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The Diary Of A U-boat Commander

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As we staggered back to our course I heard a thud in the wardroom, and on returning to my settee found that Alten had rolled out of his bunk, where he was lying in a drunken stupor, and that he was face downwards, sprawling on the deck, half his face in the broken half of a dirty dish which had fallen off the table whilst I was having tea. As I couldn't let the crew see hi ...more
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Khalid Khan
Sep 18, 2011 Khalid Khan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I downloaded this book thinking I'd be reading on what life was like in the U-boat. Turns out this is a great piece of fiction told from the viewpoint of a U-boat office. But beyond the war and the details of life in the U-boat this book has a interesting twist. You won't be able to put this book down once you get started.
Scribblesinink (scribbler)
I was never quite sure whether this was an entirely fictional tale masquerading as a biography, or whether there's any truth to the story. Either way, it was a good read, and I enjoyed it more than I had expected.
Nov 05, 2012 Jimmy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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The background of live in WWi Zeebrugge, Brugge and Kiel was fascinating, but not much rich enough to feel the cultural landscape. There is also not enough fighting on the sea for an action thriller, so what remains is the romance between a u-boat commander and a girl he is not supposed to fall in love with. The exasperating tension forces you to read through the book until the girls story is revealed in the end. So a hopeless cheap romance novel can succeed in being read in the end.
Mar 06, 2013 Jason rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very well written. loved the military descriptions and u-boat battles etc. Just not a big fan of the romance aspect which is at least half of the book. Overall, I enjoyed it...would've gone 4 starts with more battle!
May 27, 2012 Robin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I loved this book. A peek into the life of the u-boat service during WWI , and a love story to boot.
Ray Daley
An absolutely amazing read, spies, subs, love interests.

Well worth a read.
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