I have been a fan of Douglas Reeman for a very long time. Probably since I found a copy of HMS Saracen at either a book stall in Victoria Station or the Stars and Stripes bookstore at my duty station in Germany. I have read most of them, either owning them outright or from a library.
I even purchased the entire "Royal Marines Saga" in one go.
Unfortunately, and I _really_ hope it's an artifact of Kindle, there are a lot of problems with, I suppose, the editing or lay-out of the books after the first one. Places, for instance, where someone is speaking to one character, who is an officer, and then inviting that person to the NCO mess for a drink. It took a bit more reading to discover that Mr. Reeman had changed characters. Having several characters with the same last name, he went from the one who was an officer to the one who was an NCO without indicating so. He could have had some sort of physical marker (Perhaps three asterisks centered on the page?) to show that there was a break. Unfortunately, this theme continued throughout the series, beginning in the second book and continuing on to the end.
Now, do I regret reading the books? Did I waste my money buying the books? Certainly not, if one can discount the difficulty reading the books. The story line was one which has been needed for a long time and, for a American at least, is the first time I have seen any books written about the Royal Marines.
If the problems in reading that I encountered were an artifact of Kindle, I hope someone will go through the books and fix them. If they are not an artifact, I hope that they will all be repaired in the dead tree issues in the next edition. Because there certainly should be another edition.
Also, if the Royal Marines participated in the two sets of Gulf Wars and/or Afghanistan, there needs to be at least one more book.
- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: William Heinemann (2 September 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 043401009X
- ISBN-13: 978-0434010097
- Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 2.6 x 24.1 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 381 g
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