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BornAt twenty six fighter pilot Tim Rowan RNVR is already a veteran of many campaigns Now he joins the escort carrier Growler a posting which takes him first to. This is the sort of war story that you ve probably read or seen a dozen times already The hero is distinguished largely by his generic competence and lack of defining traits in this case he s a Seafire pilot assigned to a Royal Navy escort carrier in the North Atlantic There s also the inevitable incompetent admiral a staple character of Hornblower and Sharpe novels The cast of supporting characters most of them doomed are interesting than the ostensible heroTogether they tangle with German u boats and battleships while defending Allied convoys The suspense and excitement of the action scenes is compromised by the focus on our generic hero who is fated to survive every encounter meanwhile the minor characters never get a chance to develop properly before they meet their tragic ends Dialogue is strictly stiff upper lip and the author s valiant stabs at psychological depth are little than cliches Along the way there s a vague romance just to prove the hero s heterosexualityDouglas Reeman served in the navy so he gets the details right That doesn t make him a good writer though he was certainly a successful and popular one He found a formula and stuck with it for better or worse

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Winged Escort

The bitter waters of the Arctic and all the misery of convoy duty to Murmansk and then south to the Indian Ocean and the strange new terror of the Japanese Kamika. Interesting enough read following life on the convoys of ww2

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July 1943As the grim years of the Second World war go by the destruction of Allied shipping mounts Out of the terrible loss of men and ships the escort carrier is. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this novel Reeman s ability to get into the head of Tim Rowan the Fleet Air Arm fighter pilot was amazing I felt that he had gotten completely into Rowan s mind and gave the reader a full appreciation of the perils a naval aviator faces on the high seas in wartime The secondary characters eg Tim s closest friend the arrogant admiral and some members of the carrier s crew stood up well on their own and rounded out the story very nicely


9 thoughts on “Winged Escort

  1. says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading this novel Reeman's ability to get into the head of Tim Rowan the Fleet Air Arm fighter pilot was amazing I felt that he had gotten completely into Rowan's mind and gave the reader a full appreciation of the perils a naval aviator faces on the high seas in wartime The secondary characters eg Tim's closest friend the arrogant admiral and some members of the carrier's crew stood up well on their own and rounded

  2. says:

    A BIG WOW For this Douglas Reeman story I always enjoy most of his War stories but this one was exceptional I think it is because I always feel compelled by aircraft carriers and have a particular interest in HMS Ark Royal and her Fairy Swordf

  3. says:

    Douglas Reeman drinking game 1 first mention of there's a bit of a flap on 21% into this bookAnother classic Reeman; a bit l

  4. says:

    This is the sort of war story that you've probably read or seen a dozen times already The hero is distinguished largely by his generic competence and lack of defining traits; in this case he's a Seafire pilot assigned to a Royal Navy escort carrier in the North Atlantic There's also the inevitable incompetent admiral a staple cha

  5. says:

    If you like good solid war action stories then this is for you Several good characters a good but not overly complex story line and plenty of well written action battle scenes Classic Reeman

  6. says:

    It always seem strange to me that whilst I really enjoy Reeman's books when he uses the pen name Alexander Kent I rarely enjoy the bo

  7. says:

    A typical Reeman novel provides a good insight into sea warfare built around a struggling main character with a good description of tactics stresses etc of his current naval topic which in this case is the role of the small escort carriers A good read for those interested in naval warfare with just enough roma

  8. says:

    Didn' really enjoyed it I last read a Reeman twenty odd years ago and had fond memories Alas it didn't uite live up to my recollections

  9. says:

    Interesting enough read following life on the convoys of ww2