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Iron Coffin Mass Market Paperback – January 6, 2004

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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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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Signet (January 6, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451211405
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451211408
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 1.1 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #976,085 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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I did not put this book down for two days. It was impossible. From one chapter to the next, it pulled me in more.
A MUST READ!
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Wow!
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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I consider this book one of the very best wartime books I have ever read. I cannot believe it wasn't reviewed as exceptional and absolutely should have been a best seller. I had given my original one away and that's why I ordered this latest one. I look forward to reading it again. I highly recommend it as one of the top ten of all time of the thousands of books I've read.
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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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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. I really cheered for the "bad guys" who John drew as human and honorable men. The twist in the epilog was outstanding too. It is well worth the money. I highly recommend it!
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During World War II a Nazi submarine is playing havoc with

Allied shipping.This submarine has sank Allied ships in the North Sea,the Gulf of Mexico and in other shipping routes.The

Nazi submarine is caught refueling and getting resupplied off of

the coast of Cuba.American Navy Catalinas strafe and dept charge

the boats involved.Two of the boats are sunk but one manages to escape.The U-boat finally is able to locate refuge in an inlet

in the swamps of Louisiana.Once there they have to deal with the local natives who are called les Isolates.The leader of this

group is named Papa Luc.He has a young girl named named Jolene

that he has raised and inrends to make his wife.You also have a

witch named Estelle who definitely adds to the story.Papa Luc

turns out to be the villain in this story.After being paid by the Nazi submarine crew in gold for food products Luc decides that he wants all of their gold and money.You also have two more

characters in the story.The Nazis have to hire a diving crew to get parts off of a sunken submarine in the Gulf of Mexico to do

do repairs on their own submarine damaged by the attack on the coast of Cuba.They hire a boat through Papa Luc to do the job.There are two men who are on the boat named Lucius and Mike Holt who play a role in the story.There is an exciting finish

as well as a surprise ending.This is the second book that I have read by John Mannock and it is outstanding.Buy this and read it.It is great.
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im always on the lookout for new authors. ill buy from used book stores, thrift stores, yard sale. cheap. you never know, most authors are good, if i get one out of ten I'm happy. This is a Jewel. You will not be disappointed in the actions the characters, plot, the twists and turns. I was reminded of Tom Clancy at his peak. Ive ordered the other books that this author has written. My only question is WHY no movie?
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