Iron Coffin Mass Market Paperback – Jan 6 2004
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From Publishers Weekly
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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
Most recent customer reviews
This novel is not my normal genre, but I know John Mannock to be a wonderful writer. I decided to try it anyway. The story drew me in and it was a great read. Read morePublished on April 14 2004 by Fred Rayworth
I totally enjoyed this book. It sucked you in and kept you wanting to read more. Great twist on a WWII novel. I hope he writes more!!Published on April 13 2004 by Rob