- Taschenbuch: 260 Seiten
- Verlag: Riverdale Electronic Books (10. Juni 2003)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0971220778
- ISBN-13: 978-0971220775
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 15,2 x 1,5 x 22,9 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 1 Kundenrezension
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 994.475 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
U-859 (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 10. Juni 2003
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Stealthy and deadly, the searing blast of a U-boat's torpedo was often followed by hours of creeping terror as the hunter became the hunted, and Allied anti-submarine forces rained down tons of high explosives, testing the skill and endurance of everyone aboard. Written by a survivor of the true events, U-859 is a novel, but it is also an eye-witness account of what it was like to be on the receiving end of Allied explosives, and the mind-numbing terror of being trapped in the pitch blackness of a sunken submarine.
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The fiction of a rescued officer from a British destroyer is used to explain how ASW warfare was waged late in WW2, a period which isn't always talked about much with events now going the Allied way. Since a book on HMS Trenchant was published by that captain two years prior to this, the sinking episode may be informed by those notes, but I haven't read it yet. Also, the interaction of this officer with the fictional version of the author's self is used to explain German attitudes in the navy towards the war.
I'm not sure if this was self-published in the USA originally, or has been translated. However, there is some repetition of elements that an editor might have eliminated. There is one glaring anachronism as the captain speculates how environmentalists would have a field day about the oil slicks generated by sinking a vessel. The typeface chosen wasn't a good one, and some readers may have difficulty. The graphic violence and sexuality is not a major portion of the book, but should be expected somewhat from a story of sailors at war. A voyage map and sub cutaway might be helpful for a future edition.
I am not exactly an unbiased critic so my review should not be considered really fair to the author.