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The Iron Pirate

3.59  ·  Rating Details  ·  109 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
The crack German heavy cruiser Prinz Luitpold had always been lucky in battle. To the beleaguered army on the Baltic coast she was their one remaining symbol of hope. But it is the summer of 1944, and on every front the war is going badly for Germany.

When the order comes to leave the Baltic to attack and destroy enemy shipping in the Atlantic, Kapitan zur See Dieter Hechle
Published (first published 1986)
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Bey Deckard
Apr 17, 2015 Bey Deckard rated it really liked it
Despite the jarring POV switches, and the (odd? unbelievable?) romance arc, I quite enjoyed this.

The love of a captain for his ship gets me every time... Reeman obviously holds the sea as close to his heart as I do.
David Bell
Dec 14, 2014 David Bell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A slight break from tradition in that Reeman's writing from a German Captain's point of view, so we get a bit of unbritish stiff upper lip pity. Good, familiar (always has a girl to be fallen in love with), great detail in naval warfare from the U-Boat Milch Cows to the way hatches are closed. Solid stuff.
Andrew Herbert
Aug 09, 2014 Andrew Herbert rated it it was ok
Formulaic Reeman.
Cornballed cornball. Some good elements, in part because it's told from the 'opposition' side for a change, but all the characters are cardboard cutouts. Very forced shipboard romance. Sigh. I've read several of Reeman's books. Maybe one too many now...
Jamie Campbell
Apr 28, 2015 Jamie Campbell rated it liked it
Doesn't work as well as others with the good guys being - well, the bad guys. But some nice exposition - especially with the bad guys coming to terms with the knowledge that the war will end badly for them.
Mar 29, 2015 Nooilforpacifists rated it it was ok
Shelves: naval-fiction
Douglas Reeman drinking game: first use of word "oblivion"--page 136

Douglas Reeman drinking game: first Royal Naval Officer to drink a "horses's neck"--page 186

This is not one of Reeman's best. Whether it's writing (mostly) from the Nazi POV or the unusually jumpy narration to the unbelievable chain of events -- or all three, this feels like a bad "airport novel."
Feb 26, 2016 Michael rated it really liked it
Another solid Douglas Reeman offering. enjoyed the German perspective and as usual the hero gets the girl and the baddie loses out.
Fredrick Danysh
Nov 24, 2014 Fredrick Danysh rated it really liked it
This is a novel of World War II naval warfare. The German heavy cruiser Prinz Luitpold is order to sail into the North Atlantic where everyone will be looking for her. Dieter Hechler, her captain, will face enormous obstacles as he and his crew struggle for survival.
Oct 03, 2013 David rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is a strange novel by Douglas Reeman and unusually doesn't really work.
Perhaps he didn't understand the German psyche as well as he appeared to historical and contemporary naval (and Marine) characters.
Steve Markham
Aug 18, 2013 Steve Markham rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not a bad offering from Reeman as to be expected. Interesting as it is told from the German point of view when the war was all but lost.
May 02, 2010 Tom rated it liked it
Better than the last book of his I read, but not by much. Will be glad to get back to decent novels.
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AKA Alexander Kent.
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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