Douglas Reeman

Douglas Edward Reeman, born at Thames Ditton 15 October 1924, is a British author who has written many historical fiction books on the Royal Navy, mainly set during either World War II or the Napoleonic Wars.

Reeman joined the Royal Navy in 1940, at the age of 16, and served during World War II and the Korean War. He eventually rose to the rank of lieutenant. In addition to being an author, Reeman has also taught the art of navigation for yachting and served as a technical advisor for films. Douglas married Canadian Kimberley Jordan in 1985.

Reeman's debut novel, A Prayer for the Ship was published in 1958. His pseudonym Alexander Kent was the name of a friend and naval officer who died during the Second World War.[1] Reeman is most famous for his series of Napoleonic naval stories, whose central character is Richard Bolitho, and, later, his nephew, Adam. He also wrote a series of novels about several generations of the Blackwood family who served in the Royal Marines from the 1850s to the 1970s, and a non-fiction account of his World War II experiences, D-Day: A Personal Reminiscence (1984).

Bibliography (with publication dates)

World War II novels

Title Original publication Reference
A Prayer for the Ship1958ISBN 0-515-05783-5
Dive in the Sun1961ISBN 0-09-111300-8
The Hostile Shore1962ISBN 0-09-907880-5
With Blood and Iron1964ISBN 0-09-105660-8
HMS Saracen1965ISBN 0-09-906260-7
The Pride and the Anguish1968ISBN 0-09-087440-4
To Risks Unknown1969ISBN 0-09-097520-0
Rendezvous – South Atlantic1972ISBN 0-09-109270-1
His Majesty's U-Boat
(also named Go in and Sink!)
1973ISBN 0-399-11195-6
ISBN 0-09-114620-8
The Destroyers1974ISBN 0-09-119940-9
Winged Escort1975ISBN 0-09-124740-3
Surface with Daring1976ISBN 0-09-127630-6
Strike from the Sea1978ISBN 0-09-918780-9
A Ship Must Die1979ISBN 0-09-138150-9
Torpedo Run1981ISBN 0-688-00133-5
The Volunteers1985ISBN 0-09-160070-7
The Iron Pirate1986ISBN 0-7737-2105-3
In Danger's Hour1988ISBN 0-434-62632-5
The White Guns1989ISBN 0-434-62634-1
Killing Ground1991ISBN 0-434-62638-4
Sunset1994ISBN 0-434-62635-X
A Dawn Like Thunder1996ISBN 0-434-00215-1
Battlecruiser1997ISBN 0-434-00291-7
For Valour2000ISBN 0-434-00719-6
Twelve Seconds to Live2002ISBN 0-434-00874-5
The Glory Boys2008ISBN 978-0-434-01352-4

The Blackwood Saga

aka The Royal Marines Saga

Other settings

Richard Bolitho novels

(written under the name Alexander Kent)


  1. Reeman, Kimberley Jordan (2015). "About the Author". Retrieved 16 September 2015.

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