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The spectre of another world war haunts journalist Walter Craig and disturbs the peace of his seaside holiday. But below the Cornish cliffs, hidden by churning seas, the enemy is very real indeed, and much closer than anyone could suspect. Craig and his singularly resourceful fisherman friend alone discover the terrible truth - a potentially devastating threat to Britain's The spectre of another world war haunts journalist Walter Craig and disturbs the peace of his seaside holiday. But below the Cornish cliffs, hidden by churning seas, the enemy is very real indeed, and much closer than anyone could suspect. Craig and his singularly resourceful fisherman friend alone discover the terrible truth - a potentially devastating threat to Britain's merchant ships - and alone must risk their lives against the might of the German navy. This is a classic wartime adventure from the master of suspenseful storytelling.


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The spectre of another world war haunts journalist Walter Craig and disturbs the peace of his seaside holiday. But below the Cornish cliffs, hidden by churning seas, the enemy is very real indeed, and much closer than anyone could suspect. Craig and his singularly resourceful fisherman friend alone discover the terrible truth - a potentially devastating threat to Britain's The spectre of another world war haunts journalist Walter Craig and disturbs the peace of his seaside holiday. But below the Cornish cliffs, hidden by churning seas, the enemy is very real indeed, and much closer than anyone could suspect. Craig and his singularly resourceful fisherman friend alone discover the terrible truth - a potentially devastating threat to Britain's merchant ships - and alone must risk their lives against the might of the German navy. This is a classic wartime adventure from the master of suspenseful storytelling.

30 review for Wreckers Must Breathe (Vintage Classics)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Paul Cornelius

    When drama critic Walter Craig goes fishing off the coast of Cornwall, he hooks a Nazi submarine. This completely outlandish and silly premise leads to the discovery of a vast secret German submarine base built inside an old Cornish seaside tin mine. Equally outlandish and silly is Walter's solution to the problem. Without spoiling the story, it's enough to say that said solution involves a scheme Walter and his band of fighters come up with that would embarrass James Bond. Hint: in involves gas When drama critic Walter Craig goes fishing off the coast of Cornwall, he hooks a Nazi submarine. This completely outlandish and silly premise leads to the discovery of a vast secret German submarine base built inside an old Cornish seaside tin mine. Equally outlandish and silly is Walter's solution to the problem. Without spoiling the story, it's enough to say that said solution involves a scheme Walter and his band of fighters come up with that would embarrass James Bond. Hint: in involves gas, explosions, and lots of fighting. All told so tediously that you can't wait for it to be over. This is a very early Innes novel. The author must have been around 27 years old at the time. Clearly, he hadn't quite figured out things yet. The middle section of the book, where Innes basically gives up on integrating the German conspiracy into a coherent plot, relies greatly upon his experience as a newspaper reporter. So, that is sort of interesting from a biographical angle. The book itself, however, just doesn't work. A piece of wartime propaganda, essentially, and seemingly written during the period of the Phony War in early 1940, Wreckers Must Breathe mostly depicts the Germans as a bunch of Simon Legrees, while maintaining the British will and must "fight fair." It's a childish perspective. Innes would go on to write much greater novels. And choose better titles. The "wreckers" of the title refers to Cornwall's supposed history as a place where its seaside inhabitants made a living off stripping and looting ships wrecked on its rocky coastline. In this case, however, the wreckers are the German submarines. The fact that the title needs that much of an explanation is testimony to its failure.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Abbi

    I think with this book it is simply down to preference. If you don't like lengthy descriptions of war machinery, U-boats and submarines, or World War II literature in general, you will not like this book. For me, the majority of the time I was bored and confused. The writing style I found quite stilted and awkward at times; there was no flow to it at all, just stark sentences that didn't convey any kind of suspense or emotion. There were points that did interest me, but I found myself avoiding r I think with this book it is simply down to preference. If you don't like lengthy descriptions of war machinery, U-boats and submarines, or World War II literature in general, you will not like this book. For me, the majority of the time I was bored and confused. The writing style I found quite stilted and awkward at times; there was no flow to it at all, just stark sentences that didn't convey any kind of suspense or emotion. There were points that did interest me, but I found myself avoiding reading this book and a lot of the time I desperately wanted to give up and read something else. Towards the end I was really just trying to finish it. I think this may be the longest time it has taken me to read a 200-page book.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lee

    My husband has worked his way through all Innes's books on Audible and this one is his last. He thoroughly enjoyed it especially the description of the man made mines within the cliffs. Full of adventures and daring do...thoroughly enjoyed by him.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Dan Seitz

    Has aged well, even if it's of its time, and is still a crisp thriller.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jay Rothermel

    This 1940 Cornish coastal thriller is a fast-moving and evocative novel. my review: https://jayrothermel.blogspot.com/201... This 1940 Cornish coastal thriller is a fast-moving and evocative novel. my review: https://jayrothermel.blogspot.com/201...

  6. 5 out of 5

    Val

    This, the earliest of Hammond Innes's sea stories is a fairly typical WWII adventure story, with a pair of fairly ordinary Englishmen thwarting the nefarious designs of Nazi spies. It was written, however, during the very earliest weeks of the war and is extraordinarily prescient; the threat to shipping from submarine warfare was known, but U-boat pens did not exist until some years later. Innes also scores extra points (from me) for including a plucky and intrepid female journalist investigate t This, the earliest of Hammond Innes's sea stories is a fairly typical WWII adventure story, with a pair of fairly ordinary Englishmen thwarting the nefarious designs of Nazi spies. It was written, however, during the very earliest weeks of the war and is extraordinarily prescient; the threat to shipping from submarine warfare was known, but U-boat pens did not exist until some years later. Innes also scores extra points (from me) for including a plucky and intrepid female journalist investigate the mystery and for the Cornish setting. I would point out that Cornish wreckers only seem to have ever existed in fiction, but can't complain of him using the idea.

  7. 4 out of 5

    YYCanuck

    It made me pay attention to Innes as a writer.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Thimira

    The plot is good. However the details about the U-boat base is quite a mess.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kevin Young

  10. 5 out of 5

    Xanadu

  11. 4 out of 5

    Pieter Frederix

  12. 5 out of 5

    Melanie Wood

  13. 4 out of 5

    Philip Cantrell

  14. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

  15. 5 out of 5

    Graham

  16. 4 out of 5

    Stefan Ten

  17. 5 out of 5

    Dan Eatherley

  18. 4 out of 5

    David Mckenzie

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jan

  20. 4 out of 5

    Genevieve Deluca

  21. 5 out of 5

    Stuart Greig

  22. 4 out of 5

    Gary Willingale

  23. 5 out of 5

    John Smith

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jon

  25. 5 out of 5

    Tessa

  26. 5 out of 5

    Louise Stewart

  27. 5 out of 5

    mr keith hibbett

  28. 4 out of 5

    David Hosie

  29. 4 out of 5

    Greg Franks

  30. 5 out of 5

    CiarĂ¡n

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