Douglas Reeman

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Douglas Edward Reeman, born at Thames Ditton (1924-10-15) 15 October 1924 (age 89), is a British author who has written many historical fiction books on the Royal Navy, mainly set during either World War II or the Napoleonic Wars.

Reeman joined the Royal Navy in 1940, at the age of 16, and served during World War II and the Korean War. He eventually rose to the rank of lieutenant. In addition to being an author, Reeman has also taught the art of navigation for yachting and served as a technical advisor for films. Douglas married Canadian Kimberley Jordan in 1985.

Reeman's debut novel, A Prayer for the Ship was published in 1958. His pseudonym Alexander Kent was the name of a friend and naval officer who died during the Second World War.[1] Reeman is most famous for his series of Napoleonic naval stories, whose central character is Richard Bolitho, and, later, his nephew, Adam. He also wrote a series of novels about several generations of the Blackwood family who served in the Royal Marines from the 1850s to the 1970s, and a non-fiction account of his World War II experiences, D-Day: A Personal Reminiscence (1984).

Bibliography (with publication dates)[edit]

World War II novels[edit]

Title Original publication Reference
A Prayer for the Ship 1958 ISBN 0-515-05783-5
Dive in the Sun 1961 ISBN 0-09-111300-8
The Hostile Shore 1962 ISBN 0-09-907880-5
With Blood and Iron 1964 ISBN 0-09-105660-8
HMS Saracen 1965 ISBN 0-09-906260-7
The Pride and the Anguish 1968 ISBN 0-09-087440-4
To Risks Unknown 1969 ISBN 0-09-097520-0
Rendezvous – South Atlantic 1972 ISBN 0-09-109270-1
His Majesty's U-Boat
(also named Go in and Sink!)
1973 ISBN 0-399-11195-6
ISBN 0-09-114620-8
The Destroyers 1974 ISBN 0-09-119940-9
Winged Escort 1975 ISBN 0-09-124740-3
Surface with Daring 1976 ISBN 0-09-127630-6
Strike from the Sea 1978 ISBN 0-09-918780-9
A Ship Must Die 1979 ISBN 0-09-138150-9
Torpedo Run 1981 ISBN 0-688-00133-5
The Volunteers 1985 ISBN 0-09-160070-7
The Iron Pirate 1986 ISBN 0-7737-2105-3
In Danger's Hour 1988 ISBN 0-434-62632-5
The White Guns 1989 ISBN 0-434-62634-1
Killing Ground 1991 ISBN 0-434-62638-4
Sunset 1994 ISBN 0-434-62635-X
A Dawn Like Thunder 1996 ISBN 0-434-00215-1
Battlecruiser 1997 ISBN 0-434-00291-7
For Valour 2000 ISBN 0-434-00719-6
Twelve Seconds to Live 2002 ISBN 0-434-00874-5
The Glory Boys 2008 ISBN 978-0-434-01352-4

The Blackwood Saga[edit]

aka The Royal Marines Saga

  • Badge of Glory (1982) (1st in plot sequence)
  • The First to Land (1984) (2nd)
  • The Horizon (1993) (3rd)
  • Dust on the Sea (1999) (4th)
  • Knife Edge (2004) (5th)

Other settings[edit]

  • High Water (1959)
  • Send a Gunboat (1960)
  • The Hostile Shore (1962)
  • The Last Raider (1963)
  • Path of the Storm (1966)
  • The Deep Silence (1967)
  • The Greatest Enemy (1970)

Richard Bolitho novels[edit]

(written under the name Alexander Kent)

  • Richard Bolitho, Midshipman (1975)
  • Midshipman Bolitho and the 'Avenger' (1978)
  • Band of Brothers (2005)
  • Stand into Danger (1980)
  • In Gallant Company (1977)
  • Sloop of War (1972)
  • To Glory We Steer (1968)
  • Command a King's Ship (1973)
  • Passage To Mutiny (1976)
  • With All Despatch (1988)
  • Form Line of Battle! (1969)
  • Enemy in Sight! (1970)
  • Flag Captain (1971)
  • Signal – Close Action! (1974)
  • The Inshore Squadron (1977)
  • A Tradition of Victory (1981)
  • Success to the Brave (1983)
  • Colours Aloft (1986)
  • Honour This Day (1987)
  • The Only Victor (1990)
  • Beyond The Reef (1992)
  • The Darkening Sea (1993)
  • For My Country's Freedom (1995)
  • Cross of St. George (1996)
  • Sword of Honour (1998)
  • Second to None (1999)
  • Relentless Pursuit (2001)
  • Man of War (2003)
  • Heart of Oak (2007)
  • In the King's Name (2011)

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