The thrilling wartime novel that inspired Wolfgang Petersen's Academy Award-nominated, blockbuster film Written by an actual survivor of Germany's U-boat fleet, " Das Boot" is one of the most exciting stories of naval warfare ever published, a tale filled with almost unbearable tension and suspense. In autumn 1941, a German U-boat commander and his crew set out on yet another hazardous patrol in the Battle of the Atlantic. Over the coming weeks they brave the ocean's stormy waters and seek out British supply ships to destroy. But their targets travel in well-guarded convoys. When contact finally occurs, the hunter quickly becomes the hunted, and a cat-and-mouse game begins as the U-boat hides deep beneath the surface of the sea. Soon, claustrophobia becomes an enemy almost as frightening as the depth charges exploding around them. The release of this supremely gripping, merciless intense story commemorates the 60th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II.
Lothar-Gunther Bucheim was born in 1918 and grew up in Saxony. When the war broke out he joined the navy and served on mine-sweepers, destroyers and submarines on the last as an official navy correspondent.
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When well-known novels are made into films, we often hear the lament, 'it isn't as good as the book'. But it's refreshing to come across an original book on which a highly respected movie was based and find that both share the same level of accomplishment. Buchheim's remarkable U-boat narrative has all the clammy tension of Wolfgang Pedersen's acclaimed film. Written by a survivor of the U-boat fleet, this story of World War II delivers a powerful punch as its drama of men in battle in the north Atlantic unfolds. (Kirkus UK)
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