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Twelve Seconds to Live

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The mine is an impartial killer, and defusing it requires steady nerves, steady hands, and an intrepid flirtation with death. Haunted by the mine that destroyed his first command, H.M. Submarine Tornado, Lieutenant-Commander David Masters now defuses mines on land and teaches the same deadly science to others.
Paperback, 346 pages
Published May 1st 2003 by McBooks Press (first published 2002)
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Mar 20, 2016 Anna rated it liked it
Waging war is hard, but commanding submarine ain't easy cause of mines.
Nov 21, 2016 Alex rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Strangely compelling, yet I found it slightly odd. It's a story more about connected people than a single event. Yet as usual it was gripping and well written, especially the characterisation which was exceptional.
I still have absolutely no idea about the title though!
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A fascinating portrayal of mine countermeasures and coastal defence actions during WWII. The story line is somewhat disjointed and the ending is a little too pat, but the setting is worth the read. I found Reeman's writing style in this novel hard to follow (I don't recall this in his other books): he tended to switch perspectives frequently while using pronouns which weren't clear who they referred to. Could this be a literary device to convey a sense of disjointed reality when dismantling ...more
Jun 21, 2010 Dan rated it liked it
An interesting but somewhat disappointing book about WWII British Navy. He develops some very interesting characters and gets you involved in them, but the action scenes don't work, there is little technical detail, and then he sort of runs out of steam and the story lines collapse at the end.
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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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