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Dudley Pope


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Juni 1992
It is February 1942 and the war in the Atlantic looks grim for the Allied convoys. The 'Great Blackout' has started, leaving the spy centre of Bletchley Park in Buckinghamshire at a loss as to what the Nazis are planning. U-boat Command has changed the Hydra cipher. The Enigma cannot be broken. Cipher experts can no longer eavesdrop on Nazi command, which leaves convoys open for attack by packs of marauding Nazi submarines. Winning the Battle of the Atlantic will surely give Hitler a final victory. And who can stop him?
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It is February 1942 and the war in the Atlantic looks grim for the Allied convoys. The 'Great Blackout' has started, leaving the spy centre of Bletchley Park in Buckinghamshire at a loss as to what the Nazis are planning. U-boat Command has changed the Hydra cipher. The Enigma cannot be broken. Cipher experts can no longer eavesdrop on Nazi command, which leaves convoys open for attack by packs of marauding Nazi submarines. Winning the Battle of the Atlantic will surely give Hitler a final victory. And who can stop him? -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch .

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Dudley Bernard Egerton Pope was born in 1925 into an ancient Cornish seafaring family. He joined the Merchant Navy at the age of sixteen and spent much of his early life at sea. He was torpedoed during the Second World War and his resulting spinal injuries plagues him for the rest of his life. Towards the end of the war he turned to jouralism becoming the Naval and Defence Correspondent for the London Evening News. Encouraged by Hornblower creator CS Forester, he began writing fiction using his own experiences in the Navy and his extensive historical reseacrh as a basis. In 1965 he wrote 'Ramage', the first of his highly successful series of novels following the exploits of the heroic Lord Nicholas Ramage during the Napoleonic Wars. He continued to live aboard boats whenever possible and this was where he wrote the majority of his novels. Dudley Pope died in 1997 aged seventy one. 'The first and still favourite rival to Hornblower' - Daily Mirror -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch .

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5.0 von 5 Sternen 5 staccato sten gun bursts for Convoy sequel 29. August 1999
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They're back for a return engagement! The heroes of Convoy: Watts, Jemmy, the Croupier, the love interest Clare and the incomparable Ned Yorke. After discovering how German submarines got inside allied convoys in 1942, they are back to capture the German's new 4-rotor Enigma machine. The result, in my opinion, is better than the original. Pope has balanced the characters from the original to give the reader more of the chemistry that worked in the original. Clare is relegated in the back burner. Jemmy and the Croupier are moved up front and centre. Surprisingly, Jemmy's girl friend, Joan, receives more print than the original. The adjustment is an improvement on Convoy and set the stage for subsequent Yorke novels which, regrettably, Pope was not able to write.
Decoy's premise is based on an actual historical crisis. The Allies had the German 3-rotor Enigma and had been able to decipher German codes. Allied convoys could be routed past the German U-boat "wolfpacks" and supplies desperately needed in Britain and elsewhere could get through. The Germans did introduce a 4-rotor Enigma in 1942 that resulted in the wolfpacks operating with a free hand for a month or so. In Decoy, it is Yorke and the rest of the ASIU group who must acquire an Enigma without the Germans knowing about it. Their plan is assemble a team of crack commandos, be dropped off in the middle of the Atlantic in winter, and hope that a U-boat will pull alongside for them to capture. The plan is executed brilliantly only to find that the Enigma machine is broken and won't transmit. How do they get back to Britain without being sunk by Allied aircraft or ships? One possibility that Pope didn't discuss was sending the bodies of a couple of dead Germans out the torpedo tubes with notes on them. However, they don't talk about that and I won't spoil the ending except to say that readers will be happy with it unless they are fans of dictators with Charlie Chaplin moustaches.
Decoy works fairly well as an action novel but I found the passage that discussed the emotions felt by survivors in a lifeboat quite moving and illustrative. Pope was writing from experience. Apparently Pope was torpedo himself and suffered from back pain that led to memory loss. This memory loss forced him to stop writing in 1989, 8 years before his death. His residual resentment towards the Germans is understandable although I am surprised that Pope portrays the massacre of lifeboat survivors by U-boat commanders as common place. There only seems to be one documented case of this type of atrocity in the thousands of sinkings that occurred during the Battle of the Atlantic. Back in the early 80s, did Pope still believe such atrocities occurred or was it included for artistic license?
Pope displays even greater contempt for the government and bureaucracies of Britain. Deficiencies in British lifejackets and weapons are detailed. The over reliance on Asdic is pilloried. He even mentions that the Royal Canadian Navy's coat was thicker than the RN's. As a veteran, Pope rightly expresses the anger of men who were sent to fight with less than the best the government had or should have had to offer. Surprisingly, he writes favourably of the sten gun which has received less favourable reviews elsewhere.
One concept that Pope appears to support is the British class system and inherited wealth. He seems to have been in tune with Thatcheresque Britain. He defends inherited wealth by explaining the concept of security for one's children. The question of how much security is enough is never raised. Nor is the point that one's earnings, possessions and property should be one's to do with as one so chooses.
Decoy isn't perfect. While I found the banter between Yorke, Jemmy and the Croupier funny at times, sometimes it got in the way of the narrative. Also, some of it seemed to be "insider" jokes. However, this is a minor quibble in an otherwise entertaining novel. The plot resolution made more sense to me than the resolution in Convoy and Decoy is a better tribute to the men. I wonder how many more Yorke novels Pope would have written had he been able to continue writing. It is a shame that there weren't more wrapping up both his series with Yorke and a Ramage descendent but we should be thankful for what we do have.
4.0 von 5 Sternen A great read 21. Februar 2014
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This is one of those books that you just have trouble putting down although alot of the book was spent prepapring for actual task- loved it
5.0 von 5 Sternen Fun read! 12. Januar 2014
Von Stephen E. Wood - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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If you have read Pope's other books, this will be fun! If not you will "wonder..." About all the fuss, which is a shame.

Great read!
5.0 von 5 Sternen Fictional Naval Action in WWII 1. September 2012
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Dudley Pope's Decoy" is another in his line of maritime fiction winners. "Decoy" tells the fictional story of how the UK obtains a German "Enigma" machine and key book so as to continue reading German radio messages thus helping to save the nation during the early days of WWII. As usual, Pope is meticulous about the scene setting details, and even gives credit for the origional Enigma "steal" where it is due (to Poland).The characters are well drawn, and the descriptions of what would now be called "PTSD" ring true. The sections on existence in a lifeboat in the North Atlantic are priceless. Entertaining and informative read, well worth the price.
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