The Darkening sea

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This modern seafaring epic follows the Martin family through nearly 70 years of British maritime history.
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This modern seafaring epic follows the Martin family through nearly 70 years of British maritime history.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781574090758
  • Publisher: Sheridan House, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/28/2000
  • Series: Mariners Library Fiction Classic Series
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2008

    The Darkening Sea

    WW1 is an unusual historical setting for Woodman, who generally writes novels of sailing ships. If you enjoy his novels, this is worth reading, though a bit morose. It is not at the nautical literary level of Obrien and Forrester.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2005

    Good, not Great

    There are moments where this novel by Richard Woodman aspires to be 'The Cruel Sea', Nicholas Monsarrat's paen to the North Atlantic sea battles of World War 2. At other moments, we get those brief overviews, through the eyes of the main character, of various theatres of war, a la Pug Henry in the Winds of War/War and Remembrance. Sadly, though capable, Woodman's 'crime' is merely being adequate in a world populated by the ghosts of not only Monsarrat and Woulk, but of Patrick O'Brian as well, for as surely as O'Brian gave us Aubrey and Maturin, Woodman gives us a scene with the main character, a likeable enough psycho names James Martin, aboard a sailing ship. Since Woodman also does the Nathanial Drinkwater, copycat Aubrey adventures, we are neither surprised, nor particularly amused. In many ways Woodman's novel is far better than some others I've read of late, particularly with regard to plot development and general character evolution (especially the secondary characters, whose vividness provides the better novel with the lovely backglow that makes or breaks most efforts). Woodman does a far better job with that than Alexander Kent did in his novels, but it is insufficient for the 'glow' to illuminate, a la Monsarrat, O'Brian or Woulk. Worst of all, he manages to KILL OFF his hero by page 309, the SON of the main character (who as a force has never properly been developed anyway) a mere ELEVEN pages later and subsequently evolves a rather odd and obviously tacked on novelette regarding the GRANDSON, who meets his end by the end of the 80 pages composing HIS forloon tale. Not the stuff one wishes to attach oneself when one wants to get connected with the main character and his progeny. Perhaps if Woodman were writing a series of pulpy, 800 page books with no definitive end in sight, we could endure and appreciate the evolution of the lives and even the deaths of the principals. However, in a rather brief book, it does not make all that much literary sense to murder your main character with about 100 pages to go, his son 11 pages later and the grandson who've we never even met at this point, 80 pages later.

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