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Send a Gunboat: World War 2 Naval Fiction

3.65 of 5 stars 3.65  ·  rating details  ·  100 ratings  ·  4 reviews
HMS Wagtail is a river gunboat, a ship seemingly at the end of her useful life, lying in a Hong Kong dockyard awaiting her last summons to the breakers' yard. Commander Justin Rolfe is also seemingly at the end of his useful naval life, an embittered man, brooding and angry from a court-martial verdict. Then the offshore island of Santu is threatened with invasion from the ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published February 18th 1980 by Arrow (first published July 1st 1975)
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Rollicking naval adventure with a stiff upper lip. Loads of fun for those into this sort of thing, with interesting characters discovering strange sorts of bravery amid insane situations. Very, very British... For example:

Hero captain has been captured, tortured, swam miles through perilous seas, starved, had only a bit of raw fish to eat for days, thought he was going to die many times, baked on a rock sticking out of the reefs off-shore, etc, until he's finally back on his ship, bandaged and e
I don't know what it is but I love Reeman's books when he writes under the pseudonym of Alexander Kent and have read virtually all those books but when he writes under his own name they rarely seem to grab me in the same way. Perhaps it is the different ages when the books are set, the Kent series are set in the days of sailing ships and Nelson etc whereas Reeman's own are set during or just after WWII or perhaps it is because Kent's are part of a series so we see how the characters grow over se ...more
Jeff Crosby
Okay, last night I judged a book by its cover. What drew me to this particular Reeman novel is the unusual setting and time frame.

Like many Reeman novels this is more about the people than the military action, but there is a generous portion of that. The characters are interesteing, and in many cases conflicted. However, the star of the book is the aged British gunboat. Doc and Kent will like this.
Geoff Woodland
Just finished re-reading this novel. The author has a smooth way of telling a story and manages to add excitement at the appropriate points.
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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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