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  • Hammond Innes
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  • 21 February 2019
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  1. says:

    With a title doubtless designed to recall those wanted posters from the wild west of America Innes' novel is about an eually lawless region Italy in the immediate aftermath of the second world war And yet it opens not in the dry fly ridden south of the peninsula but on the cold wet North Cornish coastIntriguingly the star opening

  2. says:

    Between 1946 and 1950 Hammond Innes wrote seven books Of these postwar adventure thrillers five had as their setting either Cornwall or Italy In the case of the first of those novels Dead and Alive the locations for the story are both Cornwall and Italy This plot creates something of a template for Innes in the immediate postwar years He doesn't decisively break with it until writing Air Bridge in 1951But here with Dead and Aliv

  3. says:

    I liked this shortish old fashioned novel about an adventure in Europe after the second world war With old fashioned I mean the kind of innocence even in a story where there was violence criminals and prostitution Nothing was described in bloody detailed manner which is the trend nowadaysA story about the salvation and refurbishment

  4. says:

    Another very enjoyable read from Hammond Innes Good characters and plot the imagery excellent as always This is uite a short story but has many twists and turns throughout

  5. says:

    I read this in the interests of research needing some background information about skullduggery at sea Not entirely fulfilled by this since it was written in 1946 when conversations were evidently longer winded and better spoken and the gap between men and officers deep as Cheddar Gorge But nevertheless well readable

  6. says:

    I have read Hammond Innes for many years and he has always been one of my favorite asuthors Probably read this many years ago and didn't remember; however it was well worth the read Not only does this author provide pure adventure he

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David Cunningham turned the wreck of an old landing craft into a vessel which would make any skipper proud Then cam. With a title doubtless designed to recall those wanted posters from the wild west of America Innes novel is about an eually lawless region Italy in the immediate aftermath of the second world war And yet it opens not in the dry fly ridden south of the peninsula but on the cold wet North Cornish coastIntriguingly the star opening the show is a wreck Specifically a landing craft an LCT Mark 4 stranded on Boscastle beach not far from King Arthur s Castle at Tintagel And it will lead to a uest in which narrator David Cunningham will play the chivalrous knight seeking a damsel in distressBut not before he his business partner and his crew of two have black marketeers gun runners resurgent fascists gangsters a forger and a rapist to cope with and a ruined infrastructure to negotiate Dead and Alive is an old fashioned adventure novel a mix of traditional virtues and of stark realism that typified stiff upper lip thrillers of a certain period the hero would like to be morally unambiguous but has to make compromises turning a blind eye to some activities that he finds repugnant but is powerless to affect There is an insular righteous streak to Cunningham s narrative when he describes an Italy that the Allies sought to liberate but which is still ruled by sharks and shystersInnes was in a good position to reflect the postwar picture on the peninsula he rose to the rank of Major with the Royal Artillery during the war in Italy after being demobbed he remained for a while in the country and was able to witness conditions first hand before completing the novel in 1946 in Rome This was to reflect his later habit of researching for half the year before writing up during the following six monthsHe was also a lifelong sailor the novel is dedicated to his wife Dorothy with whom he was to sail around the world and this informs the first part of the book in which the landing craft is refloated outfitted and taken down to the Mediterranean My father just a few years younger than Innes was a marine engineer and I could recognise the same practical enthusiasm for nautical matters that the two shared I recognised too the culture of hard drinking and smoking that was prevalent then and for many years afterwards and which now seems very alienVery much of its times Dead and Alive also reflects a sexism which was all pervasive then Yet along with his own leftish leanings Innes displays an instinct for sexual euality in his treatment of Moniue Dupont a victim of abuse but one who s able to brave danger and elicit Cunningham s admiration and ultimately loveFinally I want to draw attention to the author s literary skills Whether he is describing Cornish cliffs or Neapolitan tenements moonlit nights at sea or scrubby sun baked Italian earth he manages to make the scene vivid without any sense of artifice The skill of rendering a text effortless to read is one I admire as it s one I find difficult to manage myself Even the slightly convoluted opening sentence made me want to read onAs soon as she opened the door I was certain I should not have come

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E the letter that turned his trading plans upside down Find out what has happened to Moniue please and the faded im. Between 1946 and 1950 Hammond Innes wrote seven books Of these postwar adventure thrillers five had as their setting either Cornwall or Italy In the case of the first of those novels Dead and Alive the locations for the story are both Cornwall and Italy This plot creates something of a template for Innes in the immediate postwar years He doesn t decisively break with it until writing Air Bridge in 1951But here with Dead and Alive the author displays a postwar maturity that gave every indication of a writer who could grow with his material And that is what he would do shifting to ever exotic locales in the Mediterranean Africa the Pacific Canada North Africa Australia and Southeast Asia A couple of things emerge as well Innes fondness for employing World War II surplus landing craft in his stories his dislike of despotism and petty tyranny to the point that even his somewhat indifferent protagonists are willing to lift themselves into action and become better persons for it and the exuisite pacing he employs in nearly all his works There is hardly room to catch your breath before David Cunningham this story s hero is dragged into a steadily cascading series of dangerous situationsWith Innes it s not so much the resolution of the story that matters He tends to end things with a uick nod to bringing about a conclusion It s the course of the story itself that matters He would manage to keep up this unsurpassed ability to constantly advance his storylines for the next fifty some odd years until his death

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Age with it seemed to leave him no alternative The letter took him to the Camorra to pay the bloody ransom for a li. I liked this shortish old fashioned novel about an adventure in Europe after the second world war With old fashioned I mean the kind of innocence even in a story where there was violence criminals and prostitution Nothing was described in bloody detailed manner which is the trend nowadaysA story about the salvation and refurbishment of a stranded WWII boat accurately a LCT landing ship tank and its new maiden voyage to Italy with materials lorries tobacco to be traded and exchanged to something which would be valuable in England eg vine and Italian spirits Bilateral trade with a single shipWhen I was a teenager I liked Alistair MacLean s novels much than Innes s books but I think Innes is actually a bit to adult taste I must check if my impression is correct and read again the other three novels I have from himThe Finnish translation was also old fashioned and there were some obvious mis translations and some of the English idioms had been translated word by word which made them a bit funny A child of its time Kuolleena ja el v n OTAVA 1962


About the Author: Hammond Innes

Ralph Hammond Innes was an English novelist who wrote over 30 novels as well as children's and travel booksHe was awarded a CBE Commander Order of the British Empire in 1978 The World Mystery Convention honoured Innes with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Bouchercon XXIV awards in Omaha Nebraska Oct 1993Innes was born in Horsham Sussex and educated at the Cranbrook School in Kent