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Wreckers Must Breathe Hardcover – Large Print, June, 1992


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Ulverscroft Large Print Books (June 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0854566449
  • ISBN-13: 978-0854566440
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,867,536 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An uncommonly good story, capitally written" Evening Standard "Absolutely first-class... magnificently maintained suspense" -- Dennis Wheatley "Great Britain's leading adventure novelist" Financial Times "Wreckers Must Breathe had all the hallmarks which were to become quintessential Innes trademarks...adventure, excitement and... a gripping storyline" Scotsman "Hammond Innes deals magnificently with disaster" Observer --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Ralph Hammond Innes was born in Horsham, Sussex, on 15 July 1913 and educated at Cranbrook School, Kent. He left school aged eighteen, and worked successively in publishing, teaching and journalism. In 1936, in need of money in order to marry, he wrote a supernatural thriller, The Doppleganger, which was published in 1937 as part of a two-year, four book deal. In 1939 Innes moved to a different publisher, and began to write compulsively, continuing to publish throughout his service in the Royal Artillery during the Second World War. Innes travelled widely to research his novels and always wrote from personal experience - his 1940s novels The Blue Ice and The White South were informed by time spent working on a whaling ship in the Antarctic, while The Lonely Skier came out of a post-war skiing course in the Dolomites. He was a keen and accomplished sailor, which passion inspired his 1956 bestseller The Wreck of the Mary Deare. The equally successful 1959 film adaptation of this novel enabled Innes to buy a large yacht, the Mary Deare, in which he sailed around the world for the next fifteen years, accompanied by his wife and fellow author Dorothy Lang. Innes wrote over thirty novels, as well as several works of non-fiction and travel journalism. His thrilling stories of spies, counterfeiters, black markets and shipwreck earned him both literary acclaim and an international following, and in 1978 he was awarded a CBE. Hammond Innes died at his home in Suffolk on 10th June 1998. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By H. Jin on May 14, 2010
Format: Paperback
This was Hammond Innes' first book, published just after the outbreak of WW2. Like a number of his wartime books such as 'Trojan Horse' and 'Attack Alarm', this book revolves around a clever and highly original German infiltration of Britain.

What is interesting is that even at this early stage, the typical Innes elements are all in place. Walter Craig is the "everyman", a drama critic on holiday who through no fault of his own gets drawn into the story. Maureen Weston is a capable, resourceful, and very engaging heroine; the narrative actually shifts to allow her to tell her story through extended letters, which is not something I believe Innes ever did again. Logan, too, is a fascinating; Innes has already established his trademark of making the most interesting character someone other than the narrator.

The central plot is very clever, and the story progresses quite well. The only issue I have is with the ending. The idea of a handful of people overpowering hundreds of experienced German sailors is a bit far-fetched, even if the way in which Craig and Logan go about it is well thought out. Innes generally avoided such gung-ho theatrics in his books.

Since it's his first book, 'Wreckers Must Breathe' is as good a place as any to start with Hammond Innes. Just be aware that this isn't quite as solid as his late 40's and 50's work, and has nowhere near the depth of his epic 60's-90's novels.
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By Adelle on April 19, 2014
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I enjoyed this story, as I have enjoyed all Innes novels. This one could have been titled better, so don't let that throw you off. It was interesting and I didn't want to put it down. There just isn't anything written these days that equals these classics for pure simple reading pleasure.
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Hammond Innes never wrote a book about a place without going there and putting his feet in the shoes of the people you meet in his stories. Fantastic stories, but based in the real world, so you learn as you are entertained.
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