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Iron Coffin [Mass Market Paperback]

John Mannock
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Jan. 6 2004
An electrifying WWII thriller debit-from a former special forces sniper.

Strafed by American bombers, reeling from damage, and with supplies running low, a German U-boat limps along toward the coastal bayous of Louisiana-where the crew's only chance of survival rests in the hands of an isolated group of people who recognize no government and no war.

There, in the heart of the enemy, Nazi gold can buy help. But gold can also buy betrayal...

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Fans of nautical novels may enjoy this highly technical WWII novel from first-time author Mannock, who takes the unusual approach of casting the crew of a German U-boat as the book's protagonists. Framed by a prologue and an epilogue set in the present, the story begins when a Nazi U-boat assigned to harass Allied shipping comes under attack by U.S. aircraft during a clandestine refueling near Cuba. Crippled, the U-boat heads for the Louisiana bayou, where a clan of greedy Cajun trappers will provide whatever the crew members need-for a price. While the crew repairs their submarine, officer Erich Bock meets and falls in love with Jolene, a young Cajun woman who's about to come of age. Papa Luc, the controlling clan leader and Jolene's prospective husband, emerges as the villain and is one of the few stereotyped characters in the book. Indeed, Mannock has made a concerted effort to break stereotypes here, particularly the stereotype that German officers were all cold, autocratic supporters of Hitler. Although Mannock pads his prose with mundane details, readers will appreciate this book's unusual perspective and true-to-life characters.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic WWII Story Jan. 6 2004
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Unforgettable is right...just like the quote on the cover says. This stunning novel captured my imagination and heart from the first few pages. Far from being the usual run-of-the-mill sub tale, this is a serious work of stark realism, heroism, and poignancy. I rate it right up there with ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT, DAS BOOT, BAND OF BROTHERS, and FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS as great war/anti-war fiction. The emotional power of IRON COFFIN is startling, and as I have said in a couple of other reviews I've felt compelled to write about this remarkable novel, I defy anyone to read the last few sentences and not wipe away a tear. The story and writing are that good, that heart-wrenching. An absolute classic, and a must-have for any serious reader of war fiction. I cannot recommend it highly enough.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read April 4 2004
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Ever wonder what it must have been like to serve aboard a U-boat and realize most of the people you know are going to die before the end of the war?
John Mannock brings a new twist to an old story. This is a story of men and ships, honor in battle and honorable enemies. U-113 is crippled, dangerous low on fuel and in need of repairs if she is ever to cross the Atlantic again. Damaged off Cuba, she makes for the Louisiana bayou and so-so Cajun ally.
Desperate men gamble to find a way back to Germany, but first they have to repair their boat, escape the American patrols and deal with the cultic Papa Luc.
Don't miss IRON COFFIN, and look for more great books from John Mannock.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great WW2 adventure novel March 1 2004
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The author has gone to great lengths to protray the U-boat crew as protagonists without making the Allied characters into mindless, cruel automatons as lesser skilled authors may have done. This is not a simple task.
Iron Coffin is a great novel and sure to thrill any WW2 or adventure reader. There is great attention to detail and the entire novel rings mainly believable - although I think there may be too much painting of the U-boat officers as excessively anti-Hitler. Perhaps, in hindsight, this was necessary to justify the plot and ending.
Buy this book and read it. You won't be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable story! Feb. 24 2004
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Wow! That is my best description of an amazing, captivating story. I was intrigued with the jacket cover describing a German U-boat operating in the Gulf during WWII, but never expected the story I read. The characters were so vivid and unique, on both sides, that it was hard not to like any of them. The setting was so well written that I felt myself twisting and turning though the Louisiana bayou. If you enjoy believable action, unforgettable characters, a story that is hard not to enjoy, and good writting, this is a novel for you.
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