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Spring, 1941. France has fallen but the Free French naval forces are in no mood to surrender. Royal Navy Sub-Lieutenant Harry Gilmour is also ready for action, despite the horrors of his first taste of submarine warfare. When he is appointed as British Navy Liaison Officer aboard the Free French submarine Radegonde, he finds it anarchic, disorientating—and very French. With Spring, 1941. France has fallen but the Free French naval forces are in no mood to surrender. Royal Navy Sub-Lieutenant Harry Gilmour is also ready for action, despite the horrors of his first taste of submarine warfare. When he is appointed as British Navy Liaison Officer aboard the Free French submarine Radegonde, he finds it anarchic, disorientating—and very French. Within its claustrophobic confines, suspicion and misunderstanding are rife. So when Radegonde is sent on a mission to Martinique, it’s vital that these proud men learn to work together, especially as it seems everyone from Churchill to de Gaulle—not to mention Hitler—has a stake in the outcome. Will Harry be able to navigate these dangerous waters safely and return with hard-won wisdom, or will old enemies arise to sink him?


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Spring, 1941. France has fallen but the Free French naval forces are in no mood to surrender. Royal Navy Sub-Lieutenant Harry Gilmour is also ready for action, despite the horrors of his first taste of submarine warfare. When he is appointed as British Navy Liaison Officer aboard the Free French submarine Radegonde, he finds it anarchic, disorientating—and very French. With Spring, 1941. France has fallen but the Free French naval forces are in no mood to surrender. Royal Navy Sub-Lieutenant Harry Gilmour is also ready for action, despite the horrors of his first taste of submarine warfare. When he is appointed as British Navy Liaison Officer aboard the Free French submarine Radegonde, he finds it anarchic, disorientating—and very French. Within its claustrophobic confines, suspicion and misunderstanding are rife. So when Radegonde is sent on a mission to Martinique, it’s vital that these proud men learn to work together, especially as it seems everyone from Churchill to de Gaulle—not to mention Hitler—has a stake in the outcome. Will Harry be able to navigate these dangerous waters safely and return with hard-won wisdom, or will old enemies arise to sink him?

30 review for The Skipper's Dog's Called Stalin

  1. 5 out of 5

    Leigh

    A great continuation of the the series! This time focusing on some of the politics but still holding the same flair and great writing the the first book had in it. Really looking forward to the next one! 5 Stars!

  2. 4 out of 5

    JD

    Great follow up to the first Harry Gilmour novel. It is one of those books that you want to get to finish, but also do not want the book to end. Will read the next book in the series soon!!

  3. 4 out of 5

    John Sullivan

    The second book in the series and the second one I have i have read. The difference between a journalist and an untrained writer, who want so to be a writer, is shown in this and the first book, written by David Black. A master of the word, with just enough, not-every-day-words thrown in for added interest. Excellently put together, i was riveted from start to finish with both books. Would I recommend them? Too right I would. But and here is the but, I hate to say it: you would need an interest i The second book in the series and the second one I have i have read. The difference between a journalist and an untrained writer, who want so to be a writer, is shown in this and the first book, written by David Black. A master of the word, with just enough, not-every-day-words thrown in for added interest. Excellently put together, i was riveted from start to finish with both books. Would I recommend them? Too right I would. But and here is the but, I hate to say it: you would need an interest in the sea, the 2nd World war and last but not leads at, submarines. Don’t let me put you off, though. Both books are damn fine yarns that grip you and hold you on the edge of your seat. His research must have been a huge task, for even the smallest details about a submariner`s life I felt was researched well. It was all very believable. He even managed to throw in a bit of, but not too much romance.

  4. 4 out of 5

    KOMET

    "THE SKIPPER'S DOG'S CALLED STALIN" is the second novel in the Harry Gilmour series, which highlights the lives of Allied submariners during the Second World War. In essence, the novel deals with the experiences Royal Navy Sub-Lieutenant Harry Gilmour had during the spring and summer of 1941 as a liaison officer aboard a Free French submarine, Radegonde. Gilmour, who could speak and comprehend French passably from his time at university, was charged - along with 2 Royal Navy sailors who were als "THE SKIPPER'S DOG'S CALLED STALIN" is the second novel in the Harry Gilmour series, which highlights the lives of Allied submariners during the Second World War. In essence, the novel deals with the experiences Royal Navy Sub-Lieutenant Harry Gilmour had during the spring and summer of 1941 as a liaison officer aboard a Free French submarine, Radegonde. Gilmour, who could speak and comprehend French passably from his time at university, was charged - along with 2 Royal Navy sailors who were also detailed to serve under him (one was a Leading Telegraphist and the other a Leading Signalman) with keeping talbs on the commander and crew of Radegonde. What had begun as a wary relationship between Gilmour and his French counterparts gradually developed into one of trust and respect. A trust and respect that was gained from the various mine laying missions Radegonde carried out along the Norwegian coast. During one of those missions, one of the mines became fouled up and, at great risk to himself, Gilmour managed to resolve a sticky situation that could easily have destroyed Radegonde. Later in the novel, Radegonde is sent out to Halifax, Nova Scotia, with a party of French marines, whom it would go on to carry far out into the Atlantic to carry out a mission to the island of Martinique in the Caribbean (now under the control of Vichy France) whose prospects of success were extremely doubtful. Adventures abound and the reader will be amply rewarded with many thrilling, colorful, and dramatic actions as the novel reaches its denouement. I now look forward to reading the third novel of a series that superbly depicts the highs and lows of being a Royal Navy submariner in wartime.

