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The North Atlantic, 1940. A British destroyer pounces on a seemingly abandoned U-boat, leading to a spine-chilling encounter.

Five years later, the US Navy destroyer Brownlee grimly prepares to battle a swarm of Japanese kamikazes at Okinawa.

Mitch “Lucky” Kirkham, a young gunner on the Brownlee, wakes up miraculously unscathed after his crewmates are killed in a fearsom
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Kindle Edition, 363 pages
Published November 2nd 2017 by Rackman Books
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Sue Bavey
Dec 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
The story is set on board the US Navy destroyer Brownlee in the Pacific Ocean towards the end of the Second World War. Mitch ‘Lucky’ Kirkham miraculously survives a Kamikaze attack to the gun turret to which he was assigned. He was already known as ‘Lucky’ following another amazing wartime escape two years prior to this attack. He is accused of cowardice and desertion, and bullied by his fellow sailors. His tormentors are unwilling to believe his defense that he did not run away at the sight of ...more
Georgia Rose
Feb 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am a member of Rosie Amber’s Book Review Team and chose to read Jonah after seeing some other reviews for it. I received a copy of the book from the author but this has not influenced the content of my review.

It gives me great pleasure when an independent author has committed time, effort and money to ensure that when they publish their book it is the best that it can be, and that is the case here. Everything about Jonah’s presentation is professional which means no distracting typos or format
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Cathy Ryan
Jan 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Carl Rackman is rapidly becoming one of my favourite authors. His debut novel Irex, was published in 2016, closely followed by Voyager, and now we have Jonah, a suspenseful and compelling thriller.

In a foreboding prologue the crew of the Royal Navy Destroyer, HMS Venator, spot a Nazi U-Boat showing no signs of life, just sitting on the surface of the ocean. Seizing the chance to get rid of the enemy vessel they were not at all prepared for the hair-raising behaviour of the few survivors.

Fast for
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Terry Tyler
Nov 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is stunningly good. I finished it in the early hours of this morning when my eyes were tired and I wanted to go to sleep, because I had to know what happened.

Jonah ticks every single box. It's exceptionally well written, interspersed with tales from members of the crew from before the war, relevant to the plot (love little flashbacks like this!). It's meticulously researched, completely convincing, but Rackman hasn't fallen into the amateur's trap of explaining naval terms to the laym
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Aidan Ricketts
Nov 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
I don’t typically enjoy war stories, specifically those set during World War 2. However, Jonah being set at sea made it stand apart from other books I’ve read from the same time period. Being on a ship inherently creates tension, since there is no escape, and Carl Rackman leans heavily into this. Moreover, this novel has very little combat (other than a battle scene at the very beginning), and is more a look at naval life, with a supernatural undertone.

The book focuses on the life of Mitch Kirkh
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Olga Miret
Dec 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A ripping good read recommended to lovers of WWII historical fiction in a naval setting and atmospheric thrillers. I write this review on behalf of Rosie’s Book Review Team (authors, if you want to have your books reviewed, check here. I know I am one of the members, but it is a great team) and I thank Rosie and the author for providing me an ARC copy of the book that I freely chose to review. Although I had read great reviews of one of Rackman’s previous books, Irex, I had not read his work yet ...more
Steve Cantwell
Nov 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An excellent read.
I had been waiting for this to come out, having thoroughly enjoyed both of Rackman's previous books, Irex and Voyager. I wasn't disappointed. It is a brooding, moody thriller, which had me hooked from the beginning.
Jonah is set on an American military ship during the second world war. It is a close, claustrophobic place to be as people begin acting in strange and hostile ways, and talking about monsters. When you are in the middle of the Pacific Ocean there is nowhere to run to
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Jane Sleight
Feb 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great book from Carl Rackman. I love his writing style; the prose flows as smooth as molten chocolate. He sets the scene without it feeling like an info-dump and then propels you into the story, making you feel as though you’re in a speedboat, skimming the waves to the thrilling conclusion. Even if you’re not interested in ships or the US Navy, you’ll enjoy it because of the quality of the storytelling. Highly recommended.
Richard Sharrocks
Sep 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Riveting page turner with fast action

An exciting read that will keep you enthralled to the end. Jonah is a fast-paced action-packed thriller that makes you want to keep turning the pages all the way to its conclusion.
Elizabeth Lloyd
Nov 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
When a U boat is spotted floating on the surface of the Atlantic in 1940 by a British destroyer, the remaining German crew accuse one of their shipmates of being a Jonah. Why then, in the Pacific in 1945, do the same events seem to be recurring on US Navy destroyer Brownlee?

The protagonist of this novel, “Lucky” Mitch Kirkham is introduced to us as he and his crewmates are involved in a terrifying battle with a continuous attack by Japanese Kamikaze pilots. For the second time in his naval caree
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Hi! I'm Carl Rackman, a British former airline pilot turned author. I spent my working life travelling the world and this has given me a keen interest in other people and cultures. I've drawn on my many experiences for my writing.

I write suspense thrillers with a grounded science-fiction theme. I like reading novels that feature atmospheric locales and I enjoy complex, absorbing storylines combine
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