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A Ship Must Die

3.86  ·  Rating Details  ·  248 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
January 1944. Out in the wastes of the Indian Ocean, British ships are sinking. The cause: a German armed raider, disguised to deceive unwary merchantmen. In Williamstown, Australia, HMS Andromeda awaits transfer to the Australian navy. After years together in bloody combat with the Nazis, the cruiser's crew will disperse to fight in other ships, in other seas. But a call ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published February 15th 1990 by Arrow (first published 1979)
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Christopher Telcontar
Douglas Reeman is a one trick pony, but he performs his trick well, over and over and over. He gets at odd corners of the naval conflict during ww2 and crafts a nice thriller in that space. Here we have one of his darlings, a German merchant raider, running amok in the Indian Ocean. The Australians pit an overworked light cruiser against it and thus the drama begins. His main character, this time a young captain with the VC, is a bit of fresh air for Reeman, although he is unable to refrain from ...more
Sreescanda
Mar 06, 2009 Sreescanda rated it it was amazing
If you want to read real ocean warfare books, Reeman's the man!
Jamie Campbell
Apr 28, 2015 Jamie Campbell rated it liked it
You need to suspend more disbelief than usual for Reeman with this one. (view spoiler)

But a rewarding Reeman read none the less - recently re-read it.
Daysbetween
Oct 04, 2015 Daysbetween rated it really liked it
Fast paced action war thriller set aboard a Brittish cruiser during WW2 in Australian waters. Very stilted, old fashioned language gave the story a feel of authenticity but the romance felt out of place and unreal and did not add to the drama. Story kept me interested and turning the pages until the end. 4/5
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The second time around for this book.
Picking up a Douglas Reeman book, even for the second time, assures me of a good read and a spot relaxation and escapism. A thoroughly enjoyable book.
Lance
Mar 18, 2011 Lance rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second time I have read this book. The first time was years ago, and forgot about it when I started to read this. It is an enjoyable naval book.
Jack Carter
Jul 04, 2011 Jack Carter rated it liked it
Rather "Boy's Ownish" but an entertaining read all the same.
Margareth8537
Sep 18, 2013 Margareth8537 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reeman's war stories are well crafted and enjoyable
Margareth8537
Sep 17, 2013 Margareth8537 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reeman's naval stories are always interesting to read
Jaanus Tramberg
Jan 03, 2013 Jaanus Tramberg rated it really liked it
Fascinating sea adventure in wartime Australia.
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Douglas Edward Reeman (born 15 October 1924, Thames Ditton) is a British author who has written many historical fiction books on the Royal Navy, mainly set during either World War II or the Napoleonic Wars.

Reeman joined the Royal Navy in 1940, at the age of 16, and served during World War II and the Korean War. He eventually rose to the rank of lieutenant. In addition to being a
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