Marine Forum, the magazine of the German Naval Officers Association, kindly reviewed my novel even though it has not yet been published in German. They praised the novel which made me feel great since it’s written from the point of view of a German naval officer in World War Two. The translation is slightly jumbled but the meaning: a novel worth reading.
Altogether, however, the author presents an interesting and authentic looking story of the fate of an almost typical German naval officer who himself did not experience the First World War but knows only too well the disaster suffered by the Imperial fleet from the descriptions of his father and his contemporaries.
The young lieutenant j.g. Brekendorf at first serves on the so-called pocket battleship Admiral Graf Spee. His confidence that the new war will have a more favorable ending is soon damaged. After the punctilious captain, Hans Langsdorff, has haplessly maneuvered ship and crew into a hopeless situation, is the scuttling in the Rio de la Plata on December 17 1939 inevitable. To the German crew the sinking of the Admiral Graf Spee appears as a miniature repetition of the scuttling of the German fleet in Scapa Flow in 1919. From Uruguay via Argentina Brekendorf returns to Germany where commands a submarine in the Atlantic until his capture at the end of the war. In spite of additional obstacles, the novel finds a good and conciliatory end in Mexico.
All in all a story worth reading, even if this dedicated writer has not yet succeeded completely in creating the permanent suspense that professional writers like Tom Clancy manage to build up.