They were the men and women of the Royal Navy's Special Operations units. Carrying out lightning raids on hostile coasts, they became a navy within a navy—each handpicked for their individual skills, and all of them courageous. Against the mighty backdrop of World War II they performed their small but deadly operations—living often beyond hope, sometimes beyond mercy. This is the dramatic story of a handful of such people. The Volunteers.
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Douglas Reeman joined the Navy in 1941. He did convoy duty in the navy in the Atlantic, the Arctic, and the North Sea, and later served in motor torpedo boats. He has written over thirty novels under his own name and more than twenty best-selling historical novels featuring Richard Bolitho under the pseudonym Alexander Kent.
David Rintoul is a stage and television actor. A former student of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, he has worked extensively with the Royal National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company. He has also appeared regularly on BBC television, starring as Mr. Darcy in the 1980 adaptation of "Pride and Prejudice" and as Doctor Finlay in the television series of the same name.
The first bang is heard as Allenby, a WWII London bomb defuser, suffers a failure by blowing up his assistant, Sgt. Hazel. We follow the hero through dangerous operations, punctuated by hot tea at four and a low-key infatuation with Hazel's sister. David Rintoul adds welcome color to a black and white 1943 romance by producing different voices for each character. He imbues expletives with excitement by shouting them and foreigners with authenticity by giving them accents, even barking like an English aristocrat. The reader's imaginative theatrical treatment makes the audiobook exceed the novel as entertainment. J.A.H. © AudioFile 2002, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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Book Description NY: MORROW. 1985, 1985. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0091600707
Book Description Morrow, 1985. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 91600707