  5. 5 out of 5

    minz

    The second book in the series of Harry Gilmour. I devoured the first one and really liked the story, the way the story was told and the history behind it. This second book seemed to struggle some to get off in direction that held my attention. Maybe it seemed that Harry was very predictable, as was the story. You could see what was going to happen 20 pages ahead. The pace was slower and the story seemed to have some holes in it (like about his girlfriend). A lot more of the political side of wha The second book in the series of Harry Gilmour. I devoured the first one and really liked the story, the way the story was told and the history behind it. This second book seemed to struggle some to get off in direction that held my attention. Maybe it seemed that Harry was very predictable, as was the story. You could see what was going to happen 20 pages ahead. The pace was slower and the story seemed to have some holes in it (like about his girlfriend). A lot more of the political side of what was going on and the inconvenience of it all. If I had read this book first I would not have gone back and read the first one. I do not regret spending the dollar and getting it right away rather than going to the library to get it.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jillian

    Another excellent read I thoroughly enjoyed this second book about Harry Gilmour and his daring do on and under the high seas. The books style makes it an easy read even with the more technical submarine language. This type of book although fictional helps to remind readers how frightening and challenging action at sea was cut the way and in some ways educational as well. It has enough action to recommend it to teen adults interested in heroics on the high seas. I would recommend it to all types Another excellent read I thoroughly enjoyed this second book about Harry Gilmour and his daring do on and under the high seas. The books style makes it an easy read even with the more technical submarine language. This type of book although fictional helps to remind readers how frightening and challenging action at sea was cut the way and in some ways educational as well. It has enough action to recommend it to teen adults interested in heroics on the high seas. I would recommend it to all types of audiences and will definitely be downloading the next book in the series even though it is not my usual type of reading matter.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Darren

    What a great series this is turning into. This second installment brings with it further development of Gilmore's character and background. The description of life under the sea, which could easily become overly complicated is told with just the right amount of technical explanation to make it real and gripping without getting bogged down. There is a sub plot of life back home which is interwoven in a great way which adds to his life at sea rather than a completely separate thread. Overall a ver What a great series this is turning into. This second installment brings with it further development of Gilmore's character and background. The description of life under the sea, which could easily become overly complicated is told with just the right amount of technical explanation to make it real and gripping without getting bogged down. There is a sub plot of life back home which is interwoven in a great way which adds to his life at sea rather than a completely separate thread. Overall a very enjoyable read and I look forward to the rest of the series.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Pastor Parker

    Couldn't rate it a six... but wish I could have I would easily classify this book, and its predecessor, in the line of Nicholas Monsarrat's "The Cruel Sea" One of the best naval books abou World War II ever written. To be honest, I didn't think it could be done twice, with the same characters moving forward, but it was. The ships, the men, the women that loved them (and then didn't) are made real in this. Their doubts, fears, grief over loss and the grief over lucky victory. Mr. Black - you are an Couldn't rate it a six... but wish I could have I would easily classify this book, and its predecessor, in the line of Nicholas Monsarrat's "The Cruel Sea" One of the best naval books abou World War II ever written. To be honest, I didn't think it could be done twice, with the same characters moving forward, but it was. The ships, the men, the women that loved them (and then didn't) are made real in this. Their doubts, fears, grief over loss and the grief over lucky victory. Mr. Black - you are an excellent storyteller!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Bob Midkiff

    An Interesting Dive Into Another World Book 2 of the series takes Harry Gilmour aboard a French Submarine on patrol. As an American reading this I spent much of the first book trying to get hold of all the British submarine and navy terminology, and in the second to learn something of the French way of doing things. After a somewhat slow start, I thought the story progressed well and the main character development was good. I am looking forward to starting the next in the series soon.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Doug Page

    I Was A WWII British Submarine Officer David Black’s intimate knowledge of WWII British submarine warfare and life aboard for those who served is shared in such intimate storytelling that I became a fellow officer to the characters in the book. Your heart will pound. Your mind will race. I should have a Royal Navy Officers uniform in my closet from the vicarious life I lived while reading this wonderful offering from David Black. - Mason

