Douglas Reeman is Alexander Kent's name when he is writing 20th century navy stuff. 1941 mission to destroy a secret super-sub in Asia
Yet another page-turning Reeman naval novel, which pits British and French sailors against the enemy in the early days of World War II in the Pacific. This time British sailors, with the help of the Free French, must seize the largest submarine in the world and return it to European waters. An easy task, or so it seems, in late November 1941. Then the Pacific boils over and the submarine becomes just another sacrifice to throw against the Japanese might to save breathing space for Britain.
As with most of his other stories, this novel is also about the men, and the women they love, than just the fighting they do against the enemy.
If you liked any of the other Reeman novels, you will like this one too.
And, as with his other novels, Reeman gives those minor characters he kills off their own personalities, as if these were real people also, unlike many other novelists who regard minor characters as just Star Trek "red shirts" to kill off for no reason at all.
Cruising somewhere off Saigon is the worlds largest and most dangerous submarine the French Soufrière. A rich prize for the enemy, the British navy must capture her before she is used against them.
For Commander Robert Ainslie, it is the greatest challenge of his career. He must take the foreign submarine and use her against the enemy in the defence of Singapore