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Ralph Hammond Innes (15 July 1913 – 10 June 1998) was an English novelist who wrote over 30 novels, as well as children's and travel books.

Innes was born in Horsham, Sussex, and educated at the Cranbrook School in Kent. He left in 1931 to work as a journalist, initially with the Financial Times (at the time called the Financial News). The Doppelganger, his first novel, was published in 1937. In WWII he served in the Royal Artillery, eventually rising to the rank of Major. During the war, a number of his books were published, including Wreckers Must Breathe (1940), The Trojan Horse (1941) and Attack Alarm (1941); the last of which was based on his experiences as an anti-aircraft gunner during the Battle of Britain at RAF Kenley. After being demobbed in 1946, he worked full-time as a writer, achieving a number of early successes. His novels are notable for a fine attention to accurate detail in descriptions of places, such as in Air Bridge (1951), set partially at RAF Gatow, RAF Membury after its closure and RAF Wunstorf during the Berlin Airlift.

Innes went on to produce books in a regular sequence, with six months of travel and research followed by six months of writing. Many of his works featured events at sea. His output decreased in the 1960s, but was still substantial. He became interested in ecological themes. He continued writing until just before his death. His last novel was Delta Connection (1996).

Unusually for the thriller genre, Innes' protagonists were often not "heroes" in the typical sense, but ordinary men suddenly thrust into extreme situations by circumstance. Often, this involved being placed in a hostile environment (the Arctic, the open sea, deserts), or unwittingly becoming involved in a larger conflict or conspiracy. The protagonist generally is forced to rely on his own wits and making best use of limited resources, rather than the weapons and gadgetry commonly used by thriller writers.

Four of his early novels were made into films: Snowbound (1948) from The Lonely Skier (1947), Hell Below Zero (1954) from The White South (1949), Campbell's Kingdom (1957) from the book of the same name (1952), and The Wreck of the Mary Deare (1959) also from the book of the same name (1956). His 1973 novel Golden Soak was adapted into a six-part television series in 1979. An audio adaptation of The Doomed Oasis has been repeated on the UK digital radio station BBC Radio 7.

Innes' great love and experience of the sea, as an experienced yachtsman, was reflected in many of his novels. At his death he left the bulk of his estate to the Association of Sea Training Organisations, to enable others to gain training and experience in sailing the element he loved.

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Total Books: 370
Atlantic Fury
2008 - Atlantic Fury (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
ISBN-13: 9780333653005
ISBN-10: 0333653009

Last Voyage/High Stand Duo
2005 - Last Voyage/high Stand Duo [Spl] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780330432702
ISBN-10: 0330432702

Dead and Alive
2003 - Dead and Alive (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio Cassette
ISBN-13: 9780753167458
ISBN-10: 075316745X
Genre: Literature & Fiction

2002 - Conquistadors [Penguin Classic History] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
ISBN-13: 9780141391229
ISBN-10: 0141391227

The Lonely Skier
2002 - The Lonely Skier (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio Cassette
ISBN-13: 9780753165485
ISBN-10: 0753165481
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Levkas Man
2002 - Levkas Man (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio Cassette
ISBN-13: 9780753165492
ISBN-10: 075316549X

The Blue Ice
2001 - The Blue Ice [Large Print] (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
ISBN-13: 9780753163061
ISBN-10: 0753163063
Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

2000 - The Wreck of the Mary Deare [Paragon Softcover Large Print Books] (Paperback)Paperback
Sea and Islands
1999 - Sea and Islands (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio Cassette
ISBN-13: 9780330342285
ISBN-10: 0330342282

The Wreck of the Mary Deare
1999 - The Wreck of the Mary Deare [Thorndike Large Print General Series] (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio Cassette
ISBN-13: 9780786217137
ISBN-10: 0786217138
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.

Attack Alarm
1999 - Attack Alarm (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio Cassette
ISBN-13: 9780330342346
ISBN-10: 0330342347
Genre: Literature & Fiction

The Strode Venturer
1998 - The Strode Venturer (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio Cassette
ISBN-13: 9780754011729
ISBN-10: 0754011720
Genre: Literature & Fiction

The Land God Gave to Cain
1998 - The Land God Gave to Cain (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
ISBN-13: 9780330342230
ISBN-10: 0330342231
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Campbell's Kingdom
1998 - Campbell's Kingdom (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio Cassette
ISBN-13: 9780330343015
ISBN-10: 0330343017
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

Delta Connection
1998 - Delta Connection [Paragon Softcover Large Print Books] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio Cassette
ISBN-13: 9780745187792
ISBN-10: 074518779X
Genre: Literature & Fiction

The Black Tide
1998 - The Black Tide (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio Cassette
ISBN-13: 9780330342322
ISBN-10: 0330342320
Genre: Literature & Fiction

The Doomed Oasis
1998 - The Doomed Oasis (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio Cassette
ISBN-13: 9780330342421
ISBN-10: 0330342428
Genre: Literature & Fiction

The Killer Mine
1997 - The Killer Mine (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio Cassette
ISBN-13: 9780330342384
ISBN-10: 033034238X
Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

The Strange Land
1997 - The Strange Land (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio Cassette
ISBN-13: 9780330342407
ISBN-10: 0330342401
Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

Air Bridge
1997 - Air Bridge (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio Cassette
ISBN-13: 9780330343008
ISBN-10: 0330343009
Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

Delta Connection The
1997 - Delta Connection The [Windsor Selections S.] (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio Cassette
ISBN-13: 9780754010111
ISBN-10: 0754010112

1997 - The Delta Connection [Thorndike Large Print Cloak and Dagger Series] (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio Cassette
1995 - Target Antarctica [Paragon Softcover Large Print Books] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio Cassette
1995 - Big Footprints [Paragon Softcover Large Print Books] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio Cassette
1989 - Doomed Oasis [Windsor Selections] (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio Cassette
Selected Works [COLLECTOR'S CHOICE S] (Hardcover)
Isvik/large Print [Charnwood Large Print Library Series] (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio Cassette
Black Tide [Church of England] (Audio Cassette)Paperback, Hardcover
The Doomed Oasis a Novel of Arabia [Ulverscroft large print series, fiction] (Other)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio Cassette