  11. 5 out of 5

    Ron Calef

    Excellent sea yarn very written, realistic dialog, a great story. Well researched and accurate to the period. Like his style and am looking forward to reading all his work. Any fan of the ww two period will enjoy this well done fast paced book. Love the Harry Gilmour character which was well developed throughout the book. Harry is credible interesting and a quality young man who finds himself engulfed in Royal Naval tradition in the thick of the war.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Tony Hisgett

    I found quite a bit of the story fairly disjointed and unlike many other reviewers, I’m afraid I found Harry’s role on the French submarine just annoying. The second half of the book consisted of a series of minor political machinations and a ridiculous occupation of Martinique. To be honest I found it a boring. I might have given the series another chance, but the ‘Postscript’ was the final straw and I will not be bothering with the next book.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Mark Zodda

    Not quite as good as the first book, this story lacked the combat thrills of the first. This one moves along the story of Harry Gilmour though it leaves several situations up in the air. I'm looking forward to the third book, which hopefully finds RNVR Sub-Lieutenant Gilmour back serving in a Royal Navy submarine. Not quite as good as the first book, this story lacked the combat thrills of the first. This one moves along the story of Harry Gilmour though it leaves several situations up in the air. I'm looking forward to the third book, which hopefully finds RNVR Sub-Lieutenant Gilmour back serving in a Royal Navy submarine.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Harry Newton

    What a continuation, still the same suspense and grit But this time digging deeper into some of the great detail of the political workings of the time. Great combative flair and real gritty cliffhanging moments . I can’t wait for me to read number three in this gripping novel series turn left for Gibraltar. Definitely without a shadow of a doubt five star without hesitation!.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Stuart Austwick

    A Great series Knowing the RN, although not the "Trade" I can really relate to their attitude towards the RNVR especially during the early part of WWII. Things have changed with progress, but this book is a wonderful read, if a little drawn out at times. A great set of books and I for one will read them all. A Great series Knowing the RN, although not the "Trade" I can really relate to their attitude towards the RNVR especially during the early part of WWII. Things have changed with progress, but this book is a wonderful read, if a little drawn out at times. A great set of books and I for one will read them all.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Chris Hinks

    Brilliant ! Black does know how to write a good story: a great little caricature of the French character; and plenty of description of why a submarine is such a complicated vessel. Hard to put down.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Mike Gaylard

    Gripping exciting tale well told. There are of course shades of Hornblower in many sea takes but that is hardly a bad thing. This is shaping up to be a fine series of tales well told and with great characters.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jim Doyle

    Biggles goes to sea! Good read! I thought the characters were we!l drawn. There is plenty of tense action. Really enjoyed the descriptions of navy life. I also enjoyed the descriptions of Martinique and the surrounding seas.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Gerald E Shaw

    T his book was a good read A n excellent story well told. An LO in a foreign navy could be a very dangerous position for a young officer, however, our hero was a bright lad and gained the trust of those with whom he served.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Allan Young

    Great story. Well written. Looking for more from author. Great novel from a historical perspective. Always happy to learn something new about form and function in the pursuit of activities during the Great War.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Mike Clayton

    An engaging story of a young man's discovery of the fundamental soundness of his character. I liked the French crew on which Harry served in Book 2. The character as usual comes through in even the most desperate situations. An engaging story of a young man's discovery of the fundamental soundness of his character. I liked the French crew on which Harry served in Book 2. The character as usual comes through in even the most desperate situations.

  22. 4 out of 5

    J. Lynne Green

    A FABULOUS HISTORICAL SUBMARINER NICEL Harry Gilmore is brave, does the right thing at his own risk. He’s likeable; I want to read more and I will? If he, as would many other WW2 Officers, were alive today, he would be over 100 years old. Great writing!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Ernest Carter

    A good read A good read on life on board a sub in time of war, And the wrangling of the higher up officers to keep the juniors in check.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Mike Whitehouse

    I liked it A good follow-up to Gone to sea in a bucket, Harry gets to see a bit of the world with the French navy and makes himself useful in an emergency or two.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Dave

    Highly readable, a nice flavour of what it must have been like to be there. Bring on the next one.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jason Kilby

    Nice sub naval lark Slightly slow start but once the diesels are fired up across the Atlantic it goes along very nicely. Better than book 1.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Chaplain Stanley Chapin

    Another pleasant surprise This one with a unique French twist, Although the same World War Two with the main character as British lesion officer.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Mark

    Excellent The second book and even better than the first, this is a really exceptional series and very exciting. Really looking forward to the next one, bring on book three.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jack Murray

    Hooked... Two books in and I’m on this journey for the duration. Highly recommended to any one who likes a good yarn well told

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jack Hardy

    Don’t stop here, more to come Excellent story mixing facts with fiction well written by a tested and knowledgeable submariner who is also a master wordsmith

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