• Never Too Old for a Pierhead Jump

  • By: David Black
  • Narrated by: James Langton
  • Length: 12 hrs and 16 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (15 ratings)

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Never Too Old for a Pierhead Jump

By: David Black
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The year is 1944, and Lieutenant Harry Gilmour is recovering in Beirut from an ill-fated British campaign to seize the Greek Islands.

After four years at sea, he is expecting a shore job as his next appointment. Instead, a flash signal from C-in-C Mediterranean arrives: Report to Alexandria and assume command of HM Submarine Saraband.

His new command has just arrived there en route to the Indian Ocean and the war against Japan. But there’s been trouble on board - "conduct prejudicial to naval discipline" - and the skipper and first lieutenant have been summarily removed. Now it’s up to Harry Gilmour to pick up the pieces.

With a sullen, uncooperative crew, Harry must navigate Japanese convoy routes through the shallow, treacherous waters of the Malay Archipelago. There, endless, sweltering hunts for targets through the island chains leave Saraband’s crew even more exhausted and demoralized. Yet if they are to survive against an Imperial Japanese Navy growing in anti-submarine expertise, Harry must turn them into a taut fighting machine.

Because waiting for them, as the war in the Far East grinds toward its final conclusion, is a mission as daring and audacious as it is vital. One that could deliver the Royal Navy’s most spectacular success of the war.

David Black is the author of the Harry Gilmour series of novels set in the Royal Navy submarine service during the Second World War. He also wrote All the Freshness of the Morning, a fictionalized account of President John F. Kennedy’s epic wartime service as skipper of the US Navy torpedo boat PT-109 during the Solomon Islands campaign against the Japanese in the South Pacific. Black is a former UK national newspaper journalist and TV documentary producer. He now lives in Argyll and writes full-time.

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Another brilliant book and audio book

This series never disappoints. just when I think there isn't another exciting, fascinating scene to be created, this book keeps them coming to the very end.

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What a Series!!! Please write book 7

This is as good as anything I've read...I was 100% engaged throughout.
Kudos to the author...good job! and the narrator! you brought it to life for me.

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I hope the series does not end with him going home and continues with him in the Royal Navy

I have read all six of the Harry Gilmore series and enjoyed every moment ,good job to the author and the readers. Hope to see more of them

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  • Hamburgerpatty
  • 11-28-21

Thank you Mr Black

This has been a humdinger of a series. Great hooks and cliffhangers, memorable characters, just the right amount of humour, lively dialogues, And what a sense of place, Over the series we've been in frozen northern waters, the Atlantic, the Caribbean and now finally the Indian Ocean, the Malacca straights and other south sea locations. Harry and Co have a serious job to do for they're now up against the Japanese.. And so once again the listener is led into WW2 submarine life, complete with the cramped quarters, the entertainments, the enemies, the friends, the losses, the loyalites, the disloyalties, the maps, the charts, the smell of diesel, the weight of water, the food, the sweat, the reunions, the partings, the romances, the dances and the actions of a mad dog. And in most every moment the spectre of death lurks.

Thank you, thank you Mr Black for a most rewarding series of novels.

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  • St piran lad
  • 09-26-22

Amazing continuation of series

I’m a very big fan of the Harry Gilmore series. Very good story. Well thought out. Great action and character development.
Can’t wait for the next in the series

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  • Diogo M. Liberal
  • 09-12-22

A great finale

A great finale for a great serie that provided both entertaining and informative on the way that the "trade" performed during WWII. The book is great and gives interesting closure to several aspects of the series while encompassing a tour via the east and the difficulties of operating in such a theather of operations.

I have only praise for this series that is well written and researched as well as a great narrator that allowing to navigate through the ironies and quirks of the english language of which I'm not a native speaker.

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  • NICK cochrane
  • 03-13-22

Great story

brilliant book enthralling till the end. Great addition to the series and well worth getting into

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  • Ian
  • 01-30-22

Great WW2 Series

This has been a great series and I've loved every minute of it one of the best WW2 story's I've read in years

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  • 12-31-21

Excellent

This series is among the best naval fiction I've heard, and I have heard many.

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  • Joshua Wilson
  • 03-17-22

Excellent series

I’m genuinely sad that this series is over. I was hooked from book 1, chapter 1 and I didn’t feel that there were any ‘weak’ books in the series at all. The characters were well developed, especially the protagonist Harry Gilmour and the descriptions really brought submarine warfare to life.

The narrator was excellent too - his accents and cadence really brought the characters and story to life. Highly recommended ++++++