen in this previous poll.)