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Summary

HMS Temeraire: latest and most advanced of Britain's nuclear submarines. When Temraire's trials are cut short and she is ordered to the Far East to reinforce the fleet against a threat from Red China, her captain, David Jermain, knows that this is no routine exercise in flag-waving. And once in Asian waters, he and his submarine find themselves involved in a hidden, undeclared conflict beneath the sea.

While the politicians haggle over a situation which could hold the seeds of full-scale war, Commander Jermain must keep his faith in himself and in his new ship's potential - even when ordered to take the Temeraire to the edge of a catastrophe.

Douglas Reeman joined the navy in 1941. He did convoy duty in the Atlantic, the Arctic, and the North Sea and later served in motor torpedo boats. Douglas Reeman has written over 30 books under his own name and over 20 best-selling historical novels featuring Richard and Adam Bolitho under the pseudonym Alexander Kent.

©1967 Douglas Reeman (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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Good...not great :)

Having served on submarines I enjoyed being taken back into that environment. What let the story down was the stereotypical characters and the unnecessary, ham fisted attempt at bringing relationships into the mix. There is enough material onboard a submarine to allow the author more range without bringing in a flimsy love interest ashore etc.

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Actionpacked Submarine Melodrama!

A heroic young captain, his broken XO, their unwise old admiral and his estranged insecure son. All packed together in the same brand nuclear attack submarine!
The British sub HMS "Temeraire" sails straight into dangerous and "red" Chinese waters, during 60's and the cold war. With Douglas Reeman at the helm, You can rest assured THIS WILL NOT BE BORING!

Despite a cliche-soaked plot and a few slightly stereotypical characters, "The Deep Silence" is a roaring submarine (melo)drama going all ahead flank from start to ending.
Highly recommended, especially to fans of naval fiction and submarine buffs!
Although it might not call it high brow literature, "Deep Silence" is well written, entertaining and without a boring minute!

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The deep silence

Story felt quite disjointed and failed to catch my imagination. The dialogue between the main characters sounded very dated.

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very good

i really enjoyed this book intresting well wrote story linde a book h you can read over and over

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A great book and a great author

Very sad to learn that I finished this book on the day the author died :(

I have always been keen to read a Douglas Reeman book. When I was 5 I found a small number of his books owned by my mate grandad (including a ship must die). But I never got round to reading them.

Since joining audible I was reminded of Reeman's work so went for this as my first read of his work and I was delighted. Clever, informed, well written and visceral.

Perfectly narrated I look forward to reading more books.

My deepest respects to the authors family.

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Fun to listen with my husband

Would you consider the audio edition of The Deep Silence to be better than the print version?

Don't know

Who was your favorite character and why?

Cahoun because in the end he found his way

Which character – as performed by David Rintoul – was your favourite?

There were many - the scouse accent was a bit off but generally he did really well

Any additional comments?

it was fun to listen to this with my husband who helped to build Polaris submarines. At times I did think that the sailors seemed a little hysterical for military men but overall we thoroughly enjoyed this. The story was multilayered, believable and the ending was satisfying . The narration was excellent. My husband was frantic at times for them to fire their torpedoes but I guess that's a boy thing.

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THE SUBMERGED ENEMY

What made the experience of listening to The Deep Silence the most enjoyable?

It brought back my time in the Royal Navy

Who was your favorite character and why?

The Captain

Which character – as performed by David Rintoul – was your favourite?

The ASDICs officer

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes. When the submarine was depth charged.

Any additional comments?

A thrilling story with a very slow beginning but a highly charged ending. Well worth it.

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Another unenjoyable book for me.

What would have made The Deep Silence better?

The ending, and a better developed plot involving the homosexual sailor.

What could Douglas Reeman have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

I'd've liked a more conclusive ending and more around Matthew, the homosexual sailor.

Have you listened to any of David Rintoul’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I think he reads this book as well as any of the others I've heard.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The fact that there was a homosexual love interest made it slightly different.

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This book didn't make sense to me. I don't know what Captain Jermaine did wrong and I found the plot difficult to follow.

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Tense

Have you listened to any of David Rintoul’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

David Rintoul is a great narrator

Any additional comments?

It’s a good story line and kept me listening. Believable and intriguing from the militaristic/technical point of view. The plot of confrontations between main characters was a little over cooked. Generally I like the humanistic value of the characters

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