THE RAIDER by John Jennings


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Jennings is a competent researcher (though at times a careless one) and has chosen this time to reconstruct life on a German raider in the Pacific- the Emden during early World War I. Unfortunately, while he has no doubt explored the operation, the achievements (actual and credited) of a dauntless ship and complement of men and officers, he has produced a set of marionettes endowed with mock heroics and admirable characteristics, and his slender thread of story line bogs down in the backdrop. World War I is belatedly acquiring a cult of interested readers, but somehow the blend of history with a portrait of the German military mind at its best holds small appeal.

Publisher: Morrow