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Old 14-09-2012, 05:00   #1
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A Combat of Devils by Keith Dovkants

This book, A Combat of Devils, by Keith Dovkants, is the best thing I've read in ages. It's the story of small sailing ships used as Q-ships during World War I against German submarines. An incredible story of sailors fighting U-boats from boats not all that different from ours, with guns and depth charges cobbled onto their decks. It's beautifully written, something like Patrick O'Brian, with a host of interesting characters. I literally couldn't put it down, and would have read it in a single sitting if I had not been interrupted by an undelayable business meeting.

Combat of Devils: Keith Dovkants: 9781780882024: Amazon.com: Books

If you're looking for something to read which is sailing-related - you won't regret picking this up. The only bad thing is that the author, a professional journalist, has only written this one book so far

See also: Books, Covered. A Combat of Devils by Keith Dovkants
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Old 14-09-2012, 18:21   #2
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Re: A Combat of Devils by Keith Dovkants

Sounds interesting,have ordered it. Used Book Depository, as they have free worldwide shipping.
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Sounds interesting,have ordered it. Used Book Depository, as they have free worldwide shipping.
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Was going to order a copy and tried to find the Used Book Depository but google came up with dozens of sites, most used Bibles so probably not the same place. Do you have a link to the one you're referring to?

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Thanks Dockhead for the suggestion. Have read books in the past about the Q-ships and found the subject very interesting.
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Re: A Combat of Devils by Keith Dovkants

Thanks for the recommendation. Available as an ebook via Amazon, $7.99.
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Re: A Combat of Devils by Keith Dovkants

Sorry, my message was confusing. I should have said that I used
< bookdepository.co.uk > I think it was just over $10.00 with free postage which is important if you live Down Under!

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Sorry, my message was confusing. I should have said that I used
< bookdepository.co.uk > I think it was just over $10.00 with free postage which is important if you live Down Under!

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Thanks Richard. Your post wasn't really confusing, just not enough information for the ignorant like myself to track down the source. With free postage should be a good source even if you're just across the pond as well as for you blokes down under.
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Re: A Combat of Devils by Keith Dovkants

Did you guys find and read it? I'm reading it for a second time and enjoying it even more than the first time.
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Just bought a copy, I'll report back in!
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Bought it on Amazon for my Kindle.

Kindle says I'm 36% of the way through, not a sailboat in sight so far, no boats "just like ours" yet.

Should I persevere? I find the narrative style somewhat too introspective and a little turgid. I haven't yet engaged with the characters enough to care what happens to them.

I'll persevere if there's some sailing. Is there?
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