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1 Reeman, Douglas. (a.k.a. Alexander Kent.) Dust jacket art by Terry Hadler. BADGE OF GLORY.
Hutchinson, London, 1982, first edition. 
366 pp, 8vo (8 3/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0091504708 "(T)he first novel in the (Blackwood) series, opens in August 1850, when Captain Philip Blackwood rejoins his ship, HMS Audacious. It is peacetime and although sometimes engaged i n small overseas campaigns the world's mightiest navy has settled into a routine of tradition and ceremonial. With the coming of the steam age many younger officers are pressing for change and modernisation whereas their superiors for the most p a r t see coal-fired ships as a challenge to their own power. Blackwood soon discovers that he is about to get all the action he needs as the squadron's new admiral receives orders to sail to West Africa and stamp out the remaining strongholds o f sl av er y. Blackwood is also made to realize that there is more to leading his men that holding a firm line in battle. Love, hate, ambition and envy are forces which he must also confront. 'Per Mare - Per Terram' is the Royal Marines' proud mo tt o, and in the heat of Africa and later in the bitter war of the Crimea Blackwood and his men must obey it without question." Slight cigarette odor, very light browning to edges of text block, small remainder mark (dot) on top of text block, sm all bu mp a t bp ttom corner of both boards. Dust jacket has heavy browning at top edge of flaps, light browning at top/bottom of spine, minor rubbing, wrinkling at bottom of flap-folds. Very Good/Very Good 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
2 Reeman, Douglas. (a.k.a. Alexander Kent.) BATTLECRUISER.
London Heinemann 1997 0434002917 / 9780434002917 2nd Printing Hard Cover Fine Near Fine Geoffrey Huband cover art. 
275 pp, large 8vo (9 7/16" H). "Conceived on paper as an invicible defence against enemy commerce raiders, the battlecruiser was hailed as a triumph. Romantically described as the fleet's greyhounds, these great ships, remarkable for their size and speed, were designed to outrun and outshoot any of their heavier opponents. But the Battle of Jutland exposed their fatal flaw, the weakness of their armour, which could be pierced by a single enemy shell. At the outbreak of World War II, only four of their class remain. In 1943, when Captain Guy Sherbrooke joins H.M.S. Reliant, he knows he may be her last captain. The battlecruisers Hood and Repulse, household names, have been destroyed. But Reliant is both legend and survivor, a lucky ship, and as Britain prepares to invade occupied Europe one of the last battlecruisers must enter the conflagration. And Sherbrooke, who commands her destiny, cannot alter the bitter truth: that for one of her ill-fated class there can be no half-measures. Only death or glory awaits H.M.S. Reliant." Dust jacket has minor edge wrinkling. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
3 Reeman, Douglas. (a.k.a. Alexander Kent.) BATTLECRUISER.
London Heinemann 1997 0434002917 / 9780434002917 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good+ Geoffrey Huband cover art. 
275 pp, large 8vo (9 1/2" H). "Conceived on paper as an invicible defence against enemy commerce raiders, the battlecruiser was hailed as a triumph. Romantically described as the fleet's greyhounds, these great ships, remarkable for their size and speed, were designed to outrun and outshoot any of their heavier opponents. But the Battle of Jutland exposed their fatal flaw, the weakness of their armour, which could be pierced by a single enemy shell. At the outbreak of World War II, only four of their class remain. In 1943, when Captain Guy Sherbrooke joins H.M.S. Reliant, he knows he may be her last captain. The battlecruisers Hood and Repulse, household names, have been destroyed. But Reliant is both legend and survivor, a lucky ship, and as Britain prepares to invade occupied Europe one of the last battlecruisers must enter the conflagration. And Sherbrooke, who commands her destiny, cannot alter the bitter truth: that for one of her ill-fated class there can be no half-measures. Only death or glory awaits H.M.S. Reliant." Two tiny corner bumps, tiny dent on top edge of rear board. Dust jacket has very light wrinkling at top edge of rear flap and at bottom edge of front flap, minor rubbing. 
Price: 17.50 USD
 
 
4 Reeman, Douglas. (a.k.a. Alexander Kent) Wraparound cover art by Geoffrey Huband. DUST ON THE SEA. VOLUME 4 OF THE BLACKWOOD SERIES.
William Heinemann, London, 1999, first edition. 
304 pp, large 8vo (9 7/16" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0434004960 "It is 1943, and Captain Mike Blackwood, Royal Marine Commando, is a survivor. Young, toughened, and tried in the hellish crucible of Burma, he labours, sometimes faltering , beneath the weight of tradition, the glorious heritage of his family, and the burden of his own self-doubt. For him, the horizon is not the lip of the trench seen by men of the Corps in the previous war, but the ramp of a landing craft sm a s h i n g d own into the sea, and the fire of the enemy on a Sicilian beach. Here, tradition is not enough, and Mike Blackwood must find within himself qualities of leadership which will inspire those Royal Marines who are once again the first t o la nd , an d a mo ng the first to die." Minor wrinkle at top of spine. Dust jacket has very minor edge wrinkling. Near Fine/Near Fine 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
5 Reeman, Douglas. (a.k.a. Alexander Kent.) WINGED ESCORT
London Hutchinson 1975 0091247403 / 9780091247409 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Good Chris Mayger, cover art. 
286 pp, 8 3/4" H. Military fiction. "During the Second World War, the losses of ships and men in Allied convoys rose to such proportions that sinkings often far outpaced replacements. As the toll of ships mounted, the escort carrier was born. She had the hull of an uncompleted merchant ship, but had a flight deck and upperworks of a conventional carrier. These makeshift vessels, single-screwed and with only wooden flight-decks to protect them from dive-bombers, performed miracles in every theatre of war. This is the story of one of them, HMS Growler, seen through the eyes of Tim Rowan, a naval pilot - a story which takes Growler through the long drawn out misery of Russian convoys to the terrifying onslaught of Japanese Kamikaze in the Indian Ocean." Tiny scuff on front board, small bump at bottom front corner, very light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has light edge wear - mainly at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, small corner crease on front flap, 1" edge tear with old tape on inside, one very small edge tear with crease - archivally taped, slight browning at top edge. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 

 


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