Review of “The Skipper’s Dog’s Called Stalin”


“The Skipper’s Dog’s Called Stalin” eBook was published in 2016 and was written by David Black. This is Mr. Black’s third publication and this is the second of his “Harry Gilmour” series.

I received a galley of this novel for review through I categorize this novel as ‘PG’ because it contains some scenes of Violence. The novel is set in 1941 during the early days of World War II. The main character, Royal Navy Sub-Lieutenant Harry Gilmour, has been assigned as the liaison officer aboard a Free French submarine.

He muddles his way through several missions occasionally showing some brilliance, but mostly just staying out of the crew’s way. They do see some action, but the primary mission comes when the sub is sent to French Martinique in the Caribbean. They encounter Vichy prone officials there and then must confront another French sub who’s affiliation is uncertain.

I thought the 6+ hours spent with this 276 page novel would never end. The story was slow and dealt more with the various feelings that Gilmour was going through rather than the war with the Axis powers. I doubt I will read another in this series.
I give this weak Thriller novel a 3 out of 5.

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