U-9: A Damned Un-English Weapon Paperback – June 10, 2013
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In this exceptional, historical debut, author Jim Thesing has created a work detailing a brilliant era in history. One early morning in September 1914, the relationship between the greatest European powers took a turn for the worse. Telling the little known story of the first consuming submarine battle of WWI, the portrayal of British naval officer, Henry Fischer, and German naval officer, Johannes Spiess, is well crafted--keeping the characters real and sympathetic. Thesing also delves into Otto Weddigen's career as an Undersea Boat Service commander, where he eventually created a brilliant reputation as a "most fearsome" combatant of the High Seas Navy. Until this moment, submarines were underestimated; putting the Royal Navy's superior reputation in question. The Germans revolutionized warfare for generations to come.
Well-documented history flows effortlessly in this work of fiction; making it seem more like an account of historical events. The easy to understand, conversational writing style makes this novel highly readable--will be of interest to scholars and general readers alike. Overall quality prose; this expert writer brings life to a story that deserves to be told by way of the men involved.
A highly engaging and informative work of fiction.