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Author: Simon Read Narrator: Rafael Corkhill Publisher: Hachette Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2020 ISBN: 9781549186561
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From Simon Read, author of stirring works of military history, the action-packed story of the Allies' brutal naval engagements and daring harbor raids to destroy the backbone of Hitler's surface fleet.

The sea had become a mass grave by 1941 as Hitler's four capital warships--Scharnhorst, Gneisenau, Tirpitz, and Bismarck, the largest warship on the ocean--roamed the wind-swept waves, threatening the Allied war effort and sending thousands of men to the icy depths of the North Atlantic. Bristling with guns and steeled in heavy armor, these reapers of the sea could outrun and outgun any battleship in the Allied arsenal. The deadly menace kept Winston Churchill awake at night; he deemed them "targets of supreme consequence."

The campaign against Hitler's surface fleet would continue into the dying days of World War II and involve everything from massive warships engaged in bloody, fire-drenched battle to daring commando raids in German occupied harbors. This is the fast-paced story of the Allied bomber crews, brave sailors, and bold commandoes who "sunk the Bismarck" and won a hard-fought victory over Hitler's iron sea.

Using official war diaries, combat reports, eyewitness accounts and personal letters, Simon Read brings the action and adventure to vivid life. The result is an enthralling and gripping story of the Allied heroes who fought on a watery battlefield.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A riveting fast-paced drama…Expertly researched and finely written this is a major new contribution to WW2 military history. Highly recommended!”

    Douglas Brinkley, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Drawing on firsthand accounts from Allied and German sources, Read recreates the demise of each German warship in gripping, often poignant, prose. WWII buffs and naval history fans will be spellbound.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “A wonderful, rip-roaring account of one of the greatest hunts in history—the pursuit of Hitler’s warships…A superb addition to the annals of naval WWII history.”

    Alex Kershaw, author of The First Wave

  • “Prepare to journey back in time to the perilous early years of the Second World War, where Britain’s lifelines depended on the destruction of four mighty German surface ships….Crisply researched and brimming with vivid prose.”

    Patrick K. O’Donnell, author of Washington’s Immortals

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About the Author

Simon Read is the author of nine works of nonfiction published on both sides of the Atlantic. His writing has appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, Publisher’s Weekly, and Time. Three of his previous books, including Winston Churchill Reporting, have been optioned for movie and television adaptation.